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Wedding Resources: Ultimate Guide to Getting Married in Costa Rica

Ultimate Guide for Getting Married in Costa Rica


Updated: June 3, 2020

Your wedding day will rank among the most important days of your life and it’s important to remember that while you can plan every detail to the last second but there will probably still be something that goes wrong. Talk to any married person and ask if anything went wrong on their wedding day and most will have something to say–cousin so-and-so dropped the cake or little Johnny the ring-bearer peed his pants during the ceremony–and a few will even have weird and wacky stories that will have you laughing out loud.

This Ultimate Guide to Getting Married in Costa Rica is to help you with tips and resources to make your wedding the magical event that you always dreamed it would be, but with the humble suggestion that if temperamental weather decides to rain on your perfectly planned day, be willing to count your blessings, dance in the rain, and have a funny story to tell your kids and grandkids.

Okay, now that we’ve taken the pressure off, let’s look at a few ways you can plan ahead to help avoid at least the major disasters and create the epic destination wedding of your dreams.

  1.  Best Wedding Venues in Costa Rica 

    Best Wedding Venues in Costa RicaThis is a great place to start to find some of the best wedding venues in Costa Rica.  Whether it is for an intimate elopement or a huge bash with all your friends and family, this list will help you plan your special day.

  2. 7 Reasons to Get Married in Costa Rica

    Reasons to get married in Costa Rica

    From stunning backdrops to more intimate ceremonies, Costa Rica is becoming one of the top places in the world for destination weddings.  With all the benefits for you and your guests, its also a nice bonus that it can be less expensive than a traditional wedding in your home country.  Here is our list of our top 7 Reasons to Get Married in Costa Rica.

  3. Where to Get Married in Costa Rica

    Where to get Married in Costa Rica

    Couple on the beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio.

    Costa Rica is simply chock full of places to get married against a stunning backdrop. Rich tropical rainforest, dense jungles, majestic mountain ranges, white sand beaches, and of course the brilliant blue tropical ocean are just some ideas to get you started. The country is so small and so packed with beautiful nature that many locations will offer several of those backdrops in the same spot so you don’t even have to make the difficult choice between them. Check out our article about Where to Get Married in Costa Rica for some great location ideas and helpful information that will give you a good idea of where you would like to go. For example, if you want a five-star resort experience and lots of vibrant nightlife, you wouldn’t want to go the Osa Peninsula that is much more suited to rugged, outdoorsy types that would prefer to sleep in the wild jungle.

  4. Costa Rica Climate and Weather

    What's the weather like in Costa Rica

    Location is the first question to ask yourself and provides the basis for your entire experience. The entire country is generally sunny and tropical but different towns will have different atmospheres and activities and will affect how your spend your vacation. A close second is the climate in the area you choose. Costa Rica’s weather is generally sunny and mild, but there are two seasons, the dry and the wet. If you’re planning to get married in September or October–the height of the rainy season for the Pacific side of Costa Rica–and you want to spend your vacation sunbathing on the beach, then a trip to Guanacaste will give you the best chance of clear sunny skies. Check out our article titled What’s the Weather Like in Costa Rica for a more detailed description of climatic zones.

  5. Wedding Party Activities

    White water rafting in Costa Rica

    The highlight of your destination wedding experience is, of course, the wedding itself. The ceremony of your dreams, the reception/party during which your closest friends and family help you celebrate your new life together, and an evening of…ahem, well we won’t go there. But another thing to keep in mind that is part of the excitement of a destination wedding, is that Costa Rica offers a host of group activities that you and your wedding party can enjoy together. You can party for a whole week, go on exciting adventures in the jungle, and play in the warm ocean waves–the possibilities are endless. We offer ideas for 10 awesome group activities in Costa Rica that are great for all age ranges and adrenaline levels. Costa Rica is rich and diverse and there is something for everyone here in this little tropical paradise.

  6. Can I Get Legally Married in Costa Rica

    Married Legally Costa Rica

    Most of your time spent planning and researching your trip is of course going to revolve around looking at photos of stunning vistas and trying to figure out how to fit all the things you want to do in the time that you have to do it. However, don’t forget to plan ahead to have the correct paperwork with you and an officiant ready to perform your ceremony. Our 3 steps to getting married legally in Costa Rica show you just how easy it is to get married officially in this beautiful place. You can’t just show up with your passport and ask to get married on the spot, but the official process isn’t very complicated and is simpler than agonizing over where to put your great aunt Matilda in the seating chart at a conventional wedding reception.

  7. Money Matters

    5 Tips to Save Money for Your Destination Wedding

    Of course, money is probably the last thing you want to be worrying about when it comes to your wedding.  One of the great things about a destination wedding is that if you do it right, you can actually end up saving quite a bundle over a traditional wedding. Plus, you get to shared a unique experience with your closest friends and family and then dive right into your honeymoon after the cake is cut! Check out our article with 5 tips to save money for your destination wedding for some great ideas on how to have an amazing wedding experience without breaking the bank.

  8. Travel Tips for Costa Rica

    7 Must know Travel Tips in Costa Rica

    When you choose to have a destination wedding a foreign country it goes without saying that you will have to travel in a foreign place and you are sure to see things that are different from what you are used to. That’s what makes traveling so exciting in the first place! We offer 7 must know travel tips in Costa Rica so you have a basic idea of what to expect and what to watch out for to help avoid those big wedding disasters we were talking about earlier and have an exciting travel and wedding experience instead.

  9. Secret Beaches in Costa Rica

    Kids at Playa Linda, Costa Rica

    Arguably one of the main reasons that people like to visit tropical locations is for the beaches.  The main beaches in the area are great for hosting your special day but if during your stay you really want to get away from the crowds and see some hidden gems you’ve got to find the beaches that only the locals know about. Costa Rica is replete with spectacular beaches that may require some 4X4ing or hiking to get to but are absolutely worth the effort. For some inspiring ideas let’s take tour of just 7 of the most spectacular secret beaches to check out in the Manuel Antonio area.

  10. Best Places to Elope in Costa Rica

    printing photos to preserve memories

    Many couples are saying goodbye to a traditional wedding in their town and eloping in Costa Rica instead. No guest list, no seating charts, and, best of all, no unwanted input from well-meaning relatives.  Are you wondering about the best places to elope in Costa Rica? Check out these ideas for a great place to do it.

11. Is same sex marriage legal in Costa Rica? 

trash the dress session in costa rica

If you want to plan a destination wedding in Costa Rica, you’re in luck! As of May 26, 2020, it is now legal for everyone, including same sex couples, to get married. In 2018, Costa Rica’s Supreme Court ruled that prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional, and the new law is officially in action! Read on to learn more…

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Hi! I'm Kevin and I've been shooting weddings in Costa Rica for 13 years - from intimate elopements to huge bashes. I know how difficult it can be to plan a wedding from abroad. That’s why in the menu up top I have a bunch of resource articles to help you plan your extraordinary day in Costa Rica.