Frequently Asked Questions and Answers - Weddings by Velas Resorts [Skip to Content]Privacy Policy
A You can choose the right type of officiant for your style and your ceremony: religious, symbolic, or legal. For a legal wedding, an authorized judge will lead your ceremony. Non-denominational ministers lead symbolic ceremonies, and religious weddings are conducted by a spiritual leader such as a priest, pastor, or rabbi.
A The legal ceremony is performed in Spanish with the services of a Professional Translator if required.
A Yes. Velas Resorts can organize beautiful Civil or Symbolic ceremonies on the tranquil beaches of Mexico. Religious (Catholic) ceremonies must be celebrated at the nearest church, as mandated by the Vatican.
A Only one: yours. Your wedding is an important, once-in-a-lifetime celebration that deserves exclusivity - and that's just what you'll find at our luxury resorts. Your personal wedding coordinator will ensure that no detail is overlooked. We offer an enticing array of thoughtful services and wedding packages in Mexico to make your day complete.
A Yes. However, guests not staying at any Velas Resorts must purchase a wedding pass upon their arrival to the resort. Wedding passes are guaranteed for purchase only on the ceremony date and can stay only the time of the wedding event. Please contact your wedding planner for wedding pass restrictions.
A If the ceremony/reception takes place at the Garden or Pool area, we are not able to make any exceptions due to the "adult-only" policy. All guests must be 18 years or older. However if the ceremony/reception will take place at the Beach Club, children are welcome. Families with children can stay at Velas Vallarta. Please consult your Wedding Planner for details.
A Wedding ceremonies usually begin 1.5 hours prior to sunset for the most beautiful skies. Depending on the time of year, this can mean anywhere from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In the summer months, a sunset ceremony offers milder temperatures by avoiding the heat of the day. Our personal wedding planners can help you figure out the perfect time to say "I do."
A Most ceremonies last for approximately 30 minutes. Traditional religious ceremonies, such as Catholic weddings, are usually a bit longer. If you plan to take your vows just before sunset, your reception will get started as twilight descends. After dinner, you'll be able to dance under starry skies.
A Legal ceremonies are officiated by a judge who is authorized by the Mexican government to issue a marriage certificate which is valid in Mexico only. In order to be registered in a foreign country, it must be translated and legally stamped. One of the requirements for a legal wedding in Mexico is a blood test that must be taken at least three business days before the wedding. Symbolic ceremonies are led by a non-denominational minister who will give a reading about love and the partnership of marriage. The minister will issue a certificate with no legal value. Religious ceremonies are sacred rituals led by a pastor, priest, rabbi, or another spiritual leader. Hindu, Jewish, and Catholic weddings are a few of the religious ceremonies that we offer.
A To save your wedding date, simply fill out a wedding reservation request form with all the required information in order to start your booking process right away. You may also contact our Wedding Specialist Team at 866-868-0922 (USA & CANADA) and  01800-837-3982 (from MEXICO).

To save the date and reserve a wedding venue, $100 USD per person will be required. This deposit is non-refundable.
A Yes, we offer professional live streaming at all of our resorts in Mexico. You'll be able to share every moment of your ceremony with family and friends anywhere around the world. Our social media concierge will also update Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for you as the wedding unfolds. Afterward, we'll create a special Pinterest board with the best images from the day.
A The couple must arrive at Velas Resorts at least 3 business days (Monday-Saturday) before the scheduled civil ceremony date.
A Yes. Civil/legal weddings performed in Mexico are legal in the United States. To find out more about the legal and translation requirements for registering your marriage certificate obtained in Mexico, contact your local courthouse. Remember that you are responsible for any additional charges imposed by your state or country to register your marriage or provide additional paperwork.
  • Marriage Application
  • Proof of legal stay in México (Original & Copy)
  • Blood test (Completed no more than 15 days prior to the wedding day)
  • Death certificate of previous spouse if applicable (certified translation to Spanish)
  • Four (4) Witnesses, can be relatives except parents (must present proof of legal stay in México and photo ID. If the witnesses are Mexican citizens, an official photo ID is required)
  • Passport or Driver's License
  • Birth certificate (certified translation to Spanish)
  • Divorce certificate if applicable (certified translation to Spanish)
  • Health certificate (Completed no more than 15 days prior to the wedding day)
  • If neither person to be married is not a Mexican citizen it is necessary to obtain authorization from the Mexican Immigration Office, at an extra charge.
  • Consult your Velas Resorts Wedding Planner about legal requirements for your wedding and travel to Mexico.
A Yes. All names must be exactly the same, including middle names. In addition, a Tourist Visa is required by the Mexican Government to carry out the wedding. You will automatically obtain this upon arrival at the Cancun or Puerto Vallarta Airport. It is the card placed in your passport after passing through immigration. If either the bride or groom has ever been adopted, divorced, widowed, or had a name change, an original or certified copy of the related document is required.
A No. There are no exceptions to this rule. All documents must be in order, so please verify well in advance that you are in possession of all documents before departure.
A Yes. Documents must be presented to your Velas Resorts wedding coordinator at least 30 days prior to the wedding day and must be personally presented to the Judge at the time of your interview.
A Yes. It will be necessary for the foreigner to obtain authorization from the Mexican Immigration Authorities, at an extra charge. Please contact the Immigration Office closest to your Velas Resort to obtain the list of required documents. Failure to provide adequate documentation may result in cancellation of the civil ceremony.
A For a legal ceremony, four witnesses must be present. Each of your witnesses must provide valid identification. Most witnesses use their passports, however other forms of government-issued identification are acceptable too.
A Most guests start planning their wedding 9-12 months before the big day. Not only does this give you enough time to visualize your ideal celebration, it also provides the best availability at our sought-after resorts. Check out our Mexico Wedding Checklist Calendar for a full timeline to make planning easier.
A Our talented wedding planners do it all - and there's no additional fee. Weddings at Velas Resorts are all-inclusive. We'll arrange your flowers, decor, entertainment, catering, photography, and everything else. We take care of the details so that you can focus on enjoying your wedding celebration in paradise.
A You will be in close contact with your Velas Resorts Wedding Planner in the months leading up to your arrival. Upon arrival, couples may establish a meeting with the Wedding Planner or will receive a letter from the Wedding Planner in their room or at the front desk specifying an appointment time and date to meet.
A An external wedding planner can help with items such as sending the invitations, managing the guest list and RSVP, helping to create the theme and style of the wedding. Everything else is included in your wedding package for exclusive experiences at our resort. Our wedding planners will help arrange musicians, flowers, decor, catering, cakes, live-streaming, drone filming, and more.
A We offer infinite décor - from moonlit gardens dripping with candles to beach wedding decorations in Mexico - enhanced by the sea, sand, and sky. If you can imagine it, our talented designers can bring it to life! Some of the decor we offer includes fireworks, beach beds, gazebos, centerpieces, table linens, pathways, bonfires, candles, ambient lighting, and cozy romantic areas that enhance the natural beauty of Mexico's coast.
A Choose from many types of traditional and tropical flowers with creative accents and innovative designs, including native flowers of Mexico. From flowered altars on a sunset beach to fragrant garden gazebos to elegant centerpieces, our professional flower designs add a naturally beautiful aesthetic. Dazzling flower arrangements include table centerpieces, stunning gazebos, bouquets, and boutonnieres.
A Velas Resorts offers a basic steaming service (depending on the details, size, material of the dress, etc.). However there are off-property services that can handle the steaming of the dress. Prices are determined based on the dress details.
A Of course! Your wedding menu can be customized according to your budget and taste. You'll collaborate with our wedding planners and chefs to ensure that every bite meets and exceeds your expectations. Whether you desire hot Mexican food or haute cuisine, a themed buffet or a posh plated banquet, our professional culinary teams will design a wedding feast that delights your senses. We offer personalized wedding packages with diverse global cuisines, including delicious entrees, appetizers, hors d' oeuvres, desserts, and beverages.
A Let them eat cake! A classic white wedding cake from the Velas Collections is included in all of our wedding experiences. We also offer customizable menus with fresh, innovative international cuisine for your wedding celebration, rehearsal dinner, poolside cocktail party, or beach reception.
A Don't miss a moment with our exceptional photography and video services. We don't just take pictures - we capture the mood and the epic romance of your wedding day with live streaming, drone filming, and professional videography. We'll also take care of any special media requests you have to make your night spectacular.
A Choose your favorite live music to create a festive atmosphere, including mariachi, salsa, jazz bands, traditional bands, classic quartets, solo violinists, Mexican trios, and professional DJs - to name a few. Everything sounds great on our state-of-the-art sound system. Dance the night away under star-studded skies as the band plays "your" song.
A Yes. We provide a wide selection of music, however, clients are welcome to bring their own wedding music, CDs or iPods to ensure that the music is exactly what they desire for their wedding ceremony and reception.
A Yes, any package can be shipped directly to the property. However the resort is not responsible for any inconvenience during the shipping process (Customs taxes, document requirements, etc).
A Your wedding guests can indulge in an epic resort vacation. They'll enjoy an expansive array of included extras, such as gourmet cuisine at our restaurants, premium-brand domestic and international beverages, 24/7 room service, suite minibars (restocked daily), recreational activities, fitness classes, and Teens' Club & Kids' Club for families. Treat your guests to a true getaway in paradise.
A Absolutely! You'll have a personal concierge who can arrange exciting activities like snorkeling and scuba diving, whale watching tours, jungle adventures, sunset sails, golf tee times, and fishing trips. Our resorts are all situated in prime vacation destinations on Mexico's Pacific and Caribbean coasts - and your guests will find an incredible variety of fun things to do nearby.
A We do provide special rates for wedding groups, however there is a minimum number required for rooms and nights to access these special rates at each resort. Contact our wedding specialists to learn more about the rates at our all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.
A Yes. A reservation for 8 persons maximum is welcome for a wedding dinner at any of our a la carte restaurants.
A No. The maximum number of guests that we can accommodate in one reservation at any of our restaurants is 8. If you are planning a wedding where more guests may attend, a private function must be purchased. Please contact our Wedding Specialists.
A Private dinner events are held on our magnificent beaches, in our tropical gardens, and elegant ballrooms. Please inquire about unique options at each Velas Resort.
A Yes. All of our wedding experiences can be personalized to your style and vision. If you wish to explore this option, please contact our Wedding Planner for package information and pricing.
A $100 USD per person will be required. This deposit is non-refundable.
A Optional Services for your wedding event must be paid for according to your calendar established on the wedding contract. The total due must be paid at least 45 days before the wedding day. For more information please contact our Wedding planner.
A Deposits may be made by credit card (except Discover), in cash or by bank transfer to our bank account.
A The couple must arrive at Velas Resorts at least 3 business days (Monday-Saturday) before the scheduled civil ceremony date.
A A wedding reservation request form must be completed with all required information in order to start your booking process right away or contact our Wedding Planners Team toll free. From the USA & CANADA: 866-868-0922 and from MEXICO: 01800-837-3982.
A You will receive email confirmation usually within 24-48 business hours. Also, please feel free to contact us directly by telephone or by emailing or