Definitely check with your resort on this one. All resorts differ on whether or not they require legal marriage before they perform a symbolic ceremony. I'm getting married at Dreams Palm Beach and they don't require you to be married first so I am getting married after. So since you are Dreams Tulum hopefully they have the same rules.
I feel the same way about the marriage, saying our vows to eachother is marriage. Coming back to Canada and signing papers is just legal paperwork stuff. Your day in mexico will be your wedding day.
And for a symbolic ceremony you can ask them to have something for you to sign so that it looks like a real ceremony. Lots of girls do this and the guests are none the wiser!
Originally Posted by abbie32
I didn't realize that you could get legally married in Canada AFTER your symbolic ceremony in Mexico. I thought you had to have legal papers for the symbolic ceremony. I don't want to get blood work and get everything translated down there. It sounds like such a hassle and too many places for things to go wrong. haha
This changes everything! I'm going to double check with my resort to see what we need. I would prefer to do the paperwork when we come back as well. I also don't want anyone to know that it's a symbolic vs. legal ceremony. My wedding coordinator told us that the only difference between the two ceremonies is that we don't sign papers. I have family members that are very religious and didn't believe in getting married in a place other than the church, so I certainly don't want them to think that this isn't a "real" wedding. To us, our ceremony on the beach saying our vows to each other in front of our closest friends and family is our wedding day and becoming husband and wife is based on our promises to each other and exchanging our rings vs. signing formal papers.
Thanks for your input!! I hope we can do the same thing. Not sure if different resorts have different rules. We're getting married at the Gran Bahia Principe Tulum.