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    Unless I'm skimming too fast over something I don't see where it requires PreCana. THis is from the website.

    Documents required for Civil/Legal ceremonies

    • Home address and occupations (Bride & Groom)
    • Birth Certificates (certified copy of each one)
    • Original blood test (To determine Blood type, H.I.V and S.T.D). Tests must be taken at the resort and results are ready within 24 hrs. (Fee of approx. $50.00 per person is included in the administrative/government fee ) (Fee of approx. $84 for Isla Mujeres only is included in the administrative/government fee) If test is positive a special release must be signed by couple in order to proceed with the ceremony. (Does not apply to Aventura Cove/ Aventura Spa, Playacar, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, if test is positive wedding cannot be performed). Results will be delivered directly to the justice of the peace.
    • Certified copy of former spouseâ€s Death Certificate (If applicable)*
    • If divorced, a certified copy of Divorce Decree is required. If divorced more than once, please bring each Divorce Decree. If divorced less than one year, a mandatory pregnancy test must be taken. If test is positive, wedding cannot be performed.
    • If divorced less than one year, mandatory pregnancy test will be required. Additional fee of $15.00usd approx. applies if a pregnancy test is required.
    • Legal documentation of adoption or name change (If applicable)*
    • Tourist ID (Provided by customs upon your arrival at Cancun International Airport). Please be sure to complete all information correctly on tourist ID, otherwise you may need to obtain a new Tourist ID at the Airport.
    • Name, age, nationality, home address, occupation, passport and tourist ID of 4 witnesses. Witnesses must arrive two (2) business days (Monday –Saturday) prior to ceremony. Witnesses must be 18 years or older. If witnesses are not available, Palace Resorts will provide them at no additional cost.
    • Bride and Groom must arrive in Cancun at least three (3) business days (Monday –Saturday) prior to the wedding ceremony to meet with the wedding planner and submit all documents. Bride & Groom must be at the resort by (12:00 PM) or earlier in order to consider day of arrival as the first day.
    • The Bride & Groom must NOT be legally married in order to qualify for our civil ceremony. If they are already married, only a Symbolic wedding or Vow Renewal ceremony can be performed.
    • Important-If the Bride or Groom's nationality is Mexican, additional documents are required. Please advise your wedding coordinator at least 3 months in advance. Names on Tourist ID, divorce decree and Passport MUST be the same, including spelling.
    • Names on Tourist ID, divorce decree, birth certificates and Passport MUST be the same. Please be advised the civil registry department will take the exact names reflected on the Bride and Grooms passport to generate the marriage certificate.
    • Please note that Birth Certificates, Divorce Decrees, Death Certificates, adoption and name change documents become the property of the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico. A Marriage Certificate is provided by the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico for civil ceremonies, this is a legal document issued in Spanish. All wedding couples must contact their local court house for filing requirements. Every state/country is different when it comes to filing of foreign marriage documents. Some states/countries require the certificates to be translated from Spanish to English others may require additional paper work to be filed. This is the couples†responsibility and Palace Resorts is not liable for any additional charges that may be associated according to the state/countryâ€s requirements on supplementary paperwork. Ceremony cannot be performed unless all documents are in order. (NO EXCEPTIONS). All documents with the exception of passports become the property of the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico. . All documents must be translated into Spanish at the resort. In order to do this all, documents presented must be issued in English. If Birth Certificates are not issued in English, please notify your wedding planner. Additional paperwork will apply. Cost may vary depending on number of pages per document.


  2. Thanks so much.  The lasso actually isn't always rosary beads  it can actually be a string of flowers or a shawl or anything that creates a figure 8.  We have been planning on doing the lasso ceremony from the start with the minister so I have done a lot of research on it. I am actually in the process of buying one right now! You can also have a family member or a friend do it.


    I am going to ask about switching to the catholic ceremony tomorrow.  I'm not worried about the time frame with Palace. I didn't start booking my wedding until less than six months.  It's basically just getting the paper work scanned over on that end.


    What I am nervous about is getting the pre cana done before hand.  I will have to look into that tomorrow. I live in Long Island, NY and out east where I lIve they don't offer it that often.  I know that it was offered back in March because that was when we were supposed to do it when we were getting married in a church.


    I should have done this from the start but I was trying to save the money.  Between the $350 for the priest and the $150 for the pre cana that's adding on a lot of $$$!!! I will contact the diocies today. 

    Thanks again for your help!

    Originally Posted by krsmith View Post

    I know quite a bit so far.


    Yes is is a "real" Catholic ceremony. Mexico is of course predominately Catholic, so yes it is (and a full mass I believe)! 

    YES Pre Cana is required for all Catholic ceremonies. We have done ours through our local parish, and then have to send all the finalized and "ok'd" paperwork to the priest in Mexico. 

    You probably will not be able to make the switch since they say they require you to have all you Pre Cana done and paperwork done and turned in at least 6 months prior to your wedding date. BUT it never hurts to ask! 

    The Lasso is actually a really large Rosary that is placed around the shoulders after vows and during communion I believe. It is definitely a Hispanic, but also a Catholic tradition! 

    Good luck! I can't wait to hear about your BIG day!




  3. Thank you so, so much! I'm definitely going to get those Maracas.  


    I know that she's saying that we definitely get the 1 cocktail hour because we have over 30 nights.  BUT she's saying that we can upgrade.  I asked her if we could opt out of the cocktail hour and just do the reception and she said no big deal.

    I just don't understand the prices for this.

    I"m guessing that it's just a Flat fee, then a table fee, THEN you have to pay per head! That's crazy!!!

    Originally Posted by Leigh17 View Post

    Sorry I can't help you with these questions (her response is very confusing!), but while I was at MP I did take a couple of pictures for you of the maracas they have there.  As someone else commented before, the 2 for $5 ones are nice.  The closeup picture is of the 2 for $5 ones.  The ones that are 2 for $10 are pretty much the same just a little bigger.  The less expensive ones seemed plenty big.  Sorry I can't be of much help with your reception questions, but I would guess when she says "If you get 30 rooms nights you will get a cocktail included for 1 hour," she just can't guarantee that you get the free cocktail hour until the guests are actually there.  If you have 54 nights you will get the cocktail hour.




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  4. Let me know if you get any answers about the Catholic ceremony.

    My future father in law was over today and really wants us to have the Catholic ceremony.  He just isn't sure if it is "real" meaning a complete Roman Catholic Ceremony in "gods eyes."

    Does anyone know the answers to this?  Would we have to do pre cana before?

    We are getting married in 24 days!!! Ahhh 

    I wonder if we can even make this switch!

    ALSO can you do the Lazo Ceremony with a catholic ceremony????


    Originally Posted by krsmith View Post

    So far no answer, but I'm assuming it will take a LONG time...but I'm happy Janina at least forwarded it. Although she says they have a "new department that is assisting wedding couple with their pre wedding arrangements". Who knows that that means...maybe it will be a good thing and they will be better about getting back to people.


    I just emailed Katie from Deco. Her email is on the website. I believe its katie@decocancun.com....


    I asked a TON of questions...everything from general resort info to events. I'm pretty laid back too, but I don't want to end up wishing I had figured this stuff out earlier, so I'm just going to try and start the process now since I'm sure I will have to do some pushing to get them to respond!


    Here are my questions. I am asking anything and everything I can so I can get it straight from their mouths and have it documented!




    Immaculate Conception Package


    * We are in the final stages of our Pre-Cana and are getting ready to submit our paperwork to our diocese. Is there anything you need from us?


    * Because the Catholic ceremony is not legal in Mexico and we must do the legal part in our hometown, can we do it after we get back home if we chose instead of before we leave?


    * Will you be sending us information of what we need to choose for our ceremony (readings, songs...etc)?


    * We would like to do the Lasso ceremony during the mass. Is that that included?


    * Will we need to provide our own Lasso?


    * What is included in your standard decor for the Chapel (as well as aisle bases)?


    * Does the CD system for the ceremony play Mp3 discs?


    * What songs does the solo harpist play in the ceremony?


    * Instead of the included bridal bouquet, can I use those flowers for decor for our cake?


    * We would like to have a private reception instead of a dinner reservation for 35 people. Can we use that reservation for either the Welcome Dinner or Rehearsal Dinner?


    * What is the Honeymoon Package that is included?


    Wedding Day


    * I don't want wrist bands to be in our pictures, Can we take off our wrist bands on the day of the wedding without being charged a fee for us and our guests?


    * I would like to get my hair done for the wedding. When am I able to schedule my appointment and who should I call? 


    * We are having Del Sol come and photograph our wedding. Can we please get 2 day passes for them?


    * What does the driver of the horse carriage typically wear? 


    * We are putting together invitations now. Can we finalize cocktail hour/reception location and times so I can put them on our invitations?


    * After our ceremony we would like to have a cocktail hour. 


         * Can we choose where we have it?


         * Can we have the Mexican Trio or Mariachi play during the cocktail hour? 


    * We would like to have a private reception on a terrace. What are our options? 


    * Will you send me all the options for appetizers for the cocktail hour and buffet options for the reception?


    * At this point, I don't think we will hire a DJ. What are our options for music and what is the pricing?


    * Can we release "Wish Lanterns" during our reception? (They flame retardant and biodegradable)


    * Can you send me a list of cake options?


    * What would standard decor/setup for tables at the reception be? 


    * Do you provide printed menus to place on each setting at the reception since we will not know what the menu is until we meet with you?


    * Will you provide a Complimentary room for guests to leave their belongings in or to freshen up in close by the reception? 


    * Do you have anything that we could use (basket/tray) to place Pashminas in at the reception?





    * We are putting together Pre-Travel Brochures. Can you send me any information that my guests might find useful/helpful to know about the resort?


    * Do you have a Resort Map that I can use for my brochures or Out of Town Bags?


    * We would like to have a Welcome Dinner, a Rehearsal Dinner, and a Goodbye Brunch. We don't need these to be private functions, but is there somewhere we can have these semi private?


    * Can we decide on where these will be so I can add them to our invites?


    * Can you send me a list of all the different restaurants, what they serve, and what attire is required?


         * Can you send me a list of the restaurants that we can have our entire group of guests sit together for the meals I mentioned above?


         * Can you send me pictures of the different places we can have these?


    * Is there anywhere we could possibly play a photo slide show during the rehearsal dinner?


    * Will you send me the list of what we can use our "Vacation Dollars" on and any rules/limitations on using  them?





  5. You will learn so much on here!  This is such a great resource.  Pretty much ALL of your answers will get answered right away.  Enjoy planning!

    Originally Posted by ndvidul View Post

    Hi all!  I just found this website today because I have had trouble getting my date registered at Moon Palace and have felt overwhelmed and frustrated.  I've spent hours on the Moon Palace 2011 Brides forum and got great info.  Can't wait to see what I can learn so far here and connect with you ladies!  I feel a renewed sense of hope for our dream wedding!  :)



    Here is the e-mail from my WC explaining the upgrade to the reception.  THis is confusing me.  Has anyone else opted out of the cocktail hour and upgraded to the reception. 

    My questions to you ladies are in RED.



    Hola Victoria,


    Your wedding is at 5pm.

    Complimentary package with white lilies as your bouquet.

    One tier cake. 

    Your wedding ceremony is set on a gazebo, but we do have the beach option too. Let me know.

    If you get 30 rooms nights you will get a cocktail included for 1 hour. We are at 54 nights.

    If you decide to upgrade you cocktail to have a buffet service for 2 hours. It will be 360usd. Please note extra hours are 60usd per table, however upgrade is $15usd per person.Does this mean I pay $60 per table AND $15 per head. 

    Please choose the buffet option from the menu attached. Let me know.

    The sound system for connect your Ipod for 2 hours it will be 220usd, if more hours it will be $385usd. Please note if we do add 2 extra hour the total charge for the reception will be $480usd. Let me know.

    The hours outside terrace for the buffet will be from 6 to 10pm. You wedding is at 5pm.

    We do not accept outside vendors. If this is a friend of you he must be staying at the resort for be able to take professional pictures in you wedding.



    Grrrr this is SO confusing to me.  Each time I ask I feel as though she gives me a different answer.

  7. Unfortunately this is notcheaper.

    We pay $148 per person per night.or $260 per single room per night.   Because we have 54 nights already we do get one free private cocktail hour.  I opted out of the cocktail hour and upgraded to the reception for about $300.  I will pay $60/table for each additional hour after the two hours that are provided.  So that will cost me about $600 total. Plus the $385 for the ipod set up. (Which I'd have to pay reguardless.)

    I will have my guests meet at a public bar for cocktail hour. (My WC wasn't happy about this BUT  I didn't see paying extra for this when most of my guests will be in pictures anyway. )

    I hope that this is correct and she's not going to throw some surprise costs at me when we're down there.

    Originally Posted by Amara3CUS View Post

    This was my game plan. I paid 9 nights myself because two families backed out about a week and a half before go time. It was much cheaper to do this obviously then pay 400 per table per hour for the tons of events I had



  8. I checked MANY things off of my to do list today! Groom and Groomsmen outfits ordered!  **** Men's wearhouse is having a buy one get one free sale!!  Flowers chosen!  I love making a dent!


    How frustrating is it that we are just 6 nights away from 60 nights!!!


    Does anyone know the exact cost for upgrading to a reception instead of having a cocktail hour?  My WC is not clear when she explains it.  I think that with 24 people coming it will cost me something like $640 for the reception .

    I decided to have everyone meet at a close by bar for the cocktail hour instead.  This saves us a lot of $$ since we are JUST missing our free reception. 


    Also, is anyone doing a special type of ceremony?  I have seen the sand, candle, but I was thinking about something unique like the Lazo ceremony to make it special since we're going to be in Mexico.  

  9. That's terrible.  Some people just don't understand! 

    My sister basically did the same thing to me.  She told me that she doesn't want to come to my wedding and that she doesn't support it.  THEN she went ahead and booked her room.  I guess she just didn't want to be my maid of honor.  How dare she.  

    Originally Posted by JLR1726 View Post

    It must be super stressful when you get down to less than a month! I am sure you will work it all out and everything will be lovely.


    So, just a little vent. I get married in about 3 1/2 months. I asked two friends to be bridesmaids and recently just got a text....a TEXT, from one of them saying that she isnt coming!!! She has lied to me for the past 6 months saying that she booked and got her airfare. meanwhile, I bought her dress for her, bought many gifts to put in her welcome bag and lended her money. where that money is, WHO KNOWS! when I asked her why she lied to me she told me to "Fu*k off" and hung up on me. SUPER Classy.


    At this point it is too late to ask anyone else to stand in so I am left with just one girl, a dress that I cant return and gifts that I guess i will have to keep. I am hoping that is the only drama I will have LOL.


    Life goes on! smile159.gif




  10. I don't know if anyone else is feeling this way but I am starting to stress out.  It is so difficult not having been to Moon Palace before.

    I am not sure what to expect.  

    I don't know if I have enough decor and or money! Lily my WC doesn't seem to give me straight answers.  We have 23 guests.  I decided to upgrade to the reception instead of the cocktail hour.  I still don't know how much it's going to cost me.

    I'm really stressing at this point ladies!!!

    Less than a month to go!!!

  11. **** Does anyone know if I can have some decorations shipped right to Moon Palace?

    I wanted to order those UFO Lanterns but I am nervous that I won't be able to fly with them.

    It would be very easy if I could get them shipped there.




    Does anyone know a good place to get the maracas ?

    I see that oriental trading has some that I can paint.  I liked this because they'll be our colors BUT they look way too small.  They are only 5 inches.


    Ahhhh....we leave in 4 weeks and I have SOOOO much to do!

  12. They have program fans on Amazon.com that are pretty cheap.  I think you get 24 for about $10.

    I was going to get them and just put our name on them because I wasn't planning on doing a program.

    Originally Posted by kyndall View Post

    I did not make them.  It was a short ceremony and I don't think anyone was too lost without them.  I have a stack of them in my car from weddings this summer...I personally wouldn't waste the money.



  13. We are getting married on the 23rd of August.  We are supposed to have our reception at the Steak House too!  


    Who's your wedding planner?  Are you doing your reception outside?  I think that we are going to do the international buffet but on the terrace of the steak house.


    Originally Posted by seasidebride11 View Post

    Hi Ladies !


    getting married Aug 20th Moon Palace ...


    wedding coordinator emailed today to make changes to our plans:


    We had a dinner reservation at Barracuda ( Steak House on Sunrise Side) and now she says they are unable to accomodate us.


    she has reccomended the Caribbean Resturant.  Anyone have any thoughts on this place ?  It has a set menu that we pick main entree...


    A little disappointed about the Barracuda , and I am open to other suggestions. 


    We prefer not to do the buffet only because we dont want our guests waiting in line the majority of the time.


    Thank for your help in advance!


  14. My wedding wasn't showing up for a couple of days but when I mentioned it to Janina she said "don't worry, I know your date and time."

    If it's in writing I wouldn't stress yourself out too much.

    Good Luck!

    Originally Posted by mrsjdh2b View Post

    Oh I'm so sorry you are having such a rough time!!! I would just keep calling back, a couple of times a day if need be. Did you try to call Janina? Maybe she could help? I know that once I called and found out they had "reserved" our date and were waiting on the confirmation from the judge it showed on the website that it was booked. Fingers crossed that things start getting easier for you!!!



  15. That was very nice of him!  Thank you for the info.  I need to start working on our lists asap.  Did you buy all of your songs off of itunes?

    Also, by introduced I mean....Did he announce you and your hubby and the wedding party??

    Originally Posted by alison15 View Post

    I did the Ipod with a tech.  We were introduced to him briefly between cocktail hour and the reception.  I had everything on the playlist separated out so Wedding Party Arrival song was it's own list, Father Daughter dance-separate list, Dinner music-separate list, etc.  And then I just told him what order I wanted everything in so we announced the wedding party, then went straight into our first dance, then father/daughter, mother/son and then we had dinner. Cake Cutting-separate song.  Then dancing.  We did not do bouquet toss or garter throw and I just let him know that too.  We actually ran out of music on our play list, we were just shy of 3 hours of music on our list and thought that would be enough but it wasn't.  However he had an laptop full of music so we used 2-3 songs off of his computer. 


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