Post # 1
Im getting married in Cancun at a resort, and I would like to know what the difference is between a symbolic or legal wedding? They want $380.00 for the minister than if its a legal wedding you want its a $1000.00!!!!!! We are getting married April, 2014.
IM POSTING THIS NOVEMBER 2013.
I dont know why this post is coming up 2014????
Post # 3
Ugh, I answered you before.
Symbolic = NOT LEGAL. You don’t sign a marriage licence, you just exchange vows and do other wedding stuff. but it doesn’t change anything. You aren’t man and wife.
Legal, = LEGAL. You sign the papers, you’re commited by law and a piece of paper.
And what post is coming up 2014?
Post # 4
Thank you for replying. Now I know what Im going to do!!! 😀
Post # 5
You could just get married before hand, and then have a symbolic wedding.
it will probably be cheaper
Post # 6
im doing symbolic because it wont be legal in canada anyways. and we will just sign the papers when we come back! same experience!
Post # 7
@ponderosa13: I’m considering doing symbolic because Mexico requires a blood test and additional paperwork that would be quite pricey.
I think it’s coming up 2014 because that’s the date of your wedding. It really confused me when I started on this forum!
Post # 8
I would do the symbolic wedding then do the legal wedding in your hometown. Not just because of cost but imagine how difficult it could be if you needed a replacement marriage certificate? If you do the legal wedding in your hometown, it would be far easier than having to call Mexico and go through the red tape there.
Post # 9
We are doing the symbolic ceremony in Mexico but are doing the legal bit at home. I would recommend doing this not only because of the reasons said above but because my auntie and uncle got married in Cancun and I think it took them a while before they were actualy legally married at home.
Post # 10
I am doing the same thing – I am getting married here the weekend before we leave to go to Cuba and then doing our own vows/rings/my dress etc down there. Here we are literally having our parents and the 2 people standing up with us and the pastor and that’s it, its super quiet and not many people will know this.
Its the best way to do it because it takes a long time to get the legal papers back because they have to be translated from Spanish to English or whatever your home language.
Post # 11
My wife and I wanted a Destination Wedding, but were limited where we could get legaly married, so we signed the paperwork on Jan. 1 and had our wedding (symbolic ceremony) 12 days later while we were on a cruise. It was all around easier for us to do it that way and cost $3,000 less than having a legal ceremony.
Post # 12
My Fiance are going to go down to the court house in advance and do a symbolic ceremony in the Dominican Republic. Seems easier AND cheaper.