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#1051 kleenotes

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    Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:24 AM

    Hey Girls!


    I need some advice of a Civil Ceremony/ Symbolic.  

    The CC requires your blood work be done in MX, arrive 3-4 days before and have 4 witnesses. 

    * Has anyone had one of these?  Can you explain exactly how it works?  How do I get a marriage cert. back in the US? 


    If I choose a symbolic ceremony, how does this work?  Would I have to be "married" in the US first?




    #1052 DalChrisWedding

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      Posted 03 February 2012 - 06:44 AM

      The civil ceremony is the "legal" ceremony, which makes the marriage legal in Mexico AND USA.  The civil ceremony will be done in spanish by a judge (justice of peace) and then translated in English. Mexican laws require a Health Certificate for all Legal Wedding Ceremonies. Blood tests are done to determine blood type, HIV and STD status. Tests must be taken at the resort and results are ready within 24 hours. Approximate cost is $250 USD per couple (unless stated as an inclusion in your wedding package). Bride and Groom must arrive at their hotel three business days prior to the legal wedding ceremony date in order to complete the blood tests and process the necessary documents. Saturday and Sunday are not considered working days.  When you get home you have to register your marriage certificate at your local City Hall.  You must have the  Apostille Seal in order for it to be legal in the USA, this is usually an additional cost which is included with the "civil ceremony" package at OCT.   


      The symbolic ceremony is not legal, and you can get married before or after the wedding.  My suggestion is that you get married legally afterwards but if you decide to get married before do not tell ANYONE.  I spoke with a couple that did that and their guests were upset and didn't feel like spending so much to travel to their destination to see them get married when they were already legally married.  Their guests told them that it didn't feel as special.  Just a heads up :-)

      #1053 DalChrisWedding

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        Posted 03 February 2012 - 08:11 AM

        Is anyone having a rehearsal dinner? If so, where and are you being charged for this?

        #1054 AnaS

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          Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:45 AM

          I am having a rehearsal dinner in Puerto Morelos. There are a couple of decent restaurants (not great) and not too expensive. I feel that this way we are getting out of the resort and enjoy some time just with close family and wedding party.


          Any group reservation in one of the a-la carte restarnats at OCT has an extra charge ( I think about $25/person). I believe you can do the buffet restaurant at no charge.


          Happy Planning!

          #1055 kleenotes

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            Posted 03 February 2012 - 03:21 PM

            Thank you!  That is very helpful about the civil and symbolic information! :)

            #1056 aallen6975

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              Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:15 AM

              Hey!  I am getting married April 26, 2012 at OCT.  I haven't had the chance to get in touch with the coodinator there, my travel agent just booked us to stay 7 nights in the Privileged Jr. Suite.  Since we booked 7 nights in this suite, we are qualified for the "Free" wedding, which so far, has come out to be cheaper than booking 5 nights and paying $1250 for the wedding package. 


              PLEASE send me all the info. you have!!  I haven't done anything but book our flight and hotel.  I am running wayyyy behind.  But, it's only going to be us 2 and a close couple of friends.  We are having a symbolic ceremony.  Please send me any helpful hints. 


              I am also hiring an outside photographer, someone local to the area...Dean Sanderson.  Any way around the outside vendor fee???  Can he just stay for 1 night and be considered a guest?


              My email address is:  aallen6975@yahoo.com



              #1057 aallen6975

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                Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:22 AM

                Can you send me your OCT info.  My wedding is April 26th!  We are arriving on April 22nd and leaving April 28.  Looks like you will be there at the same time as us!!  :)  Please help me with any info you have.  I just booked OCT yesterday and completed my flight. I haven't accomplished anything other than that!  Running out of time.  I'm also hiring an outside photographer.  Any new news on vendor fees?  If I book him for the night to stay, then is he considered a guest?


                Anyway, any info will help me at this point.  I haven't been able to contact the wedding coordinator yet.  What is her email address?


                Thanks!!  :)

                Originally Posted by DalChrisWedding 

                Hey Girls!  So I have been on this site for a while but have not yet posted!  I love all the great information!

                My Fiance and I are getting married at OCT on April 20, 2012 and have been working with Ana to plan.  We have over 70 people coming which is crazy!!  Ana has been great but takes a little while to get back to us.   She has emailed me pictures of flowers, along with her florists website, and pictures of cocktail hour/ceremony and reception set up.  If anyone wants any of this stuff let me know and I'll be happy to share!

                We are booking an outside photographer and I was wondering what everyone else is being charged for this?

                From what I read you do NOT want to go with their photographer.  Let me know what you guys are being charged for this, I think its crazy to be charged extra for something that they are NOT providing a service for.

                Also we are having cocktail hour on the beach with appetizers and alcohol along with a mariachi band.  Anyone else doing a cocktail hour?  I would love to compare prices.

                My parents went to visit OCT and sat down with Ana, they said she was very nice and accomadating and that the resort was beautiful (they took a lot of pictures if you guys would like to see).



                #1058 leahbecker

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                  Posted 05 February 2012 - 01:43 PM

                  Hi everyone. I'm looking to do the rooftop ceremony. I've heard that there are flashy paintings on the walls that really take away from the beauty of the rooftop location. Can anyone share their thoughts on this?


                  #1059 TropicLover

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                    Posted 05 February 2012 - 09:58 PM

                    Hey!  My TA was recently down there and she said the murals were only at one of the rooftop locations (the one with the 2 yellow mini covered areas).  Apparently it's near the Teen Club area so I think it's part of it.  The Lobby Terrace (see below) doesn't have any paintings so that might be a better option for you if you were thinking rooftop. 

                    Hi everyone. I'm looking to do the rooftop ceremony. I've heard that there are flashy paintings on the walls that really take away from the beauty of the rooftop location. Can anyone share their thoughts on this?



                    #1060 Agy12

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                      Posted 06 February 2012 - 07:18 AM

                      Hi ladies,


                      I am so glad I found this forum. I am getting married on April 18, 2012 at OCT. I was wondering if anyone plans to have their hair, makeup and nails done over there?


                      Thanks a lot

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