Getting married in Belize is simple and straightforward. In most cases, all you need are current passports and a copy of the bride and groom’s birth certificate (same-sex marriage is unfortunately still illegal). You’ll also need a Belizean marriage license, which can be acquired after spending at least 3 days in the country, for BZ$200. A Special Belize Wedding License can be obtained for couples in the country for fewer than three days at an additional cost. For marriage license info, contact the Registrar General’s Office (tel. 501/227-7377). The marriage license must be signed by both participants in the presence of a justice of the peace two witnesses. The justice of the peace also must notarize the license.
Things are only slightly more complicated if one or more of the partners was previously married or widowed. In such a case, the previously married partner must provide an official copy of the divorce decree. In the case of widows and widowers, an official copy of the deceased’s death certificate is also required.
Most travelers who get married in Belize do so in a civil ceremony officiated by the aforementioned local justice of the peace, although priests and ministers from most major Christian religious denominations can be found to perform the ceremony. If you’re Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or a follower of some other religion, bringing your own officiant is a good idea.
For something different, you might try an extreme or adventurous wedding in Belize. Options include tying the knot at a Mayan ceremonial site or surrounded by coral reefs and sea creatures, while the bride, groom, witnesses, and officiate breathe through scuba gear. There are many beautiful natural wedding sites around the country, and your choices range from pristine beaches to lush tropical forests to candle-lit caves.
Most of the higher-end and romantic hotels in Belize have ample experience in hosting weddings. Many have an in-house wedding planner. Top choices include Victoria House, Mata Chica, Cayo Espanto, Turtle Inn, and Robert’s Grove Beach Resort. If you want a remote, yet plush, rainforest lodge to serve as host and backdrop, try Chaa Creek, Blancaneaux Lodge, Machaca Hill Lodge, or Belize Boutique Resort and Spa. Hidden Valley Inn has a great waterfall backdrop for weddings, too.
If you’re looking for service beyond what your hotel can offer, or if you want to do it yourself, check out www.belizeweddings.com, www.dulcebelizeweddings.com, or www.idobelizeweddings.com.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.