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How to get married in Cancun?

Without a doubt Cancun is among the most romantic places to get married. The excellent venues able to host vast number of guests, the experienced wedding agencies specialized in organizing ceremonies in Mexico, and of course the splendid nature, all this makes the perfect blend for a spotless and romantic event.

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Where to get married in Cancun?

Cancun is among World’s leading tourist destination. As such, this place offers various options to host a wedding.

A hotel / resort

The many luxurious hotels in Cancun can accommodate all the guests and handle almost all requirements. With hotels’ facilities at hand, you can be sure the participants will feel comfortable and most welcome.

A villa

Moving away from the big hotels will make the Special Day more intimate. Although you will lose the hotels’ services comfort, you will gain a more romantic and private experience.

The beach

Why marry in Cancun if you won’t do it on the beach?

The beaches everywhere in Cancun are perfect for the marriage ceremony. One thing to bear in mind, check with the nearest hotels in case the beach area you’ve chosen is reserved for the hotel’s guests.

A cenote

You need to add something extra to the idyll of the beach wedding? Marry on the banks of a cenote.

Getting married on the board of ancient water reservoirs among the wild nature has become preferred way to tie the nod in Mexico. Beautiful, unexpected and different, the cenotes are a nice alternative to beach weddings.

In the jungle

If you plan to get married in Cancun but you are not very keen on the water, the wind, or the sand, and you still want nature to be part of the ambience, you can consider getting closer to the jungle. As the jungle encompasses the hotels, the event agencies can offer gardens with wild trees and deep green bushes which make a natural elegant decoration.

Are marriages in Cancun legal in my home country?

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If you really want to get legally married in Mexico, after the ceremony, you will have to get your certificate legalized at the Registry Office of Mexico.

Note that according to the Mexican legislation, only the civil marriages are legal. In order to avoid mistakes and bureaucracy, many foreign couples come to Mexico only for the religion ceremonies.

If you plan however to execute a civil marriage, please consider the following:

  • Civil marriages’ ceremonies are not performed on Sundays.
  • The religious ceremony alone is not recognized as legal in Mexico and therefore you won’t be able to obtain a certificate to present in your home country.
  • Usually, the marriage is performed at the Local Registry Office. For additional cost, you will be able to move the wedding to the beach, hotel, garden, etc. and still get married in front of a civil servant.
  • You will need between two and four witnesses above the age of 18 in order to become legally married. At least one of the witnesses must be from your home country.
  • You will be asked to get health tests like blood tests. We highly recommend you do it in Mexico as the document should be written in Spanish.

Since the legislation and requirements including the service costs vary depending on the place to get married, we highly recommend looking for a wedding planning agency or agent familiar with the documents, the fees, and taxes you will need to provide.

Civil, Religious, or Symbolic Wedding

Most of the non-Mexican residents choosing to get married in Cancun perform only symbolic wedding, meaning they have already done the civil and religious marriages at home.

If you are about to perform a Catholic ceremony, take into account the following:

  • Will this be your first marriage? It you have been divorced it is possible the Mexican Church to ask for a period of at least 12 months after the divorce before being allowed to remarry.
  • Are you Christian and have you been baptized? You have to be baptized in the Catholic Church and you’ll have to present a copy of your baptism. You will also have to present an approval signed by your domestic parish to the Mexican perish.

You may need as long as 30 days to set all the preparations and be allowed to marry in a Mexican Catholic Church. If you plan to sign a civil matrimony in Mexico and obtain a certificate for legal marriage, consider the following:

  • Are you under 18YO? To become legally married in Mexico you must be above 18 years old. For those madly in love and between 14 and 18 for the girls and between 16 and 18 for the boys, you will need your parents’ consent.
  • Are you marrying a Mexican citizen? If you are marrying a local resident, you may need a foreign marriage permit.

Are same-sex marriages legal in Cancun?

As of October 2022, Tamaulipas became the last of the 32 Mexican states to authorize same-sex marriages.

Cancun and the whole of Quintana Roo on the other hand has long been though as a gay-friendly place to tie the nod.

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What documents to prepare to get married in Cancun?

Depending on whether you are after a civil or religious ceremony, here is what you will be asked to present:

Civil marriage

  • Birth certificate – original and a copy
  • Passport valid at least six months as of the date of the arrival to Mexico
  • Negative tests for VDRL, RH, and HIV – valid no longer than 15 days.
  • Valid passports of the witnesses.
  • Official oath of truthfulness
  • Marriage application
  • Legal immigration status – FM2, FM3, or Tourist visas.

Catholic/religious marriage

  • Baptism certificate
  • Prenuptial counseling
  • At least two witnesses
  • Signed approval by domestic perish
  • Written authorization signed by the selected Catholic church

Remember, you will need to present the original documents as well as copies translated in Spanish by an authorized translator certified in the Spanish language.

Conclusion

Cancun has long been recognized among the most romantic places to get married. A mix of splendid nature and luxury facilities the experienced staff will help you to get your unique and spotless Big Day. Do not forget to pay your Visitax – the tourism tax your guests will need in order to visit the state of Quintana Roo.

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