Weddings in Belize Are a Breeze
By Wendy Jefferson
Ever dreamt of a wedding in a lush tropical rainforest? How about among magnificent Mayan ruins, on a beach by the blue-green Caribbean, or with jungle rivers and waterfalls as a backdrop?
A vacation in Belize with your loved one will truly be unforgettable if you decide to say your "I do's" there. If you're ready for a unique and romantic Belizean wedding, read on.
Believe it or not, it's not at all hard to get married in Belize. First off, a couple must have been staying in the country for at least 3 days before they can obtain a marriage license. Forms can be had from the General Registry in Belize City and the Attorney General Office in Belmopan. These must be completed and signed in the presence of a Justice of the Peace. You will need proof of citizenship (your passport will suffice) and proof of marital status if divorced or widowed. The usual approval time usually takes a week. Two witnesses, who may be your friends or locals, are also required. The ceremony may be performed by a senior Justice of the Peace, a church minister, or a boat captain. The legal fees will cost you about less than US$200 -- the application fee is $100, the legal ceremony $5, and a donation for the religious officer. Donations to churches and schools are also accepted.
If you would like to make the arrangements yourself, you should contact the General Registry before you leave your home country. Luckily, most hotels provide assistance with the arrangements, from securing the forms to getting your fantasy honeymoon package. If you wish to be married at an archeological reserve such as the Mayan ruins, send a letter of permission at least a week before to the Commissioner of Archeology. Remember to bring your own wedding attire from home as there are few bridal shops in Belize. In lieu of a gown and tux, however, you may opt to dress in casual, colorful beachwear or semi-formal evening wear. It's all up to you. Wherever you choose to get married in Belize, it's sure to be the ultimate exotic wedding.
Wendy Jefferson is an expert on Belize -- visit her website Belize Travel for information about Belize.
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