With Colombia, it’s all about going big – from the globally-renowned Ibero-American Theater Festival, and the Festival Mundial de Salsa, the annual salsa festival that’s quite literally the biggest in the world, to the famous Carnaval de Barranquilla, the second largest of its kind.
Let’s not forget that Colombia lies right on the Pacific Ring of Fire, and right off its coast is the sunken San Jose Spanish galleon, popularly referred to as the “Holy Grail” of lost sea treasure.
It comes as no surprise then that the ladies here are in a class of their own too!
Marrying a Colombian woman is a dream for many men, courtesy of their sheer beauty.
They also have a lot going for them in terms of their incredible combinations of street smarts, book smarts, and general love for life.
If you are planning on committing yourself long term to a Colombian Mamacita, then there is a lot you need to know.
Here are some of the perks and also the challenges of marrying a Colombian woman.
A never-ending supply of great energy
Medellin Colombian women, in particular, are famed for their super positive and fun-loving natures. They are always down to have fun whether it is at a music festival, at a carnival march, or out hiking in the mountains. This energy doesn’t go away even when they are cuffed up.
Fierce support and loyalty
One of the most accurate and positive Colombian stereotypes is that their women are the very definition of the term ride or die. They will stick with you through the good times, the bad, and the ugly.
Real love for family
These women are also very family-oriented. Whether it is a distant cousin or their very own child, you can expect nothing but genuine love and concern. And you had better be ready to get on that “family first” bandwagon.
They are homemakers, but not homebodies
Colombian women are traditionally raised to take care of the home. They are not afraid to get their hands dirty and will cook and clean where needed.
However, do not expect them to turn into housemaids just because they are married. These women are strong and not afraid to follow their dreams. Do not try and stop them!
Hot Colombian women are everywhere in this country. One of the most incredible things about them is that they never seem to lose this allure even as they grow older.
Look at women like Sofia Vergara, who, even in her late 40s, will knock you out with her beauty. Yep, you get some of that action when you choose to settle with these ladies.
The language barrier
The language barrier will mainly be a problem in the first few months or years of your marriage. You will soon realize that translation apps and online services just won’t cut it. It might affect communication and make solving problems harder than it should be. To prevent this, invest in learning each other’s languages.
Colombian marriage customs are very different from what you will find in other countries. These include an almost mandatory church wedding requirement and the fact that there are no bridesmaids and groomsmen. There are many other non-wedding customs you will also have to adapt to, and this will take time and patience.
The nightmare logistics of international marriage
- Where will you live?
- What nationality will your children have?
- Whose extended family will have to be left out?
- Will you need marriage certificates for both countries?
- Will you be applying for citizenship?
All these and more are questions that you must answer when marrying not only Colombian women but any foreigner in general. The logistics need to be addressed to avoid any issues in the future.
Tips to follow BEFORE getting married
Now that you know about the pros and cons of marrying a Colombian woman, you are probably super excited to marry the “woman of your dreams” as soon as possible.
However, it is important that you take your time before rushing into this big decision. That way, you know you are not doing it just because you’re blinded by lust and new love.
Follow these tips to ensure you’re marrying for the right reasons.
Spend some actual time together
An online romance can be very misleading. The only way to figure out just how strong your connection can be is to actually spend some time together.
So, make plans to visit each other, so you get to see your partner in their natural space, and they get to experience the same from you. This also allows both of you to meet friends and family who will inevitably be a part of your new lives together.
You could also take a trip somewhere together. This is super fun and low pressure and is a fantastic way to hang out and get to spend time together away from it all.
Ask a lot of questions – serious ones
The novelty of the relationship wears out faster than most of us would like to admit. The dream is to have someone that you actually like when the butterflies are all gone, especially if you are taking a step as big as marriage.
This is why asking each other questions is so important before taking the next step.
We are not talking here about their favorite color or their childhood experiences (although these are also very important).
Ask about deep and meaningful things that will give you better insight on her values, priorities, and where she wants to go in life. That way, you’ll weed out the “good” girls from “bad.”
Make a plan (and be realistic)
Once you are sure that they are right for you and you fit in their life as much as they fit in yours, the job is unfortunately not yet done. This is because fairytale endings aside, you have to factor in the bureaucracy involved in marrying a foreigner.
There are all sorts of things you have to decide, for example, where you are going to get married or where you want to settle after the nuptials.
To help you out, here let us take a closer look at the actual marriage process and what you have to prepare for before you can finally marry her.
The marriage process
Marrying a Colombian girl is not as simple as walking into a notary office and signing the marriage certificate. It takes a lot of preparation and work!
Here’s everything you need to know about getting married in Colombia.
This is probably one of the biggest problems of marrying a Colombian woman. However, if you follow the correct procedure, you should get your papers in good time.
If you choose to have the wedding in Columbia, the documents you need are:
- Your birth certificate
- Your passport
- A certificate from your home government confirming that you are actually not married back home
The last one is the trickiest in terms of time, but if you are not married in your home country, then it should not be a problem.
If you were married before but then divorced, you will also need to provide the divorce decree certificate in addition to the one that states you are currently single under the law.
All these need to be legal and legitimate, and for this, you need to have them apostilled. They also have to be formally translated with a notarized copy that you will leave with the relevant authorities.
You’ll need an appointment with a local notary
Notaries play a huge role if you are planning on getting married in Colombia.These firms oversee the process of getting all the required documents apostilled.
They will also walk you through the whole thing in terms of any other legal requirements for the marriage and expectations after.
They also publish wedding announcements locally allowing anyone who has a just reason to object before the wedding.
What is important to note is that these offices are usually very busy. You can’t just call and get an appointment for the next day or even next week. You’ll need to call at least 1 to 2 months in advance.
To make an appointment, your Colombian partner will have to go to the office themselves. Some firms may require that both of you are there while others just need a written statement from you authorizing the booking, so plan for either eventuality.
Hire a translator for the wedding
The next step in planning your marriage in Colombiais hiring a translator. This is often a non-negotiable with most officiants.
For the marriage to be legal, they have to be certain that both parties understood the proceedings of the ceremony and were offering informed consent for the marriage.
However, if you can prove to the notary that your Spanish is good or your partner has a strong grasp on your native language, then you might be able to avoid this.
Bringing your bride to the US
A lot of people prefer to move back to their home countries after a Colombian marriage, which is something even the locals have become accustomed to.
If this is the case, you will have to apply for a spousal visa after the wedding. It can take between 6 to 7 months to get through the whole process with everything from applications and interviews to getting the actual visa.
So, you need to get started as soon as possible! And you also need to make plans on where to stay during this time.
It isn’t all sunshine, daisies and Shakira concerts. If you want to marry a Colombian woman or even marry a Venezuelan woman, you will have to make some sacrifices.
And it definitely takes a lot of effort!
The good news is that there are plenty of amazing things this setup offers that will make it all worth it. So if you find your very own Colombian chica, hold on tight because she is truly worth fighting for.