I'm a little surprised by how many people are doing the legal ceremony prior to their wedding! I mean, it's definitely the easier route, but there are a lot of you keeping it a secret, which tells me you feel wrong about it. I personally would feel pretty annoyed if I paid a ton of money to watch someone I love get married only to find out they aren't really getting married.
My personal thought is yes, we could save some money by getting legally married before we went to mexico...but your family and friends are paying a lot of money to come watch you get married, that means they should really get to watch you get married, not have a vow renewal.
That's just my .02
Wow... I feel this post is a bit judgemental- and certainly don't like the implication that we are "ripping our guests off by not having a real wedding"... Our wedding will be very real.
IF we did a legal ceremony in Mexico the entire ceremony is required to be done in Spanish (at our resort) my guests would be sitting there not a part of our special moment because about 1/10th of them speak Spanish.
IF we did a legal ceremony in Mexico we would need to arrive 4 business days prior to wedding date, and the only Canadian tour operator that has rights to our hotel would have us arriving 3 business days before our wedding date (a special date).
IF we did a legal ceremony in Mexico we would be required to do blood test in our hotel. I'm not comfortable doing this- I will have never met this doctor and have no idea how clean their practices are.
IF we did a legal ceremony in Mexico, I would need to have my divorce papers translated. I have an over 200 page divorce docket that was very detailed. Average price is $5 a page. No thank you.
IF we did a legal ceremony in Mexico I would need to get a lengthy amount of additional paperwork completed that is not simple because although I am divorced, I chose to keep my name of my former husband for the sake of our children. This is not common or generally heard of by the Mexican courts and it complicates things greatly.
A REAL wedding isn't a stamp on a paper by a judge. It's the gathering of those whose hearts are invested in our own... Who's strength and support has brought us to the celebration of our union... And the gathering of loved ones witnessing a promise between two people who commit to loving one another for a lifetime.
My family and friends most certainly will be attending a REAL wedding when they travel to witness our symbolic ceremony.
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