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    Why Getting Married in Mexico as a Canadian is a Great Idea

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    There are many reasons why getting married in Mexico as a Canadian is popular in recent years. Many have been making the trip to Mexico, with their choice of destination wedding spot being one of the most compelling.

    For starters, it’s much easier for them to travel abroad because of its proximity. Canadians also want the chance to experience a new culture while on their honeymoon and the value of their Canadian dollar is much better than the peso.

    Quick disclaimer: This is in no way, shape or form, legal advice and should not be taken as one. Always check with your local and foreign authorities for the right information. So with further ado, here’s some information you may find useful if you’re Canadian planning to get hitched in Mexico.

    Why Marrying In Mexico is a Great Idea for Canadians

    If you are considering marriage in Mexico but are unsure if it’s right for you, there are plenty of reasons to say “si”!

    Mexico has some of the most beautiful beaches and gorgeous historic sites across its vibrant cities that are perfect as wedding locations. The country has also been well known as an affordable destination with great services so you can have your perfect day without breaking the bank! Aside from looking good on your wedding album, these reasons make marrying in Mexico a great idea for Canadians.

    The Process of Getting Married in Mexico

    One of the first steps to getting married in Mexico is to register at a civil registry office. Registration is typically done by one Mexican resident with an ID card on behalf of the couple. After registration, a marriage certificate will be issued.

    There are many steps involved in marrying in Mexico as there are laws and regulations that must be adhered to. It is important for couples thinking about marrying in Mexico to research these laws and regulations before making any decisions.

    The process of getting married in Mexico can seem daunting at first but it does get simpler once you go down the line.

    Choosing a resort for your destination wedding in Mexico

    The resort and the all-inclusive package should be your first priority. The resort is where your guests will stay and it’s also where the wedding will take place.

    Choosing the right resort for your destination wedding can be a daunting task. There are so many resorts in Mexico to choose from, but choosing the right one for you can be difficult.

    Here is a list of some of the things to consider before picking your resort:

    • Does it have over-the-top entertainment like cabaret shows and live music?
    • Does it offer all inclusive packages or at least offer add-ons like group tours, spa treatments, or diving excursions?
    • Does it have an amazing selection of restaurants?
    • Is there a kid’s club available?
    • Are there activities that you and your significant other can do together?

    Scams to Watch Out For

    The most common scam is the “Marriage License” Scam. You may think that you need this document, but in reality, it is not needed by law for two people of legal age and sound mind to marry in Mexico.

    Beware of expensive add-ons: when you get married overseas, many things can have hidden costs, that may ruin your inicial budget, always ask if there are any hidden fees!

    What You Should Bring to Ensure a Smooth&Stress-Free Wedding

    1. A completed application form obtained in Mexico at the Registry Office. This includes a statement as to whether the couple will maintain separate property and assets or have joint property. This statement may not be valid for future purposes, under Canadian law.
    2. Valid passport and Migratory Form to prove legal status in Mexico.
    3. Certified copy of their Canadian Birth Certificate, which must be legalized by the Mexican Consular Office having jurisdiction over the region where the birth certificates were issued. If either party has been married before, they must present either a certified copy of the Divorce decree, duly legalized by a Mexican Consulate with jurisdiction where the divorce was filed, or; a certified copy of a Death Certificate duly legalized by the Mexican Consulate with jurisdiction over the place where the spouse died.
    4. A physician’s certificate stating that according to the blood tests and x-rays taken in Mexico, neither applicant suffers from any contagious disease.
    5. Two legally qualified witnesses (over 18 years of age), who must be present at the ceremony.
    6. Payment of a fee.

    So is getting married in Mexico for me?

    Marriage is a big commitment and there are a lot of things to take into consideration. One of the most important decisions for most couples is where they want to get married.

    Mexico has been one of the top destinations for Canadians getting married abroad in recent years. The reasons vary, but it’s often because they want to have an exotic destination wedding without traveling too far.

    There are pros and cons to getting married in Mexico as opposed to Canada, however, on the whole it is usually worth the splurge and would be something that most people would never forget. So why not make it memorable?

    Please visit Mexico’s consulate website for more additional and updated information.

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