If you have the idea to plan a destination wedding in Mexico it may seem like a stressful situation, and I know because I have been there. Twice actually. Let me briefly explain.
My first marriage was to an American guy, he wanted a wedding at home in Wisconsin and I did too at first. Until I realized how much everything was going to cost. Somehow I got this big idea to plan a destination wedding in Mexico, so that’s what we did.
The legal wedding did actually take place in the US, but we had a “symbolic” ceremony at a resort in Cancun. It was a pretty easy wedding to plan since the resort did all of the work. If you are not interested in doing the wedding planning yourself, this is a great way to go.
My current marriage to the love of my life (aww) was 3 years ago in our home of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He is from Puerto Vallarta, and that’s where we first met.
Can I consider it a destination wedding since I actually lived in the destination?! Well, for this post I am going to.
We had both decided that we would plan the wedding together and do everything ourselves. It ended up being the most perfect, simplest, dreamiest wedding ever, plus it was cheap! Everything was done legally for the country of Mexico. There was no “symbolic” wedding without the legal part, this was the real deal.
We had so much fun planning our wedding, and I would recommend this over anything else. It made the entire experience more meaningful, and we were able to enjoy our big day knowing that it all came together by our own doing. It was quite a bonding experience for us.
I would love for every couple to have their dream wedding, wherever it is, and if it is in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, even better.
If you want to plan a destination wedding in Mexico, or anywhere else for that matter, I have 5 tips to help you get started. Hopefully, you can have the wedding of your dreams just like I did!
5 Crucial Tips to help you Plan a Destination Wedding in Mexico
Know the legal requirements
This is obvious, but the most important tip of all! If you only plan to have a symbolic ceremony, then you don’t need to worry about this. But, if you do plan to have a legal marriage in Mexico there are several items that need to be taken care of.
Before you start any planning or booking, you should reach out to the specific state government where you plan to get married to be sure you are able to meet all of the requirements in your preferred timeframe.
We had to go to the doctor for blood tests, provide ID’s from witnesses, translate legal documents, and we were even sent to take a “marriage” class. Make sure you know all of the requirements first!
Don’t hire a wedding planner
Before we decided to plan everything ourselves I had reached out to several wedding planners. All of which wanted to charge us three times what it would cost for us to just do it ourselves. They are making a killing, but I suppose they have some tough competition with all of the resorts doing so many weddings.
If you must hire a planner, or feel more comfortable using one, just do your research. There could be some things that are severely overpriced that you could potentially do yourself to save some money.
Contact the resort where you plan to stay
Resorts are a big business in Puerto Vallarta, and I guarantee most of them plan weddings. If they do, you can probably get a decent deal on a wedding bundle and have all the planning done for you if that’s what you wish to do.
If you are not interested in having your wedding at a resort, you can at least reach out to them to get contact information for local vendors. This is how we found our florist/wedding décor vendor as well as our photographer, through resort connections. They can also recommend great restaurants, bakeries, and nightclubs. The resorts have connections, so use them!
Understand that business is conducted differently
You may understand all of the legalities in your own country, but understand that you are doing business in a completely different country. They might have requirements that you just don’t understand. It is what it is and you have to accept that fact.
You will also have to accept that the process might take a little bit longer than you would think. In my experience, things operated a little slower than what I am used to. You will have to learn to be patient without getting stressed out.
Finally, don’t stress!
One of the main reasons to plan a destination wedding in Mexico is to reduce the stress of planning a huge wedding at home. A lot of people choose this option to make things easier, simpler, and cheaper. Try not to stress so much because most likely everything will work out in the end if you let it. If you worry about every single little thing, that’s when things go wrong.
Enjoy your experience, let things flow how they need to and don’t be a bridezilla!
My first wedding was a stressful mess because I was worried about every single detail. I learned to let go during my second wedding. I didn’t stress too much about the details, I was way more easy-going, and no, it probably wasn’t “perfect” in someone else’s eyes.
But guess what? It turned out to be the wedding of my dreams.
I hope I have inspired you to take the leap and start planning your wedding, and if I did, I would LOVE to hear about it!
As always, if you have any questions or comments don’t be shy to reach out to me!
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