(Closed) Are you (legally) getting married at your DW

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yes we are getting legally married in the Cayman Islands.  No blood tests are required there and our marriage will be legally recognized worldwide including here in the US so that will be our one and only legal wedding 🙂

Post # 4
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We are legally getting married in the DR, no blood test required but cost of $560 USD and some paperwork sent to the DR consulate in Canada has to be completed. It’s a pain in the ass, but my guests are coming form Canada to see me get married and I want them to witness a legal ceremony.  Otherwise what’s the point.

Post # 5
42 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

We are legally getting married in St Thomas — we considered Mexico (as my Fiance was born and grew up there) but as you say it’s pretty complicated with the blood tests and paperwork etc.. I thought I read somewhere that you have to be in Mexico for at least 3 days prior – but I can’t remember for sure. However I see you’re already living there so it’s a non issue either way!

I would totally understand signing the papers in Canada to make it easier – I’m lucky to have chosen USVI!

Post # 6
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR & I are both Encore Marrieds…

We are planning to Elope to a Destination Wedding in the US South… where we will be getting legally married… because

(a) The area means a lot to us… we travel a lot and have memories of some pretty awesome vacations there

(b) We will be on vacation anyhow (Vacation was planned long before the Wedding was)

(c) And it is incredibly easy for us as Encores to marry in some States in the USA… where not a lot of requirements are needed… Inexpensive, No Blood Tests, No Witnesses, No Waiting, and No Extensive Paperwork.

Hope this helps,


Post # 7
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I got married in Dominican Republic but we got legally married beforehand to eliminate some of the hassle. I don’t think our wedding had no point though. Our friends and family came to witness us exchange our vows. And we consider that day our wedding day. I honestly can’t even remember what date that we did the legal part, it was literally signing paperwork. To me marraige is the promises you exchange not a signature on a piece of paper for the government. 

Post # 9
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Yes, we are legally getting married in his home country, BUT, I’ll still need to do the paperwork to register the marriage once we come back or else the marriage won’t be recognised.

Post # 10
5243 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@newname_99:  This is why I decided against Mexico. I thought the blood test thing was super weird and I just couldnt do it.

Post # 11
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012


We got legally married where we reside (California) and then did a symbolic destination wedding. We did not do the legal wedding down in Mexico.

Post # 12
2823 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Yes, we are legally getting married in St. Thomas. It’s really easy to get married there and doesn’t require blood test & all that other stuff that some countries require.

Post # 13
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We got legally married at our Destination Wedding in HHI. It was super easy sinve it was just a 4 hour dirve for us 🙂

Post # 14
1508 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We’re getting married in the Mayan Riviera but it will be symbolic. We werent willing to pay for blood tests, or th extra fees to have the documents translated or the many months it would take to get all necessary papers to have it recognized at home. We’re just gong to do a legal courthouse quickie at home(we both look at it as purely legal) about a month before. 

Initially we were going to do it a few days before we left for the Destination Wedding but my travel agent suggested a month. That way we can bring our marriage cert with us and get upgrades/perks for being on our honeymoon!

Post # 15
1770 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are legally getting married at home first, then having a symbolic ceremony and Mexico. I really don’t want to do the bloodwork, or get there the 3 or 4 buisness days before the wedding that they require.

Post # 16
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I was legally married 4 days before our actual wedding day (on Valentine’s day hah), due to circumstances we couldn’t control. Nobody even noticed we didn’t do any signing during our ceremony.

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