Destination Weddings & Elopements
If it comes down to just you and your loved one barefoot on the sand, Marcelo makes it a point to seek out that special setting. He knows that privacy is of the utmost importance. Experience once again is key in finding that special, secluded location where you'll want to tie the knot.
Costa Rica Traditional Wedding Ceremony Officiation
The wedding speech has a traditional touch yet is contemporary in its feel, and it almost always brings on a tear or two. Marcelo performs the wedding in English, but he is open to performing the ceremony in Spanish, or a combination, if requested.
Marcelo communicates by email and phone with you in order to tailor the speech to your complete satisfaction, making each ceremony a meaningful and unique event. You can add your own vows, readings, poems, songs, rituals, and traditions. Special touches like the Unity Sand Ceremony can be added and modified to include the participation of friends and family.
All Costa Rica Marriage Legalities Included
Marcelo personally takes charge of all legal matters and pushes the paperwork along at the Civil Registry of Costa Rica. The registering process is the virtual cornerstone for a valid marriage in Costa Rica, as well as abroad. Once issued, the Certificate of Marriage is then translated by his Official Translator, properly apostilled or authenticated by our own Foreign Ministry, and finally by the Consulate of your country of residence here in Costa Rica. That way, full validity is ensured, so all you have to do upon receiving the Certificate of Marriage is simply register it in your hometown. Marcelo confidently states, "I assure you that if anything else were required by your local authorities, I am at their full disposal to addition any other document necessary, even though that has never happened in the1000+ weddings I've performed for non-Costa Rican couples"
Simplicity - No visits to the Costa Rican Consulate
You'll be happy to know that Marcelo's method of marrying in Costa Rica requires no more than a valid passport and answering a few questions via email. That avoids having to waste time and money at the Costa Rican Consulate in your hometown.
The Consulate tends to complicate things, providing information on how to get married "the hard way", which is just as valid but many times discourages couples from proceeding with their plans. This is unfortunate because a simple signed sworn statement prepared by Marcelo for Ceremony Day will deem unnecessary all Consular services and it will save you money. It's literally that simple.
Virtually no paperwork exchange on Ceremony Day
Marcelo keeps it as simple as possible, so even if you are divorced, all that is required is the divorce information, instead of a copy of your divorce decree. The information required can be sent by email, including scanned passports copies, making it the simplest and most convenient way possible for you, with virtually no paperwork exchange on Ceremony Day.
Costa Rica Marriage & License Fees
The fees cover all necessary procedures and expert guidance to obtain a valid marriage certificate. Your Certificate of Marriage is your Proof of Marriage back home.
Fees may vary depending on the region of Costa Rica you have selected for your wedding ceremony (more remote locations require flying to get there, for example), so please contact Marcelo for a quote. If you'd like to see a list of regions and their respective fees, it can be sent to you upon request.
We welcome competition! If you are not satisfied with the officiant offered by your planner, or your resort, ask them for the officiant's fee and Marcelo Galli will equal or better that fee. Your satisfaction is his top concern and it will be guaranteed!
Included in our Fee:
- Officiation of the Ceremony
- Modifications to the Ceremony Speech Draft
- Civil marriage legal document
- Civil marriage legal form
- Submittal of civil marriage documents to the Costa Rican Civil Registry.
- Official translation of the marriage certification
- Fiscal stamps and taxes
- Submittal to the Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica for official authentication
- Submittal for authentication to the Consulate of your country of residence
- Mailing costs to send to you the final official documents
- Transportation, hotel and expenses
- Any additional translations, visits to the Registry, etc.