UPDATE TO OUR SITUATION:
When I last posted here, we were on the fence. We have now booked our wedding for April 2, 2013 at Riu Palace Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen. We have decided to have the legal/civil ceremony there. We will arrive Wed.,3/27/12 so we have ample time to work through the "red tape." Luckily 4 of our guests are also coming the same day so they will be our legally required witnesses. It all "seems" to be coming together. Getting there sooner willalso allow me time to get my OOT bags together and delivered.
I just need to confirm exactly what documentation we need in regard to my FI's Divorce Decree. It is required I bring the original decree with us, along with a copy translated into Spanish and apostilled. This should be fun!
Originally Posted by elissae
A friend suggested the same thing to my FI & I. Get legally married before here in NYS before going to Mexico & then just have the spiritual ceremony in Mexico instead of the civil one.....no one the wiser.
At first I thought no, we cannot do that. Although as I research the civil ceremony & see all the formalities, i.e., translation of pertinent docs to Spanish, have them notarized, the couple & 4 witnesses needing to be in Mexico 3 business days prior to wedding date for blood tests, licences etc., the costs add up. So I was almost "swayed" to do this. Although my FI (his 2nd marriage, my 1st) wants to make it official in Mexico. He wants the anticipation/excitement of the commitment.
It's still early - the jury is out - all depends when we confirm our date. We want to schedule during the 2013 Easter/School break...anxiously waiting on the school board to approve. Once we have that, we then have to plan not only the wedding date, but the travel dates around those required 3 business days.
I see you day is coming up. Are you all set with your required docs, etc?
Originally Posted by echraide
I completely understand your stress. FI and I have gone over the same decision over and over. Regardless of how illogical it is, some people would feel like a DW isn't "worth it" if it isn't legal. We decided to just go with the headache of doing it in mexico, but if I was doing it locally first and formally in Mexico, I would do it the same way you are. Noone will know, it'll be fine =)