Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Applying for a Marriage License in Mexico

When planning a destination wedding, it can be easy to push off or overlook the less glamorous aspects of planning, however there are important steps that must be factored in when planning a wedding outside of the U.S. Try to give yourself a month before the ceremony to get the legal aspects taken care of. Here are a few topics and tips to keep in mind when planning your Mexican wedding:

  1. Ceremony: A marriage in Mexico is only legal if it is a civil ceremony performed at a local Civil Register Office. You must plan for this in addition to your religious ceremony. 
  2. Waiting Period: There is a waiting period of 2 or 3 days in Mexico which varies from state to state. Make sure to factor in this time to have your paperwork processed. 
  3. Tests: Several blood tests are required before a marriage can be legally made. It is recommended that they be done in Mexico two days prior to your wedding, average cost is $125 per person. 
  4. Fees: It will cost you approximately $200 to get married in Mexico.
  5. Miscellaneous: Weddings are not performed on Sundays. 
Do your research! Make sure you are fully familiar with the various rules and regulations getting married in Mexico. 

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