El Dorado & Azul Weddings - Frequently Asked Questions
El Dorado & Azul Weddings - Frequently Asked Questions can help you find answers to the most popular questions asked about Karisma Weddings.
What is the Apostille document?
The Apostille document is a special certification document that is accepted to countries that are a party to the rules of the 1961 Hague Convention. This Apostille document enables you to bypass further certification from the US Department of State and immediately send or take your documents to the country of intended use. Please contact your Secretary of State office for information on how to obtain the Apostille Document or log on to www.state.gov/www/authenticate.
How many days do I need to be at the resort before we can get married?
You must be in Mexico for at least 3 working days before the wedding. Saturdays, Sundays and Mexican holidays are not considered working days. Please ask your wedding coordinator for details.
Is the ceremony performed in English or Spanish?
Legal (Civil) ceremonies performed by a judge are conducted in Spanish and translated to English by our onsite wedding coordinator. Symbolic ceremonies performed by a minister are conducted in English.
Are the weddings performed in Mexico legal in the United States?
Yes, civil weddings performed by a judge in Mexico are legal in North America. Please check with your local courthouse on how to register your marriage certificate.
What happens if I do not have a witness for the ceremony?
When getting legally married in Mexico, it is necessary to have four (4) witnesses in total; two for the bride and two for the groom. If you do not have your own witnesses the resort can provide them to you. A nominal fee of approximately $20 USD per witness will apply.
On what days and at what time of day can I get married?
Weddings are performed 7 days a week except on Mexican holidays. Ceremony times can be requested 24 hours a day but the most popular times are from 11am to 6pm April to September and 11am to 4pm October to March.
Can I use my own photographer?
Outside vendors are not allowed on property unless pre-approved by the hotel. The hotels reserve the right to deny access to the property to any unauthorized photographer or videographer. Please contact your wedding coordinator for more information on approved photographers. Outside photographers approved by the hotel will incur a $500 photo fee per day. El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels, by Karisma abide by all Mexican governing laws which require foreign workers to obtain proper licensing and work certificates while in Mexico doing work for themselves or on behalf of others. They reserve the right to request proof of such license and/or work certificate.
What ceremony locations are available?
There are a variety of ceremony locations at each resort including directly on the beach, in romantic gazebos either on the beach or off the beach and in the wedding chapel located at the El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Maroma. Please check with your wedding coordinator for available locations at your specific hotel.
Are children allowed in the adult only hotels to attend a wedding?
Guests under the age of 18 are not allowed entry into the El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Seaside Suites and under the age of 16 at the El Dorado Maroma. Each of the Azul Hotels can accommodate guests of all ages.
Can I have others join us who are not staying at hotel?
Yes, guests not staying at the same hotel as the wedding can join you for your ceremony and reception. All non-hotel guests must purchase a pass to enter the resort. Minimum age requirements will still apply at the adult only hotels. Please check with your wedding coordinator for non-hotel guest pass prices, rules and regulations.
Can I have my blood test done before I come to the resort?
It is a requirement that all blood tests be performed in Mexico. Blood tests are performed at each resort in a private wedding room by a certified physician. Wedding couples are never asked to leave the resort for any wedding related reasons.
What is the price of the blood test?
Blood Test costs approximately US$125 per person.
How do I get the Free Wedding that is advertised?
The El Dorado Royale and the El Dorado Seaside Suites both offer a free wedding package. In order to qualify, the wedding couple must stay in one of the designated room categories plus have an additional 5 rooms booked in any category for 3 nights or more. If you do not qualify for the free wedding package you will need to purchase either the silver or gold wedding package. The free wedding package is only available when requested and confirmed at least 30 days prior to the ceremony date.
Do I have to bring my own music for the ceremony?
Each resort has a selection of music as well as the traditional wedding march to choose from. If you have something specific that you would like played at the ceremony it is recommended that you bring it in CD format.
Are there any deposits required?
Once your ceremony date and time are confirmed, a $200 non-refundable deposit and signed wedding contract are required. All balances need to be paid no later than 45 days prior to the ceremony date.
What if I have additional questions
For weddings at El Dorado Resorts please contact our wedding coordinators at:
1-888-220-6920 or start a live chat :)
How can I find out what other options are available for my wedding?
Please visit the other areas within our website or contact one of their wedding coordinators directly.