Catholic Weddings in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya
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Our Wedding Planners can arrange a Mexican Catholic Wedding for you in Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, Akumal, Tulum and all along the Riviera Maya.
A Mexican Catholic Wedding is easy to arrange and is recognized as an official Catholic wedding
when all the official documentation and requirements have been fulfilled.
Catholics can be married in local Mexican parish churches. Permission
from your parish priest to marry outside of your parish is required
and this permission must be approved by your parish's diocese.
The marriage couple must complete the Pre-Cana classes, the required
pre-marriage courses, and the Pre-Cana certificate is required prior
to the wedding.
All official documents required for a Catholic wedding in Mexico must
be received 30 days prior to your ceremony. Rarely are their
exceptions to this 30 day rule.
In some parishes, the Catholic Wedding and Mass are held in Spanish
only. On the Riviera Maya, there are two priests who can perform
a Catholic wedding and mass in English.
Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya Catholic churches:
- Playa del Carmen: Chapel of Nuestra Señora del Carmen on the Caribbean Sea
- Playa del Carmen: Nuestra Seņora del Carmen -Downtown
- Playa del Carmen: Nuestra Señora de Fatima - Ejido
- Playa del Carmen: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe - Colosio
- Xcaret: Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi
- Akumal: Chapel in Pueblo
- Tulum: Mission church
Requirements for Couples
marrying Outside of their Parish
Requesting to Be Married in the Diocese of Cancun-Chetumal,
Quintana Roo Including Catholic Churches located in Playa del Carmen,
the Riviera Maya, Xcaret, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum and Cancun
Frequent Asked Questions About Catholic Marriages
- If you have not already done so, please contact your parish
priest/deacon regarding marriage preparation. He is responsible
for your marriage preparation and instruction.
- The Permission of your parish priest, who will assist you with obtaining the necessary
documents, permissions and dispensations (if needed).
- A Determination of Readiness and Freedom to Marry
In order to determine that a couple is ready and free to marry in the Catholic Church, the couple
must to do the following:
a. Complete a “Pre-Nuptial Questionnaire” which will provide basic information that
will help determine if the couple is ready and free to marry in the Catholic Church.
This questionnaire is completed in the parish office.
b. Obtain a recent copy of baptismal certificate, issued within six months of the
c. Have two witnesses for the bride and two witnesses for the groom complete and have
notarized a questionnaire in order to prove the freedom of the couple to marry.
d. If necessary, obtain necessary annulments of previous marriages (civil, non-Catholic
religious, Catholic Church).
e. If necessary, obtain necessary other dispensations\permissions, if applicable:
Litterae Testimoniales/Nihil Obstat: Generally, if you are going to be married in another Catholic Church, that Church will
want your parish to prepare a document called a Litterae Testimoniales/Nihil Obstat. It states that
you have permission to be married, all the documentation has been secured and appropriate
marriage preparation instruction has been provided.
Contact Ajua Weddings at least (three (3) months prior to the
date of your wedding) to make
arrangements for a priest/deacon to officiate at your wedding, to reserve the church as well as schedule a rehearsal and provide the following information:
- a dispensation for disparity of worship
- a dispensation from canonical form
- permission for Mixed Religion
- decree of nullity of a former marriage
(If either party was previously married, a declaration of
nullity for a lack of form or formal annulment must be obtained.)
- Bride and Grooms names, addresses, home and work phone numbers;
- the name of the priest/deacon responsible for the marriage
- the name of your parish, address, phone and fax numbers;
- the name of the priest/deacon responsible for the marriage
Other Helpful Information
The sacred nature of marriage demands that the couple have an understanding
and acceptance of the spiritual aspects of their mutual commitment.
Having been duly prepared for this commitment, the couple welcomes
the opportunity to marry according to the prescribed laws of the
Catholic Church. Therefore, the marriage of TWO CATHOLICS is to
take place in a sacred place (a Catholic church or officially recognized
When a CATHOLIC plans to marry a person who is CHRISTIAN but not
CATHOLIC, the couple, if there is a good reason, may send a request
in writing to the Office of the Chancellor, Diocese of Cancun-Chetumal,
to obtain the permission of the bishop to grant a dispensation for
the marriage to take place in the church of the non-Catholic
When a CATHOLIC is going to marry a person who is NON-CHRISTIAN
and wishes to have a non-Catholic minister or a civil official officiate
at the wedding rather than a Catholic priest/deacon, the couple
may send a request in writing to the Office of the Chancellor, Diocese
of Cancun-Chetumal, to obtain the permission of the bishop to grant
a dispensation to delegate the authority to either the non-Catholic
minister or a civil official.
Requirements Licensing Priests From Outside the Diocese To Officiate
at a Specific Wedding
If you are inviting a priest/deacon from outside the Diocese
of Cancun-Chetumal to officiate at your wedding, please ask him
- contact the pastor of the parish where the wedding is to take
place to seek permission.
- write to the Chancellor of the Diocese of Cancun-Chetumal for
a letter of recommendation asking that a license to officiate
at the marriage be granted. Include with the request for permission
- a letter from his Bishop, Vicar General, or Major Superior
stating that he is in good standing in his diocese and he has
permission to officiate at a wedding in the Diocese of Cancun-Chetumal..
- the names of the bride and groom, the specific date, the
church and/or location of the wedding.
The priest officiating at the wedding must see that all necessary
entries regarding the marriage are entered in the marriage register
of the parish where the wedding took place.
Will your Wedding be Recognized in your State or Province?
Once you are married, your official marriage certificate and papers will be forwarded to your parish and recorded in your parish records. If you wish these to be sent by Fed EX, an extra charge would apply. If not, it normally takes about six weeks for your papers to arrive at your parish.
State and province regulations vary. A Catholic wedding in Mexico
is an official Catholic wedding in the United States under Catholic Canon Law. It is
your responsibility to see if your official Catholic wedding in
Mexico will be recognized under the laws of your state, as a civil
marriage. It is your responsibility to verify your state's
requirements and if this would be valid under your state's laws.