Originally Posted by jszy10
Question for you ladies...
So I saw a thread on here not too long ago about brides "doing the paperwork" before going to Mexico and just having a symbolic ceremony. At first I thought, "oh no, I could never do that" ... but I have friends that know people who have had destination weddings, and they have all done the "paperwork" before they went down...so it made me start to wonder if that is a good idea? Any thoughts on that?? Does anyone know how different the civil ceremony would be from the symbolic??? I wouldn't want it to look any different than a real wedding?? Although one thing I've seen a lot of are pictures of everyone signing the paperwork in the middle of the wedding ceremony, which I could definitely do without -- which would be one perk if we did it before hand. Thoughts!?!?
I had a symbolic ceremony at Moon Palace in July & it definitely looked & felt like a "real" wedding. You still sign something in the middle of the ceremony (even though it's symbolic), but you don't have to do the fingerprinting which is done in the legal ceremony.
Just as Lilbuddah said in an earlier post, one of the main reasons to get married at home is the ease of getting a copy of the license later if ever needed. It's hard enough dealing with a Mexican resort, I can't imagine having to deal with their government if I needed a copy of my marriage certificate in the future. Not to mention the translation fees, etc.
I felt bad about getting married beforehand too, and so we didn't. I asked my WC if we could get married afterwards (at home) & she said it wasn't an issue (I printed out the email where she stated that so I'd have proof if necessary when we showed up unmarried). We just brought our passports to our meeting with our WC, and no issue was ever made of the fact that we didn't have a marriage license. We got married in a simple ceremony with just my parents when we got back. Everyone else at the Mexico wedding believed we were married there.