| Originally Posted by Kits55 |
I was married April 2009 at SMB in a legal wedding ceremony. We had our ceremony on the beach as well as the cocktail hour. It was a horrible experience but you DO have to be more organized as far as paperwork, blood tests, etc go.
I only needed my passport in order to get married but there is A LOT of conflicting info on the forum regarding the documents you need for a legal wedding in Mexico. If you're thinking of a legal ceremony contact Cecilia well in advance for confirmation on what you will need. We had to pay a fee for the blood tests and it wasn't quite as fast as we thought it would be. There was a hold up with the doctor in the clinic (They did our blood test in our room) so he was over an hour late and we were waiting around to get to the beach and by then all the chairs were taken.
We had my family (4 members) as our witnesses and luckily they arrived when we did so they "qualified" as witnesses. If you don't have people in MX early enough to qualify then you have to use resort witnesses and they each cost $20.
Our judge was good, even in her red polyester vest suit. We had our Spanish license before we went back to the US but I think we waited for about 2-3 months for our English version license.
Since then I've had issues with the US government accepting those licenses as valid (to change the name on my driver's license, new social security card, passport, etc). I even hired a translation company to translate the Spanish one and am still having issues. I don't know if it's just MN that won't accept them or if other states would give you a hard time as well. In MN they won't let me use the translation or any of the licenses for a new social security card or driver's license because our marriage license was not "approved" by the US Embassy in Mexico. It's a whole mess now and I do wish I had just done a symbolic ceremony and not told anyone!!
Just my two cents I hope that helps. If you have any Qs send me a PM because I don't get the thread updates like I used to.
My mom thought that a money saving method might be to go to a local MN courthouse and get a MN marriage license, which would I think be cheaper and easier for the name change, but I wanted my legal ceremony in Mexico to be the true ceremony, so I opted to go the route of paying $320.
Here is a link to the site with all of the documents and some FAQ: Name Changes
Let me know if I can help. I'm not all the way through the process yet, but my husband is a lawyer and has been helping me.