Getting Married In Costa Rica
If you're thinking about getting married, Costa Rica is a beautiful place to do it. We can help you arrange a private wedding ceremony at the villa of your choice. A professional caterer and wedding planner are also available. After your wedding you can then stay and have a fabulous honeymoon. Below are some things to keep in mind if you want to get married in Costa Rica.
Advance Information Requirements
Like most foreign countries, Costa Rica requires some paperwork in order to get married here. The beautiful setting and relaxed atmosphere are well worth it. A lawyer is appointed to handle everything required to make your marriage legal in Costa Rica and your home country. The following papers need to be presented at least one month in advance of your arrival to ensure a smooth and stress-free wedding day.
- Full name of both Bride and Groom, first, middle and last. No initials will be accepted.
- Passport numbers and nationality
- Birth dates
- Place of birth
- Foreign address
- Father's full name and nationality
- Mother's full maiden name and nationality
- Parent's address
If divorced you need to provide a copy of the divorce decree. If the Bride has been divorced for less than 12 months, she must present a negative pregnancy test to the nearest Costa Rican consulate for authentication.
The Bride and Groom need to bring their original passports, two copies of their passports, and one copy of their witnesses' passport. Upon arrival, they are required to sign a sworn statement that all information provided is correct. After the ceremony, the Bride, Groom, and witnesses sign a marriage certificate. The certificate is filed in Costa Rica and your country's embassy, and a copy is sent to your home town.