Legal VS. Symbolic Destination Wedding

Legal VS. Symbolic Destination Wedding

Legal vs. Symbolic Destination Wedding Ceremony-Which one makes the most sense? 


When planning your destination wedding, one of the decisions you’ll have to make is whether or not to get legally married here at home before heading to your destination for your ceremony. 

While it may seem strange to get legally married before your destination wedding ceremony, there are a lot of advantages to hitting the Justice of the Peace before you head out of town. 

  • It will save you money: While many resorts promote free wedding packages, the legal fees for getting married are never waived. Getting married at home can save you anywhere from $250.00 to $1000.00 in legal fees, dependent upon the destination.  
  • It will save you time: Most destinations have a residency requirement. This means you may have to be in the destination for 2 to 4 business days before you can get legally married there. Most resorts only require that you arrive 48 hours before your ceremony if you’re not getting legally married there. 
  • It will save you a ton of paperwork: If you’re divorced, many countries require that you have your divorce decree translated by an official translator to the native language of their country. This can take several weeks, and cost a few hundred dollars. This is not a requirement with a symbolic ceremony. 


Your secret is safe with us! None of your guests will be aware that your destination wedding ceremony is not your legal ceremony unless you tell them! 


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