Legal Ceremony

Also known as Civil Ceremony, this is the only one that will be recognized as legal once you return to your home country. Being an official event, it is conducted in Spanish by a Judge and translated to English by a Wedding Coordinator.

All Civil Marriages that take place under Mexican laws are completely legal in Mexico. Foreigners marrying in Mexico must legalize their marriage in their country of birth/residence. This is usually done by registering their marriage certificate at their local City Hall.

Translation of the Wedding Certificate has a cost of USD $150.00 and will include an additional copy of the Wedding Certificate, Translation by an Official translator and FedEx shipping.

The United States Department of State requires that all Weddings Certificates from ceremonies performed in the Caribbean, including Mexico, have the Apostille Seal.

This procedure can be done by our Wedding Coordinators with an additional charge of USD $250. By requesting this service you receive: an extra copy of your wedding certificate, the apostille seal, and translation into English, and FedEx delivery to your home address, usually 90 business days after the ceremony (around 4 months after the wedding has been celebrated).

*** Please note the FedEx Delivery Service offered by Destination Weddings @ does not include the taxes that Customs in your country may charge you for. Thank you for your understanding. ***


Valid passports

Although passports are not required for US and Canadian citizens to entry Mexico, they are mandatory for a legal wedding to be performed. Passports must be presented to the onsite Wedding Coordinator at the time of the wedding consultation in Cancun.

Tourist Card

This is provided to all passengers on the plane prior to arrival into Cancun's International Airport. The name on the Tourist Card and Passport MUST be the same.

Health Certificate

Mexican law requires a Health Certificate for all Legal Wedding Ceremonies. Blood tests are done to determine blood type, HIV and STD status.

Tests must be taken at the resort and results are ready within 24 hours. Its cost is USD $250 per couple approximately (unless stated as an inclusion in your wedding package).

Bride and Groom must arrive at their location three business days prior to the legal wedding ceremony date in order to complete the blood tests and process the necessary documents.

Saturday and Sunday are not considered working days.

Single Status Affidavit

Also known as “Single Status Statutory Declaration”, this document is required by the Mexican government to conduct a legal wedding.

The document states that you are currently single and have no impediment to get married; this procedure is signed during the on-site meeting.

Note: On January 2013 the New Law is in effect: If the Couple wishes the Names of their Parents to appear on their Legal Wedding Certificate they must present a Birth Certificate Translated and Apostilled; these documents will be filed with the wedding application and will Not be returned; otherwise the parent’s names will be omitted.

Additional documentation

If the groom is divorced no additional documentation is needed. If the bride is divorced (at least a year must have passed before she can remarry) and her passport is under her maiden name no additional documentation is needed.

If the bride is divorced and her passport is under her ex-husband's last name, then she must present her Birth Certificate and Divorce Certificate translated into Spanish by an Official Translator and should have an Apostille Seal.

The Apostille Seal is necessary when issuing a document from one country to another for legal purposes. For information on how to obtain the Apostille Seal, please contact the Secretary of State Office or visit: The Notarial and Authentication Apostille If a bride or groom's former spouse is deceased then a copy of the Death Certificate is required.

All Legal Documents will remain as part of the Legal Wedding file, they will Not be returned.


Legal Wedding Ceremonies require four witnesses. If the wedding couple provides their own witnesses the following is needed:

  • A Civil Ceremony Form filled out (available through your Wedding Coordinator) indicating:
    • Witnesses name
    • Witnesses age
    • Witnesses nationality
    • Witnesses home address
    • Witnesses occupation
  • Valid passport or driver's license
  • Tourist Card

Witnesses must arrive at the location three business days prior to the legal wedding ceremony date in order to complete the legal document process.

Witnesses must be at least 18 years old at the time of the ceremony.

Family members are permitted to be witnesses for the couple.

Religious Ceremony

This ceremony is available alone or in conjunction with a Civil Ceremony.

Catholic Ceremony

Bride and Groom should visit their parish personally and present:

  • Baptism Certificate updated & first communion certificate (First Communion optional)
  • Confirmation certificate (optional)
    4 witnesses that Bride and Groom have known for at least 3 years
  • Recent photographs of the bride and groom passport size.
  • Authorization letter from your Bishop to celebrate your marriage in another Dioceses outside of your Home area. (Carta de Traslado)

Bride and Groom should participate in their parish premarital wedding course (PRE CANA LESSONS) and ask for a letter that certifies that they took the course.

When all requirements have been met your parish will provide you with a letter authorizing the celebration of the wedding outside of your parish jurisdiction and certified by your archdioceses.

It is important that this letter indicates the full name of the parish and priest who is allowing the wedding celebration.

A donation fee to the Catholic Church of USD $600 applies and must be paid in advance through your Signature Wedding Designer.

You have to send these documents SCANNED, via email to our Local Parish: & and by FedEx (only) 60 days prior your wedding dates to:

Carmita Rocha
Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen
15 Avenida / Calle 12 Norte y 12 Norte Bis s/n
Colonia Centro, Playa del Carmen
Quintana Roo, México
C.P. 77710
P: +52 (984) 873-0188

You have to include in the package:

  • An original copy of your baptism certificate of both, bride and groom.
  • An original copy of your confirmation certificate of both, bride and groom.
  • 4 recent photographs of the bride and groom passport size.

In case you wish to bring your own Catholic Priest we need to receive the “Celebret” (Catholic Priest Credential) in order to verify if they are a Catholic Priest, USD $ 600 Donation fee still applies.

Jewish Ceremony


Official letters from the Bride and Groom's House of Worship must be presented.

Please ask your Wedding Coordinator for details.

Cost: USD $1,200

Symbolic Ceremony

This ceremony is not recognized as legal in Mexico or your home country.

Preferred by couples already married and wishing to have a wedding ceremony, those thinking of a legal ceremony at a later date or those wishing to renew vows with their loved one.

It is typically performed by a Non-Denominational, but can also be performed, for an additional fee, by a Religious Officiant.

Some ministers speak English and for those who do not, the service is translated to English by our professional Wedding Coordinators.

Important Information

Wedding consultations

Consultations are held at the resorts from Monday to Saturday


Weddings are performed the seven days of the week, with exception of Mexican holidays:

  • January 1st
  • February 5th
  • Easter weekend
  • May 1st and 5th
  • September 15th and 16th
  • November 1st, 2nd and 20th
  • December 12th, 24th, 25th and 31st

Wedding time must be requested at the following: Every hour from 11 am to 6 pm For Legal Ceremonies, please consider the Mexican Holidays when booking your wedding date as they are not considered as part of the three-day requirement.

For more information about official Mexico Holidays Calendar visit:

Please note

Weddings must be booked at least 30 days in advance.

A USD $ 300 cancellation fee will apply to all weddings cancelled within 30 days of the confirmed wedding date.


In order to confirm the date of a wedding day and time you must:

Complete a wedding application and make a non-refundable USD $ 200 deposit.

Email this information to

Once the information is received, a confirmation will be sent back within 48 hours.