Imagine saying “I do” on an exotic tropical isle: a stunning backdrop of turquoise waters, palm trees swaying and the fragrance of ocean air mingled with the scent of tropical flowers…It sounds like the wedding of most young women’s dreams. But wait! Weddings in Belize are not only for the rich and famous anymore. More and more couples are choosing locations such as this to begin their lives together. Weddings in Belize are neither as complicated nor as cost prohibitive as one might imagine.
The main things to keep in mind are that you are your fiancée are required to be present in Belize for at least three days prior to applying for a marriage license. The necessary forms can be located at the Supreme Court Building and a Justice of the Peace must be present as you complete and sign them. The average approval time is about one week. Two witnesses are required, but there are many locals who are willing to stand up for you for a small $5.00 fee. A photo ID or passport is required, as is proof of marital status if either is divorced or widowed.
If you are interested in a religious ceremony, the following denominations are represented: Anglican, Assembly of God Baptist, Episcopalian, Jehovah’s Witness, Hindu, Mormon, Mennonite and Roman Catholic.
With that out of the way, now it’s time to begin planning your dream wedding in Belize
Romance Among the Ruins
Why not get married on Ambergris Caye? The Exotic Caye Beach Resort is happy and willing to assist in the planning of your special day. They will even secure an officer of the court or the appropriate minister to officiate. To facilitate the planning of your nuptials, inquire about the availability of wedding and honeymoon packages. Such packages come complete with accommodations for the bride and groo, the bridal party and friends and attendees. Catering, decorations, and room service are also provided by an experienced staff member.
Getting married on Ambergris Caye became even more exciting with the amendment of the Belize Marriage Act. This amendment affords couples the option of choosing any romantic location that strikes their fancy, rather than being restricted to the Magistrate’s Court. However, if you’ve got your heart set on taking your vows at the Mayan Ruins or another archaeological site, a faxed letter of request is mandatory, and must be received one week prior to your wedding ceremony.
One more thing: Bridal shops in Belize are few and far between. It is advisable then, to bring your wedding gown and tuxedo, or opt to visit some of the local shops and choose some vibrant tropical wedding-wear.
To get married on Ambergris Caye or anywhere in Belize is a fairy-tale come true. So let us help you plan your wedding and make it everything you dream of, and more