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#21 yycbride2016

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 01:17 PM

Congrats on the first step!! I agree, I dont think it takes away from what us brides consider our "dream" wedding day. Its really just to make it official legally and that is all. my fiance and I are going to be doing our JP wedding the day before we fly out because we want both our partents to be there to witness it. We might go out for dinner (depending if we are fully packed to fly out the next day or not) but thats all we will do. It wont be anything fancy. We will probably just go to the court house, say our I do's and sign the papers.

 

My sister actually did her legal ceremony 6 months prior to her DW. I don't think it took away from the day at all. Her passport was expiring and she didnt want to renew twice so she got married, changed her name and got a new passport 6 months prior to Mexio. She also wanted me to be a witness and I was going away for 4 months so she made the JP wedding really early. Her actual day in Mexico really felt like her wedding day and most of us forgot she was already married. It wasn't until my grandma said... is this legal? They didn't sign any papers. hahaha. It was really cute.


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#22 calgarybride2015

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 06:02 PM

Congrats on the first step!! I agree, I dont think it takes away from what us brides consider our "dream" wedding day. Its really just to make it official legally and that is all. my fiance and I are going to be doing our JP wedding the day before we fly out because we want both our partents to be there to witness it. We might go out for dinner (depending if we are fully packed to fly out the next day or not) but thats all we will do. It wont be anything fancy. We will probably just go to the court house, say our I do's and sign the papers.

My sister actually did her legal ceremony 6 months prior to her DW. I don't think it took away from the day at all. Her passport was expiring and she didnt want to renew twice so she got married, changed her name and got a new passport 6 months prior to Mexio. She also wanted me to be a witness and I was going away for 4 months so she made the JP wedding really early. Her actual day in Mexico really felt like her wedding day and most of us forgot she was already married. It wasn't until my grandma said... is this legal? They didn't sign any papers. hahaha. It was really cute.


You can't do court house weddings in Calgary anymore. There is a list of available people on Service Alberta. I can recommend mine if you want when the time comes. We just went to her house. She was $100 but my coworker just used her and I think it was $120. I know 4-5 people who have used her.


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#23 yycbride2016

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 08:10 AM

@calgarybride2015 darn it! I was really hoping the legal side of things would be super simple haha (show up say I do, go home) haha. Thanks for the advice! I'm sure you'll be hearing from me when the time gets closer. Lots of figuring out to do for that it sounds like


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#24 calgarybride2015

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 10:23 AM

@calgarybride2015 darn it! I was really hoping the legal side of things would be super simple haha (show up say I do, go home) haha. Thanks for the advice! I'm sure you'll be hearing from me when the time gets closer. Lots of figuring out to do for that it sounds like


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It actually was super easy, really! Booking her took very little time and we were in and out of her house in under 10 mins :) she doesn't want you chillaxing in her home hehe.


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#25 yycbride2016

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 06:21 AM

@calgarybride2015

Perfect! Thanks! I'll keep that in mind come the winter!


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#26 calgarybride2015

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 05:29 AM

Popping in a little early, for tomorrow I wanted to wish you the best wedding ever! I hope it is everything you dreamed of and more. Remember to slow down and take it all in!!  Can't wait for your review and your pictures!!!


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#27 Sabes44

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 12:39 PM

So cute!  I am glad you wrote about this since so many of us have gone and will go through the same thing.

 

We legally got married the week before our destination wedding too.  I kept trying to make it work to get legally married at the wedding, but Mexico has requirements that just didn't end up workign with our plan.  My fiance (well now husband) had suggested we go to Santa Barbara (they have a beautiful Mission style courthouse) to get married and spend the weekend there.  It ended up being perfect for us.  We hired a professional photographer and I just got all the pictures back and tear up every time I look at them.  I am so happy we did it this way!  

 

Although we are going to celebrate our DW date as our wedding anniversary, the week before will always be very special to us. 

 

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Popping in a little early, for tomorrow I wanted to wish you the best wedding ever! I hope it is everything you dreamed of and more. Remember to slow down and take it all in!!  Can't wait for your review and your pictures!!!

Happy almost wedding day @rachelia160!


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#28 acw271011

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 06:29 PM

So cute!  I am glad you wrote about this since so many of us have gone and will go through the same thing.

 

We legally got married the week before our destination wedding too.  I kept trying to make it work to get legally married at the wedding, but Mexico has requirements that just didn't end up workign with our plan.  My fiance (well now husband) had suggested we go to Santa Barbara (they have a beautiful Mission style courthouse) to get married and spend the weekend there.  It ended up being perfect for us.  We hired a professional photographer and I just got all the pictures back and tear up every time I look at them.  I am so happy we did it this way!  

 

Although we are going to celebrate our DW date as our wedding anniversary, the week before will always be very special to us. 

 


Happy almost wedding day @rachelia160!

 

 

Love your photos! Absolutely beautiful! And what a beautiful place to go too! We've been just once and loved it. Hoping to get back to California again sometime!


@rachelia160 Have a wonderful wedding day tomorrow! I hope it's everything you dreamed of!


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#29 racht33

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 07:35 AM

Curious.. Does anyone know if any legal documents need to be shown to the resort(s) to prove you are legally married prior to the symbolic ceremony? I ask this because I have read if you go to a resort in MX for a honeymoon they require your marriage Lic. at check in. I'm just wondering if this would also be the same for a symbolic wedding. We plan to do our legal marriage in the states the weekend before we head out. Would that be cutting it to close since we won't receive the actual certificate until about 30 days after ?


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#30 Sabes44

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 08:34 AM

@racht33 good question, I think it depends on your resort.  Our resort didn't require anything to show we were already married, I would just ask, but I doubt they would require that.






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