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Thanks Natasha I think I will def do hair and makeup at the hilton. May I ask how much you paid for your make up?

-Glenda
I think it was $60 for makeup? We had a 20% discount as well (?) because we did a spa day.

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Thank you so much Natasha. That is a big help. I am going to look for the recap section to see what others said as well. I am hopefully getting married in Costa Rica though, so the places do not help me, but I am sure they help lots of others. If anyone out there is getting married in or got married in Costa Rica, drop me a line, I need lots of info :)
I love Costa Rica - if you decide to honeymoon there, stay at Tabacon in the Arenal area. It is so much fun (and fabulous food). Everyday we went to the congierge and arranged for our next day's activity (horseback riding to a waterfall, spelunking, visiting a tribe's home and learning about their medicinal strategies) and then we'd come back and sit in the 32 different hot springs that they have!

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Wow, that place sounds awesome, I will look into it for sure. Would you mind telling me if it was a lot to stay there? I am not sure yet what kind of budget we will have for the honeymoon, I have to book a location first :)

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I have contacted Maye and she's recommending the single guitarist however, Cain seems to think it won't give a good range in music. She gave me a name of "Arturo Sotomayor" who plays similar music, but I'm not having any luck finding songs by him online. She said that the guy she's recommending doesn't have a website, nor does the trio she uses.
I loved our trio and so did our guests. Same with the mariachi. However, I can't tell you anything that they played as it's background music. But when you're drinking cocktails and having dinner, you don't want to pay attention to the music. I don't remember what the Mariachi played either - I never noticed, but I know it was sure great having them there. I was too into the conversation.

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Can somebody please give me an idea of how much an officiant costs? I am not getting married legally or by the church in Mexico, I just want a symbolic ceremony and I was curious as to how officiants charge. I know it all depends but I figured I would ask to get an idea. Thanks.

 

-Glenda

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So, I'm late to this thread but I have a question for the married ladies too... What was the ceremony like? I feel like we all talk about the party the most...

 

Was it really short and rushed?

Did you all have them in Spanish and translate?

Did you get any time to personalize it with the officiant?

Could you do your own vows, or anything special?

 

thank you!

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Can somebody please give me an idea of how much an officiant costs? I am not getting married legally or by the church in Mexico, I just want a symbolic ceremony and I was curious as to how officiants charge. I know it all depends but I figured I would ask to get an idea. Thanks.

-Glenda
Maye officiated for us (we wrote our entire ceremony) and it was included in her $800 fee.

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So, I'm late to this thread but I have a question for the married ladies too... What was the ceremony like? I feel like we all talk about the party the most...

Was it really short and rushed?
Did you all have them in Spanish and translate?
Did you get any time to personalize it with the officiant?
Could you do your own vows, or anything special?

thank you!
If you want to be officially, formally, married in Cabo you have to have the legal ceremony in its entirety exactly as written and in Spanish. You can pay to have a translator (~$150). You can also add on to the ceremony your own section AFTER the officiant is done with the legal ceremony. Part of the ceremony is signing documents. Some judges will wait to do the signatures after you do your own vows (if they don't have another wedding after). In total, the legal ceremony, translated, is about 20 minutes (according to Maye).

We opted to get married in the States the day after we got back. We did not have the legal ceremony. We wrote our own ceremony and Maye officiated for us. I loved it. It was about 7 minutes. It felt like the perfect amount of time and it was perfect for us. It didn't feel rushed and it was the most important part of the whole day for my husband and me.

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