(Closed) Here's what my Mexico destination wedding cost

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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tina347:  I got legally married in Isla Mujeres and live in CA… no issues whatsoever! I just took my original certificate to the SS office & the guy there asked me what I wanted me new name to be & that was it… No translation needed! At first they said they would mail our original certificate to us, but they ended up handing us two originals right there on the beach afterwards.. That meant we ended up signing like 4 originals, but whatevs! 

It was NOT a HUGE headache- the only real issue was that you were required to be in the country for 3 days ahead of time- more vacation!  We had paperwork in spanish that had to be filled out ahead of time, we fedex’d originals to the hotel, got a 5 second blood test in our hotel room on arrival and that was it. You shouldn’t have any issues with your marriage certificate being in spanish anywhere really (I had no problems with allstate, cable, verizon, pg&e, student loans, etc..)… There is some marriage act that I had saved that basically state that there is a relationship between certain countries (USA, Canada, Mexico, & more) where if you get legally married there your marriage is legal in any participating countries. 

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Post # 17
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I had a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta with about 130 guests.  With this large group, I decided we needed a wedding planner. The only reason I was able to enjoy my wedding day so much was because of Gaby and the MarWeddings team. They organized and decorated flawlessly- it took so much pressure off of me and my wedding party. They stepped back to let us enjoy the evening, but gave us a tap on the shoulder during the appropriate times for the wedding introductions, speeches, first dances, etc.

Months (almost a year) before the wedding- before I confirmed with the wedding planners, I had an understanding of what they could provide, and we had agreed on a detailed budget that she put together, which included venue, DJ, dance floor, lighting, flowers, photographer, hotel, salon appointments, church, transportation, etc.

I don’t live in Mexico, and I wasn’t able to visit Puerto Vallarta before the big day, but MarWeddings did an AMAZING job of staying in touch, checking in, sending regular updates, and giving professional opinions and advice (even through the big hurricane scare). I shared a pintrest board of what I was interested in, and she was able to sift through it and figure out how to make everything look great in real life, while respecting our budget. They are the professionals, and I appreciated every piece of advice they gave me (from adding a little bit of color to our tables with blue napkins, to NOT sending out our contact number in Mexico to our 130 guests the week of the wedding for questions). Gaby was able to send samples of various photographers, videographers, and several options of decor and style for the big day.

On the day of the wedding everything was PERFECT. My husband and family agree that getting the wedding planner was the best money we spent on the wedding. Everyone (including myself) was able to enjoy the celebration in such a beautiful location and I really can’t say enough about getting a wedding planner for a destination wedding (thanks Marweddings).

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Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Fairmont Mayakoba

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cbgg:  I wish we would have done that! We’re at $50k at the Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya. I’m scared thinking of final bill.

Post # 19
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cbgg:  Hello!! I’m sure your wedding was amazing!! My Fiance and I are looking into destination weddings in Mexico but we noticed a lot of places cut the reception off at 10-11pm. What is up with that?! We feel like our group will want to keep partying until at least 1am. What was your experience like? Did you feel like the party was cut short? I know many people say you can move inside to the bar but would I really want to do that in a wedding dress? Any advice is greatly appreciated!!! 

Post # 21
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  • Wedding: May 2019

Our wedding in Mexico will be free. We may opt for some extras but free (aside from the flights). The hotel just required a minimum amount of guests to attend which was 35. 

Like you, I’ve been spending my evening’s researching.

This post is where i discovered how it all works.


2019 is our year and we’re having our wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We can’t wait!

Post # 22
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cbgg :  this is such great information. Could you tell me who your wedding coordinator?

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