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#1 newfiebride

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    Posted 15 January 2008 - 01:22 PM

    For those of you getting married in Dr, how did you get your documents done that are needed for the wedding? Did you use wedo? or something else? and how much is it costing you?

    #2 foxytv

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      Posted 15 January 2008 - 04:37 PM

      After researching the legalities, length of time to get originals, and cost -- we decided to do a vow renewal and sign our legal documents before we leave for the DR.

      However, if I were to do the legal ceremny in the DR, I likely would have used WeDo, for simplicity reasons.

      I think we figured about $1150 for the paperwork and judge.

      It can also take several months to get the original paperwork back -- and in the US, most companies only allot 30-days from a "life changing" experience (marriage/birth of child/etc) to be added onto insurance w/o having to worry about "open enrollments" or pre-existing conditions.

      it was just wwaayy easier and makes more sense for us to do the legal stuff beforehand, since I definitely want to switch to his military insurance once we are married.

      #3 Otis1230

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        Posted 15 January 2008 - 04:45 PM

        I just sent all our documents to Wedo Sat and the paid Ups return.
        I made copies for wedo, myself, and the resort.
        It cost us 240.00 for the translation and stuff. and the judge is 750.00 the day of the ceremony. It all depends- we are only having 25 guest and to me its 1 day and alot cheaper than having a wedding in the USA. It all depends- the judge has been great- we got 5pm and the paperwork back and forth I heard is reasonable in time.
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        #4 twinkletoes

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          Posted 15 January 2008 - 05:46 PM

          I am still debating on whether or not to have a symbolic or civil cermony. At the hotel I'm looking at, the judge's fees are included in the package along with the ceremony, setup, hors d'ouvres, flowers, & reception/cake & massage, and a few extras (like a free certificate for a 4 day/3 nite stay on our 1st anniversary) for like $1,250. So in addition, I got a quote from WEDO for $240 as well for document translations. So all in all my ceremomy, reception, judge, and documents are about $1,490. Not too bad, imo.

          Like Tami mentioned, I'm a little weary about the time it takes to send the original documents. Our open enrollment is in January so I'm wondering if 6 months is enough time to get our documents, see that I dont think they will have it to us in 30 days for the 'life-changing' event!
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          #5 Carrie-Dreams DR

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            Posted 15 January 2008 - 05:47 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by newfiebride
            For those of you getting married in Dr, how did you get your documents done that are needed for the wedding? Did you use wedo? or something else? and how much is it costing you?
            we originally were going to do the civil ceremony in DR, and would have cost us $50 for notarization of single status doc, $290 for the translation/legalization with WeDo, and $300 for the resort judge...we decided to get married before we go, it's cheaper and less of a hassle...we just will keep it a secret, our guest will never know the difference.

            #6 newfiebride

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              Posted 15 January 2008 - 06:42 PM

              We've actually been back and forth on the whole civil or symbolic ceremony things. Some days we agree on Civil and others symbolic. We both dont want to lose any of the meaningfullness of walking down the aisle to be married...we;re both a afraid we'll be thinking "ah, we already done this a few days ago"

              So today, we're on the civil bandwagon, lol....and we have to get our papers going now if we plan on that...

              no offense to any of you doing the symbolic though...I definately agree on the less hassle, cheaper part of it!!! thats why we're so on the fence about it!!

              #7 foxytv

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                Posted 15 January 2008 - 06:57 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by newfiebride
                We've actually been back and forth on the whole civil or symbolic ceremony things. Some days we agree on Civil and others symbolic. We both dont want to lose any of the meaningfullness of walking down the aisle to be married...we;re both a afraid we'll be thinking "ah, we already done this a few days ago"

                So today, we're on the civil bandwagon, lol....and we have to get our papers going now if we plan on that...

                no offense to any of you doing the symbolic though...I definately agree on the less hassle, cheaper part of it!!! thats why we're so on the fence about it!!
                One thing to consider, although I have no idea how it works in Canada ...

                We are using a Notary to do the ''legal' stuff. This will not be a ceremony b/c e want only one ceremony. And we will not be exchanging rings or vows, because again, we want our DR wedding to be the first and only time we do all of these things. We will simply be signing the marriage certificate and she will notarize it and get it filed for us while we are gone.

                So, we are not having two ceremonies. We literally are only signing the papers before we go. Our DW will be considered our 'real' wedding date for us -- and our vows will be said for the first time, rand rings exchanged, during that ceremony.

                #8 twinkletoes

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                  Posted 15 January 2008 - 07:21 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by foxytv
                  One thing to consider, although I have no idea how it works in Canada ...

                  We are using a Notary to do the ''legal' stuff. This will not be a ceremony b/c e want only one ceremony. And we will not be exchanging rings or vows, because again, we want our DR wedding to be the first and only time we do all of these things. We will simply be signing the marriage certificate and she will notarize it and get it filed for us while we are gone.

                  So, we are not having two ceremonies. We literally are only signing the papers before we go. Our DW will be considered our 'real' wedding date for us -- and our vows will be said for the first time, rand rings exchanged, during that ceremony.
                  I was wondering about what date we would celebrate if we were to sign the paperwork here first. Great insight Tami!
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