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 & National holidays.
For weddings at Riu Emerald Bay guests staying in other hotels would have to pay a regular day pass of $90.00 USD per person (from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM).*Price is subject to change without prior notice.
Riu Emerald Bay maximum capacity: 100 people.
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.
Outside Vendors are allowed to work in Riu Resorts paying a vendor's fee of $300.00 USD. If the external provider is not Mexican she/he must have a proper work VISA.
**Name Changes: Names in a wedding confirmation submited through a third-party person and/or travel agents are not eligible for any changes. Please contact your assigned Wedding Reservations Executive or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Valid Couple's Passport.
- Two pictures per person (passport size)
- Couple's Birth certificate.
- Mexican Government VISA - Tourist card of the bride and groom (Immigration authorities provides it when arriving to the country)
- Couple's Driver License.
- Divorce certificate (if apply)
- Death certificate (if apply)
- Names and general information of the parents (application form provided for the Judge)
- Four (4) witnesses (18 years and over) with their passports, specifying if they are friends or relatives. Witnesses must arrive on same date that the wedding couple. In case you don't travel with friends or family, the Hotel can provide you with the witnesses.
Documents have to be scanned and send directly to the onsite Wedding Coordinator at least 1 month prior to the Ceremony. Email: email@example.com
IMPORTANT: If any member of the wedding couple; own the Nationality of the country where the wedding will be performed, they need to notify this information in advance to the Wedding Sales Executive due that these type of marriages need to follow different legal requirements.
- Schedule for Symbolic
: & Renewal of Vows
- Important: Please take in consideration that the Minister is able to perform symbolic or renewal of vows ceremonies at 4:00 PM or after 4.00 PM only.
- Civil weddings: The marriage certificate will be given to the couple at the end of the ceremony.
- Important: We kindly ask you to verify the procedure that you will have to follow in order to legalize your marriage in your country, as sometimes an apostille is required. If you need to Apostille your Marriage Certificate, please be advised that you will have to cover the amount of this service. * Riu Hotels and Resorts is not responsible of this legal procedure.
- Symbolic Ceremonies or Renewal of Vows: The couple will receive a symbolic marriage certificate without legal bearing on the wedding day.
- Important: For couples traveling from Canada, please take into consideration that flights to the Pacific area in Mexico normally arrive on Thursday only, therefore if you wish to perform your wedding on a Saturday, the day of arrival for a Civil/ Legal ceremony must be Tuesday, three full business days (3) or Wednesday, two (2) full business days to perform a symbolic wedding on Saturday, bear in mind that no exceptions are allowed.