Non Denominational Minister's Ceremony (non legal)
The Minister's ceremony is approximately 20 minutes and directed in
ceremony is not legally valid, however it is an essential part of the wedding
The ceremony is carried out with all the ammunition of love,
giving every couple a truly positive and meaningful experience. Each couple
receives a commemorative marriage certificate and requires no paperwork. You
to bring your idendtification and provide your address and proof of citizenship.
Your wedding coordinator will have more information about the Minister ceremony
at your request.
We provide assistance with all aspects of the ceremony from the processional
to the ceremony outline.
Civil Ceremony (legalization of marriage)
The Civil Ceremony is in Spanish or English and is approximately. 15
minutes and is presented by an official from the Civil Registry of
The civil ceremony can take place at your wedding location on the beach, villa
To have a civil wedding in Mexico, you must obtain documents
from the government in your country and bring them with you or, if you don't
have time to spend here, send them in advance to Puerto Vallarta for processing.
couple receives a legalized marriage certificate. Your wedding coordinator
will provide the information and instructions you need to prepare the documents
for your civil wedding in Puerto Vallarta, upon reservation of your ceremony
Here's more about the requirements for a civil wedding in Puerto
Both birth certificates with "Appostille". (an
attachment issued by your Secretary of State)
You will require an "Appostille" for
Death Certificates, Divorce Decrees and Name Change certificate
Photocopies of Bride and Groom ID's (passport
or driver's license) - Bring original ID's with you.
of 2 Witness ID's (license or passport) - Bring original
ID's with you.
**** make sure the photocopies of the ID's are very
good and the information is clear.
Prenuptial Briefing -
Every couple having
a civil ceremony in Puerto Vallarta, must attend a prenuptial briefing
before the wedding, where they shall be required
to watch a short videotape about marriage. The briefing is mandatory to
all couples and there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. The Briefing
is on Wednesday's only at 9:00am. and takes place at the family services
department of the municipal
government. The coordinator will pick you up at 8:15am at your hotel
to take you to the briefing and take you back after. Failing to attend
forfeits the ceremony and the legalization of the wedding in Vallarta will
not be granted.
There is no said time period a couple must be in Puerto Vallarta before their
wedding date, however we recommend that you plan your travel itinerary to
make sure you will be in Vallarta before 9:00am on the Wednesday before your
date, so you are able to attend this briefing, so please consult with your
coordinator regarding the time of your arrival.
You require only
two witnesses in the state of Jalisco. (witnesses can be friends or family
members but not parents and must be over 18 and
present at the ceremony in Vallarta with their original ID's in order
to sign the marriage
certificate) If necessary your coordinators can act as witnesses for
Blood Tests -
The law in Mexico
requires that you have the blood tests in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta)
prior to the ceremony. Your coordinators will take you to
test that checks for blood type and factor only. There are no other examinations
You will need Official
Translations of all your English language documents, birth certificate,
divorce decree, death certificate or name change certificate (if
Catholic Church Wedding
If you are not Mexican but would like to be married in the Catholic
church and one or both of you are Catholic, it can be done! To be married
in the church, you need to obtain documents from your parish in your
country. Church weddings are extremely paper work demanding.and without
the documents that the church requires, a Catholic wedding would be impossible
to arrange. Weddings in the Catholic church must be booked as far in
advance as possible. The ceremony is approximately 20 minutes. There
is no mass during the ceremony. The church will provide a marriage certificate
signed by the father of the Parroquia. If you would like a coordinator
to provide you with the instructions and make the arrangements for your
church wedding, a small deposit is required for your reservation and
to start the process.