Mexico marriage laws vary by city and state within Mexico. A legal wedding in Mexico is legal anywhere in the world. General requirements are listed below.
1. Bride and groom will always need valid passport, a copy of your tourist card or visa and certified copies of your birth certificates.
2. Most Mexican cities require tests for STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) and blood type, but some cities require an HIV test. Some cities require that the test be done in Mexico or at least notarized by a Mexican doctor. In some cases, a USA blood test is acceptable if taken within 15 days of your Mexico wedding date.
3. You will need up to four witnesses (some cities require the witnesses to be Mexican while in other cities U.S. witnesses are fine.) Each Civil Registry office has witnesses available for a nominal fee.
4. The wedding party must allow two to four days in Mexico prior to the wedding to complete these requirements. A Mexico wedding coordinator may be able to shorten this time period.
5. Previously married parties must be one year past termination and bring certified copies of a dissolution of marriage or a certified copy of spouse's death certificate.
6. Foreigners wishing to marry Mexican citizens must obtain authorization from the National Institute of Migration (Instituto Nacional de Migracion). This will take a bit longer and there will be more paper work to process.
Marriages are performed at the "Oficina del Registro Civil" (Civil Registers Office) for a fee (can range from $100 to $250 in resort areas). Every city and small town has an office. Most people in this office don't speak English.
Wedding Tips on Working with Your Wedding Coordinator or Florist
1. Contact your wedding coordinator or florist once you've selected the date, time and place for your wedding and reception. It will be helpful if you know the colors and style of the gowns you and your bridesmaids will be wearing.
2. Look through bridal books and floral guides. Sketch ideas, cut out pictures or take photographs of flowers you like and share them with your florist. Seeing your ideas and personal style will help your florist translate your concepts and special requests into workable floral designs and arrangements that are just right for you.
3. Set up an initial consultation with your wedding coordinator or florist to discuss specific design ideas that fit both your personal style and budget. Make arrangements for your florist to visit both the ceremony and reception sites. Plan a second appointment to review recommendations and budget.
Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance should I contact the florist when ordering wedding flowers?
Flowers are one of the most important aspects of your wedding day. They set the mood and tone for the event and will be remembered for years to come. Many florists can accept only a set number of weddings on a given day, so it is important to contact your florist well in advance to begin planning. A good rule of thumb is to contact your florist at least three months in advance. However, if your wedding is going to be an exceptionally elaborate event, take place during peak wedding season or fall on a holiday, then six months to a year is not too soon to contact your florist. This will allow the florist to begin looking for any props or specialty items you might need. Wedding flowers can be highly specific and colors often have to be very precise, so florists need advance notice to place flower orders.
Will a florist work within my budget?
Yes. Be honest about your budget on the initial consultation so the florist knows what to recommend. By taking your budget into consideration from the very beginning of the planning process, the florist can give you the best advise on how to place the flowers for maximum effect and what types of flowers will be the best value to achieve your desired look.
Is it okay to visit several florists to get estimates?
Sure, but tell the florists that you are gathering estimates rather than making an appointment for a consultation. Be prepared with a detailed list of your floral needs. The florist will be able to give a rough estimate without a lengthy meeting. If you are gathering ideas and then comparisons, it is best to inform the florist of your intentions. Floral designers are trained and highly skilled floral artists. Their ideas have value. You may be asked to pay a consultation fee if you want to discuss a florist's actual ideas for your wedding. In most cases, the fee will be applied to the flowers once the order is placed.
What should I bring to the flower shop when I have my wedding consultation?
The more information you can provide the better your florist will be prepared to offer creative suggestions. Your florist will want to create a spectacular and memorable event for you. Anything you can bring will be beneficial. Pictures that depict what you have in mind are extremely helpful. Bring a photo of your dress and a sample of the fabric or lace if you have it, as well as swatches and photos of the bridesmaids' dresses. Also think about what "style" of wedding you want. If you are not sure, your florist can offer suggestions based on your wedding plans so far.
What can a florist do to help me stretch my ceremony and reception budget?
Besides suggesting specific types of flowers that will work within your budget, a professional florist can offer helpful suggestions as to what flowers might be used at both the ceremony and reception. A few examples: bridesmaids' bouquets can become table decorations; the bride's bouquet can become the head table arrangement; the pew markers can become festive bows on cars or doors; altar designs can flank the buffet or cake table, etc. Florists are overflowing with creative ways to make use of your budget and flowers wisely.