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#1 jggm

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    Posted 22 February 2008 - 01:22 PM

    Has anyone had a catholic wedding at a resort? I am wondering if there is anyway to have a priest come to the resort or if I will just have to do that back in the U.S. after the "illegal ceremony." We plan on doing our legal ceremony before we go that way we do not have to go through all of the paperwork and pay the extra money. Does anyone have any thoughts? I am not very religous, but my FI's mom is having a hard time with us being married by a minister. Thanks!

    #2 melglnh2o

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      Posted 22 February 2008 - 02:31 PM

      An "official" priest will only perform a Catholic ceremony in a church. They will not do it on the beach. Have you picked a location yet? If not, you could find a resort that has a church onsite. I believe Dreams Tulum has one.

      #3 PaulaV

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        Posted 22 February 2008 - 03:16 PM

        I believe the only outdoor place that allows Catholic ceremonies in the Cancun area is the gazebo between the Marriott Casa Magna and the JW Marriott.

        Anny (anacgarcia) was married there and also did a lot of research regarding where to have a catholic ceremony in the area.
        I actually drove by one of the churches she had pictures of, so you may want to do a search for her post.

        #4 pryzeless

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          Posted 22 February 2008 - 03:40 PM

          I think you can have a catholic ceremony at the EDR's chapel.

          #5 Betsy

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            Posted 22 February 2008 - 08:08 PM

            The Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort has a "catholic wedding package" It is $810 - website is Palace Resorts - Welcome to the Official Site - click on weddings and then it will give you a chance to view the packages.

            #6 jillhiggins

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              Posted 22 February 2008 - 08:31 PM

              I have photographed a wedding at Moon Palace and I know they do.

              Also...won't they do a Catholic service at Grand Occidental Xcaret in Playa del Carmen in the park at that beautiful outdoor chapel up on the hill? I think they might. We stayed there for Catherine's wedding, but she was married at a Catholic chuch downtown - it was AWESOME! They had a mariachi parade down to the beach for cocktail hour.

              #7 jggm

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                Posted 22 February 2008 - 08:38 PM

                Thank you everyone for your input. I will continue to look into it. If not I will just have to go with my first choice which is to have the ceremony take place in the gazebo by a minster. My FI mom will just have to understand-hopefully that goes over well!ha!ha!Yikes!

                #8 Betsy

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                  Posted 23 February 2008 - 03:09 AM

                  Hey Jill - I am SO worried about the pics!! On the Moon Palace website it says they will not let outside vendors in!! Sorry to highjack this post but is that not true? The pics are the most important thing to me at this point!

                  #9 jillhiggins

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                    Posted 24 February 2008 - 10:11 AM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by Betsy
                    Hey Jill - I am SO worried about the pics!! On the Moon Palace website it says they will not let outside vendors in!! Sorry to highjack this post but is that not true? The pics are the most important thing to me at this point!
                    Hi Betsy,
                    I didn't have any trouble. Maybe my client paid for the resort photographer and just didn't use them? I''m not sure. It was Lenita - if you want to email her and ask her about it - send me a PM and I will dig up her email address for you.

                    :)

                    #10 stltk

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                      Posted 01 March 2008 - 04:22 PM

                      I have looked into this also. I am considering Barcelo Maya Tropical/Colonial resort as they have a chapel onsite that they do Sunday mass and weddings there. As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, they don't recognize a marriage if it's not in a church/chapel. Anything on the beach or outdoors or anywhere else is not "legal" as a sacrament of marriage in their eyes. So...the way to have your cake and eat it too, so to speak, is to find a resort with a church/chapel onsite like the some of the other BDW girls have suggested.

                      They have Catholic wedding packages available at these resorts and they arrange for the priest to come to the resort to perform the weddings. It's kind of up to his schedule from what I gathered as to when it's done. Also, you still have to do the pre-cana classes through your church and have all that paperwork down there at least 2 months prior to your wedding.

                      Oops..sorry so long but I've been doing some research on this very subject myself. Unfortunately, I am probably going to have the "illegal" non-church wedding in Mexico anyway because my FI is divorced and the annulment we are working on wont be done by then in time. fun, fun. So, what our priest here at home suggested was to go ahead with the wedding in Mexico, the "illegal' one..lol, and have a validation/blessing ceremony back home when the paperwork for the annulment is done and it's granted. So, that's our plan for the moment..

                      Hope all this helps you, and good luck to ya!!




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