Do you hold destination weddings at your resort?
Yes, we hold weddings at all of our resorts.
What services does your wedding planner provide? Is there a fee?
There is no fee for providing our wedding coordinators. A specialist will assist you prior to and on the special day and they are available throughout the entire wedding planning period to answer any question you may have regarding the event.
How much time would we need to reserve our wedding in advance?
Weddings should be reserved at least three months in advance. Please consider weekends and high season has more demand than weekdays and low season periods.
How can we confirm our wedding date?
If your date is available, the wedding department at the resort will be happy to reserve a tentative date. After we receive a deposit and the signed contract, we will reserve that date for you.
How many days do we need to arrive prior to the ceremony?
If one desires a legal wedding, Mexico requires that you be in the country at least four business days prior. Saturdays, Sundays and Mexican holidays do not count. Also, your arrival day does not count towards the “business day” requirement. You must arrive four full business days prior.
What is the difference between legal (civil), religious and symbolic ceremonies?
Only a civil ceremony is legally recognized. A religious ceremony has no legal bearing and does not replace in any way the binding legal civil marriage. A renewal of vows or religious ceremony is a symbolic ceremony. It is performed by a non-denominational minister (please note that Catholic ceremonies cannot be performed outside the church). In this case, the bride and groom will receive a symbolic marriage, not legally valid.
Do we need to send any documentation prior to arrival?
Yes. All legal documentation must be sent at least one month in advance to verify all information. Also, you must have all original documentation with you when you arrive at the resort.
Documentation will only apply for legal ceremonies.
Questions about the ceremony and reception
What private indoor and outdoor areas of the resort are available for a wedding?
Weddings at Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa are performed at our wedding gazebo. Weddings at Playa Grande Resort and Grand Spa are performed on the beach with our wedding huppa.
Are indoor spaces air-conditioned?
Yes, they’re located at Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa.
What do you offer in the way of decorations?
Decorations are available at an additional charge and are made to the bride’s interest. Please discuss this with your wedding coordinator.
What time of day do most destination weddings occur?
Most guests chose to marry at sunset.
If we want our wedding on the beach, what is the set-up?
It’s very important to let you know that we are not able to do weddings on the beach at Grand Solmar Land’s End, due to the closeness to the ocean and the tides change all the time. However the Gazebo is beautiful and is really close to the Beach.
At Playa Grande Resort you can have a beautiful wedding on the beach, we have plenty of space to fit more than 100 people and a front ocean terrace that can fit your reception.
Is the wedding performed in English or Spanish?
Legal ceremonies are performed in Spanish; please ask your wedding coordinator for a translator. Symbolic ceremonies (renewal of vows) are performed in English.
What if I don’t have a witness?
If you do not have witnesses available, they will be provided by the resort at an additional cost.
Calculating the Cost of a Destination Wedding
What is the location fee?
Only one wedding is scheduled per day. The location fee for having your wedding at Grand Solmar is $2,500 usd, and the location fee at Playa Grande Resort is $600 usd.
What is the cost of a destination wedding at your resort, or is it included in the price of our stay?
We offer three packages. Rates and inclusions depend on which package you choose. You may add any additional elements you wish.
If I want to bring friends and family members, do you offer a discount on the price of rooms?
Group rates are available when booking ten rooms or more. You can find the Best Rate Available at www.solmar.com
Destination Wedding Details
Who performs the ceremony at your resort?
A local judge or minister will come to the resort to perform the ceremony.
How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony lasts about 20 minutes.
Will someone be available to iron my wedding dress?
The resort does not offer steaming yet, there are off-property services that will handle it, prices will depend on the material and size of the garment.
What do you do if I schedule an outside ceremony and reception -- and it rains? Do you have a picture of the backup plan?
We can move your ceremony into our ballroom at Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa if the wedding is at Playa Grande, if the wedding is at the Grand Solmar we can move it to one of the restaurants.
What time is the sunset and the approximate temperature an hour before?
The sun sets between 5pm and 8pm depending on the season. The temperature also depends on the season. Once you have an exact date, the wedding coordinator can supply more specific information
What types of flowers are available locally? Do you have a flower vendor?
We do have a flower vendor that we always work with, almost all flowers are available locally. Although, not all of them are locally so if you are planning on having exotic flowers or winter season flowers then the vendor can import them, prices are different for imported flowers.
Can you email me suggested menus for the reception?
We have several wedding menus. You may request these from the wedding coordinator.
Destination Wedding Legalities – Mexico
Is there someone who can handle the legal details for us and will guide us through the process?
Yes, the wedding coordinator deals directly with the local officials to coordinate the legalized wedding process.
What are the requirements to get a marriage license in Mexico?
Valid passport Tourist Cards (green sheets that you receive at the airport)
Certified birth certificates for Bride & Groom
If applicable, final Record of Divorce
If applicable, Death Certificate
Health certificate and blood test provided by a Mexican Official*
Bride & Groom must arrive 4 days prior to the ceremony! (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays do not count). *Additional costs apply.
Are witnesses required?
Yes, four witnesses must arrive 4 days prior to the ceremony with passports and copy of tourist cards (green sheet received at the airport), witnesses can be provided by the hotel if needed.
I was divorced less than one year ago. Can I have my civil ceremony at the resort?
Unfortunately no. If you have been divorced you will need to wait at least one year before marry again, and you must bring a copy of your divorce decree.
Do we need proof of any medical tests?
Yes, a blood test must be taken.
What diseases does the blood test check for?
Your blood tests must be performed in Mexico and should not be performed more than 14 days prior to the ceremony. The blood will be tested for HIV, RPR (sexually transmitted diseases) and blood type. The results, together with a certificate of the blood test, will be ready in 24 hours. Upon arrival, your wedding coordinator sets the appointment for the next morning at 8.00 A.M. The test requires an empty stomach. The doctor will perform the blood test either in your room or in the coordinator’s office.
What is the price of the blood test?
The blood test costs $300 per couple.
Can I have a doctor perform the test in my country and take the results to the resort?
No, the test must be taken in Mexico in order to be valid, no exceptions.
Will I be able to participate in the wedding ceremony if the test comes back positive?
No, according to Mexican Law, if your test comes back positive you cannot be married in Mexico.
If my name is different from the passport and birth certificate will this present problem?
Yes, in order for the documents to be finalized and legal in Mexico, there must be proof of different names in order to get married (ie. divorce, birth certificates, etc).
Will the judge perform the ceremony if all of our documents are not in order? Are there any exceptions?
No, there are no exceptions. All documents must be presented and they must be in order for the ceremony to take place. Your wedding coordinator will help assure everything is in order
What is the time zone?
Los Cabos, Mexico is in the Mountain Time Zone
Can I bring dollars?
Yes, American dollars are recognized and accepted in Mexico, unfortunately we are a cash free Resort and for all the wedding payments a credit or debit card will be require.
Is it easy to enter into Mexico?
You must have a valid passport to enter Mexico.