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Central America Destination Weddings

Getting Married in Costa Rica

Couples who love nature and adventure will enjoy getting married in Costa Rica. Destination weddings on this Central America island will have natural beauty and scenic backdrops at every turn. The country's rich ecosystem and diverse beaches serve as the perfect accompaniment to romantic vows and special moments with loved ones. Couples can choose to get married on either white-sand beaches (on the Caribbean coast) or the unique black, volcanic sand on the Pacific coast of the island. Either way, you'll be happy to know your destination wedding will be as stunning as you've always imagined. 

Top Highlights

  • Unique beaches
  • Black, volcanic sand
  • Rainforests
  • Lush wildlife
  • Surfing
  • World-class cuisine

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Marriage Requirements

One month before your wedding, couples planning to get legally married in Costa Rica should complete a government form of key information, including you and your partners' dates of birth (you'll need to be at least 18 years old), addresses, parents' names and you'll also need to provide valid passports.

In order for foreign citizens to be legally married in Costa Rica, a lawyer or judge must officiate the civil ceremony. You'll also need two witnesses, and extra paperwork may be required if either of you have been married before.

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Wedding Packages in Costa Rica

There are a variety of resort venues in Costa Rica that offer convenient all-inclusive wedding packages for every taste and budget. They'll include everything you need for the big day and beyond, from the ceremony and reception decor to the wedding cake, DJ services and more. Couples can expect to have some extra romantic amenities thrown in too, like breakfast in bed, spa treatments, and a private dinner on the beach. It's likely you'll be able to customize your package to your exact vision, so be sure to have your inspiration ready for your onsite event coordinator to help bring to life.

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Travel Tips

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Travel Documents

Valid passports are required to visit Costa Rica. For additional entry requirements, consult with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist or visit travel.state.gov (US citizens) or travel.gc.ca (Canadian citizens).

Language

Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, but English is widely spoken and understood at resorts and popular tourist areas.

Currency & Tipping

The official currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC). However, the US dollar is unofficially accepted throughout the main tourist areas, including resorts and popular excursion activities.

Tipping is not required or expected at an all-inclusive resort. However, some travelers will feel obliged to leave a small tip for staff who go above and beyond during their stay, such as a concierge, housekeeper, massage therapist or bartender. Tipping is appreciated for tour guides and ground transportation staff.

Things To Do In Costa Rica

Costa Rica Attractions

Attractions & Activities

  • Nature Tours
  • La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Hiking
  • Hotsprings
  • Sloth Sanctuary 
  • River Tubing
  • Ziplining
  • Coffee Plantations
  • White Water Rafting 

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Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO

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Costa Rica Wedding Planning FAQs

How do I plan a wedding in Costa Rica?

Planning a destination wedding in Costa Rica is simple with the help of an expert. Here’s how it works:

  • Set your budget and guest list
  • Research resorts and venue options
  • Get a quote from one of our Specialists
  • Select your resort, venue and wedding package
  • Confirm your wedding date
  • Secure a room block for your guests
  • Send save-the-dates and invitations
  • Book your travel arrangements
  • Purchase key wedding day attire (dress/suit/shoes/jewelry)
  • Finalize the decor details with your onsite coordinator
  • Pack up, relax and say “I do” in paradise!
What does a wedding package in Costa Rica come with?

If you’re getting married at an all-inclusive resort in Costa Rica, you can expect your wedding package to come with the following items:

  • Ceremony and reception venues
  • Beautiful decor options
  • Non-denominational officiant
  • Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s)
  • Sound system/DJ services
  • Wedding cake and sparkling wine toast
  • Romantic amenities for the couple
  • And much more

Wedding package inclusions will vary based on your resort options, but most can be tailored to your exact vision.

When is the best time of year to get married in Costa Rica?
The best time of year to visit and/or get married in Costa Rica is from mid-December to April. This is considered their dry season, where you’ll most likely miss out on any inclement weather that may ruin your outdoor wedding plans. This will also be the busiest time of year, so you should expect larger crowds and higher travel costs.
Many couples choose to get married in Costa Rica during the shoulder months (May and November) because it’s cheaper and quieter, but also not during peak hurricane season.
How much does a destination wedding cost in Costa Rica?
In 2023, the average cost of a destination wedding in Costa Rica was $8,910. This is based on our couple’s accommodations, wedding package and estimated airfare. The final price tag of a destination wedding depends on numerous factors, including but not limited to the time of year you travel, where you’re coming from, the luxury level of your resort and wedding package and how many guests are attending. Our Certified Destination Wedding Specialists can provide you with a personalized quote to get a better idea of how much your destination wedding in Costa Rica would cost.
How much does a destination wedding cost in Costa Rica?
In 2023, the average cost of a destination wedding in Costa Rica was $XX,XXX. This is based on our couple’s accommodations, wedding package and estimated airfare. The final price tag of a destination wedding depends on numerous factors, including but not limited to the time of year you travel, where you’re coming from, the luxury level of your resort and wedding package and how many guests are attending. Our Certified Destination Wedding Specialists can provide you with a personalized quote to get a better idea of how much your destination wedding in Costa Rica would cost.

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