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#21 addisonreed1113

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    Posted 11 July 2008 - 12:49 PM

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    I did the same thing. We went to the JP of the peace the Friday before we left and had a symbolic ceremony in Cabo. Made things a lot easier. Welcome to the forum!
    Hey Sandra my fellow Dallas-Mexico bride! Trevor and I are back to bid D after our symbolic wedding in Cabo and need to go to the JP to legalize but are having trouble finding info. could you tell me how/where in dallas you did this? thanks!!! addie
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    #22 FLORENTA

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      Posted 12 July 2008 - 02:57 PM

      hola!
      That is super common here in los cabos, mostly if the couples just do a vows wedding, having a religious wedding can be stressful for most brides as many paper are involved! Legal ceremonies are really easy, you just need to secure your date and bring basic legal papers such as Passport, Birth certificate and if Divorce that paper too, copies of your immigration cards (you’ll get them at the airport ) and fill up the marriage papers.
      But if you are thinking on having a religious wedding, then you need to talk with Padre Juvencio, he is the only priest that speaks English in San Jose Curch,
      Good Luck

      #23 bshortzie

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        Posted 12 July 2008 - 03:42 PM

        We had both our legal and religious ceremonies in Cabos. It was really very easy. We filled out most of the paperwork and faxed/emailed it months before. The coordinator came to our room with a technician and it was over so quick. My husband is usually such a wuss and was a nervous wreck but even he said he barely felt a thing when they took blood. The legal ceremony was the next day. It was done in Spanish with a translator there as well. It was actually a beautiful ceremony. Then we signed and fingerprinted the papers and they sent them to the appropriate place to get stamped so it would be legal here in the US. We had our religious ceremony on Sunday. It was great! Our families came to both ceremonies, although we consider our religious ceremony to be our actual anniversary.

        #24 m&d2011

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          Posted 18 July 2008 - 04:16 PM

          great info guys...thanks

          #25 Maura

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          Posted 18 July 2008 - 04:24 PM

          Quote:
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          We had both our legal and religious ceremonies in Cabos. It was really very easy. We filled out most of the paperwork and faxed/emailed it months before. The coordinator came to our room with a technician and it was over so quick. My husband is usually such a wuss and was a nervous wreck but even he said he barely felt a thing when they took blood. The legal ceremony was the next day. It was done in Spanish with a translator there as well. It was actually a beautiful ceremony. Then we signed and fingerprinted the papers and they sent them to the appropriate place to get stamped so it would be legal here in the US. We had our religious ceremony on Sunday. It was great! Our families came to both ceremonies, although we consider our religious ceremony to be our actual anniversary.
          i just wanted to make you guys aware that barrie had a religious ceremony, but it was not a Catholic ceremony. (i believe barrie's was jewish...she was married by a rabbi i think because i remember her mentioning something about the rabbi's flight being late and it delayed their ceremony) Catholic ceremonies are not as easy as the one she had - the Catholic one, as many of you know, requires lots of paperwork and precana etc etc

          but if you are non-catholic then it should be a cinch to have a religious wedding haha

          #26 nicoleandscott

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            Posted 19 July 2008 - 12:05 AM

            so great to see others doing the same as we are!

            we are getting married legally in texas a few days before we travel to cabo! i'm worried because we leave for cabo on december 31st, soooo i'm hoping the JP will be open during the holidays? (does anyone know?) that might be a silly question?

            my fiance's pastor will be able to perform our religious ceremony, which will be our anniversary! hooray!

            #27 Maura

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            Posted 19 July 2008 - 10:03 AM

            oh i wanted to revisit this thread to say for anyone who is on the fence about whether or not to get legally married in the states first - i'm telling you firsthand, do it! i am SO glad we did. it got rid of all my nerves and anxiety about the big wedding. now i am so chill (well, chill for a type A, anal retentive person haha) compared to a few weeks ago. i have let a lot of stuff go and recognized there are a lot of things that 1) my guests wont care about or 2) the guests wont notice if something is not there, etc etc. i am so much less stressed about the DW than i was before we were legally married, because those things seem so trivial to me now.

            #28 meagan

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              Posted 31 July 2008 - 03:53 PM

              ok...I think I am confused (I know I am confused)

              I plan on doing both in Cabo. (legal and symbolic) Is it still 2 seperate ceremonies? If so, when is the legal one done and when is the symbolic one done. My date is July 10, 2009. I thought I had to do all the blood stuff and paperwork a few days before, then have just a regular ceremony with vows and normal stuff like in the states, you sign the papers and boom..I'm married! I guess I have NO IDEA!

              HELP!

              #29 cantorballard

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                Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:01 AM

                I highly recommend a legal wedding in the states, in conjunction with any Non-U.S. ceremony.

                If you should ever need clarification as to your marital status - it will be a nightmare if you ever need to go back in time. Plus - if laws change, you never have to question whether the non-U.S. ceremony was truly "official".

                Everyone I advise, I tell them to have a civil wedding, file the marriage certificate in their state, and there will never be a question as to the legality of their marriage. You don't ever have to celebrate or remember your civil date, and can always consider your DW date the "official" anniversary - but you can sleep soundly at night, knowing nobody can ever question the legality of your marriage.
                Good luck!
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                #30 angela1184

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                  Posted 08 August 2008 - 02:53 PM

                  Im so glad other Brides are doing this too!!

                  question--what did you all wear? here is my situation so i need some advice

                  bare w me i may ramble on.....on the night of my baptism my father and godfather joked about who would be the one to walk me down the aisle. well yrs later who would have thought my parents would have been divorced (i was 9) i dont really talk to my father so it was just a given that my godfather would be the one to give me away.

                  well here is where it gets tricky--my godfather and his wife are not able to make it to MX. my aunt is afriad to fly so i was going to do the legal cermony here where he would be able to give me away at our cultural center in Chi. <- its similar to city hall but a tad nicer...it would only be our parents, my aunt & uncle (godfather) and my FI grandfather who will also not be able to make it to MX due to his health. SOOOO do i wear a nice dress or just something simple but still white?

                  part of me wants to do a simple dress and a veil to give my godfather the "giving me away" feeling. i will NOT be wearing a veil in MX so part of me is liek wear it to say i had one but then again i think it would be a bit much for tryign to keep it simple. ANOTHER concern of mine is my FI not having the same feelign in MX since it has already been done once.

                  uuuggggh im so confused!! one day im like lets just do the cultural center small (stated above) and do a nice luncheon after. then the next im like screw it we (my FI & I) will just go to city hall sign the paper and call it a day. we can show those (godfather and grandfather) the video when we get back.

                  i have a huge family and although they are all invited to MX i know already that majority of them will not come. i am fine w them not being there, but i am worried they will want to come to the small cermony in Chi when it is supposed ot be just to please mt godfather and his grandfather. i can already see this backfiring on me and its over a yr away!!!

                  what do you all think? am i the only one w this problem i have a terrible time just doing what i want-i always take others into consideration before myself.

                  Please help!!!




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