Wedding Requirements
Please be aware that there are different types of wedding ceremonies in Mexico.
Legal Ceremony:
This is the only ceremony that will be recognized as legal once you return to your home country. This is also referred to
as a civil ceremony. It is performed in Spanish and translated to English by one of our professional wedding

Symbolic Ceremony:
This ceremony is not recognized as legal in Mexico or your home country.  Packages included the services of a non-
denominational minister but can also be performed by a religious order for an additional fee. This type of ceremony is
typically performed for couples already married and wishing to have a wedding ceremony, those thinking of a legal
ceremony at a later date or those wishing to renew vows with their loved one.

Non-denominational Minister
The symbolic ceremony is performed by a non-denomination minister. Some ministers speak English and for those
that do not, the service is translated into English by our professional wedding coordinator.

Religious (Catholic or Jewish) Ceremony: This ceremony is available alone or in conjunction with a Civil Ceremony.
An additional fee of $250 (Catholic) and $1200 (Jewish) will apply and is not included in any of the packages.
All Civil marriages that take place in Mexico under Mexican law are completely legal in Mexico. A foreigner marrying in
Mexico must legalize their marriage in their country of birth/residence. This is completed by registering your marriage
certificate at your local City Hall.

Required Documents for Bride and Groom

Valid passports.
Although passports are not required for US and Canadian citizens for entry into Mexico, they are mandatory for a legal
wedding to be performed. Passports must be presented to the onsite wedding coordinator at the time of the wedding
consultation in Cancun.

Tourist Card.
These are provided to all persons on the plane prior to arrival into Cancun’s International Airport. Names on Tourist
Card and Passport MUST be the same.

Blood test to determine blood type, HIV and STD. Tests must be taken at the resort and results are ready within 24
hours. Fees of approximately $110.00 per person apply (unless stated as an inclusion in your package) and include a
health certificate required for the a legal ceremony to be performed.

If the groom is divorced no additional documentation is needed. If the bride is divorced (must be for one 1 year before
remarrying) and her passport is under her maiden name no additional documentation is needed.  If the bride’s
passport is under her ex-husbands last name than she must have her birth certificate. The birth certificate must also
have an Apostille Seal and be translated into Spanish by an official translator. This is required for a legal ceremony to
be performed. Translation services are available at the hotel for a fee of $40 per document per page. The Apostille is
necessary when issuing a document from one country to another for legal purposes.  For information on how to obtain
the Apostille document please contact the Secretary of State office or visit

Bride and Groom must arrive to their hotel 3 business days prior to the legal wedding ceremony date in order to
complete the blood tests and process the necessary documents. Saturday and Sunday are not considered working
days. If you arrive on Saturday, you can get married on Thursday as the 3 working days would be Monday, Tuesday and

If a bride or grooms former spouse is deceased then a copy of the death certificate is required. This is required for
legal ceremonies only.

Symbolic and Religious ceremonies do not require the bride and groom to submit a  passport, death certificate, copy of
divorce decree, have a blood test or arrive 3 business days prior to the ceremony.

Religious ceremonies performed by a priest or rabbi (not a non-denominational minister) require official letters from
the bride and grooms house of worship. Please ask you wedding coordinator for details.
Required Documents for Witnesses – Civil Ceremony

Legal ceremonies require the bride and groom to have 4 witnesses. It is not required for symbolic/religious
ceremonies. If the couple provides their own witnesses the following information is needed.

A completed Civil Ceremony Form (available through your wedding coordinator) indicating witnesses name, age,
nationality, home address and occupation  
Valid passport or driver’s license.
Tourist Card
Witnesses must arrive to the hotel 3 business days prior to the legal wedding ceremony date in order to complete the
document process.
Witnesses must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the ceremony.
Witnesses can be provided by the resort if the bride and groom choose at a charge of $20 per witness payable to the
hotel directly in cash.
Confirmation of Wedding Day and Time
In order to confirm a wedding day and time a completed wedding application must be received and emailed to or faxed to 011 52 9988 819406. Once received, weddings will be confirmed back to
the wedding couple within 48 hours. Please note:
Weddings are not performed on Sundays or the following Mexico holidays:
January 1, February 5, March 24, March 25, March 26, May 1, May 5, September 15, September 16, November 1,
November 2, November 20, December 12, December 24, December 25 and December 31

Wedding ceremonies are performed during the following times:
April through September – Every hour 11am to 6pm
October through March – Every hour 11am to 4pm

Please consider Mexican Holidays when reserving your wedding date as they will not be included in the 3 day

Wedding consultations are held at the resort Monday – Friday at 9:30am. The bride and groom will attend their wedding
consultation the day after arrival.