WEDDINGS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where do I start?

Do you hold destination weddings at your resort?

Yes, we hold weddings at all of our resorts

 

Is there a dedicated wedding planner on site? Can they be reached by email?

There is a dedicated wedding coordinator on site at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun. Please see the contact listed below:

Secrets Capri: weddings.secrc@secretsresorts.com

 

What services does your wedding planner provide? Is there a fee?

There is no fee for the use of our wedding coordinator. A specialist will be with you to assist prior to and on your special day and they are there throughout the entire experience to answer any question you may have regarding your day!

 

How much time would we need to reserve our wedding in advance?

Weddings should be reserved at least three months in advance but one year is preferable if you have exact dates in mind.

 

How can we confirm our wedding date?

There is a Wedding Request Form listed on the Secrets Capri wedding page. Just fill out this form and if the date is available, the wedding department will be happy to confirm availability. The wedding will be considered confirmed only when you receive a written communication stating so.

 

What if we want to reserve on short notice?

You should contact the wedding coordinator directly

 

How many days do we need to arrive prior to the ceremony?

Mexico requires that you be in the country at least 4 business days prior.

 

What is the latest time that we can arrive at the resort for it to count toward the “business day” requirement?

Arrival day does not count. You must arrive 4 full business days prior.

 

What is the difference between legal (civil), religious and symbolic ceremonies?

Only a civil ceremony is legally recognized. A religious ceremony has no legal bearing and does not replace in any way the binding legal civil marriage. A renewal of vows or religious ceremony is a symbolic ceremony. It is performed by a Non denominational minister (please note that Catholic ceremonies cannot be performed outside the church). The bride and groom will receive a symbolic marriage not legally valid.

 

Do we need to send any documentation prior to arrival?

At Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, please be sure to bring all important documents listed under Wedding Legalities below.

Ceremony and Reception Locations

What private indoor and outdoor areas of the resort are available for a wedding?

The pool and beach area are perfect spots for outdoor weddings, while the ballroom serves as a beautiful location in case of rain.

 

Are indoor spaces air-conditioned?

Yes, our ballroom is air-conditioned

 

How many people can each of them accommodate?

The beach and pool area can accommodate 200 people; the Capri ballroom can also accommodate 200 people, or be broken down into smaller rooms that can accommodate up to 40 people.

 

What about guests not staying at the resort?

Guests who chose to come only for the event will have to purchase a day pass. This will be an additional cost.

 

Are children allowed in the adult only hotels to attend a wedding?

No, unfortunately, they are not.

 

Can you email me a layout and images of these places?

Yes, please contact the wedding coordinator with the requested location.

 

Do you have an online photo gallery or can you email me pictures of other destination weddings that have taken place at your property?

We have a few images on our website, but please feel free to contact our wedding coordinator.

 

What do you offer in the way of decorations?

We can decorate the area with flowers, beautiful seating arrangements, tiki torches and lovely canopies for pool and beach weddings.

 

What time of day do most destination weddings occur? Why?

Most guests chose to marry at sunset. Simply because it is the most romantic time!

 

Will there be other weddings taking place during the same time as ours?

No way. Your special time is yours and only yours.

 

If we want our wedding on the beach, what is the set-up?

A small wooden arbor will be beautifully wrapped in white fabric, with a white runner held in place with starfish and sea shells.

 

How do I get the free wedding that is advertised?

This complimentary wedding package is available when staying 7 nights in the specified room category.

 

Is it performed in English or Spanish?

Most ceremonies are performed in Spanish however, if you are lucky, the official may speak English.

 

What if I don’t have a witness?

If there are no witnesses available, these will be provided by the resort.

Cost of a Destination Wedding at Secrets Capri

What is the cost of a destination wedding at your resort, or is it included in the price of our stay?

We offer three packages. Rates and inclusions depend on which you prefer.

 

Do you offer a set destination wedding package, or do we choose the elements individually?

We have three set packages however, you can add anything extra that you wish.

 

Can you email a price list to me? Do you expect those prices to change by the date of my wedding?

Prices for our wedding packages are included on our website. For those little extra touches, a separate price list can be obtained from the wedding coordinator. These prices are always subject to change as services are provided by outside vendors.

 

If I want to bring friends and family members, do you offer a discount on the price of rooms?

Group rates are available when booking 10 rooms or more.

 

How many guests are permitted at your standard destination wedding? What do you charge if we exceed that number?

Packages are valid for either 10 or 20 guests. Additional guests would incur an additional charge.

 

Do you require a down payment?

For the Wedding in Paradise Package, a $100 deposit is required. For the Secrets of Love and Secrets Ultimate Wedding Package, a $500 deposit is required. The deposits are necessary to hold and confirm the wedding dates and will be applied to the total cost of the wedding package

 

How much? When is the balance due?

Wedding charges will be added to your room bill after the final details are confirmed with the wedding coordinator. A credit line must be opened at check in to make this possible.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation must be done at least two weeks in advance, otherwise you will be charged 50%.

Wedding Details & Decor

Who performs the ceremony at your resort?

A local judge or minister will come to the resort to perform your ceremony.

 

What if we want a ceremony that honors a particular religion; can someone of that faith be provided?

No, but feel free to bring your own official of that religion.

 

On the other hand, what if we want a ceremony that does not bring in religion?

Non religious ceremonies are definitely an option.

 

How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony itself only lasts about 20 minutes, however the cocktail and reception shortly follow.

 

What do brides and grooms typically wear at your resort for destination weddings?

Brides usually wear a beautiful white gown, while grooms usually prefer kakis and a white dress shirt. Most couples also prefer bare feet on the beach, of course.

 

Will someone be available to iron my wedding dress?

Wedding dress preparation is included in the wedding package.

 

What do you do if I schedule an outside ceremony and reception -- and it rains? Do you have a picture of the back up plan?

Yes, our main ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests. Please email the wedding coordinator for specific images.

 

What time are the sunset and the approximate temperature an hour before?

Depending on the season, sunset can be anywhere from 5:30 – 7 pm.

 

What types of flowers are available locally? Is there a florist onsite?

Almost all kinds of flowers can be provided, some at an additional cost. We work with local florists to make sure the most options are available.

 

Is live music available? Can you email me an mp3 file of your house musicians?

Yes, live music is available. Some of these bands have their own websites. If interested, please contact the wedding coordinator for specific music styles and details.

 

Can we supply our own music on CD?

Yes, we would be happy to accommodate your own music.

 

Can you email me suggested menus for the reception?

Yes, our wedding coordinator can give you many different menu options to choose from.

 

What can you supply in the way of a wedding cake?

We have numerous wedding cake options available. Pictures of different cakes can be emailed to you or once you arrive at the resort you can meet with the wedding coordinator to choose your cake.

 

Do you provide photography/videography services? What is the cost and what do we get for that amount?

Yes, we have numerous options to choose from for our video and photography services. The cost will depend on who you choose.

Legalities

Is there someone who can handle the legal details for us and will guide us through the process?

Yes, the wedding coordinator deals directly with the local officials to coordinate the legalized wedding process.

 

What are the requirements to get a marriage license in your destination?

Requirements to get married in Mexico:

  • Valid passport
  • Tourist Cards (blue sheets that you receive at the airport)
  • Apostille certified birth certificates for Bride & Groom (see below)
  • If applicable, final Record of Divorce
  • If applicable, Death Certificate
  • Health certificate and blood test provided by a Mexican Official*
  • Bride & Groom must arrive 4 days prior to the ceremony! (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays do not count). *Additional costs apply.
  • NEW LEGAL REQUIREMENT! Special Certificate (CIR). Please send 2 months prior the wedding scanned copies of the bride and groom's passport and birth certificates to request a NON marriage letter by Quintana Roo State. This letter certifies the couple does not have a previous marriage registered in the State of Quintana Roo. This Certification letter has an additional fee. Please check with the wedding coordinator for details.

If someone is divorced, they must send a scanned copy of the Divorce Decree & Birth Certificate Apostil , so the resort can send it to be translated in Spanish by a certified translator in Mexico.

 

Are witnesses required?

Yes, four witnesses must arrive 4 days prior to the ceremony with passports and tourist cards (blue sheet received at the airport), witnesses can be provided by the hotel if needed.

 

What is an Apostille document, why do I need it and where do I get it?

Apostille is a French word which means a certification. It is commonly used in English to refer to the legalization of a document for international use under the terms of the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. Documents which have been notarized by a notary public, and certain other documents, and then certified with a conformant apostille are accepted for legal use in all the nations that have signed the Hague Convention. (courtesy of Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostille)

 

I was divorced less then one year ago. Can I have my civil ceremony at the resort?

Unfortunately no. If you have been divorced you will need to wait at least one year before remarrying, and you must bring a copy of your divorce decree.

 

Can I translate my divorce decree and apostille document prior to my arrival to the resort?

No, this must be done in Mexico upon arrival and should be handled by the wedding coordinator. An extra fee applies.

 

Do we need proof of any medical tests?

Yes, a blood test must be taken (see below).

 

Do I need a blood test and if so, what diseases does it check for?

Yes, to be considered valid the test must be taken in Mexico and should not be taken more than 14 days prior to the ceremony. The blood will be tested for HIV, RPR (sexually transmitted diseases) and blood type. The results will be ready in 24 hours together with a certificate of the blood test. Upon arrival, your wedding coordinator sets the appointment for the next morning at 8.00 am, you must have an empty stomach, and the doctor will take the blood test either in your room or in the coordinator’s office.

 

What is the price of the blood test?

The payment is roughly 200 USD per couple. The payment must be made directly with the doctor in either cash or traveler’s checks or can be charged to your room account.

 

Can I have a doctor perform the test in my country and take the results to the resort?

No, the test must be taken in Mexico in order to be valid, no exceptions.

 

Will I be able to participate in the wedding ceremony if the test comes back positive?

No, according to Mexican Law, if your test comes back positive you can not be married in Mexico.

 

If we have to travel offsite to get the license, does your resort provide transportation?

The wedding coordinator provides the license to you immediately after the ceremony, no transportation required.

 

If my name is different from the passport and birth certificate will this present problem?

Yes, in order for the documents to be finalized and legal in Mexico, there must be proof for different names in order to get married (ie divorce, birth certificates, etc).

 

Will the judge perform the ceremony if all of our documents are not in order? Are there any exceptions?

No, there are no exceptions. All documents must be presented, and they must be in order for the ceremony to take place. If not, there is no ceremony.

What about our family and friends that cannot attend?

Can you make a webcam available during the ceremony?

Plans are currently underway to have webcams available for our wedding ceremonies. Please contact the wedding coordinator for details.

 

How long will it take to get our pictures back, and can they be quickly posted on an online album?

If you choose a photographer provided by our wedding coordinator, expect to receive your photos and photo album within 72 hours after the ceremony. Depending on the package chosen, your images will appear on DVD or in a lovely album that also includes the negatives.

 

What type of Internet access is available at your property?

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun offers wireless internet access in the lobby for a charge, and a separate business center equipped with computers, printers, and faxes.

Miscellaneous Questions

Do you have a dedicated honeymoon suite? Can you show me what it looks like?

Yes, Secrets Capri offers a One Bedroom Honeymoon Suite equipped with special Jacuzzi baths - one indoor and outdoor, full marble bathroom with a jetted whirlpool bathtub, and a host of amenities.

 

Is there a private terrace or outdoor area where we can hold a rehearsal dinner?

We can accommodate a rehearsal dinner at any one of our restaurants, depending on the number of guests, as well as a private location, for an extra charge.

 

Is there a charge for guests to participate in sports at the resort?

No, non motorized sports are included.

 

Can you arrange a special tour or activity for our guests?

These may be arranged through the preferred tour company set up in the resort lobby. They are more then happy to arrange the best group outing to fit your needs.

 

Do I need any immunizations before traveling?

In order to travel to Mexico you do not need any immunizations.

 

What is the time zone?

Cancun and the Riviera Maya, Mexico are in the Central Time Zone

 

Can I drink the water?

Yes, all of our resorts have their own water purification system allowing the water you drink to be clean and pure. Please be careful when venturing out of Secrets Capri.

 

Can I bring dollars?

Yes, American dollars are recognized and accepted in Mexico

 

Is it easy to enter into Mexico?

You must have a valid passport to enter.

 

Do you mind me asking all these questions?

Not at all! Our wedding coordinator is happy to assist you in planning your perfect day, so please feel free to ask away.