How to Get Married in Mexico

Photo courtesy of Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Thousands of happy couples have tied the knot on the tip of Baja California Sur. Getting married in Mexico has not only saved them money and scores of headaches, it has provided beautiful memories that echo years later. But how exactly do you get hitched in Mexico?

When getting married in a foreign country, it’s necessary to think through logistics and legalities. Here are the basic options for couples wanting to get married in Mexico.

You can opt for a civil ceremony, which is performed by a judge who conducts the wedding in Spanish. It is recognized as a legal union worldwide, but you have to get blood tests, fill out paperwork and provide four witnesses — all over the age of 18.

Alternately, you can arrange a religious ceremony with a Catholic church, but either the bride or groom must be Catholic, and the proceedings must begin at the couple’s home church in the home country. Once all marital requirements have been satisfied there, all the paperwork must be sent to Mexico at least 90 days prior to the date of the event. A religious ceremony is performed by a Catholic priest and can only take place at a Catholic church.

One&Only Palmilla Los Cabos

The final — and most popular — way to get married in Mexico is by holding a symbolic blessing or commitment ceremony. This type of service does not change legal marital status. Most who choose this route get married in a civil ceremony either before or after their actual ceremony. Because there are no legal or religious requirements, the symbolic ceremony is more customizable to each couple’s wishes.

Did you know?

One&Only Palmilla, which has dubbed itself “The most romantic destination in all of Baja,” is home to an enchanting chapel on a hill. Small weddings of 40 or fewer can take place inside the mission-like structure, overlooking the resort and the beaches. Larger events — up to 240 — can take place outdoors with the charming chapel serving as the ideal backdrop.