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Beach, catholic blessing/symbolic ceremony, and a party in Cartagena! (Civil marriage in the USA before we go to Cartagena)

July 05, 2017 9:10:32 am

Posted in Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
Emptyprofileicon V C


We are getting married in the states - civil marriage: quick city hall paperwork- and then we want to have a symbolic ceremony/celebration in Cartagena, at the beach. We wouldn´t need a priest to marry us, but perhaps he could just give us a blessing? It would mean a lot to us to have that catholic blessing and celebrate with our family and friends.

Does anyone know if that can be done?

Or does anyone know of some alternatives for a nice and meaningful ceremony that doens´t need to be a legal marriage -since we would already have that, and we actually don´t have all the paperwork translated/apostille to register with a notary and all that in Colombia.

We just need the beach, a blessing/symbolic ceremony, and a party!

Any suggestions?

Thank you!

12 Replies

Emptyprofileicon andres nieto

May 13, 2013 8:48:03 pm

Dear V. We have a lot of alternative and many ritual for your day. Please see our website we will delight to give a hand with all your needs. any question please send me msg to my inbox Our Mayor strength are the destination weeding with a mayor events in Cartagena.

best regards


Emptyprofileicon Jim Vickery Wedding date: November 16, 2010 Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

November 24, 2011 3:33:15 pm

Hello! I don't have an answer for you, rather, the same problem. We had our civil wedding in Mexico and will be married on the 15 and, in the abscence of Joey Tribiani, will need a priest or shaman to perform a blessing. The wedding is all but organized an will happen in a couple of weeks. Any help would be gratefully received. Again, I don't need a wedding planner, just help with a blessing.

Thanks for your help.

Happy Thanksgiving BTW!!


Emptyprofileicon V C

November 27, 2011 8:35:20 am

Hi Azu y Jan,

Thanks for your reply! It´s encouraging to know that it worked out well for you, and congratulations!! Do you recall the name of the priest -or name of his church/contact- by any chance? It would be awesome to try to use the same one. My email is

Thanks so much!


Emptyprofileicon V C

November 27, 2011 8:38:07 am

Hi Jimmy,

Wow! your wedding is really coming up soon. If I find out anything I will let you know. So far, still looking. Something like a shaman would also be great, but I´m not so sure it would be easy to find.

My email is feel free to email me.

And good luck with everything!


Emptyprofileicon Jessica Wedding date: November 20, 2012 Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

December 12, 2011 10:07:54 pm

HI V. and others,

I too need some help please...

I have found the process of planning a wedding in Cartagena so very confusing and frustrating! We are based in Australia and the distance is really limiting what we can find out. Here in Australia I am a Celebrant so we though we would have kind of head start but I am becoming desperate.

We hit a few hurdles, so we decided to legally get married here and then celebrate (mass/ceremony/blessing and reception) in Cartagena. However, now no one in Cartagena seems to understand that although we will be legally married, we want the wedding celebration there... We were even told that we can't ware our wedding 'costumes' to the church in Cartagena as we will be legally married.

I really want my wedding there but I am beside myself trying to work it all out... Can anyone help???

Thank you,


Emptyprofileicon Jim Vickery Wedding date: November 16, 2010 Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

December 13, 2011 12:11:16 am

Hello! We are in Cartagena right now and doing the same. We got married legally in Mexico (I'm English and my wife is Colombian) and we have found someone to do our ceremony on Thursday!!! Woohoo! We organized it all from Mexico so just let me know what you need (we had family arrive from all over the world, they are here now!!!).
We will help you out!

(only because of the help we have recieved here).

Good luck



Emptyprofileicon Yezid Meneses Rumie

December 28, 2011 7:18:04 pm

Hi V And Jess

I'm a wedding planner in Cartagena and I can help you with all the wedding arrangements including hotel
Feel free to contact me directly my email is

Happy New Year 2012!!!!!!!

Yezid Meneses


Emptyprofileicon Ingrid Vergel Wedding date: November 23, 2013 Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

April 04, 2013 5:11:18 pm

Hi there, I am looking to use Gladys Novias y Eventos for my wedding and I would love to hear about your experience with them. Would you recommend them? Thanks, Ingrid


Emptyprofileicon Edna Torres Wedding date: March 09, 2013 Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

May 10, 2013 3:25:06 am

Hi Flakitai, I don't know Brides and Events but I can not I can recommend the best soprano of Cartagena. She is very professional and I was fascinated with her ​​voice and her professionalism. Andrea Giraldo is singer and violinist. She plays the violin at the wedding marches and sings in the other songs. The pianist is wonderful.
Good luck


293849 Ana Valbuena Wedding date: November 05, 2011 Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

May 13, 2013 7:55:29 pm

Yes it can be done. but recomend gtting the advise with a planner which can help you with all the details. I recomend our planner: Team Bride.


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