Getting married in Mexico
What style of wedding?
“Beach weddings with traditional Mexican touches are all the rage,” says Gosia Garbacz, of The Holiday Place (theweddingsplace.co.uk). “There are some great spots in Cancun, Tulum and Playa Del Carmen.”
How long does it take to get there?
Mexico City is around 11 hours and 40 minutes from London. London to Cancun takes around 10 hours 40 minutes.
What time of year is best?
Avoid hurricane season (June-October), which particularly affects the Yucatan Peninsula and the southern Pacific coast.
“There is a minimum residency requirement of 72 hours,” says Gosia, “but some resorts require 96 hours.” All documentation, except passports, needs to be in Spanish and have an apostil attached. Depending on the resort, the Spanish translation may need to be carried out and paid for locally. Ask your wedding planner or tour operator about this. Furthermore, a medical exam needs to be done by a local doctor during the week prior to your wedding. For details on this and a full list of required paperwork, click here.
Divorced people cannot marry in Mexico until at least one year after their divorce has been finalised. The rules differ across the country, though. In some areas, like in the state of Quintana Roo (where Cancun is located), women can marry after 300 days, unless during that time she has given birth or can prove that she is not pregnant.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office: www.ukinmexico.fco.gov.uk
Mexican national tourist board: www.visitmexico.com
Wedding planners or specialist operators
The Wedding Place: www.theweddingsplace.co.uk
Tropical Sky: www.tropicalsky.co.uk/weddings-abroad
First Choice: www.firstchoice.co.uk
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