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#1 molissa10

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    Posted 13 April 2010 - 04:52 PM

    I'm curious to know if any of you are having a Costa Rican legal wedding (marriage) or not, and what led you to that choice?

    We are choosing to hit the court house once we get home, to have a US legal marriage.

    #2 Ask.CostaRica

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      Posted 13 April 2010 - 05:53 PM

      Part of the magic is knowing that you get married on the spot, right after the kiss. In any case, once you sign the docs in Costa Rica you get your certificate within 2-3months (registered at the US Embassy/respective embassy). You can expedite by paying and additional fee. Best in the country is Marcelo Galli (costa rica weddings). Beautiful ceremonies, perfect english, quick & simple. You can modify ceremony as you wish. Contact him for details.

      #3 Mere

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        Posted 13 April 2010 - 06:04 PM

        We are getting legally married a few days before we depart to Mexico. We didn't want to have to deal with the extra work, extra money, and wait for the legalized ceremony in Mexico. We will be having a symbolic ceremony in Mexico. I hope you don't mind me posting this here even though you asked Costa Rico brides.

        #4 Smidge

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          Posted 24 April 2010 - 11:11 AM

          Mere has it right. Have a legal ceremony stateside before you leave for a wedding outside the US. Make it clinical and quick and save your vows and ring exchange for the destination site. There are just too many opportunities for things to go wrong and for people to take advantage of you outside the US.

          #5 Mere

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            Posted 24 April 2010 - 03:32 PM

            Smidge: Thank you and you have more great reasons as to why I am choosing to do this.

            #6 ksk336801

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              Posted 04 July 2010 - 05:35 PM

              We had a legal ceremony in CR in December 2009. It worked out well but the only thing I would say is to ask more questions about the document preparation. I was under the impression that we would get certified copies of our marriage certificate in English and Spanish, but (after more than 3 months) we ended up only getting one and it was in Spanish. Luckily it's worked everywhere I've needed it (like with social security, banks, dmv, etc.) but I do wish I had one in English as well.

              #7 Ask.CostaRica

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                Posted 07 July 2010 - 07:07 PM

                Legal docs have to be presented to the US/Canadian embassies translated into English. most of the lawyers we know in the destination wedding biz do this as a standard. Make sure this si done to avoid future problems. Lawyers that do not translate may be new in the DW biz.

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