Frequently Asked Questions on Weddings to be performed in Mexico

Do we have to e-mail the documents to you before we arrive?

Yes, a form will be emailed to you, to be completed 30 days prior to the Wedding Date. If your Wedding Ceremony is Legal or Civil, a scanned copy of valid passports from Bride, Groom and the four witnesses will also be required.

What is the Apostille document?

The Apostille document is a special certification document that is accepted in countries that signed the 1961 Hague Convention. This Apostille document enables you to bypass further certification from the US Department of State and immediately send or take your documents to the country of intended use. Please contact your Secretary of State office for information on how to obtain the Apostille Document or check http://www.state.gov/m/a/auth/c16921.htm

How many copies of our birth certificates do you need?

If you need to supply one because of special circumstances (like in the case of the Bride being divorced or widowed) you must have one original copy with Apostille and translation made by an official translator (please consult with your Wedding Coordinator).

Do we need to have a passport to get married in México?

Yes, it is necessary to have a valid passport in order to be legally married in Mexico.

What is a Single Status Affidavit?

Also known as "Single Status Statutory Declaration", it is a document required for legal weddings. It states that you are currently single and have no impediment to get married.

How many days do I need to be at the resort before we can get married?

You must be in Mexico for at least three working days before the wedding. Saturdays, Sundays and Official Mexican Holidays are not considered working days. Please ask your Wedding Coordinator for more details.

How long will it take to know if a Date and Time is available?

If you wish to have your wedding within six months, please fill out a Wedding Application form, available on the internet or through the Wedding Coordinators.

Once we receive the information we will need 48 hours to check date and time availability with the Judge or Minister. It is best to give the Coordinators several options in case the first choice is not available. Once you receive the available wedding dates and times, a $200 USD Non Refundable Deposit is needed to confirm the date.

If you wish to plan your wedding with more than six months in advance, at the Dorado Resorts we have a Judge exclusively for these hotels, therefore, dates can be confirmed up to 12 months in advance, except during Mexican Holidays. Ask your Wedding Coordinator for details.

Is the ceremony performed in English or Spanish?

All ceremonies are performed in Spanish but our Wedding Coordinators will translate during the Ceremony.

Are the weddings performed in Mexico legal in Canada, the United States and the UK?

Yes. Civil weddings performed in Mexico are legal in Canada, the United States and the UK. Please check with your local courthouse on how to register your marriage certificate.

What happens if I do not have a witness for the ceremony?

The resorts will provide witnesses for you, at no extra cost.

Which days of the week, and time of day can I get married?

You can get married 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, except on Mexican Holidays. Most frequent wedding times are based on Daylight savings time.

What are the different wedding sites on the property?

There are a variety of areas: beach front gazebos, garden gazebos and two chapels (one at The El Dorado Royale and one at Dorado Maroma).

Can I have other people join us if they are not guests at the hotel?

Yes, they can join you but they will have to purchase a day pass for the resort. This will give them access to all amenities on the property, up to 8 hours, for that particular day (private events not included). Ask your Wedding Coordinator for details. Children are not allowed at the adults-only resorts.

Can I have my blood test done before I come to the resort?

Blood test must be done in Mexico, to avoid translation costs and expensive paperwork

How do I qualify for the Free Wedding that is advertised?

Contact our Wedding Coordinators for the latest Promotions and Packages information

Or check our Wedding Packages

Do I have to bring my own music?

We have a selection of music that you can choose from. If you do bring your own music we recommend that you bring it in an iPod.

Do I need to pay extra for my wedding dinner?

Every hotel has a "Maximum Group Dinner Reservation" included in your package. However, most Brides also organize at an additional cost, private events, like cocktails, dinners, etc. Please contact your Wedding Coordinator for more details.

How can I find out what other options are available for my wedding?

We have a section on our site called Planning & Ideas, where you can find all available services, options and prices.

If you have other questions or comments, please feel free to contact us. We will be glad to provide special assistance for your needs!

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