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#1 cougs

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    Posted 09 April 2008 - 08:02 PM

    I'm trying to figure out some other date in May 2009 that might work out for us if our dates (May 15, May 8, or May 14) are truly all booked as it seems they are. It needs to be May as my FH is in school and I won't do any part of hurricane season. Also we (and our guests) need the year to save $$$.

    We are doing a civil (legal) wedding so we need to be there 4 business days. I'm a little confused ... I know neither weekends nor your day of arrival count, but can your wedding be ON weekday #4?

    I know I read somewhere on this forum that you can't have the services of the judge for the legal ceremony on weekends (is this true??), so that's really screwing everything up, making Friday weddings almost our only possibility (we're set on doing the legal thing IN MEXICO).

    Also, I know neither the requirement days nor the civil wedding itself can be on a Mexican holiday. Anyone know what the OFFICIAL Mexican holidays in May are? Cinco de Mayo immediately came to mind but I just read somewhere that it's not official (verification?). Specifically, I was wondering about Memorial Day (May 25, 2009) and whether that was recognized in Mexico.

    That's a lot of (probably stupid) questions that have most likely already been answered on here but there's so much info to wade thru (you guys are the best) that it's pretty difficult to find specifics!

    #2 FutureMrsHenry

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      Posted 09 April 2008 - 10:06 PM

      I'm not sure (as I am only in the very early planning stages), but I am really curious to know what the answers are.

      #3 SunBride

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        Posted 10 April 2008 - 09:24 AM

        yes you can get married business day 4. So if you arrive Monday, you can get married on friday.

        Some people have actually been able to get the resort to count the arrival day as day 1. I think usually you have to arrive in the early part of the day for this to be allowed.

        In my case I kept strickly being told 4 days (not counting arrival day), but then as we finalized our travel plans teh date changed, we'd be arriving and leaving on a thursday, so we couldn't get married until wednesday, the night before we leave! (seeing as the business days would be friday, monday, tuesday, adn then weddding on wednesday). That wasn't acceptable to me, and all of a sudden they were willing to count the arrival day (our flight arrived at 1pm, we arrived at the resort at about 3 or 3:30). So I would try really hard to push for them to count your arrival day.

        As for memorial day, I'm not sure, but I doubt they celebrate it, I think it's a U.S. thing only (we don't celebrate it here in Canada). I don't know about any other holidays.

        #4 Jenn

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          Posted 10 April 2008 - 01:05 PM

          I can't help with the arrival days, but I did a search for Mexican holidays...

          May 1st - Labor Day (official)
          May 5th - Cinco de Mayo (official)
          May 10th - Mother's Day (unofficial holiday)

          Hope that helps!

          #5 Hartyt509

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            Posted 10 April 2008 - 03:45 PM

            Sorry I've nicked one of your dates




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