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Long summer days and amazing beaches define this province.

Do you want to to get married here from?

Yes, I do!

General wedding policies

The couple and 80% of their guests must stay at the same Riu Hotel where the wedding will be performed.
Only 20% of the total group can stay at another hotel chain. 
Couples must respect the arrival date, they have to arrive at least two (2) full business days for symbolic/religious ceremony and three (3) full business days for a civil ceremony, prior the wedding date (not counting weekends, National Holidays and the arrival day). 
Weddings are not performed on Sundays, January 1st , December 24th , December 25th & December 31st.
Confirmed weddings cancelled within a month of the ceremony date or upon arrival to the hotel will be charged a cancellation fee of $250.00 USD. 
Maximum capacity of the Riu Guanacaste: 100 people
External vendors are allowed if they are staying at the Hotel where the wedding will be performed or if they pay a Vendor´s Fee of 200.00 USD per person.



1. Valid passports for Groom, Bride and Witnesses (mandatory)

*Couple's Birth certificate.
*Divorce Decree (If apply)
*Death certificate (If apply)
All documents must be sent scanned at least 15 days prior the ceremony date by fax or by email:
Fax: (506) 2681- 2305

2. Two witnesses at the ceremony.
Anyone can serve you as witnesses even your close family or the Hotel employees (In case you do not have witnesses we will provide them without any additional costs)

The documents you bring here do not need to be translated into Spanish.
You do not need to apply for a marriage license from your Country or from Costa Rica.


No paper work is required.

IMPORTANT FRENCH CITIZENS: French couples must contact their Consulate in Costa Rica for information regarding the procedure they have to follow, the documents they have to bring & the steps to legalize their Marriage certificate in France.

    Marriage certificate

    • For Civil weddings:

      After the ceremony the couple will receive a marriage statement officially translated into English. Therefore you would be able to submit this document to your Marriages Record Office and get your marriage filed in your Country once you get back home, without waiting for the registration process in Costa Rica to be concluded.

      The registration process of a Civil Marriage in Costa Rica takes approximately three months after your wedding day. Then, we will mail you the definitive official marriage certificate issued by the Costa Rican Civil Registry Office and officially translated.

      The marriage certificate will be given to the couple three to four weeks after the wedding day.

    • Important: Please verify the procedure that you'll have to follow, in order to legalize your marriage in your home country, as sometimes an apostille is required. If you need to Apostille your Marriage Certificate, please be advised that you'll have to cover the amount of this service.*Riu Hotels and Resorts is not responsible of this legal procedure.
    • For Religous and Renewal of vows: The couple will receive a Marriage certificate without legal bearing on the wedding day.

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