Getting Married in Costa Rica


Getting Married in Costa Rica

Why Costa Rica?

    • A destination wedding that will create memories that will last a lifetime!
    • Costa Rica has a close proximity to the United States and several direct flights from Europe.
    • Paradise with lush tropical jungles and beautiful beaches.
    • An affordable destination with amenities that your friends and family can all enjoy.

Where to Get Married in Costa Rica?

    • Manuel Antonio is located on the Central Pacific coast in Costa Rica – where the tropical jungle meets the Pacific Ocean.

Best Time of Year to Get Married in Costa Rica?

      • One of the greatest things about Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is that we have pleasant warm-weather year round.
      • Costa Rica has two seasons, our “green-season” and “dry-season” and both can be attractive, depending on your personal needs.
      • Rainy season (June-October) often just means that it will rain heavily for an hour or two in-between the warm sunshine.
      • If you are looking for clear blue skies, then you may want to consider November-May.

Do you need a Wedding Planner?

    • In short, the answer is yes. Here’s why…
    • Imagine planning a wedding in your home country. Stressful enough right?
    • Now try choosing your vendors and venues from another country!
    • Here at Costa Verde, we can set up everything from your airport transfers to your wedding DJ. Our trained staff is 100% dedicated to ensuring that your wedding or ceremony is the stuff dreams are made of!
    • Hope is not a plan! Here at Costa Verde Weddings we will help you:
      • Choose the perfect accommodations for you and your guests
      • Understand the wedding package in detail
      • Book and plan fun activities
      • Arrange transportation & logistics
      • Stay organized
      • Coordinate all of the event details from the rehearsal dinner to your reception
      • Offer advice, suggestions, and are here every step of the way so your big day runs smoothly

What to Expect for Your Wedding in Costa Rica?

    • Costa Rica can be your dream wedding destination – it’s beautiful here!
    • Our blue skies and warm sunshine can be the perfect place for a couple to begin their journey together.
    • Destination Weddings in Costa Rica are often much more economical than in countries such as USA or UK.
    • A destination wedding or ceremony here in Costa Rica can be the trip of a lifetime for friends and families to enjoy together while attending your special event.

Destination Wedding Planning Timeline

    • 16 months before your wedding day:
      • You and your partner (+ family members if they are helping) should determine your wedding budget.
      • Contact us, so we can assign you your personal planner.
      • Start thinking about your guest list. Buy a notebook dedicated to your planning.
      • Get inspiration and start thinking about color schemes, décor, flowers, and attire.
    • 10 – 8 months before your wedding day:
      • Finalize your guest list and send out Save the Date cards (EXCITING)!
      • Decide on a dress, shoes, and other accessories.
      • Work with our planners and the hotel to book vendors or any extras that you require.
      • Consult your planner regarding guest accommodations, you need to work out who wants to stay where.
      • Think about wedding gifts and get some inspiration.
      • Place an order for invites and send them out!
    • 8 to 6 months before your wedding day:
      • Make final alterations to the guest list and booking arrangements, everything should be fairly in place by now.
      • Purchase dress, shoes, and accessories.
      • Purchase your wedding rings.
    • 3 to 2 months before your wedding day:
      • Place an order for any extra decor and favors you need.
      • Gather all necessary paperwork and documents be sure to double check everything with our planners.
      • Plan your seating arrangements.
      • Schedule a final dress fitting and a trial hair and makeup run.
    • The week of your wedding:
      • Finalize itineraries and other details with your planner.
      • Pack everything you need, make lists, and double check you don’t want to forget anything.
      • Prepare your outfit and other necessary items.
      • Pamper yourself! You’re getting married!

When and How to Send Invitations

    • It’s important you send out Save The Dates earlier when planning a destination wedding
    • Although you know your close and dearest will almost definitely attend, they’ll probably need to clear out a few extra days in their schedule compared to your average traditional wedding.
    • You may want to remind your guests to check their passports’ validity at this time so that they have ample time to renew their passports if needed.

Destination Wedding Etiquette

  • Typically guests pay for their own travel and hotel arrangements.
  • The bride pays for her bridal party’s hotel rooms, while the groom pays for this groomsmen’s rooms.
  • However, if this is too much for your expected wedding budget, you can ask your wedding party to consider their travel costs to be a wedding gift to you.
  • It is up to the bride and groom and their families for paying for the reception, rehearsal dinner, welcome party and a morning-after brunch.

Packing List

  • A valid passport (up-to-date / not going to expire soon)
  • Wedding attire, dresses, shoes, hairpieces.
  • Bathing suits, pack light it’s going to be HOT.
  • Beach cover-ups, you don’t want to risk sunburn close to the big day.
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Sandals and flip flops
  • Bug spray

What to Do After The Wedding

    • If you are planning on having a civil wedding (as opposed to symbolic) there are a few things you need to do after the wedding.

    • Marriage is a legal union between two people, and if you are not citizens of Mexico, you will need to make sure that your marriage is legally recognized in your home country

    • A civil marriage ceremony (as opposed to a symbolic one) requires you to have the following:

      • Completed marriage request form

      • Original and copy of birth certificates translated into Spanish by a certified translator

      • Valid passports

      • Divorce or death certificate (if applicable)

      • Original and copy of official IDs of witnesses

      • We can send you more information about getting married legally in Cost Rica...Just ask us!

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