Riu Montego Bay   24 Hours All Inclusive.  Montego Bay - Jamaica

WEDDINGS  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

All Weddings at Riu Hotels Rules

  • Wedding Couple MUST be Booked at RIU Hotel

  • 80 % of Total Guests Initially BOOKED GROUP must stay at the RIU Hotel where the wedding will be take place.

  • Otherwise, The Wedding Ceremony will be canceled

  • RIU Policy DOES NOT Allow any exceptions to this rule. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


 
If I have guests who want to attend the Wedding, but will not be staying at RIU Hotels & Resorts, is this possible?
Guests staying in other hotels must purchase a day pass to attend the ceremony and dinner reception.
Day passes cost between $50 and $100 USD depending on the destination and hotel.

How many days in advance do we have to be at the Resort before we can get married?

Mexico:

If the wedding is at any of the RIU Hotels & Resorts in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Mazatlan or Los Cabos, bride and groom and witnesses (if required) need to be on destination at least three full business days prior the wedding for Civil ceremonies and two full business days for Religious or Renewal of vows ceremony.
If the wedding is at any of the RIU Hotels & Resorts in Puerto Vallarta, bride and groom need to be on destination at least two full business days prior the Civil, Religious or Renewal of vows ceremony.
*In Cancun & Los Cabos arrival day, Saturdays and Sundays do not count as a full business day.

Dominican Republic:

The bride, groom and witnesses (if required) need to be at the destination at least three full business days prior the Civil, Religious or Renewal of vows ceremony. Arrival day and Sundays do not count as a full business day)

Jamaica:

The bride, groom and witnesses (if required) need to be at the destination at least two days prior the Civil, Religious or Renewal of vows ceremony. (Arrival day and Sundays do not count as a full business day)

Bahamas:

The bride, groom and witnesses (if required) need to be on destination at least two full business days prior the Civil, Religious or Renewal of vows ceremony. (Arrival day, Saturdays and Sundays do not count as a full business day)

Aruba:

The bride, groom and witnesses (if required) need to be on destination at least two full business days prior the Civil, Religious or Renewal of vows ceremony. (Arrival day, Saturdays and Sundays do not count as a full business day)

*If this policy is not fulfilled, the wedding could be cancelled. We regret that there can be no exceptions to this RIU policy and ask for your understanding and cooperation.


What are the differences between Civil, Religious and Renewal of Vows?
Mexico:

Only the Civil ceremony is legally recognized. A Religious ceremony has no legal bearing and does not replace in any way the binding Civil Marriage. Please notice that on Saturdays in Playa del Carmen, Civil Ceremonies can be performed until 2:00pm.

Once the Civil Ceremony is over, the couple receives a copy of the marriage license and the original is sent within 5 -6 months directly to your home (please note that the Mexican Government can take longer to send these documents). Once the documents are received you should translate them into English and take them to City Hall for legalization.

Religious ceremonies or Renewal of vows are symbolic. They are performed by a Non denominational Minister. The bride and groom will receive a symbolic marriage certificate without legal bearing.

In Mazatlan, we do not perform Religious weddings. Renewal of vows are performed by a Christian Minister and couples do not get a marriage certificate. *Please notice that in Mexico we do not perform Catholic ceremonies.

Dominican Republic:

Civil ceremonies are performed by a Judge and Catholic ceremonies are performed by a Priest. Both ceremonies are legally recognized.  Renewal vows are symbolic weddings, they are performed by a Non-denominational Minister. This type of ceremony has no legal bearing. *Please notice that in Puerto Plata we do not perform Catholic ceremonies.

Jamaica:

Civil and Religious ceremonies are performed by a Minister, both are legally recognized. Renewal of vows are also performed by a Minister but they do not have legal bearing and couple must be previously married.
*Please notice that in Jamaica we do not perform Catholic ceremonies.

Bahamas:

Civil and Religious ceremonies are performed by a Minister. Both are legally recognized. If the ceremony is Civil the Minister will not mention God. Symbolic weddings and Renewal of vows are also performed by a Minister but they do not have legal bearing.  *Please notice that in the Bahamas we do not perform Catholic ceremonies.

Aruba:

The Civil ceremony is performed by a Judge and it is legally recognized. The new couple will receive a marriage certificate and also a symbolic marriage book.  The Religious ceremonies and Renewal of vows are performed by a Non-denominational Minister and it is not legally recognized. The couple need to have their Marriage Certificate in order to perform this ceremony. After the ceremony the Bride and Groom will receive a symbolic marriage certificate. *Please notice that in the Aruba we do not perform Catholic ceremonies.


Are the Civil weddings performed at RIU Hotels & Resorts legal in my country?
I would like to inform you that the Civil weddings are legally recognized in the country where the wedding will be performed.

As each country has specific requirements, we would recommend you to contact your respective Embassy or Consulate in order to get the complete information regarding the procedure that you have to follow in order to legalize your Marriage Certificate in your own country.

NOTE: Europeans citizens getting legally married in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica will need to get an Apostille. Riu hotel is not responsible of this legal procedure. However, in case that you require the on-site wedding coordinator's assistance, you will need to to cover the fees of the paperwork and delivery.

People owning the Nationality where the wedding will take place...

If the bride or the groom own the Nationality of the country where the wedding will be performed, they need to notify this information in advance to Wedding sales coordinator due that these type of marriages need to follow different legal requirements.  This applies to all the Riu wedding destinations.


What documents are required to get legally married?

Mexico


Cancun
1. Regular Copies of Passports (Bride, Groom and 4 witnesses)
2. Regular Copies of the Tourist Cards, provided at your arrival to Mexico (Bride, Groom and 4 witnesses).
3. Divorce Decree (Original, apostilled and translated into Spanish); If applicable.
People divorced with less than a year cannot get legally married.
4. Death certificate (Original, apostilled and translated into Spanish); If applicable.
5. Written parental consents for couples under 18 years (Original, apostilled and translated into Spanish); If applicable.

* All documents must present the same names or have a legal document that states that the name has been changed.
**The documentation must be presented upon arrival to the wedding coordinator.
 


Riviera Maya
1. Regular Copies of Passports (Bride, Groom and 4 witnesses).
2. Regular Copies of the Tourist Card (provided at your arrival to Mexico).
3. Regular Copy of the Divorce Decree, if applicable

* All documents must present the same names or have a legal document that states that the name has been changed.
**Last names must match with parent's last name.
***The documentation must be presented upon arrival to the wedding coordinator.
 


Mazatlan
1. Passport of the bride and groom
2. Two pictures per person (passport size)
3. Birth certificate of the bride and groom
4. Mexican Government VISA - Tourist card of the bride and groom (Immigration authorities provides it when arriving to the country)
5. Driver License of the bride and groom
6. Divorce certificate (if applicable)
7. Death certificate (if applicable)
8. Names and general information of the parents (application form provided for the Judge)

All documents in photocopies need to be at the hotel at least 15 days prior to the wedding date. Please post the documents to the following address:

*Riu Emerald Bay
Av. Sábalo-Cerritos #3404
Mazatlán - Sinaloa



Cabos
1. Birth Certificate*
2. Passport (for the couple)
3. Divorce Decree (People divorced with less than a year cannot get legally married)*
4. Death Certificate of previous partner (if applicable)
5. Tourist Card (provided in the Airport at your arrival to Mexico)
6. Blood test (They will be done at the resort, once you are in the hotel)
7. Passport or ID of your witnesses (Required 4 & they must be at least 18 years old)
8. Written parental consents for couples under 18 years (if applicable)
9. Legal Information Form (the on-site wedding coordinator will send it to you)
*Apostilled and translated into Spanish

It is not necessary to get the original, you can bring a Photocopy (over there they are going to put the seals)
Please scan them and send them to the on-site wedding coordinator by e-mail at least 30 days prior the weding´s date.
Note: Please bring your documents with the apostille or notarized seal with you.
 


Vallarta
1. Birth Certificates (Notarized copies and translated into Spanish).
2. Passports or Driver licenses of the Bride, Groom and 4 witnesses (Regular copies).
3. Tourist Cards, provided at your arrival to Mexico (Regular copies).
4. Divorce Decree if applicable (Notarized copies and translated into Spanish)

-Translations must be done by an official company located in the Nayarit State, Mexico. This governmental requirement has an extra charge (approximately $35USD per page).

- All documents need to be at the hotel at least 15 days prior to the wedding date. Please post the documents to the following address:

*Riu Jalisco
Avenida de los Cocoteros S/N, Lote K
Condominios Flamingos N, Bahia de Banderas
63732 Nuevo Vallarta
Nayarit, Mexico

In attention to Jessica Orozco, the on- site wedding coordinator.

*We can provide witnesses if necessary without an extra charge at all our RIU Properties in Mexico.

- If the Bride or groom is a minor, his or her parents must be present at the ceremony and the individual's parents must present copies of their passports three days prior.



Dominican Republic:
Birth Certificate with the parent's name (Translated into Spanish. Must be certified by an official Judge at the Dominican Republic Consulate at your country).
Regular copies of passports
Regular copies of two witnesses passports (Relatives can not be witnesses)
Single declaration (Translated into Spanish. Must be legalized by an official Judge at the Dominican Republic Consulate at your country).
Notarized / certified copies of divorce papers (if applicable)
Notarized / certified copies of death certificate (if applicable)

The couple will need to send by e-mail their legal documentation one month before the wedding date to the On site wedding coordinator and take with them the original documents to the Dominican Republic.

For Catholic weddings in Punta Cana, couple will need to send the copies of the documents in one package TWO MONTHS BEFORE the wedding date through International Carrier (only UPS or FEDEX).

For Catholic weddings in Punta Cana, please send the documents to the following address:

*Obispado de la Altagracia
Calle Vetilio Alfau (Libertad)
Higüey, República Dominicana
In attention to Padre Jean A. Lacaille, Archivista diocesano.

 


 

Jamaica:
Notarized copies of Birth Certificate
Notarized copies of Passports or driver’s license
Notarized copies of divorce papers (if applicable)
Notarized copies of death certificate (if applicable)
Notarized Documents stating name changes (if applicable)
Notarized, written parental consents (if under 21 years of age)

Renewal of vows in Jamaica:
These ceremonies are a blessing. However, in Jamaica, you need to send us a photocopy of the Marriage Certificate.

*All documents have to be notarized and presented in English 30 days prior to the ceremony.

If your wedding is performed at Riu Palace Tropical Bay, please send the documents to the following address:

* Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Norman Manley Blvd
Negril, Hanover
Jamaica W.I.

In attention to Keneika Rowe, the on- site wedding coordinator.

If your wedding is performed at the RIU Ocho Rios, please send the documents to the following address:

* RIU Ocho Rios
Mammee Bay P.O.
Ocho Rios
St. Ann
JAMAICA

In attention to Chandlyn Edwards, the on-site wedding coordinator.

If your wedding is performed at the RIU Negril, please send the documents to the following address:

* RIU Negril
Club Hotel Riu Negril
Norman Manley,Blvd
Bloody Bay,Negril
Hanover ,Jamaica
West Indies


In attention to Dionne Arthurs, the on-site wedding coordinator.

*RIU Montego Bay
Mahoe Bay, Rosehall
Half Moon Post Office Box 4049
Montego Bay, St. James
Jamaica W.I.

In attention to Sherika Dare, the on-site wedding coordinator.
 



Bahamas:

Birth Certificate (Original)
Passport or Driver’s license (Original)
Divorce decree if needed (Original or certified copy and it is kept on file in the Bahamas)
Please ensure that the divorce decrees have a raised seal.
For European residents, the original decree or a certified copy with a raised seal must be produced in the native language along with a translated certified or notarized copy in English.
Death Certificate if needed (Original or certified copy)
Immigration forms issued during the flight (Original)
Written parental consents (Notarized document under 18 years)

*The documents must be translated into English and presented in person at the Registrar General's Office, that means that you do not need to send us any document. We need that you bring them personally.

Please verify all legal documentation with your onsite wedding co-coordinator prior arrival.
 



Aruba:
Couples must submit a “Letter of Intent” (one signed by the wife and one by the husband).
Couple must obtain a “Letter of Non-impediment” (a document from the Government Agency from their Country that records marriages and shows the couple’s present Marital status) as proof that by their records they are both presently unmarried and are therefore free to be married to each other.
Each person must submit a certified copy of his and her birth certificate in “long form” i.e. showing the names of their birth parents. These will be returned to you after your civil ceremony here on the island.
An “Apostille” must be attached to the birth certificates. An “Apostille” is an official document issued by the local Secretary of States office (Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UK) from the State in which the birth certificates were issued. This document verifies the signatures of the person who issued the certified copy of the birth certificate to you as being a legal entity to do so. If either party has been divorced they must submit a copy of their divorce decree (final decree) only.
If either party has been widowed, they must submit a copy of the death certificate.
Copy of passports of the couple (photo-pages).
Copies of the passport of the witnesses or copies of their birth certificates must also be submitted.

The couple must send the photocopies of all these documents in order to be received at least ONE month before the marriage date. The originals must be taken to the City Hall the wedding's day.

Photocopies may be sent by Fax or through FEDEX, DHL, UPS or IBC. Please do not use Express Mail by US or any other company that is not express out of the USA.



*Religious ceremonies or Renewal of vows in Aruba:

These ceremonies are symbolic (a blessing). However, in Aruba, you need to send us a photocopy of the Marriage Certificate at least 15 days prior to the wedding.

Send the photocopies by Fax or through FEDEX, DHL, UPS or IBC. Please do not use Express Mail by US or any other company that is not express out of the USA.


If my name is different from the passport and birth certificate will this present a problem?
In this case, you should bring a legal document that confirms that your name has been changed.

What is an Apostille document, why do I need it and where can I get it?
The Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the signature of the public official who has signed the document. An apostille certificate confirms the person who signed a document has the authority to do so and that the document should therefore be recognized as legal without further evidence in another member state of the Hague Convention. The Apostille must be required in the State where the document was made. The Foreign offices of each state and country can provide the apostille.

If I was divorced, can I have my Civil ceremony at the Resort?
Mexico: The divorce must have taken place at least one year prior to the new wedding ceremony.

Dominican Republic: Men can remarried a day after they receive the Divorce Certificate. Women need to wait 10 months after they received the Devorce Certificate.

Jamaica: It does not matter if you have not been legally divorced one year. You only must present a notarized copy of the divorce decree.

Bahamas: You can get married three months after the divorce without any problem. You only need the Original Divorce Decree.

Aruba: If either party has been divorced they must submit a copy of their divorce decree (final decree) only.

Do I need to take a blood test and, if so, what diseases do you test for?
Yes, in Mexico tests of HIV and syphilis, Gonorrhea, Herpes and all the STD's are required and must be perform by a certified doctor. Your on-site wedding coordinator will arrange the doctor appointment in your hotel room. You you can not perform the blood test in your country and take the results to the Resort. The cost of the blood test is included in your wedding package.

*Please be aware that if any of the results turned positive, you will not be able to get legally married.

**In Mazatlan, blood test is not necessary if the couple is already living together.

Will our Marriage Certificate be issued in English or Spanish?
Your marriage certificate will be issued in Spanish at Riu Hotels & Resorts in Mexico or the Dominican Republic. Marriage certificates will be issued in English at Riu Hotels & Resorts in Jamaica or the Bahamas.

Aruba:
For Civil weddings: Marriage certificate is presented in Dutch but can be translated for free to English or Spanish.
For the Religious ceremonies or vows renewal: The marriage certificate will be in English, Spanish or Dutch.

When will the marriage certificate be delivered?
Mexico:


*Playa del Carmen
For Civil weddings: The marriage certificate will be given to the couple seven to eight months after weddings day.
*Cancun
For Civil weddings: The marriage certificate will be given to the couple at the end of the ceremony.
*Vallarta
For Civil weddings: The marriage certificate will be given to the couple one or two months after weddings day.
*Mazatlan
For Civil weddings: The marriage certificate will be given to the couple at the end of the ceremony.
*Cabos
For Civil weddings: The marriage certificate will be given to the couple two or three business days after weddings day.

For the Religious ceremonies or Renewal of vows in Mexico: The couple will receive a Marriage certificate without legal bearing on the wedding's day.

**In Mazatlan, the Ministers do not offer a Marriage Certificate to the couples.
 

Dominican Republic:
For Civil weddings: The marriage certificate will be given to the couple ten to twelve months after wedding's day.
For Catholic ceremonies: The marriage certificate will be given to the couple three to four months after wedding's day.

Jamaica:
For Civil & Religious weddings: The marriage certificate will be given to the couple three to four months after wedding's day.
For Renewal of vows: The couple will receive a Marriage certificate without legal bearing on the wedding's day.

Bahamas:
For Civil & Religious weddings: The marriage certificate will be given to the couple three to four weeks after wedding's day.
For Renewal of vows: The couple will receive a Marriage certificate without legal bearing on the wedding's day.

Aruba:
For Civil weddings: The marriage certificate will be given to the couple two or three business days after wedding's day or, if the couple is not longer in Aruba, can be sent to the address provided.
For the Religious ceremonies or Renewal of vows: The couple will receive a Marriage certificate without legal bearing on the wedding's day.


Which is the wedding capacity for each RIU Hotel & Resort?
Playa del Carmen:
*RIU Palace Riviera Maya: 150 guests
*RIU Palace Mexico: 150 guests
*RIU Playacar: 60 guests
*RIU Yucatan: 60 guests
*RIU Tequila: 60 guests

Cancun:
*RIU Palace Las Americas: 50 guests
*RIU Cancun: 60 guests
*RIU Caribe: 100 guests

Vallarta
*RIU Jalisco : 100 guests
*RIU Vallarta: 100 guests
*RIU Palace Pacífico: 100 guests

Mazatlan:
*RIU Emerald Bay: 200 guests

Los Cabos
*RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas: 150 guests
*RIU Santa Fe: 150 guests

Punta Cana:
*RIU Naiboa: 60 guests
*RIU Taino: 60 guests
*RIU Bambu: 60 guests
*RIU Macao : 60 guests
*RIU Palace Punta Cana: 300 guests

Puerto Plata:
*Club Hotel Riu Bachata: 60 guests
*Club Hotel Riu Mambo: 60 guests
*Club Hotel Riu Merengue: 60 guests

Montego Bay:
*RIU Montego Bay: 100 guests

Ocho Rios:
*RIU Ocho Rios: 200 guests

Negril:
*RIU Palace Tropical Bay: 120 guests
*RIU Negril: 150 guests

Bahamas:
*RIU Paradise Island: 200 guests

Aruba:
*RIU Palace Aruba: 100 guests

How many weddings are held each day?
We schedule a maximum of three weddings per day or per hotel. Please be aware that it depends on the destination, the number of guests and the season.

Do you perform ceremonies on Sundays?
No, Ceremonies are performed Monday through Saturday.

SATURDAYS

Playa del Carmen:
Saturdays in Playa del Carmen, Civil weddings can be perform until 2:00pm
 

Dominican Republic:
In Puerto Plata the Judge officially works from Monday to Friday full day and Saturdays he will charge $150.00 USD plus the Riu Wedding Package. The Judge explanations is that the weddings on Saturdays are out of his schedule.
 

Aruba:
Saturdays in Aruba, Civil weddings can be perform before 12:00pm


How long does the ceremony last?
I would like to inform you that the ceremonies last approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

Are there different ceremony locations ?
Wedding ceremonies can be performed on the beach, gazebo (please verify the capacity with your coordinator) or terrace depending on the Hotel.

Dominican Republic
Punta Cana: Please be aware that Catholic weddings in Punta Cana have to be performed in the gazebo.
Puerto Plata: Please be aware that to perform Civil weddings at the Cliff Gazebo over looking the ocean the Judge will charge an additional amount of $50 USD.

Aruba
Civil Weddings have to be performed at the City Hall due to local laws.
Religious Ceremonies or Renewal of Vows must be held at the hotel in the Gazebo or the Beach.

How can I reserve my ceremony?
If you are interested in booking your wedding please submit your request at our web page www.weddingsbyriu.com and conserve the reference number you will be provided. Please be aware that you will have to choose the wedding destination, wedding package, type of ceremony and hotel.

How can we qualify for the Free Wedding Package?
You must book five or more rooms at the RIU Hotel where we offer Free Wedding Packages.
**Except in 2011 at RIU Ocho Rios, where you must book ten or more rooms in order to have the Free Wedding package.

Where do you offer Free Wedding Packages?
I would like to inform you that Free weddings packages are only available at the following Riu Hotels: Riu Santa Fe & Riu Emerald Bay, Mexico; Riu Paradise Island, Bahamas; Riu Palace Macao (only for 2009 ) & Riu Bachata in the Dominican Republic and in Riu Ocho Rios, Riu Montego Bay & Riu Palace Tropical Bay in Jamaica.

Will I have to contact my On site wedding coordinator upon arrival to the Resort?
Once your wedding is confirmed, your On-site wedding coordinator will contact you via e-mail one or two months before the wedding's day in order to proceed with the wedding arrangements (decoration, flowers, the cake, the restaurants, music, pictures etc.).

When is payment for optional services made?
I would like to inform you that full payment should be made upon arrival, prior to the wedding ceremony at your meeting with your On site wedding coordinator.

Is there a charge for the reception dinner ?
The dinners offered in the wedding packages are semi-private and they have no extra charge at one of the Specialty Restaurants.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN:
Groups over 27 people for dinner will be accommodated during the 2nd seating.

*Private dinners depend on the Hotel and the number of the wedding guests.

Please be aware that they will have an extra charge.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN:
Private dinners are possible only at Riu Palace Riviera Maya & Riu Palace Mexico (Restrictions Apply).
Riu Yucatan, Riu Playacar and Riu Tequila do not offer private services.


Who can provide Salon Services such as hair styling, make-up, nail treatments, etc?

Renova Spa can provide all these salon services in the following destinations:


Mexico:
Cancun
Playa del Carmen (Services for Riu Tequila and Riu Playacar guests will be provided at Riu Yucatan)
Mazatlan
Los Cabos
Puerto Vallarta

Jamaica:
Ocho Rios
Negril (Salon services for Riu Tropical Bay guests will be provided at Riu Negril)

Dominican Republic:
Puerto Plata

Bahamas:
Nassau
For more detailed service information about Renova Spa we invite you to visit www.renovaspa.com

Wedding is in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, then you should contact the Eternal Spa.
Wedding is in Aruba, Vita Novus Spa will be happy to offer you the salon services. Visit www.vitanovusspa.com

 


Where can I make appointments for spa or salon services?

You can reserve online or directly at the Spa’s reception upon arrival to the hotel. For Reservations, Contact Spa via e-mail:

Aruba: vitanovus@setarnet.aw
Bahamas: info.bahamas@renovaspa.com 
Dominican Republic Punta Cana: Please contact your on-site wedding coordinator
Dominican Republic Puerto Plata: info.dominicanrepublic@renovaspa.com
Jamaica: info.jamaica@renovaspa.com
Mexico: info.mexico@renovaspa.com

Does Renova Spa have any specials for Weddings?
All the services at Renova Spa have a ten percent discount for the Bride and Groom.
The couple’s family and guests get a five percent discount when reserving online.

Can I buy spa Gift Certificates for my Wedding Party?
Yes, Renova Spa can issue Gift Certificates for a specific service or amount.

What are the steps to follow if my Wedding Package includes a Spa / Beauty Parlor?

Your wedding coordinator on-site will provide you of a Gift Certificate for the included spa services upon your arrival to the hotel. Please, present the original Gift Certificate at the Spa reception in order to receive the services.

 

 

 

 

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