There are as many different wedding ceremonies as there are couples getting married. Whatever ceremony that you select we can individualize for your wedding.
THE MAYAN CEREMONIE
The high religious and spiritual symbolism of weddings performed in the Mayan language, include much tradition. Taking place before the religious ceremony, the altar is prepared and decorated with flowers and the cross of the Cristian religion, along with spiritual advice given to the bride and groom by the priest.
At the moment of the Mayan liturgy, the cultural symbolism is evident along with the vision of the creation of the earth; the relationship between the basic elements of air, fire, earth and water; the greeting of the four cardinal points and the dresses of the groom and bride. The man dressed in white or in linen fabric, as is custom, and the woman dressed in a hand-embroidered multicolored dress, as a sign of their union remain on their knees during an hour of prayers and liturgical rites combining the Mayan cosmogony and the Catholic religion.
This is truly a spiritual ritual, in which the best is brought to light, leaving behind spiritual beauty.
This Ceremony has it’s origins in East European countries such as Poland and Hungary.
The most important feature of this ceremony is the way the rings are presented and the binding of hands tying them with ribbons.
The rings must be presented on a special case, river stone, flower cushion, etc. and must be touched by all the guests to receive their blessings and good wishes. Once the bride and groom start saying their vows we start the ribbon ceremony, for each vow each one says a ribbon is placed around their hands symbolizing that since it’s a spiritual ceremony these bonds cannot be broken. You can choose the colors of the ribbons.
This ceremony (if possible) should take place inside a circle made with flowers as a symbol of the union that has no beginning and no end. For this ceremony we recommend to have two delicate white flower crowns for the bride and groom.
This ceremony is personalized and emotive and it’s done with love and care. It’s based on the love of the couple and what keeps them together, marriage, friendship and the importance of the union are mentioned.
Information needed: full names or bride and groom, parents, children, witnesses, nationality and ages.
Some personal information on how many years you have been together, professions, hobbies you enjoy together, and any information that can help make your ceremony personal and unique. A non legal certificate of your union is handed where you and your witnesses sign and take home to remember this special day. No documents required. Approximate duration of ceremony 40 minutes.
The ceremony can only take place inside a Church as the Catholic priests in this area are not authorized by the Catholic Church to perform a ceremony elsewhere (on beach, garden etc.). You need to get all the requirements together back home at your own Parish and have them translated and sealed by your Church: Baptism papers, First Communion papers, Confirmation papers, Pre wedding talks at your church for both and a credential size picture , one for the bride and one for the groom.
Once this is done you need to ask your Parish priest to write a letter to the Priest in charge of the Church in the area, telling him you have gone through all the requirements and have all the needed papers and that your Parish Priest has authorized your marriage. The Priest in charge in Riviera Maya Church will then tell you what you need to do next and what papers you need to send him. You need to meet in person with the Parish 2 months before your Wedding date. Approximate duration of ceremony 1 hour. Translator needed. You cannot be previously married.
We take care of booking the church for the day you want, flower decoration, music etc. but the Church prefers that you do all your paper work yourself without a third person involved as it is a sacrament.
Performed by a Christian (Non Denominational) Pastor, with readings from the Bible, He talks about the importance of marriage, children, and what it means to become “one” and being guided by God’s wisdom during your married life. Readings of your own vows (optional). No certificate is handed. No papers needed. Approximate duration 45 minutes.
THE CEREMONIE OF THE ROSE
In this Ceremony the Rose is the center and the symbol of the union.
The first way to perform this ceremony is when the bride gives roses to the groom and vice versa.
The second way will be when the bride and groom receive one rose from each parent or any other relative of friend that you choose, as a symbol of how love needs care, patience, time and overall needs to be watered every day. The Bride and groom proceed to give a different color rose to their own parents as a symbol of gratitude for teaching them to be a Woman and a Man of values that they will pass on to their own children. The rest of the guests form a circle of flowers on the sand surrounding the married couple.
The meaning of the rose is equivalent to healing words, it’s saying: I love you, I’m sorry, I will always be here for you.
RENEWAL OF VOWS AND WEDDINGS ANNIVERSARIES
These ceremonies talk not about the past, but in what lies ahead for the couple, recognizing all the love, the character, the tenderness, the laughter and the mutual respect that has kept them together until this day. The entire family is involved in this ceremony.
It is important that you give us your children’s and grand children’s names, tell us a story about your life together and what do you think has been the experience that has brought you closer as a couple, and exact number of years you have been married or being together. The lecture varies according to the number of years you have been married and according to the type of symbol each year represents.