Cancun, Q.R. — Valentine’s Day in Cancun and Playa del Carmen saw more than 400 couples marry in the annual collective wedding ceremonies.
Each year, on Valentine’s Day, cities such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen hold collective weddings, a large wedding ceremony where couples who could not otherwise afford the fees, can be married for minimal cost.
The cities put on a large display of tables, photo backdrops and wedding decorations as well as an on-site justice of the peace to marry those who registered to exchange nuptials on the most romantic day of the year.
This year, Cancun had a total of 265 couples with the youngest being 18 and the eldest, 81 who married his 70 year-old bride. The couple, who have five children and seven grandchildren, had been together 45 years, but never formally married.
The annual event took place outside in the esplanade of the Benito Juárez Town Hall in Cancun where masses of long tables dressed in white were accented with large lime green bows special for the occassion.
In Playa del Carmen, 205 couples took to the public beach at Parque Fundadores in the city center to take advantage of the beautiful beach setting arranged for the special Valentine’s Day ceremony. The event, which was organized by the municipal government, lined the sand with turquoise-covered tables accented in white.
Erika Camacho Escalante of the Civil Registry in Cancun says that couples wishing to sign up to be married during a collective wedding are provided with prenuptial talks. The ceremonies are open to all couples who wish to marry, including same sex.
This year in Playa del Carmen, two female couples married on the beach during the collective wedding ceremony. The event was attended by the municipality mayor as well as the state governor.
The annual Collective Wedding is a way to provide couples with the facilities to formalize their legal union at a lower cost than is normally the case when it is performed privately. Friends and family of the bride and groom are also welcome.