There’s so much more to Mexico than soaking up the sun on the beach or by the pool.
This distinctively Latin-style country, with its traditional and relaxed ambience belongs more to Central and South America and offers a charming blend of beauty, energy and history. Spectacular temples, colonial churches and mystic pyramids provide interesting sites to explore and are a reminder of the past civilisations that flourished here more than 2000 years ago.
There are also a host of outdoor activities on offer to ensure that your honeymoon is truly memorable, from watersports down on the beach, tennis and golf to browsing museums and shops and sampling the famous Mexican cuisine, prepared with delicious, locally produced ingredients.
Cancun – fun in the sun
Those seeking action and entertainment head to Cancun – one of Mexico’s top beach destinations, which benefits from a magnificent stretch of sandy beach with pristine coral reefs, and an abundance of shopping, entertainment, sports and nightlife. Cancun boasts a host of luxury beach resort, many which offer wedding and honeymoon packages.
Riviera Maya – natural beauty
The Riviera Maya is set in the Yucatan Peninsula in an area of natural beauty along an unspoiled stretch of coastline dotted with traditional Mexican towns and villages along the shores of the Caribbean. It is gateway to important archaeological sites including Tulum and Chichen Itza, as well as being an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing honeymoon snorkelling and diving in the crystal clear ocean.
Marry in Mexico
If you are looking for a picture perfect setting for your wedding, whether your personal preference is a sandy beaches; old colonial city with its traditional charms or a quaint village church, then Mexico has the perfect choice for you. However, before you leave for your dream wedding you will need to ensure that you have done the necessary paperwork and have the right documentation with you. Your wedding planner or tour operator will advise and guide you through the whole process.
A civil wedding in Mexico is fully valid and legal worldwide. You can have a religious ceremony in Mexico, but it can only be a blessing as only civil marriages are recognised as legal. However, you can choose to have religious wedding as well as a civil ceremony, which can be performed at the Registry Office or elsewhere, including in your hotel grounds or on the beach. Fees range from £65 to £160. The ceremony will be conducted in Spanish in the presence of an interpreter and the marriage certificate will be in Spanish, which you can then have translated into English. There are no Mexican residency requirements, but you should allow a few days in Mexico before your wedding for legal checks. You must also have a blood test done in Mexico. The Civil Registers Office can recommend a doctor or clinic. Those under 18 cannot marry without parental consent.
- Proof of ID – Your Birth Certificate, passport and entry permit will all be required
- Proof of Status – For marriages to take place in Mexico you must both attend your local Registry Office in the UK and give ‘notice of marriage’. After 21 days a Certificate of Non Impediment’ will be issued, which is valid for 3 months.
- Decree Absolute – if divorced
- Death Certificate – of your former spouse if widowed
- Name Change document – If your name has been changed by Deed Poll you must provide the legal proof, stamped and signed by a solicitor.
5 Top Tips
- Climb the 91 steps to the top of the temple-pyramid of El Castillo at Chichen Itza and enjoy the stunning views.
- Take a boat trip to the Mexican Caribbean island of Cozumel and drink a delicious chilled Margarita on the beach
- Ride on the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway that passes over 37 bridges and through 86 tunnels for spectacular views of Copper Canyon, a network of canyons, which are several times larger than the Grand Canyon.
- Visit Tulum, on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Built around 1200 AD, it’s the site of the last Mayan-built city. The tropical beach backdrop makes this a stunning top attraction.
- Go to Acapulco, a popular seaside resort once the playground of Hollywood stars and millionaires, and watch the professional cliff divers perform their impressive jumps into the ocean.