martes, 20 de enero de 2015

How to arrange all the legal paperwork to get married in Mexico

Hi girls! No I didn't die, I just had a LOT on my hands during the past 6 weeks, but now we're back on schedule and hopefully we shall stay like that.

"I had no idea it was this much work!". That is deffinitively one of the most common comments we get from brides to be, we all dream of our "D day" but we really never seem to take all the practical matters in account. When you plan your wedding away from home, you are to take in consideration the legal paperwork.

The bride and groom must arrive at their hotel three 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.
Mexican laws require a Health Certificate for all Legal Wedding Ceremonies. Blood tests are done to determine blood type, HIV and STD status and they should be taken in Mexico.

The “Single Status Statutory Declaration” or “Single Status Affidavit” is a document required by the Mexican government to conduct a legal wedding. It states that you are currently single and have no impediment to get married.

The 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, please contact the Secretary of State Office or visit:

Legal Wedding Ceremonies require four witnesses (they must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the ceremony). If the wedding couple provides their own witnesses, these must arrive three business days prior to the legal wedding ceremony date in order to complete the legal document process, which consists of:

  • Filling out a civil ceremony form
  • Presenting valid passport or driver's license
  • Presenting tourist card
This is one of the main reasons to hire a wedding planning when getting married in Mexico, having someone to help you through all the legal matters, will deffinitively take a HUGE load off your shoulders.

See you next Tuesday... J