The following is the information required for a wedding in Costa Rica.
Are you coming alone or with friends? If you bring any friends along, they can be witnesses (except relatives to the third degree). If not, let me know so I can make the necessary arrangements. If you do want your guests to bear witness, send me the info on items 1-5 on two (2) people of your choice (two witnesses 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 both sign the day of the wedding. This avoids you having to notarize at the Costa Rican Consulate, and will save you time and money.
The ceremony speech is a beautiful one, with a traditional touch yet contemporary in its feel. Nonetheless, if you would like to examine the speech, make any adjustments, insert in the ceremony family readings, prayers, poems, songs, selected segments in Spanish, etc., let me know and we can customize the speech to your liking.
Send all the required information to the following:
Country Code: (506) Fax: 256-6767 or –preferably- scan it and email to email@example.com
If you decide to fax the passport copies, please send good copies in the mail for our permanent files at the following address:
Marcelo R. Galli Taylor
SJ 0414 1561 NW
Miami, FL 33126
The procedure for a valid marriage in Costa Rica involves the signing of two documents once concluded the ceremony. 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, I cannot give you a Certificate because first paperwork must be submitted to the Civil Registry of Costa Rica. The whole processing of documents, which includes translation and authentication by the Consulate of your country of residence, may vary but normally takes 10-12 weeks. Once everything is ready, the Marriage Certificate will be sent, along with instructions, to the address you provide on Item 8. I will keep you updated with paperwork progress, via email, so you know exactly when the documentation is sent.
Expedited Processing is available for an extra fee. This ensures your Certificate of Marriage in 10-12 business days. Let me know if you wish to inquire about this option.