Legal, Religious and Symbolic Ceremonies

Your Wedding will be one of the greatest occasions of your lifetime.  Choosing who will officiate your ceremony is one of the most important decisions you will make . It is a personal choice and should be made with great care. This person can have influence as to the tone of your ceremony. Style and belief system are things to consider when selecting an officiant.

There are several options in Costa Rica, whether you want a religious ceremony, civil ceremony or symbolic ceremony here in Costa Rica.  Pura Vida Weddings has thoughtfully chosen who we consider the best persons for this important role.

Internationally Recognized Legal Marriages

To legally marry in Costa Rica is a simple and straightforward process. There are 2 options for a legal marriage in Costa Rica:                                                                                                                                                                          

CIVIL CEREMONY –  the ceremony is conducted by a lawyer, who then files all of the papers with the civil registry, thus ensuring your marriage is legal and recognized internationally. The lawyer will send you a questionnaire before you come via email, asking for some general information about yourself and your spouse-to-be. During the ceremony, the lawyer will have all the necessary information in a sworn statement that you will sign.

RELIGIOUS CEREMONY –  you may have a Christian, Catholic, Non-Denominational or Jewish Officiant here in Costa Rica,  or some couples bring a member of clergy with them to perform their ceremony. The happy couple and witnesses will then meet with the attorney the following day to sign the legal documents.

Documents required to bring:

  • Original passports
  • 2 copies of each passport
  • One copy of your witnesses’ passport
  • A copy of your birth certificates

Our attorney will work with you via email prior to arrival to cover all the details. For a religious officiant, we will send options depending on the specific religion.

Symbolic Ceremony

Some couples choose to have  a symbolic wedding ceremony in Costa Rica and be legally married before they arrive. For this, you can bring anyone you wish to perform your ceremony or have your ceremony performed by anyone here, including Clergy in Costa Rica.


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