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Cost of Getting Legally Married in Cancun

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oops.gif I got my contract today from Dreams Cancun. For some reason I never even thought about paying extra to make our ceremony legal- $620 extra to be exact. I am over budget already and totally freaking out. With the cost of the package I figured it was included.

 

Does anyone know if I just have a symbolic ceremony if that is included in their packages? What is the average price to get married legally in the states?

 

Thanks for your help!

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I know our original travel agent had suggested we go to the court house and get married legally here and then just do a symbolic ceremony in Cancun to help cut costs if we wanted.

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hum, seems very weird, I thought all the Dreams packages including everything to make the ceremony legal. Now I'm worried for my own ceremony at the dreams tulum...

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It was so much easier to get married at home, IMO. We didn't have to get everything translated, no blood tests, no arriving 4 days prior, etc...

 

I can't remember what it cost us, I think $50 maybe, we applied for our marriage license and then we had a 2 or 4 day waiting period, we went back a few weeks later and they did the ceremony.

 

we didn't pay anything extra for the ceremony at dreams, but it wasn't a legal ceremony either.

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Thank you all so much for your responses. I have calmed down a little since this afternoon. I think we will pass on the legal ceremony in Mexico to save some money. I do have a question though- if you are not doing a legal cermony how many days early do you have to be there. I know there was some debate on a post a few months ago (can't get the search to work for some reason) about how many days that ended up being?

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I don't think there is any requirement, at least none that I was told about. We arrived on Tuesday and got married on Friday. It was nice to have a few days to relax, welcome guests and finalize wedding stuff.

 

Claudia called me the day I got there, but I wasn't in my room, after all the flying and layovers and stuff, all we wanted to do was enjoy the resort, so I ended up meeting with her later in the day on wednesday, I think.

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highheels, do you mind sharing what the extra $620 was for? Was it the blood tests or other things? We're just starting to plan our wedding and are looking at Dreams Tulum. I thought that everything was included in the package - I looked through my info package but didn't see anything about extra fees to make it legal.

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Originally Posted by RyanAmanda View Post
highheels, do you mind sharing what the extra $620 was for? Was it the blood tests or other things? We're just starting to plan our wedding and are looking at Dreams Tulum. I thought that everything was included in the package - I looked through my info package but didn't see anything about extra fees to make it legal.
I can tell you exactly what the cost is at Dreams TULUM because I'm getting married there and after reading the thread I was worried so I emailed Landy and asked her about all extra costs for a civil wedding. The costs are:

150$ + tax (10% I think) for blood tests (done at the resort, paid directly to doctor)

50$ (+ tax I think) for judge's transporation

100$ + tax if you want to get an apostille for the marriage certificate (to make it legal, I think it's like a "stamp" or something that certifies that the document is a legal document). this is optional, as you can get it done in your home country at the embassy if you prefer. If they do it for you, it will take a 3-6 months to receive your mariage certificate. The fee includes the cost of mailing you the certificate.

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