Marrying in Costa Rica is often easier than marrying in the states. You do not have to be in the country for any specific amount of time and the ceremony is legal worldwide. However, you will need to contact your officiant prior to your trip to Costa Rica. All that you are required to submit is a valid passport and to answer a few questions via email to your officiant.
We recommend Marcelo Galli for the wedding ceremonies and vow renewals. He will produce all of the paperwork, perform the ceremony, file the paperwork, translate and send you the documents once they have been processed. He speaks excellent English and performs a beautiful ceremony. It usually takes about 30 days for you to receive the certificate of marriage, but on occasion it can take up to 45 days. Please keep in mind you will need to pay him directly and his accepted form of payment is cash only. Contact Marcelo at email@example.com.
Your marriage officiant will need the following information:
- Full name
- Current address
- Copy (or good, clear photo) of your passport
- Marital status
- Date and place of birth
- Full name of father and mother and current citizenship
- Mailing address
- Phone number
- Email address
- Witness information (two are required)
You will not need to bring any notarized legal documents because all your data will be included in a sworn statement, which you will both sign the day of the wedding. This avoids you having to notarize anything at the Costa Rican Consulate nearest you and will save you time and money. There is no need for notarizations, divorce decrees, blood tests or police records. It’s as simple as that!
The Certification of Marriage
The procedure for a valid marriage in Costa Rica involves the signing of two documents once the ceremony is concluded. One is a sworn statement attesting principally to your marital status, thus avoiding any further proof. The other is the marriage document itself. After the ceremony, the paperwork must be submitted first to the Civil Registry of Costa Rica by your officiant. The whole processing of documents, which includes translation and notarization by the Consulate of your country of residence (or apostille), may vary but normally takes about two weeks.
Once everything is ready, the marriage certificate will be sent along with instructions via certified mail (an additional ten to 15 days) to the address you provide your officiant. You will receive the certificate 30 to 45 days after ceremony day.
If you need temporary proof of marriage before you receive the Certificate of Marriage, our recommended officiant can gladly provide (upon request) a Notary Certification, which will work as a valid proof of marriage with private sector only such as insurance companies or at work, for example.
The Ceremony Speech
Your officiant will communicate directly with you by email, phone or Skype in order to tailor the speech to your complete satisfaction, making each ceremony a meaningful and unique event. You can add your own vows, readings, poems, songs, rituals and traditions. Special touches like the Unity Sand Ceremony can be added and even modified to include the participation of friends and family.
Your certification of marriage will be issued by the Civil Registry of Costa Rica, translated by an Official Translator and apostilled by the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry or authenticated by the Consulate (or Consular Offices) of the country you reside in. This procedure is done strictly following Costa Rican as well as international laws that regulate these matters, thus ensuring full validity of your marriage back home.
We highly recommend hiring a professional photographer and videographer for your wedding. Please note that we do not have any affiliation with these companies. We have found that their work is excellent and their team is always reliable. You can contact your wedding coordinator for more details.
If you’re interested in a complete multimedia package with both professional photos and videography, we highly recommend the services of Destination Wedding Stories, whose wedding cinematography at the Springs Resort and Spa can be previewed on our weddings home page above.
Harold Gamboa Photography
phone: (+506) 8889 0175
Destination Wedding Stories
phone: (+506) 2249 2020
- 9,800 square feet (928 square meters) of flexible indoor and covered wedding space
- 17, 200 square feet (1,620 square meters) of spectacular outdoor poolside, terrace and riverfront space for unforgettable parties and receptions
- Wedding planner to assist in all aspect of the group event and logistics planning
- Spectacular catering featuring local, seasonal and regional products and seasoned banquet staff
- Audiovisual services and in-house equipment
- Extensive onsite recreational activities with planning assistance for off-site wedding party outings, recreational activities and local tours
- Special group rates for wedding guests
- Transportation assistance
- Onsite florist
- Customized welcome amenities and gifts for wedding guests
- 75 luxurious guest accommodations with volcano front views