July 14, 2020


 Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, Vow Renewals 

Destination Weddings  . . . . . . Caribbean and Mexico

Destination Weddings are Hot!

Destination "I Do" Weddings

Most Popular Destinations

Caribbean Marriage Regulations

Symbolic Wedding Ceremony

Legally-Binding Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Photos & Letters


Planning for your special day will be a wonderful time for you!  Finding someone you can trust to assist you with planning your special day will be rewarding and beneficial.  Judy and Maria’s Travel, Inc. specializing in planning honeymoons, destination weddings and vow renewal celebrations. 

Destination weddings are intensive and demand a level of planning and knowledge over that of a traditional wedding.  Our destination wedding planners will walk you through every step of the process making it easy, stress-free and enjoyable.

 Judy & Maria's "Destination Wedding I Do"

Your best group selection if you prefer that your guests book direct with Judy and Maria’s Travel, instead of making one large group booking.  This option includes more booking flexibility and savings for the bride and groom as well as your guests utilizing your group’s very own promotional code.

 Here is How" Destination Wedding I Do" Works:

Judy and Maria’s Travel will provide the wedding party with a promotional code.  First the Bride and Groom book their wedding/honeymoon with Judy and Maria’s Travel.  For every guest that books and travels, using the promotional code, the Bride and Groom will receive a discount off their package.

The wedding guests will save too (savings depends on the package price).  Valid on new vacations, charter or scheduled air/hotel packages or land only bookings staying at the wedding party’s hotel.  In addition, guests may purchase the optional AV-OK Total Vacation Security Plan including AV-OK plus with Best Price Guarantee.

Brides and Grooms interested in the program should contact Judy and Maria’s Travel, Inc. Toll-free 1-877-380-4142 or email [email protected]  for additional details, program restrictions and a personalized promotional code. 

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 Avoid the Stress

Destination weddings are as stress-free as a wedding can get!  You will have an on-site wedding planner handing the majority of the details so that you can sit back and relax.  There are no rules, so there is nothing that “must be done.”

 Extended Families

It is very common for the bride and groom to live in a different state or country than their parents, siblings and friends.  If people have to fly to attend a wedding, why not choose an exotic location.  One that people want to visit!

 Couples in Second Marriages

Couples in second marriages that include children have a great opportunity to start the new family off with an exciting vacation built into a wonderful event.

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Nothing is more romantic than a destination wedding. For couples who want to make the wedding something truly special, a destination wedding is the right choice for them.  Plus, the destination will always hold a special place in their hearts and is the ideal location to visit over and over again to celebrate anniversaries!

 Non-traditional Destination Weddings

Do you want a wedding to symbolize your interests?  A destination wedding allows for more choices than the local wedding hall.  How about an underwater scuba wedding?  For those couples who are not interested in tuxedos and the traditional wedding gown, how about a wedding on the beach in casual clothes and bare feet?

 Do you have a limited budget?

Many couples don’t have the means or choose not to spend a lot on one day’s events.  With fewer guests and many resorts offering intimate weddings at a minimal cost – or even for free – a destination wedding makes sense for the couple. 

 The All-Inclusive Wedding

Why not plan your wedding at an all-inclusive resort that offers a wedding ceremony or vow red_rose_turn_heart_shape_ty_clr.gifrenewal free of charge or for a minimal fee, usually with a minimum stay.  Typical inclusions are the services of the wedding officiator, the wedding license, and scenic spot for the ceremony, wedding cake, bouquet and boutonnieres for the bride and groom and a few photographs.  An on-site wedding planner can help the couple choose their extras if they want, which can include almost anything you would find at a traditional wedding.  The wedding planner also handles all the paperwork and details, allowing the couple to arrive and enjoy their special day and honeymoon after.  Couples can come on their own or bring as many guests as they like for the festivities. 

 The Resort Wedding

Many resorts in the top honeymoon spots around the world have hired on-site wedding planners to create the ideal event for the bride and groom.  You will find a choice of packages, from the simplest intimate ceremony for the couple alone; to the most elaborate á la carte affair for hundreds. 

Wedding Packages usually include most of the following, depending on the resort and package selected:

  • Services of a judge or minister

  • Services of a wedding coordinator

  • Flowers, including a bouquet for the bride, boutonniere for the groom
  • Wedding cake
  • Bottle of champagne for the wedding toast

  • Private candlelit dinner and/or breakfast in bed for the bride and groom

  • Late checkout for the bride and groom

 Popular Destinations

Dominican Republic . . .

Whether couples are looking for a quiet, secluded beach getaway or want to start off their new lives with an exciting eco-adventure, the Dominican Republic can accommodate them.  Brides and grooms can opt for extravagant and lavish ceremonies and receptions or more sedate and private affairs on the beach, in lush gardens or anywhere else they would like.  Most of the resorts in Punta Cana offer a selection of wedding and romance packages and often have wedding specialists on hand to assist in coordinating every last detail.

Jamaica . . .

Jamaica, a land of lively culture and gorgeous beaches, continues to be very popular for weddings and honeymoons.  All inclusive resorts abound in Jamaica.  Top romantic spots to tie the knot on the island include the Blue Lagoon in port Antonio, Lovers Leap near the South coast’s rugged edge and on Negril’s cliffs at sunset.

Mexico . . .

Mexico, a perennial top-ten destination wedding and honeymoon choice, was named “Most Affordable Destination” in the Modern Bride honeymoon survey.  Mexico boasts its share of romantic enclaves in Cancun, Cozumel, and the Riviera Maya as well as in the Pacific coast resort areas such as Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.  The options are virtually endless.  The bride and groom can enjoy an all-inclusive resort wedding or get married at a Mayan Indian ceremony on the Yucatan peninsula.

 Caribbean Marriage Regulations

In the Caribbean, requirements differ by island, but some documents and procedures are standard throughout the region such as;

  • Valid legal identification (passport)

  • Proof of divorce (deed poll or name certificate where necessary) or death certificate (original or certified copies) where applicable.

  • Documented parental consent if either party is under 18 years of age (21 in some cases)

  • Most  islands require two adult witnesses.

Symbolic Wedding Ceremonies

Many wedding couples choose to be legally married in the United States, preceded or followed by a symbolic wedding ceremony in resort with family and friends. Symbolic weddings are less costly, and a great choice for busy couples that prefer to bypass gathering and completing the documentation, required for a legally-binding ceremony in a foreign country.

Legally-Binding Wedding Ceremonies

The table below has been designed to provide a general guide of the documentation, etc. that is required for legally-binding ceremonies in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Other restrictions or requirements may change, so for the most accurate and current information, be sure to check with the embassy/consulate of the country in which you are marrying (contact information provided below).





Passport (valid for at least 6 months)

Original & Copies

Tourist Card



Birth Certificate

Original & Copies

Certified Copies


Minimum Residence Requirement

4 Working Days

2 Working Days


Local Blood Text



Proof of Divorce (if applicable)

Certified copy of death certificate (if applicable

Documents translated into local language


Single Status Declaration



Document application prior to departure


ID of Witnesses

Original & Copies



*Information is valid for US citizens only, at the time of printing (June 2010). The information above has been obtained from the official government websites listed below.  Judy & Maria's Travel does not accept and expressly disclaims any responsibility arising from your reliance on the information provided on the table above.




Oficial website of Mexico Tourism: http://wwwvisitmexico.com 
The US Mexican Consulate in Washington, DC
Phone (303 73601000

Official website of Dominican Republic Tourism: 
Dominican Republic Consulate in Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 332-7670

Official website of the Jamaican Tourist Board:  http://www.visitjamaica.com 
Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, DC
(Phone 9202) 452-0660
[email protected]embassy.org 

 Riviera Maya Marriage Requirements*

  • Birth certificates (or legalized copies) and passports of both partners

  • Blood tests taken within 15 days prior to wedding.  Sometimes tests need to be taken in Mexico or certified by a Mexican physician.

  • Copy of visa or immigration form (FMT)

  • Four witnesses.  Some cities require four Mexican people, while others accept foreigners as witnesses.  All civil registration offices have a witness service (fee).

  • To fulfill the requirements listed above, it is recommended to arrive in Mexico at least three business days prior to the ceremony.

*can change at any time

 Previously Married Couples

If one of the partners having got divorced or become a widow, they have to show proof that one year has passed since this has happened.  For divorced partners, final sentence of dissolution of marriage is required; certified copies are accepted.  Widow/widower must present death certificate (or copy thereof) of previous partner.

For details on wedding requirements throughout Mexico visit:   www.visitmexico.com

Judy and Maria’s Travel, Inc.’s Wedding Program Policies

It is important for Judy and Maria’s Travel, Inc. to book your wedding with a preferred hotel / travel partner. These partners have been individually selected by the management at Judy and Maria's Travel, Inc. because of their prompt and courteous on-site wedding planners.   These selected travel partners are the ones who make us successful at making your special day memorable and stress free!

All of the following resort icons are ideal resort selections to plan your wedding, honeymoon, or vow renewal!  Please feel free to contact Maria at [email protected] to discuss your destination wedding, vow renewal or honeymoon!

 . . the highest standard of luxury and service at a collection of award-winning resorts . . .

Destination Weddings  . . . . . . Caribbean and Mexico
Mexico . . . Cancun . . .  Cozumel . . . Huatulco . . .  Los Cabos . . .  Puerto Vallarta . . .  
Dominican Republic . . .  La Romana . . .  Punta Cana . . .  Cap Cana . . .  
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Jamaica . . .  Montego Bay . . .  Negril . . .  Ocho Rios . . .

. . . Cancun . . . Cozumel . . .  Huatulco . . . Los Cabos . . . Riviera Maya . . . Puerto Vallarta . . .
Cap Cana . . . La Romana . . .  Punta Cana . . . 
. . .  Montego Bay . . .  Negril . . .  Ocho Rios . .

Catholic Cathedral - Palladium, Mexico. . . A Perfect Spot for a Wedding

A Magical Wedding - Mr.& Mrs. Mauro & Denia Massetti

Hi Maria,

I want to give special thanks for a great job you did helping me booking all of my guests  here in USA and my guests overseas. I am very satisfied with your service. I was a little nervous looking for a responsible travel agent.  I found you and the only thing U can say is Maria is the BEST.

Denia M Massetti
Arlington, Virginia

A Fairy Tale Wedding . . . Mr. & Mrs. Michael Cusick

Hey Maria,

 I just wanted to send you a note of great appreciation.  Thank you so much for taking the stress out of our wedding/ honeymoon planning.  I will take your recommendations for every vacation we ever take.  Barcelo and Secrets were amazing and exceeded every expectation we had.  At Barcelo all of our rooms were in the same block which made meeting up very convenient. Gabriella was awesome, even Mike enjoyed the wedding planning!  The wedding was gorgeous, I'll send pix.  It was truly like a fairy tale... The two weeks we spent in Mexico was the best two weeks of my life so far!  As impressed as we were with Barcelo, Secrets was even 10 times nicer!!! The service was impeccable!!!  We loved every second of it and were not ready to come home!  Thank you for helping all of our guests.  We look forward to scheduling our next vacation with you if you'll have us!  Thank you for everything!

Jill Black & Michael Cusick


Dream Wedding - Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hochreiter


Joe and I are back from our wedding trip and I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how wonderful it was....and for so many reasons. 

First and foremost, we can't say enough great things about Ivanova. She was truly perfect. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, she took spectacular care of us. We were spoiled rotten!!!



As far as the wedding - from the ceremony to the cake - ALL was perfect!! During the planning part - Ivanova was patient and kind, accommodating and fun. She has such a calming effect!!! She was amazing at paying attention to the details and really put a lot of time into making everything perfect! She took us to all the different locations, really listened to our "wants" and set up the perfect ceremony, dinner and cocktail hour the night before. The flowers were gorgeous and everything from seating, to the words in the ceremony she delivered, was all that we had hoped for and imagined!! She was truly a class act!!!! The food was delicious and Ivanova helped us arrange perfect music for each portion of the wedding and cocktail hour! She set us up in an amazing room and our stay was truly lovely. We will recommend both Iberostar Bavaro and Ivanova Perez to all our friends and co-workers! Looking back on the week - Ivanova really made everything happen and we cannot thank her enough!!! Not to mention - her smile lights up a room, and she was so easy to work with! 

Our friends and family (all 35 of them!) all had a wonderful time and were so happy with everything - accommodations, food, drinks, entertainment, etc! 

Also - special thanks to James who helped out quite a bit and helped make the stay perfect! He had a wonderful personality, was always smiling and was great to work with during our stay. 

Thanks to you too - this was the perfect place and we definitely plan to return again soon! 

Kerry Elsasser and Joseph Hochreiter
Mansfield, PA

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Vriesema - Virginia


"Secrets Maroma was Fantastic"

Judy & Maria assisted in helping us choose a place for our wedding!

Words can't describe the beauty of the beach. Everything was PERFECT.The staff was awesome and we were upgraded because of "Judy and Maria",

Thank You!

Cecilia and Sebastian were the best :) I have been to Mexico 5 times and this by far is the nicest resort.

We are excited to go back!

Sherry Lieghty-Vriesema

Mr. & Mrs. William Berg, Texas - Buescher/Berg Wedding - Congratulations from Judy & Maria

Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Thomas, Delaware





 Ed & Donna Thomas

Relaxing in the Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Lobby 

 View from Secrets Maroma Suite

Swimming and Snorkeling in Cave 

Mr. & Mrs. Harley Naumann - Destination Wedding


Mr. & Mrs. Harley Naumann
San Antonio, Texas
September 2009

Bride & Groom: Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Thephasdin

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew & 
Erica Sharma-Thephasdin
Chicago, IL


Iberostar Tucan Resort, Riviera Maya



Dear Maria,

"I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am of your services.  You have been such an amazing help in Wedding Pictures 014.jpgaccommodating my entire wedding party as well as my husband and I. Any question or doubt I tucan.gifhad, you quickly reassured me in a prompt manner. Your business is nothing red_rose_turn_heart_shape_ty_clr.gifshort of an integral, professional and personal-able company.

I have nothing but wonderful things to say about you and your staff. Everything went perfect!!  Iberostar was amazing and we highly recommend anyone to get married there. We can't thank you enough for our private transfers and wonderful recommendations!

Thank you a million and one times!! We will be contacting you in the future for upcoming vacations!

Thank you, thank you!"

Stacey Miller aka Stacey Wolfe
Buford, Georgia

Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Hi Maria. 


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I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for all of your help two_wedding_bells_ringing_sm_clr.gifin planning for our wedding.  We had an absolutely amazing time, and the wedding was more beautiful than we ever could have imagined!  Sunscape (Dreams) was everything we had hoped it would be and more, and we definitely plan on returning at some point in the future.  In any event, here are a few of the pictures taken by the wedding photographer.  Enjoy--and thanks again!  

All the best, 
Dane and Wendy 


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Secrets Capri Resort and Spa in Riviera Maya

Judy and Maria,  

Secets Capri Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa . . . capri-150.jpg"Hi!  I just wanted to thank you for helping us find an absolutely wonderful plasecretscwedd.jpgce to have our wedding -- Secrets Capri Resort and Spa.  First of all I would like to thank you for answering all of my pre-travel and wedding questions.  You made us feel confident that we had all of the appropriate paper work and documentation needed for the ceremony to take place.      

We arrived in Cancun on June 30th -- our flight was approximately thirty minutes early.  I really appreciate you supplying the private transfer.  As soon as we got our bags we had someone who was waiting to take us to the resort.  It was nice to have a quiet ride to Secrets Capri Resort and Spa, we both napped on the 30 minute trip there.  Upon arrival we received a cool wet towel and a glass of champagne while we sat down to be check in.    

When we got into our room I felt like crying.  Everything was so beautiful and we were so pampered.  It was the perfect atmosphere for a very happy, soon-to-be bride.  We had a beautiful exotic flower arrangement, a fruit tray, and a bottle of chilled champagne.  The room was ocean view with a spectacular view of the ocean as well as the resort.  The customer service was excellent, we felt like royalty.  Each night when we got back to our room the bed was turned down.  A rose was laid on the bed as well as chocolate. Claudia and Lucely, the wedding planners, were absolutely wonderful.  They were both full of enthusiasm.  They took care of all of the pre-wedding paperwork, red_rose_turn_heart_shape_ty_clr.gifblood tests, etc.  They made everything very easy and hassle-free for us. On our wedding day everyone in the hotel knew that it was our special day.  Daniel our concierge called that morning to let us know that he was available if we needed anything.  Isabel in the hair salon did such a good job on my updo.  I am very picky about my hair.  She was very meticulous, my hair was perfect before I left the salon. The photographer I also have to praise.  Marco was absolutely wonderful and he produced fantastic pictures.  These pictures captured the moment beautifully, they will help us remember such a beautiful and romantic day. The Spanish ceremony is also very nice.  After the Spanish/English ceremony, that we chose to have on the beach, we had an absolutely delicious Spanish Wedding Cake and champagne. 

The ceremony was very intimate.  I could not have imagined a more wonderful way to get married.  I almost cry every time I think about how absolutely perfect it was. When we got back to the room later that evening the room was covered with flower petals.  We had champagne on ice, towels that were made into swans on the bed, and chocolate covered strawberries on the night table. We had the most awesome experience.  Thank you for having such a great web site and being so well informed about Secrets Capri Resort.  By using you as our travel agent we felt certain that everything we needed would be properly taken care of, and it was. 

I have passed your name on to several friends who are getting ready to plan a vacation." Thanks again,

Richard and Bobbi Carpenter
Jacksonville, IL

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