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#11 TammyWright

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 01:26 AM

here is the thread from mariaelena...she got married in a cute church in san jose del cabo.

http://bestdestinati...com/forum/t1452

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#12 salsa_bride

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    Posted 05 January 2007 - 01:36 AM

    Thanks Tammy!

    Since my background is Filipino, our Catholic ceremony custom includes spanish traditions like the coins (arras), veil and cord, candle lighting, and having "sponsors". I've heard that they have this tradition in Mexico as well - I'm assuming that this would be part of the ceremony, or would I have to request this specifically as most tourist couples wouldn't have this in their wedding.

    My other question to couples who have the Catholic ceremony - because it's not recognized as a "legal" marriage in Mexico, what have you done to make it legal? E.g. have a JP do it also? Do a civil ceremony when you return home?

    thanks!

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    Posted 05 January 2007 - 01:37 AM

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    Thanks Tammy!

    Since my background is Filipino, our Catholic ceremony custom includes spanish traditions like the coins (arras), veil and cord, candle lighting, and having "sponsors". I've heard that they have this tradition in Mexico as well - I'm assuming that this would be part of the ceremony, or would I have to request this specifically as most tourist couples wouldn't have this in their wedding.

    My other question to couples who have the Catholic ceremony - because it's not recognized as a "legal" marriage in Mexico, what have you done to make it legal? E.g. have a JP do it also? Do a civil ceremony when you return home?

    thanks!
    the easiest way is to do a civil ceremony at home....so much easier and no blood test!

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    #14 amyh

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      Posted 05 January 2007 - 02:02 AM

      That's exactly what we are planning on doing; getting our marriage license here and having a traditional (as described by salsa bride) Catholic Church ceremony.

      #15 salsa_bride

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        Posted 07 January 2007 - 07:49 PM

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        The sheraton Church is really pretty, can probably hold (I'd guess) at least 80 people, but I didn't really check into it. There are a few places ocean front to have your dinner there. The good thing about all this is you don't have to stay at that resort if you don't want to. If you want to do an AI resort just transport your guests there. I fell in love with the Sheraton the second I stepped foot on their grounds.
        Does anyone know whether if you use the church/chapel on the Sheraton Hacienda, if the WC is able to secure a Catholic priest? It's one thing to have ceremony in the church, but another thing to have it officiated by a Catholic priest with the "powers vested in him"

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          Posted 08 January 2007 - 12:10 AM

          Hi Salsa bride! Welcome to the forum! I can only speak for Cabo as I've never been to Mazatlan (but have heard WONDERFUl reviews!). Anyway here's my opinion on some of your questions...

          The Sheraton is a big resort but it doesn't feel like one it's actually very intimate (not topless sunbathers when we visited!). Instead of being one large building with one huge pool area and stuff it's actually divided into smaller buildings and spread out a little. We were in Cabo at the slowest time of the year (weekend after Labor Day and after the last Hurricane) but I got the impression that it is generally quite peaceful. I could be wrong but I feel like at most of the AIs privacy will be your biggest obstacle (if that is something very high on your list). However the you do end up paying for that privacy because the AIs are also significantly more affordable - even if you guests don't stay there!

          Unfortunately I have not eaten at either place but there another Sheraton bride on here who I think may have had her tasting. I would imagine the food there is terrific - this is truly a world class resort with basically the best of everything. I think it's actually one of the few 5 stars in Cabo (besides the super expensive Palmilla, Esperanza, etc.)

          As for April, the one thing also to keep in mind in either location is spring breakers (when is that for colleges and high schools? Sometime in march/April right?). You may find that RIU may have a more younger partier atmosphere where the Sheraton (and other locations like it) may be above the price range for college kids and families. But on that same note they are expensive. Tammy(host )could probably give you a better idea if this is true when the big spring break rushes might be.

          The Church is San Jose del Cabo is very cute. It's on a lovely plaza with very pretty steps leading down. I think you can get transportation for about $450/500 per every 40-45 people. I wonder if the hotel could arrange for the preist from the church to perform there ceremony. he would certainly have all those vested powers
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