(Closed) Legal Wedding VS: Symbolic – Mexico

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I know someone who had a JOP ceremony almost a year before their Destination Wedding.  I would do it a week or so before. I don’t see anything wrong with it, and it avoids the hassle.

Alternatively, are you dead set on Mexico?  There might be other countries that will be easier to deal with.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m not sure how helpful this will be but I know my friend got married and Mexico and recently got divorced. Apparently they were never even legally married in the US, so they never actually had to get an actual divorce.  I obviously don’t know much about it, but would be tempted to go to the JOP just to make it easier on yourself. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yes but I think they knew they weren’t legally married, it didn’t come as a surprise later on.  She didn’t change her name or anything here so I guess for them making it legal here wasn’t that important?  

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

We got married here in the states by a JOP and it was perfect. We didn’t run into any of the issues like not being able to register our certificate with our local court house. We would be legally married but if for any reason we need get another copy or our kids wanted to ever look it up, there would be no record here in the states.

Not to mention we didn’t have to jump through any of the local legalities like having our ceremony a certain way. We were able to do our love story ceremony that we wanted.

I wrote about the decision to get legally married here a long time ago. Maybe it will help: 

http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/09/14/wedding-in-mexico-legal/

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

We’re having our Destination Wedding in Mexico at the end of the month and also did not want to go through all the legal loopholes down there. We just had our legal ceremony last Friday and will have a symbolic ceremony in Mexico. I think it was the right decision for us. 

Post # 11
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1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My Brother-In-Law got married a few days before their destination wedding in Mexico. I would do the same if I were you.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I am getting married in Cuba in August, and I too wanted to have a “real” wedding on the actual wedding day…but….as you say, there is a lot to that – the translation of your documents and then all the wait after the fact.

we decided to do this:

we have told nobody but our two whitnesses (who we chose for our maid of honor and best man).  Everyone thinks that the wedding in Cuba will be real and it will be set up to be as real as real gets without the actual certificate.  We will however be legally married at the end of this month with just our two whitnesses in attendance and then we are going for a nice dinner afterwards.  its a secret between the four of us.  Everyone else will think they are attending the real thing in Cuba in August (and that is actually what we plan to celebrate as our anniversary).

I was dead against it and now I’m totally cool with it.  It just saves a lot of hassle.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had a wedding ceremony and marriage ceremony like you are thinking, but backwards. We had our wedding in VA (had a difficult time getting our officiant legal) so we had our marriage ceremony in Vegas with Elvis  on our honeymoon. Totally loved it and you get twice as many photos.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

double post

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I am having this same issue- I am getting married in Mexico and we have been set on a legal ceremony in Mexico but now we’re leaning toward doing a JOP the day before we leave or something. The problem is that my parents keep telling me if is a “fake” wedding in Mexico if we do that. (How rude!!) 

 

We are so torn and have no idea what to do, we have been agonizing like crazy over this too. 

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