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A Mexican Wedding
The two traditional weddings in Mexico

Mexico traditionally has two types of wedding ceremonies:  civil and religious.While both wedding ceremonies are required for Mexican Nationals, they are not necessarily required for tourists arriving in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to get married.  Here you will find an explanation of both wedding ceremony types and helpful information to determine what you need for your wedding in Mexico.

The civil ceremony has legal standing and is recognized outside the country of Mexico. The civil ceremony requires that the couple present identification including a passport or birth certificate, and in some Mexican states both.  Some states also require a blood test performed in Mexico, and a three day waiting period from the filing of the paperwork until the ceremony itself. If one or both parties are divorced, you must provide certified proof that the divorce has been final for at least a year.  In addition, each member of the couple is required to present 2 witnesses, four total.  The legal ceremony is performed in the local civil registrar's office by a government official, while arrangements can be made for the ceremony to be performed in an outdoor location. Your wedding planner can help you choose a location that is available and handle the preparations.  Following the ceremony, the couple receives a marriage certificate stating that they are legally married according to the laws of Mexico. This is recognized as legal worldwide, but must be filed in your home country upon your return.


The religious ceremony is generally for show and celebration.  While the civil ceremony is performed in private, at either a courthouse or government building, the religious ceremony is performed at your chosen wedding venue. Puerto Vallarta offers endless venue options.  These can be held in one of Puerto Vallarta's many beautiful cathedrals, churches, outdoor locations, resorts, beaches, etc.  In order for the religious ceremony to be performed, the couple must present proof of the civil marriage, performed either in Mexico or their home country. 

Your best option for a Mexican wedding in Puerto Vallarta is to hire a wedding coordinator with plenty of experience with weddings in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico.  It is also suggested that you confirm any and all details yourself- just in case.

To date, Puerto Vallarta requires a visa, passport, and proof of divorce if applicable.  There is also currently a 3 day residency requirement.  Please note that all of these wedding requirements are subject to change and it is important to bring as much documentation and information as you think necessary. 



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