This is our favorite section of the website. Here is where we post some of the emails that you send in regards to your own wedding planning process. While we make every effort to answer all of the emails we get, here are our replies to some of the most commonly asked questions. As always you are welcome to submit your questions.
Why a wedding abroad?
What are the requirements to marry in Mexico?
Do I need to get my marriage license in my hometown before coming to Cancun?
When do I receive my marriage certificate?
How far in advance should I book my wedding?
Can you arrange a wedding with only one or two weeks notice?
How do I confirm my wedding?
What happens after we reserve the wedding date?
How long is the ceremony?
Can we make any changes to our wedding once we are booked with you?
Why do I need an on-site wedding coordinator?
What is the best time of year to come to Mexico?
How many days before our wedding would you recommend arriving in Mexico?
What is the best time of day to have my sunset wedding?
What happens if it rains on our wedding day?
We are interested in having our wedding videotaped. When does the videography begin?
How long will it take to receive my photos and video?
Can we be married at sea?
We are looking for an oceanfront vacation rental where we can get married and hold the reception.
We also would like to stay at the rental the week before the wedding. Do you offer anything like this?
WHY A WEDDING ABROAD?
If you’re looking for a romantic dream wedding without the headaches and the hassles, a wedding away from home may just be the answer to your prayers. Getting married in a remote destination has literally ‘taken off’ in popularity throughout the nineties, and is destined to be one of the major travel and marrying trends of the new millennium. Getting married abroad is also usually a great deal less expensive than organizing a large wedding at home, and lots of couples prefer to take their vows privately or with a few close friends.
Guests love the fact that they have a perfect excuse to take a mini vacation to attend your wedding. Make sure to check with those you wish to invite to the wedding before you begin making plans, to determine whether the majority would be able to make the trip -- you're not responsible for their travel or accommodation expenses, so it can be a pricey trip for those interested in attending. (Be sure to remind them it's a vacation opportunity for them as well as a wedding!) Send invitations to everyone you'd like to have there on your wedding day -- many may not be able to make it, but they'll appreciate the invite (and they may surprise you and come!). Also, be sure your guests know that they need passports. Then wave them off for their journey home and start your honeymoon!!
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO MARRY IN MEXICO?
There are two forms of weddings performed in Mexico: THE CIVIL WEDDING (Matrimonio Civil) and the RELIGIOUS/NON-DENOMINATIONAL ceremony. The Civil Ceremony changes your marital status from single to married. Your proof of marriage is recognized as legal throughout the world. A Spanish-speaking Judge performs the civil ceremony. We are with you to translate the ceremony. This can be compared to a ceremony performed by the Justice of the Peace in the United States or Canada. The Judge’s vows are set and cannot be altered.
The other ceremony is the Religious/Non-denomination Ceremony. This ceremony does not change your marital status here in Mexico or anywhere in the world. If you want to perform the civil ceremony at your home either before or after your Mexican wedding, you can, or you can do both the civil ceremony and the religious/Non-denominational wedding here. For a Non-Denominational ceremony, you may choose your wedding vows from some of the Minister’s favorites. You may alter or embellish these vows in any way you choose. You may write your own vows or include special poems, readings, songs, etc. If you need ideas or help with any of the words you want to say to each other, your Minister will gladly assist you.
DO I NEED TO GET MY MARRIAGE LICENSE IN MY HOMETOWN BEFORE COMING TO CANCUN?
No, all the legal paperwork is completed in Mexico.
WHEN DO I RECEIVE MY MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?
You receive your completed paperwork immediately after the wedding.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK MY WEDDING?
A wedding is usually planned 6 months in advance to ensure you have available to you the best professionals for organizing your plans as well as the locations of your choice. For large parties and receptions of up to 100 guests, 9 - 12 months ahead is not too soon. If it is a special date like Valentines Day, Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and all major holidays, plan as far in advance as possible. Short notice or last minute weddings are okay, providing your date is available.
CAN YOU ARRANGE A WEDDING WITH ONLY ONE OR TWO WEEKS NOTICE?
We can certainly coordinate a spontaneous, last minute wedding as long as you are flexible and are able to make quick, definite decisions on what you want. Full payment is due immediately upon booking any wedding within 30 days of the event.
HOW DO I CONFIRM MY WEDDING?
To confirm your wedding date, a non-refundable $500 deposit is required. This reserves the date for your wedding ceremony with either the judge or the Minister.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE RESERVE THE WEDDING DATE?
After reserving the wedding date, the next step is to reserve the location you want to use for the wedding and/or wedding reception. The next step is to decide on the details of your wedding such as photographer, videographer, flowers, music, food and beverage, etc.
HOW LONG IS THE CEREMONY?
The civil ceremony itself is very short, about 10 minutes. Your entire ceremony will be approximately 20 minutes from the processional to the recessional, depending on the size of your wedding party. The religious ceremony runs between 20 to 30 minutes from the processional to the recessional, depending on whether you book a musician/singer, have family members or friends participate in the ceremony, and other variables.
CAN WE MAKE ANY CHANGES TO OUR WEDDING ONCE WE ARE BOOKED WITH YOU?
Many brides decide to add on items and services to their original order. We will gladly accept changes.
WHY DO I NEED AN ON-SITE WEDDING COORDINATOR?
In most cases in the U.S. you do not need a coordinator, unless you’re having a large wedding. However, in Mexico or other foreign countries, budgeting for a coordinator should be a priority. The majority of individuals with whom you’ll speak at the various resorts here in Mexico are not trained as wedding coordinators. They are sales managers, food and beverage managers, assistant managers, or just salespeople, and have many other jobs that will take precedence over planning the specifics of your wedding. Remember, this is your wedding, one of the most important days of your life. Do you really want to leave this day to chance?
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO COME TO MEXICO?
Anytime! Mexico is always warm and beautiful. July, August and September are the warmest months. The summer can be a little rainy as well. The driest months are December to April.
HOW MANY DAYS BEFORE OUR WEDDING WOULD YOU RECOMMEND ARRIVING IN MEXICO?
We recommend 2 days beforehand so we can meet for the last details and you can relax from your flight and look and feel rested and refreshed for your special day if you have a religiuos or spiritual ceremony. For legal ceremonias (civil) you need to be here at least 4 days before the wedding for the blood tests and the paper work.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO HAVE MY SUNSET WEDDING?
The general rule is an hour before sunset for a simple wedding, with one hour of photography. This takes advantage of the flattering and diffused lighting conditions. In the tropics, there is very little twilight and once the sun sets, it soon gets dark. Therefore, the time of your wedding really depends on the number of guests in your party and how long you expect your photo-taking to last.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
In the rare event of bad weather for a beach wedding, we will provide a covered location.
WE ARE INTERESTED IN HAVING OUR WEDDING VIDEOTAPED. WHEN DOES THE VIDEOGRAPHY BEGIN?
Filming begins at the location of your choice before the ceremony, capturing the groom, best man, guests and bridesmaids and, of course, the arrival of the bride. Your videographer continues filming the events through to the appropriate finishing time, depending upon which video package you have chosen. The footage is then edited into a polished, final production. As with still photography, the more guests you have at your wedding, the more video coverage you will need.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY PHOTOS AND VIDEO?
We will make every attempt to get your photos and video to you prior to your leaving Cancun. If you are leaving early the next morning after your wedding, then we will DHL the photos and negatives to you for a charge of $25 each package. The video takes a little longer as the professional videographer needs time to edit it.
CAN WE BE MARRIED AT SEA?
We charter the "Pachanga," a new Catamaran, exclusively for you and your wedding party and perform your ceremony out in the Caribbean Sea.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN OCEANFRONT VACATION RENTAL WHERE WE CAN GET MARRIED AND HOLD THE RECEPTION. WE ALSO WOULD LIKE TO STAY AT THE RENTAL THE WEEK BEFORE THE WEDDING. DO YOU OFFER ANYTHING LIKE THIS?
Visit the Locations page and, depending upon your budget, choose from a variety of oceanfront rentals where you may also have your ceremony and reception. Once you submit your wedding order or inquiry, a coordinator on our staff will call you with the availability for your dates and answer all your questions about the locations.