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We've come to terms w/ this notion...we're having a symbolic ceremony @ Dreams, and having a civil ceremony back at home. BUT, we're not telling anyone this or else thay might not come wink.gif .

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I'm dealing with the same issues/thoughts on the Catholic wedding.

 

So will you have a Catholic wedding in the US?

 

I'm still keeping my options open to finding a Catholic Church to get married in in the Riviera Maya area (problem is I'm having a hard time finding these churches except for the few that are on existing resorts). I haven't been able to figure out if this is legit, but I hope I can do a legal civil wedding in the states and simply a Catholic wedding in Mexico. With that as the case, I'm thinking that I won't need to do the blood tests and legal paperwork (but certainly yes, the Catholic paperwork).

 

If all else fails, we will do Catholic and legal wedding in the US and stage something symbolic yet still religious at the resort/beach. Of course, my mother is balking at this idea but....

 

So I agree, this is challenging! If anyone has any insight I would love to hear about it. I've heard that Ajua Weddings has some expertise in wedding planning, particularly Catholic weddings. I might enlist in their services but honestly have no idea what they charge for their wedding coordination fees.

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I'm dealing with the same issues/thoughts on the Catholic wedding.

So will you have a Catholic wedding in the US?

I'm still keeping my options open to finding a Catholic Church to get married in in the Riviera Maya area (problem is I'm having a hard time finding these churches except for the few that are on existing resorts). I haven't been able to figure out if this is legit, but I hope I can do a legal civil wedding in the states and simply a Catholic wedding in Mexico. With that as the case, I'm thinking that I won't need to do the blood tests and legal paperwork (but certainly yes, the Catholic paperwork).

If all else fails, we will do Catholic and legal wedding in the US and stage something symbolic yet still religious at the resort/beach. Of course, my mother is balking at this idea but....

So I agree, this is challenging! If anyone has any insight I would love to hear about it. I've heard that Ajua Weddings has some expertise in wedding planning, particularly Catholic weddings. I might enlist in their services but honestly have no idea what they charge for their wedding coordination fees.
hi johanna, another member, monika (adamsgrrl) got married in a catholic church in RM. monika is also from chicago so i know she would be happy to help you with that. i am doing exactly what your idea is -- a legal civil ceremony here and then the "legal" catholic wedding in mexico. and yes you wont have to do the bloodwork and all that junk to make it legal in mexico. but let me tell you that the catholic paperwork is no picnic! smile27.gif

(also, we're having a chicago girls get together in march and you could meet monika in person :) search for a thread called Calling all CHICAGO brides)

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Hello Leia, this may sound a bit nuts, but we are in a country that's very flexible on many things, and it is quite different from the U.S., where standards are all set. It may sound wild, but for an extra fee for outstanding expenditures, a small-town catholic priest may in the area of Los Cabos may want to consider marrying you both on the beach. don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about a hand out or anything beneath the table, but going out would mean greater expenses for him as well. Though your WC might not like the idea because this would obviously mean investing at least a day's worth of traversing small town nearby. It would cost you extra to pay the WC, of course.

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Originally Posted by mitchell.johanna View Post
I'm dealing with the same issues/thoughts on the Catholic wedding.

So will you have a Catholic wedding in the US?

I'm still keeping my options open to finding a Catholic Church to get married in in the Riviera Maya area (problem is I'm having a hard time finding these churches except for the few that are on existing resorts). I haven't been able to figure out if this is legit, but I hope I can do a legal civil wedding in the states and simply a Catholic wedding in Mexico. With that as the case, I'm thinking that I won't need to do the blood tests and legal paperwork (but certainly yes, the Catholic paperwork).

If all else fails, we will do Catholic and legal wedding in the US and stage something symbolic yet still religious at the resort/beach. Of course, my mother is balking at this idea but....

So I agree, this is challenging! If anyone has any insight I would love to hear about it. I've heard that Ajua Weddings has some expertise in wedding planning, particularly Catholic weddings. I might enlist in their services but honestly have no idea what they charge for their wedding coordination fees.
FI and I are both Catholic and even though we are getting married in Mexico we definitely wanted to be married in the Catholic Church. We are, however, legally getting married either before or after we get back from Mexico. The church ceremony is much more important to us than the legal ceremony anyway. We are getting married at a church in Cancun. We did look at some other churches (others in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras) while we were there on a site visit. I believe I still have pictures of them all if you are interested. Just let me know.

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I'm not sure if we are going to get married in the catholic church. If we are, it'll probably be really small...maybe just our immediate family. AS of right now, we don't have any plans yet.

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I'm dealing with the same issues/thoughts on the Catholic wedding.

So will you have a Catholic wedding in the US?

I'm still keeping my options open to finding a Catholic Church to get married in in the Riviera Maya area (problem is I'm having a hard time finding these churches except for the few that are on existing resorts). I haven't been able to figure out if this is legit, but I hope I can do a legal civil wedding in the states and simply a Catholic wedding in Mexico. With that as the case, I'm thinking that I won't need to do the blood tests and legal paperwork (but certainly yes, the Catholic paperwork).

If all else fails, we will do Catholic and legal wedding in the US and stage something symbolic yet still religious at the resort/beach. Of course, my mother is balking at this idea but....

So I agree, this is challenging! If anyone has any insight I would love to hear about it. I've heard that Ajua Weddings has some expertise in wedding planning, particularly Catholic weddings. I might enlist in their services but honestly have no idea what they charge for their wedding coordination fees.

Hi Johanna! I just had a Catholic Wedding in this adorable church in Playa del Carmen and then had my reception at The Royal Playa del Carmen. We ran into the same issues everyone else did but my fiance (now husband) didn't like the idea of having multiple ceremonies. (symbolic and "real") So we had the ceremony at the church and the reception at the beach.

It worked out really well because we ended up having a procession with all our guests down 5th Avenue to the reception which was so fun!

My mom was in direct contact with the church so you really don't need a planner to do it. I will be posting my pictures soon so you can see what the church looks like. Its very charming!!

Feel free to message me with any questions!


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Hi Antonia

 

I'm going through this now. I wanted to get married on the beach but that doesn't seem likely. I'm having it at the royal Playa del carmen so i wanted to know what cheurch you got married in.

 

Thanks for you help

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