El Dorado & Azul Resorts Wedding Requirements
Required Documents | Day & Time Confirmation | Type of Ceremony
El Dorado & Azul Wedding Requirements must be fullfilled by the bride and groom before you can get married at any of the Karisma Hotels & Resorts.
Valid Passports: Passports are required for all travelers to enter Mexico and are also mandatory for a legal wedding to be performed. Passports must be presented to the onsite wedding coordinator at the time of the wedding consultation in Cancun. Tourist Card These are provided to all persons on the plane prior to arrival into Cancun’s International Airport. Names on Tourist Card and Passport MUST be the same.
Blood Test: To determine blood type, HIV and STD. Tests must be taken at the resort and results are ready within 24 hours. Fees of approximately $125.00 per person apply (unless stated as an inclusion in your package) and include a health certificate required for the a legal ceremony to be performed.
Birth Certificates (Azul Beach Hotel only): Birth certificates for the bride and groom are required for all legal ceremonies at the Azul Beach Hotel. The birth certificates must have an apostille seal as well. Translation of the birth certificate and apostille seal are not required. Original birth certificates will not be returned to the wedding couple. The apostille seal is necessary when issuing a document from one country to another for legal purposes.
- (El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Seaside Suites): If the groom is divorced no additional documentation is needed. If the bride is divorced (must be for 1 year before remarrying) and her passport is under her maiden name no additional documentation is needed. If the bride’s passport is under her ex-husbands last name than she must have her birth certificate. The birth certificate must also have an apostille seal and be translated into Spanish by an official translator. This is required for a legal ceremony to be performed.
- (Azul Beach Hotel): If the bride is divorced (must be for one full year before remarrying) and her last name is different then her maiden name, then translated copies of the divorce decree are required. The divorce decree must also have an apostille seal. If the bride is dovroced and her passport is in her maiden name, copies of the divorce decree are not required.
Apostille Seal is necessary when issuing a document from one country to another for legal purposes. For information on how to obtain the apostille seal document please contact the Secretary of Sate office or visit www.state.gov or www.coordinatedlegal.com/SecretaryOfState.html.
Translations must be done prior to arrival at the hotel.
Bride and Groom (and witnesses) must arrive to their hotel 3 business days prior to the legal wedding ceremony date in order to complete the blood tests and process the necessary documents. Saturday and Sunday are not considered working days. If you arrive on Saturday, you can get married on Thursday as the 3 working days would be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
If a bride or grooms former spouse is deceased then a copy of the death certificate is required. This is required for legal ceremonies only.
Symbolic and Religious ceremonies do not require the bride and groom to submit a passport, death certificate, copy of divorce decree, have a blood test or arrive 3 business days prior to the ceremony. It is a requirement to have at least one full day between the arrival date and the ceremony date.
Religious ceremonies performed by a priest or rabbi (not a non-denominational minister) require official letters from the bride and grooms house of worship. Please ask you wedding coordinator for details.
Confirmation of Wedding (Back to Top)
In order to confirm a wedding day and time a completed wedding application must be received. If you have not done that so far please submit a wedding application. You will receive an email acknowledging your application within 48 hours. Please note:
- Weddings are not performed on Mexico holidays:
2012 Mexico Holidays: January 1 2012, February 2 2012, March 16 2012, April 9-11 2012, May 1 2012, September 16 2012, November 16 2012, December 24-25 2012.
- Wedding ceremonies can be requested for any time. The most popular times are listed below:
April through September – Every hour 11AM to 6PM
October through March – Every hour 11AM to 4PM
- Please consider Mexican Holidays when reserving your wedding date as they will not be included in the 3 day requirement.
- Wedding consultations are held at the resort Monday – Friday at 9:30am. The bride and groom will attend their wedding consultation the day after arrival.
- Weddings must be booked a minimum of 30 days in advance.
- A $300 cancellation fee will apply to weddings cancelled inside of 30 days. (MasterCard, Visa and American Express are acceptable forms of payment.)
Type of Ceremony (Back to Top)
Please be aware that there are different types of wedding ceremonies in Mexico.
Legal Ceremony: This is the only ceremony that will be recognized as legal once you return to your home country. This is also referred to as a civil ceremony. It is performed in Spanish and translated to English by one of our professional wedding coordinators.
Symbolic Ceremony: This ceremony is not recognized as legal in Mexico or your home country. Packages included the services of a non-denominational minister but can also be performed by a religious order for an additional fee. This type of ceremony is typically performed for couples already married and wishing to have a wedding ceremony, those thinking of a legal ceremony at a later date or those wishing to renew vows with their loved one. Non-denominational Minister: The symbolic ceremony is performed by a non-denomination minister. Some ministers speak English and for those that do not, the service is translated into English by our professional wedding coordinator.
Religious (Catholic or Jewish) Ceremony: This ceremony is available alone or in conjunction with a Civil Ceremony. An additional fee of $500 (Catholic) and $1200 (Jewish) will apply and is not included in any of the packages.
Note: Catholic ceremonies can only be performed in a chapel. A chapel is located at El Dorado Maroma and El Dorado Royale hotels only.
All Civil marriages that take place in Mexico under Mexican law are completely legal in Mexico. A foreigner marrying in Mexico must legalize their marriage in their country of birth/residence. This is completed by registering your marriage certificate at your local City Hall.