Legal Wedding Ceremony

When you choose a legal ceremony, you’ll be following the requirements and traditions of the country you are marrying it. It may require translating your documents to the official language, and you may need to have your ceremony translated.  There may be  and restrictions where or when you can get married. For a legal ceremony it’s very important to do your homework and be sure you give yourself the time to complete all the documentation and requirements.

PROS OF A LEGAL CEREMONY
· Your guests will have attended  your ‘real’ ceremony
· you’ll have an authentic destination marriage experience
· Only one date to remember

CONS OF A LEGAL CEREMONY
· paperwork will have to be started months before your wedding
· you’ll pay fees for translation, courier fees, legal/judge fees &
  possibly more fees to have your home country recognize the      marriage
· your ceremony times may have to be changed to accommodates the officiants availiabilty
· if you need copies of your marriage certificate, you’ll have to  apply back to the original country
· some countries require your return if you choose to divorce
· you may be restricted where you get married

​​  you may have a lengthy wait for your marriage certificate

CONS OF A SYMBOLIC CEREMONY
· your guests might feel slighted they are not seeing a ‘real’ ceremony
· you’ll have to have pay for a legal ceremony at home prior to your arrival
· usually officiated by wedding coordinator at a resort
· you’ll have an anniversary date for family but a different
  legal wedding date
· might be harder to get honeymoon amenities depending on when you get married before your trip

The following is a guide to help see the pros and cons of each option so you can make an informed decision about your destination wedding!

Symbolic Wedding Ceremony


​When you choose a symbolic ceremony or renewal of vows you’ll need to get married before your trip. As you’ll be married by the time you travel, you really do have the most flexibility for where and what you include in your ceremony. Some countries do require proof of your marriage on your arrival.



PROS OF A SYMBOLIC CEREMONY

· no translation of documents are required

· symbolic ceremonies have less legal & document fees

· generally you will have more time choices since not determined by judge or an officiant availability

· may have more options for ‘where’ you get married

· can have a friend or family member ‘marry’ you

· easier to incorporate any special ceremonies or traditions