Wedding Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Where do I start?

Do you hold destination weddings at your resort?

Yes, we hold weddings at all of our resorts. Please view our online wedding guide, where you will find information on the packages we offer, and much more.

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

There is a dedicated wedding coordinator on site at Dreams Los Cabos. Please see email contact information below:

Wedding Coordinator: weddings.drelc@dreamsresorts.com

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

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

If the resort is all-inclusive, why is there an additional charge for the wedding packages?

There is an additional cost because this is a private event for you and your guests. The other guests of the resort will not be receiving this. There is additional set up needed, additional staff, and a different menu offered.

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

Weddings should be reserved at least six months in advance. Up to two weddings are permitted per day, but will occur in different locations and/or with ample time in between.

How can we confirm our wedding date?

There is a Wedding Request Form listed on each of our resorts’ wedding pages. Just fill out this form and if the date is available, the weddings department at the resort will be happy to reserve a tentative date. After we receive a deposit and the signed contract, we will reserve that date for you.

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 four business days prior. Saturdays, Sundays and Mexican holidays do not count. Your arrival day also does not count toward the “business day” requirement. You must arrive four FULL business days prior.

Does this resort offer same sex ceremonies?

Yes, this resort offers symbolic same sex ceremonies.

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). In these case, the bride and groom will receive a symbolic marriage not legally valid.

Do we need to send any documentation prior to arrival?

Yes. All legal documentation must be sent at least one month in advance to verify all information. Also, you must have all originals with you when you arrive at the resort.

Staging a Destination Wedding

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

Dreams Los Cabos offers multiple locations including the beach, gazebo, restaurants ballrooms and more. You will find these in the wedding guide

Are indoor spaces air-conditioned?

Yes, our ballroom is air conditioned.

How many people can each of them accommodate?

We can accommodate parties from 20 to 300

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. There are also special discounted children’s rates available for our family friendly resorts.

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

We sure can, just request these directly with the wedding coordinator

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

Should you require any additional pictures, please email the wedding coordinator.

Can I add more decorations, or are the decorations set?

Yes, as far as any additional decor, the resort can really do anything you would like. You just need to send your wedding coordinator images and ideas and they can price it out for you.

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

We can provide a decorated arch and chairs for the event. We can also provide a canopy or tent (at an additional charge).

How do I get the free wedding that is advertised?

This package is available when staying a minimum of 7 nights in the Preferred Club Junior Suite or higher, or if you book 5 rooms in any category for a minimum of 3 nights.

Is it performed in English or Spanish?

Most are ceremonies are performed in Spanish however, there will be an English translator. If you are having a minister perform the ceremony, they will speak English.

What if I don’t have a witness?

If you do not have witnesses available, they will be provided by the resort.

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

Your special time is yours and yours only; however, there may be other weddings performed on the same day at different times and locations. We typically host two weddings per day depending on the season.

Calculating the Cost of a Destination Wedding

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?

Our wedding packages may be obtained right on our site, www.dreamsresorts.com. However, you may request a few extras with our 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 included in your standard wedding package? 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.

What is the usual etiquette of paying for wedding guests?

Wedding couples usually pay for their guests to attend the wedding, and can arrange for group room blocks so all guests can have the same rate. Air fare and room nights can be paid for separately by the guests.

Do you require a down payment? How much? When is the balance due?

For the Wedding in Paradise Package, a $100 deposit is required. For the Dreams of Love and Dreams 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.

Are rooms and flights included in the prices of the wedding packages?

No, they are not. That is a separate price that you can book through the groups department at the resort or through a travel agency.

What is your cancellation policy?

If cancelled outside of 6 months, no penalties will be charged. Weddings canceled within 6 months of the event will be charged a penalty of the 50% deposit.

Destination Wedding Details

Who performs the ceremony at your resort?

A local judge or minister will come to the resort to perform your ceremony. Should you choose to have a legal wedding with a minister, the minister services are not included in the package and will be charged separately.

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

Catholic priests will not perform a wedding outside of the church. We can host a Jewish wedding however the bride and groom must provide their own Rabbi. Please also feel free to bring your own official if you would like a specific religious ceremony.

On the other hand, what if we want a non-religious ceremony?

Non-religious ceremonies are an option at all of our resorts.

How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony lasts about 20 minutes. The optional cocktail party and reception follow shortly after.

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

Brides usually wear the beautiful white gown as they have always dreamed of, while guys usually prefer kakis and a white dress shirt. Most couples also prefer bare feet, of course.

Will someone be available to iron my wedding dress?

Wedding dress preparation is included in the wedding package and is done by an outside dry cleaning service.

What happens if we choose an outdoor ceremony and reception -- and it rains?

We can host your ceremony in our ballroom.

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

The sun sets between 7:30 and 8:30 in the summer months. In the autumn and winter sunset is between 6 and 6:30

What types of flowers are available locally?

Roses, lilies, gerbera daisy, bird of paradise, orchids, etc.

Is there a florist onsite?

No, unfortunately, there is not.

Is live music available?

Yes there is. Please request more information with the wedding coordinator at weddings.drelc@dreamsresorts.com or refer back to the wedding guide.

Is there an open bar included in the packages?

Yes, the Dreams of Love and Ultimate package include and cocktail hour a 3-hour reception that includes an open bar.

Can we supply our own music on CD?

Yes, you may rent a sound system for $500 (Speakers, Microphone and plug for iPod or CD player)

Can you email me suggested menus for the reception?

There are two menus (Silver & Gold). These may be requested through the wedding coordinator.

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

The wedding cake will be chosen by you. Once you arrive at the resort you will 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, for prices you may contact the coordinator or the videographer and the photographer directly.

 

IMPORTANT: Destination Wedding Legalities - Mexico

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 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.

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. **Parents cannot be witnesses

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)

I was divorced less than 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 planner. An extra fee applies.

Do we need proof of any medical tests?

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

What diseases does the blood test 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, you will meet with the wedding coordinator to schedule your transportation to the lab for this test.

What is the price of the blood test?

The payment varies by resort, but anywhere from $200 to $300 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. Please check with the appropriate wedding coordinator for the exact pricing.

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 cannot 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 (i.e. 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.

For Friends & Family Who Can't Attend Your Destination Wedding

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 the day 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?

There is WiFi on the resort for all guests with the Unlimited Connectivity app. Make calls and send messages over the WiFi network at Dreams Los Cabos without incurring international roaming charges. Download the free app for your smartphone, tablet or mobile device.

More Destination Wedding Questions to Ask

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

Yes, each resort offers a Honeymoon Suite or equivalent equipped with special whirlpool baths, and includes complimentary wedding or honeymoon packages based on length of stay. Visit the accommodations page of each resort to learn more.

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, as well as a private location, for an extra charge.

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

We have many activities throughout the day that are available at no additional charge. There are however, some water sports that may carry an additional charge such as scuba diving.

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?

You do not need any immunizations to travel to Mexico.

Are there extras that we can add on to make our wedding more unique?

Yes, in the wedding guide you will find a list of additional services. You will work with the wedding coordinator to customize all details.

What is the time zone?

Los Cabos, Mexico is in the Mountain 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. Purified bottled water is also readily available. Please be careful when venturing out of our resorts.

Can I bring dollars?

Yes, American dollars are recognized and accepted in both Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Who can I contact to begin booking my wedding, or to answer my pre-wedding questions?

We have a new live wedding chat that you can find on the left-hand side of all resorts wedding pages. There are 2 live wedding specialists that you can with Monday – Friday from 9am – 7 pm. They will help to answer all your questions.

Does this resort offer weddings on New Year’s Eve?

No, they do not. New Year’s Eve is a blackout date across all resorts.

Are passports required? Is it easy to enter into Mexico?

You must have a valid passport to enter Mexico. Due to the large number of passport applications, the US Government has allowed some passport flexibility to these countries. Please visit http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html for details.