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What Do You Need To Get Married In Belize?

Nov 24, 2021
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What Do You Need To Get Married In Belize?

There are quite a few reasons why Belize has become such a popular choice for destination weddings. The fact that this tropical country has some of the most pristine beaches touching the Caribbean Sea and is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world is persuasive in its own right. But there are plenty of practical reasons to plan a destination wedding in Belize too. The frequency of short and direct flights from the United States to this Caribbean country, the generous exchange rates with the US dollar, and the fact that English is the native language all contribute to this appeal. Belize understands the importance that tourism plays in their economy, and they’ve worked to make it as easy as possible for foreigners to get married on Belizean soil.

Here’s everything you need to know about planning your wedding in Belize.

The Timeline of Marrying in Belize

There are a few prerequisites for marrying in Belize, but the barrier to entry isn’t too great. Both partners need to be in Belize for at least 72 hours before they can apply for a marriage license. Once that’s complete, the actual application process can be completed in one day. As long as you have all the necessary documents in place, you can have your ceremony on your fifth day in Belize. The ceremony can happen quickly, but you may need to wait up to 10 weeks to actually have your certificate processed and sent to you.

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The Physical Requirements For Marrying in Belize

Marriages conducted in Belize are legally recognized throughout the world, but you don’t have to jump through a bunch of bureaucratic hoops to make that a reality. Proof of citizenship and identification in the form of a birth certificate or passport are the only things the couple needs to have their application approved. The ceremony itself needs to be performed by either a Minister or a Senior Justice of the Peace. You’re also required to have two witnesses — one male and one female — and parental approval is necessary if either partner is under the age of 18.

Finding the Perfect Site For Your Wedding

The practicalities of getting married in Belize are easy, but a wedding is a lot more than just a slip of paper signed by a bureaucrat. Many resorts and hotels throughout Belize offer wedding packages, but few can match the options offered by Ray Caye. This private island Belize resort allows you to create an environment where you and your wedding party feel like the only people in paradise. Our all-inclusive wedding package allows you to get married without the stress of planning or worrying about over budget — and you can count on the capable staff of Ray Caye to assist with all the details.

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