Originally Posted by mrsbruff2b
I've been seeing a lot of people bouncing this idea around. What are the advantages and disadvantages of getting married here in Ontario, Canada vs in Cancun, Mexico? And for those of you who decided to get legally married here, did you do it before or after? Why?
I heard people doing it before but others choose after because of some issue with passports etc.
First of all, a marriage is legal worldwide no matter which country you get married in. As long as it is a civil marriage registered with the government in the country where it is performed.
We chose to get legally married in Mexico because we didn't have time to do it before hand, and I didn't want just a symbolic wedding. I figured if we had that much trouble once we returned, we could reaffirm our vows in Canada.
So now that we are complete with the whole process here's my opinion. Before we left, we had to order the long form versions of our birth certificates, which cost about $30 each. When we were in Mexico, we had to have blood taken at our resort. For a civil ceremony in Mexico, we paid $300, this included translating all our documents to Spanish and the blood tests. We also requested additional copies of our marriage certificate for $14.
When we returned, I tried to assume my husband's name with our marriage certificate, but was told to have it translated by a certified translator. It cost 20 cents per word, or roughly $60. If you want the contact info for our translator, please PM. I scanned the originals and sent them to her via email. Within a week, I received 2 certified originals of the translation.
So cost wise, getting legally married in Mexico and being able to assume my husband's name cost us $420.
I'm glad we did it legally in Mexico.