Originally Posted by marooon13
Need some help!
Our wedding is 2 months from today! My brother is ordained and we were planning on having him marry us, rather than some guy from Mexico we have never met before. Anyways, I sent our final documents to our wedding coordinator, Claudy, this weekend (mentioning that we had someone to marry us) and I got this response:
- I just saw you are bringing someone to marry youâ€¦. you that is consider a a symbolic ceremony here in Mexicoâ€¦If you want to have a civil/legal oneâ€¦you need to use our justice of the peace and to have a blood test.
I know that I have read of numerous brides bringing someone to Mexico to marry them. I don't know if the legal aspect of it has changed but I don't understand why we aren't able to bring our own minister. Has anyone else had this problem or have any advice for me?
I know our other option is to get married in a court house first then have a symbolic ceremony but the reason we are having a destination wedding in the first place is because we do not live near our families and court house or not, I want my parents to be there- which is not likely to come together just 2 months before the wedding.
Marin - I responded to your PM, but figured I would post it here, too. Unbeknowst to our guests, we were legally married at home. We had a friend who is ordained that performed the ceremony for us at her house, with just her and our 2 witnesses there. We did it about 2 weeks before our Mexican wedding. It was just alot easier for us, plus we knew we wanted a friend to perform our real wedding ceremony in Mexico for us. It saved us alot of headache and was perfect.
Originally Posted by Billandstina
Well it's great to hear that! I want everyone to have the most memorable wedding experience so I think we'll do it. Do you mind telling me what your schedule of events was?
If you use Doremixx, they will send you an Excel spreadsheet that you can modify to make your wedding reception timeline. I still have mine, and if you PM me your email address, I'll forward it over. Also, I made a list on the spreadsheet of "must play" songs, and certain "no not play" songs. They followed this, and our crowd, perfectly. I had said to only do slow songs if the crowd seemed into it, and they obviously saw our crowd wanted all dancing songs - because they never played slow songs, and it was perfect for us.
Here was our timeline, I mostly wanted to get all the formal stuff out of the way so we could just party it up once everything was done. We also didn't do a garter toss or bouquet toss, so you could add those in somewhere.
5:30 PM Guests arrival(Reception area)
5:40 PM Wedding party arrives
5:45 PM Bride & Groom Arrival
5:50 PM First dance (Bride & Groom)
5:55 PM Father & Daughter Dance
6:00 PM Mother & Son dance
6:05 PM Toast
6:10 PM Cake cutting
6:12 PM Dinner Blessing
6:15 PM Dinner Served (1st Course then Best Man & Maid of Honor speech. While Serving Cake, Bride & Groom Thank You Speech)
7:15 PM Party start
9:25 PM Next to last song
9:30 PM Last song