Originally Posted by ChocoTaco7568
Hey ladies, Iâ€™m looking for a bit of input. Like many of you, my Fi and I are having a symbolic ceremony for our destination wedding and taking care of all the leagal formalities before or after. We had no intention of informing our guest of this, as far as theyâ€™re concerned, the ceremony in Mexico would be the real deal. We thought it would somehow cheapen the experience for them if they knew. As such, we decided that we were going to script or own ceremony for the officiant to read.
Based on recent feedback from ladies who have gotten married at my resort, the wedding coordinator procrastinates in providing the officiant with the scripted ceremony and waits until the day of, literally minutes before. To make things worse, not only is the officant unfamiliar with the script, but their accents are so thick that itâ€™s hard to understand whatâ€™s being said.
So my question is this, will my guests have a cheapened experience if they know the ceremony isnâ€™t legal? Is it worth trying to find an outside officiant and pay an extra $250-$400 and conduct phone interviews? Or will my guest be okay, since legal or not, this is the ceremony that counts and the date that we will celebrate future anniversaries on. If so, weâ€™re thinking about asking my brother to marry us in Mexico.
Choco, I'm a little late in joining the thread and haven't finished reading all the posts yet but I just wanted to tell you that I got confirmation from a woman that just got married at my resort last month as well as my wedding coordinator that they changed the laws in Mexico (certain cities at least). The only thing we have to do to get married legally is have our passport and tourist card and take the blood test at the resort.
You no longer have to have birth certificates transcribed, etc. Of course we'll have our passports anyway and the tourist card we'll receive from the airline on the plane. The only thing that will feel like it's "extra" is paying the $200 to the doctor at the resort for the blood test. At one point, I was contemplating whether or not we would jump through the hoops to do it legally, but now that they did away with so many of the challenging aspects we're definitely going the legal route.
We're getting married at Excellence Playa Mujeres so I'm not sure if the situation is different at Now Jade. Hope that helps!