My boyfriend and I are Katrina victims from Louisiana getting away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and decided to book a cruise. We are leaving from Galveston on April 17th traveling to Yucatan and Cozumel. We are on a strict budget and have decided to get married while we are away from it all; it will be just the two of us. Can you lead us in the right direction as to HOW to get started…
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!! Cozumel is a beautiful island and will be a memorable spot for a wedding.
Your best starting point is your cruise line; start soon because some limit the number of weddings they can assist with while in port. Most cruise lines have staff members who can help with all the wedding details; their packages are some of the most reasonable. Since you’ll be on island for a short time, you’ll need to have assistance getting all the details worked out to make the most of your time. Also, you’ll need witnesses which the wedding coordinator can help arrange and, if the two of you don’t speak Spanish, they can also help with translating the ceremony. (Weddings in Mexico must be performed in Spanish so usually the wedding planner acts as translator.)
Everything we’ve read indicates that you will need current passports but check with the cruise line (and if they don’t know, check with the Mexican consulate’s office closes to your home. Like the US, each state in Mexico has its own marriage regulations so they vary just a little from location to location. Generally you need a valid passport as well as blood tests; the blood test rules vary from location to location as well and can sometimes be performed in your home state within 15 days or so of your wedding date.)
Best wishes and keep us posted on your progress!