How are marriages officiated in Mexico?
There are three types of ceremonies that you can choose from:
A legal ceremony performed in Spanish by a judge. All paperwork and marriage certificates will be in Spanish as it is the official language in Mexico. Even though this means your marriage is legal, there is a process you will need to follow up afterwards to have it officially translated into English and register your marriage at your City Civil Office.
You are required to provide 10 days in advance, legible copies of your passports, birth certificates, and in cases with previous spouses, copy of a divorce decree or death certificate. You will need to arrive at least three working days before the wedding to have a blood test done and deliver all paperwork to the judge.
You will need four witnesses who are above 18 years of age to attend the ceremony and sign the paperwork after. They can be your friends or relatives. Copies of their passports must be submitted in advance.
For this ceremony there is an official speech to be made. It can be translated into English by one of your guests or by your Romance Specialist.
The judge’s fee is $650 USD plus 11% tax. The cost for performing the blood test is $150 USD plus 11% tax per couple.
A symbolic ceremony performed in English by an officiant. This ceremony can be customized to accommodate each couple’s unique needs, personalities and beliefs.
The officiant can create different ceremonies based on your needs. To personalize your ceremony, the officiant will contact you to get an overview of your relationship and go over the ceremony details. You can decide if you want to write your own vows, add special readings or ceremonies (unity candle, sand, rose etc). This unique ceremony will remain in all your guests’ memories.
The officiant's fee is $450 USD plus 11% tax.
A religious ceremony. We are able to assist you every step of the way. You can either have a religious ceremony at the resort or – if you are Catholic – at the Catholic Church located three blocks from us. The priest, pastor or rabbi can perform the ceremony in English. Prior to that, he will go over the details with you to ensure the ceremony is conducted to your needs.
The fee for booking the church is $200 USD plus 11% tax.
How do I find a wedding official to preside over my ceremony?
Your Romance Specialist will help you find the right official for the ceremony of your choice.
How can I find the right wedding service partners?
Our Romance Specialists have a list of experienced and well qualified service partners that we have handpicked from the Cabo area to make your wedding extra special. This list includes photographers/videographers, florists, officiants, musicians, hair and make-up artists, entertainment providers etc.
What kind of music can I have for the ceremony and reception?
There are many choices available, including American, country, reggae, rock, pop, disco, Mariachi and Latin music. You can choose to have a soloist, duet, trio, quartet, band or disc jockey to perform the type of music you prefer.
What are my flower choices?
No wedding is too small or too large for our local floral and decor designers. Our local florists can provide:
- Bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids
- Boutonnieres for the groom, groomsmen and fathers
- Corsages for mothers
- Rose petals sprinkled down the aisle
- Flowers for bride’s hair
- Basket and flowers for flower girls’ hair
- Aisle runner or floral decoration for the aisle
- Floral arrangements in all styles and combinations
More options are available on request.
What if I would like some additional decor?
There are a variety of rental equipment companies that assist us with additional components such as:
- Ceremony altars – arches, chuppahs, urns
- White, golden, silver or mahogany colored Tiffany chairs
- White or natural colored wooden chairs
- Wood benches with white cushions or white lounge benches
- Gold or silver metal chairs with white cushions and customized back covers
- Special colored napkins, linens, ties and chair covers
- Unique centerpieces for cocktail and dinner tables
- Tealight candles
- Special lighting
- Wishing tree or wood base for hanging place cards
More options are available on request.
Wedding photos are extremely important to us. Do you have a photographer to recommend?
There are many amazing photographers in the Cabo area that we will be happy to recommend. At Capella Pedregal, our preferred photographers and video producers have constantly exceeded our guests’ expectations. Just let us know your requirements and we will connect you with them.
I want to make my wedding unique and incorporate aspects of Mexican culture. What can I do?
Mexican traditions you may want to consider include having the groom present a gift of 13 gold coins to the bride as a symbol of financial responsibility, and the encirclement of you and your groom in a lazo (rope) to signify your eternal union. In certain Christian ceremonies, you can choose to carry two bridal bouquets – one for you and one for the Blessed Virgin as an offrenda (offer) for blessings.
Other ideas include delighting guests with a uniquely Los Cabos welcome amenity such as assorted petit fours, Capella wine or a trio of ceviches. Feature novelty entertainment like a fire dance, flamenco show or have a fun photo booth and traditional cigar maker present. Set spirits soaring with the music of an authentic Mariachi or Mexican Trio band to keep everyone dancing. Light up the night sky with wishing lanterns or a spectacular fireworks display that will warm the hearts of everyone around.
How can I put together my menu?
We specialize in customizing menus and welcome special requests to make everything easier and stress-free for you. Your Romance Specialist will first send you some catering menus as a guide. From there, we can personalize a menu for you based on your preferences, allergies and availability of local seasonal ingredients.
Do you make wedding cakes?
Our pastry team creates the most beautiful wedding cakes, exquisite mini desserts, homemade cookies, cupcakes and traditional Mexican candies. Your Romance Specialist will work with you to select your preferred flavors, fillings and designs.
Is a room block required?
To reserve your private event space, guest rooms are required for 50% of the guests attending your wedding. Capella Pedregal has 96 breathtaking ocean view rooms and suites to help accommodate your guests. A special group rate can be extended for weddings that book 10 rooms or more.
Can you help me prepare welcome gifts for my guests?
It will be our pleasure. Your Romance Specialist can offer you a few options and have them customized to your wedding to provide a warm welcome for your guests. Some ideas are:
- Fruit basket
- Assorted petit fours
- Chocolate covered strawberries
- Assorted cheese platter and bottle of wine
- Trio of ceviches
- Capella Pedregal mementos and special gifts from AlmArte
- Auriga spa gift certificates
- Capella signature gift certificates that can be redeemed for activities such as a tequila tasting, cooking class or wine tour
- Customized gift bags with personalized items
Can you also help me with gifts for my bridal party?
How easy is it for my guests to get to the resort?
There are several direct and one-stop flights daily from across the United States to San Jose del Cabo International Airport. Capella Pedregal is approximately 45 minutes from the airport.
Does the hotel offer airport transfers?
Private transfers to and from the resort can be arranged for your guests. Your Romance Specialist will be able to help you coordinate and make the necessary arrangements.
How much should I budget for my dream wedding at Capella Pedregal?
Rest assured that our Romance Specialists will be working closely with you to manage your budget throughout the entire process. As a guide, you may refer to the following:
- Ceremony minister: $450 USD – $800 USD depending on the type of ceremony.
- Music: From $350 USD – $4,500 USD.
- Flowers: This is dependent on the type of flowers you choose and how extensive your decor is. Your Romance Specialist will discuss with you to get proposals based on your budget.
- Catering: From minimum $5,000 USD for 20 people.
- Wedding cakes: From $12 per person.
- Photographers: Packages vary. Prices start at $500 USD per hour with a two-hour minimum.
- Special entertainment at your reception: $500 USD – $2,000 USD.
All prices are general approximations and do not include 11% federal tax and fees.