Destination weddings are the best! Not only are they easier to organise than a conventional wedding in the UK, you can step straight from your reception into your honeymoon without having to worry about getting up early to get to the airport.
Choosing to plan your destination wedding in Mexico is a clever move. This country is amazing. 6,000 miles of coast bordering the Caribbean and Pacific provides an incredible choice of beach wedding venues. Cancun is scattered with sumptuous resorts boasting private beaches and luxurious accommodation, or you could opt for the waterfalls and coast of Playa Del Carmen. You will be amazed at how far your wedding budget stretches in Mexico.
If Cancun doesn’t appeal to you why not consider Cabo San Lucas, whose rugged cliffs and sugar white sand attract fewer tourists than the larger resorts, giving it a more peaceful and relaxed appeal. Another option is Isla Mujeres off the coast of Mexico in the Caribbean Sea, and Puerto Vallarta is also sublime.
The documents you need to get married in Mexico, assuming both of you are British citizens, are:
- a full passport
- marriage application form
- tourist visa (FMM)
- divorce decree or death certificate, if previously married
- full birth certificates
- blood test results
- marriage licence
Documents need to be translated into Spanish and certified by a Mexican Consulate.
It is a legal requirement for all couples marrying in Mexico to have a blood test to check for HIV and STIs. This can be done at your hotel. Some states require that divorced parties wait a year before they can remarry. Wedding ceremonies require four witnesses who must have arrived in Mexico at least three days before the ceremony.
As well as being a popular LGBT honeymoon destination, same sex wedding ceremonies are legal in Quintana Roo – the state where both Playa del Carmen and Cancun are located. The marriage process is the same for LGBT couples as for heterosexual couples.
In addition to helping you find the perfect venue and choose the best suppliers, having a wedding planner to assist you arrange your destination wedding in Mexico will save you hours of guesswork and running around trying to get your paperwork in order.
Getting There and Other Details
You can fly from London and Manchester directly to Cancun and Mexico City with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. The flight time is around ten hours, and Mexico is six hours behind the UK.
British citizens need a valid passport with at least six months left on it to enter Mexico, but don’t need a separate visa. You should also have comprehensive travel insurance.
The weather in Mexico is almost always warm and sunny. Temperatures range from 28C to 35C in summer, and 23C to 28C in winter. The wet season is between June and October, but rain is usually limited to an hour or two in the evening.