It’s on my conscience that not only have I not posted in over a month, but that I also have not yet responded to comments on my last blog post (which I promise to do really soon). Can I be forgiven if it’s because I got married?! =)Roy and I officially tied the knot on April 23, 2012 in Huancayo. I’m so grateful that we could celebrate in the presence of both families, mine taking the trip over from Vancouver, Canada. We broke tradition by celebrating our civil ceremony with a religious-style party complete with around 100 guests, the bridal waltz, speeches, dance presentations (from hip hop and break dancing to huaylas and marinera), a delicious Peruvian dinner, and the infamous “hora loca” with clowns galore. We had a red-themed wedding, the color of luck in Chinese culture, and it was important to me that I wear a traditional red cheong sam to represent my Chinese heritage.
After hearing and reading about other expats getting married in Peru, I expected there to be a variety of hoops that I’d need to jump through, but everything went surprisingly smoothly and I thought it was important that I share my secret to a quick and easy marriage in Peru: Get married in a rural town. =)
Roy and I had our civil ceremony in the town of Pilcomayo (population: 11,000) around half an hour outside of Huancayo. Here’s what I didn’t need to do:
- I didn’t need to officially translate or legalize my birth certificate,
- I didn’t need to get a certificate certifying that I’m single (I just wrote down that I was single and the official took my word for it), and
- I didn’t need to publish a marriage announcement in the newspaper because Pilcomayo doesn’t have its own newspaper.
Better yet, the official has become a good friend of ours. That saved me a couple trips to Lima. In fact, we only went to Pilcomayo a total of 2 times: once to ask about the marriage requirements and a second time to submit all our documents. We had everything ready within a few days!
My next challenge is to get my resident visa and foreigner’s card, so I can stay here in Peru for longer than 6 months at a time! Wish me luck!
P.S. Please bear with me as I slowly get back on track with life, and with responding to comments and posting!
**Update (28Aug13): The rules have changed at Pilcomayo. It seems that you now have to be a resident of Pilcomayo to get married there and the person who officiated our wedding no longer works there. Nevertheless, I’ve heard that foreigners are still getting married the easy way in other rural towns around Huancayo.