Saksbride - your first bridesmaid dress is the one I wanted, but I let my bridesmaids choose as they are the ones wearing it!!! I found that one much more slimming than the ruffly one they choose.
great choices too
There is a large price difference between symbolic and legal, as the legal has a minister and there are blood tests that need to be done, etc. Another big thing to keep in mind is that if you do go for the legal you HAVE to be in Mexico approx 4-5 days before you wed, where as the symbolic you don't.
Saskbride - all I can recommend is that, because you both have kids, do it when you are willing to accept the CRA will ding you for being married HAHAHA I have kids too, I know once I list myself as married I lose all my benefits, so I plan to definitely get married in January. We are thinking about the weekend before. Since my wedding in Mexico is in January, that makes sense anyways....
Personally I wouldn't tell your guests. I have one friend who's been to a destination wedding who has already questioned my wedding date with our arrival date, but I told her that they gave me the dates to choose from LOL!!! It's our little secret. The witnesses I use in Canada WON'T be at the wedding (I planned this once I knew who was/wasn't coming, so there are no slips).
My friend did the same this year, but in Cuba, she said her justice of the peace here was only $125, which is much cheaper!! So we have no regrets with this.
EDIT: depending on the package, the cost difference between symbolic and legal was anywhere from 6000-10000 pesos
Edited by calgarybride2015, 14 July 2014 - 06:28 PM.