To obtain a special license to get married in Belize…
● Both parties must be in the country three (3) working days prior to filing the petition of the license. All documents required must be original documents, but certified copies with the lifted seal of the original documents are acceptable. ● For those who aren’t in the country for three days, it is possible to apply for a Special License (for an additional fee). ● Application forms will be emailed to you from your officiant or Coordinator. ● Completed forms along with the items in the following list must be presented to the General Registry (coordinator will do this on your behalf).
Your Belize wedding will be conducted by a Justice of the Peace unless you request otherwise, and you will leave Belize with a copy of the signed Marriage License. After the documents are formally submitted to the Belize Marriage Registry, they will be mailed to you to you with a raised seal.
If neither party has been previously married: ● Fully completed Marriage license application form notarized by Justice of the Peace (your coordiantor will take care of this). ● Photocopy of your passport showing your profile picture in color and date of arrival in Belize (we will meet you to get this). ● A Copy of Original Death Certificate.
If either party has been previously married: ● Fully completed Marriage license application form notarized by Justice of the Peace (we will take care of this). ● Photocopy of your passport showing your profile picture in color and date of arrival in Belize (we meet with you to get this). ● A Copy of Original Divorce Decree. ● Original Copy of your birth certificate.
If either party is a widow or widower: ● Fully completed Marriage license application form notarized by Justice of the Peace (officiant will take care of this). ● Photocopy of your passport showing your profile picture in color and date of arrival in Belize (we will meet you to get this). ● A Copy of Original Death Certificate.
When you first arrive to Belize, you will most likely have landed at Philip Goldson International Airport on the mainland of the country located in the industrial Belize City. Although the mainland of Belize has beautiful sites to offer, nothing compares to the blissful island vibes of the cayes. Ambergris Caye is Belize’s largest island. Ambergris (AM-bur-giss) is 35 miles east of Belize City and about 0.75 mile west of the Belize Barrier Reef. The island was formed by an accumulation of coral fragments and silt from the Río Hondo as it emptied from what is now northern Belize. The caye is made up of beautiful sand beaches, tall swaying palm trees, incredible mangrove swamps that house a variety of wildlife, a dozen lagoons, of course the world’s second largest barrier reef with awe-inspiring marine life, and the buzzing of golf carts whipping by all day long, making this a must see location!
You have a few options if you want to get to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. They are:
1. Flights to the Island
At the International airport, you can take one of the hourly flights to Ambergris Caye. You can take either Maya Island Air or Tropic Air. They leave every hour, the flight takes about 20 minutes and costs about $210 USD round trip.
Once on the island, you need to get to your hotel. Depending on where you are staying, it could be a short walk across the street or a $5-10 USD taxi ride a few miles south or north or, if you are staying far north of the bridge, you often need to take a taxi cab to a water taxi to bring you to your destination (some resorts have shuttles that pick you up) This adds another 20-30 minutes to your travel day.
2. The Water Taxi from Belize City to the Island
This is your cheapest option. And can make sense if you have the time and if you are part of a larger group.
Leave the International Airport and take a taxi cab to Belize City proper and to one of the water taxi terminals depending on your schedule. This should cost about $25 USD. A boat leaves every hour to hour and a half so you might have to wait.
Once on the island, you need to get to your hotel (same process as above).
We are more than happy to help you make your travel arrangements before you land in Belize. Send us a e-mail with your arrival time in Belize City and what route you would like to take and we will set it up.
3. Private Boat Charter from Belize City to the Island
Price Starts at $180 USD round trip per person from Belize City to San Pedro Town Core minimum of 6 people required. Please inquire with us for larger groups.
Getting Married in Belize is already such a unique experience but tie in getting married at a waterfall in Belize with a Mayan Shaman as your officiant and you will have an unforgettable wedding! Which is exactly what Sarah and Stephan experienced for their Mystical Waterfall Wedding.
The day started at their resort Jaguar Reef in Hopkins, where Sarah and Stephan had already enjoyed a few days. They met with the wedding team for the first time on their wedding day after months of planning their destination wedding in Belize! Steph, our make-up artist, flew in from Ambergris Caye, while photographer Monica Gallardo drove to Hopkins from Belmopan which is the capital of Belize. I was on route via bus from Belize City but I’ll tell you more about that in a bit!
I arrived just in time to meet Stephan at the resort bar, where the bus driver and myself toasted to a wonderful wedding day with him! I then went to check on Sarah, she was almost ready, her mom was zipping up her beautiful fanback ivory lace dress. She was about to go meet Stephan for their first look photo session.
Sarah walked down the pathway behind her beach cabana lined with lush tropical plants. Her maid of honor fans out her wedding dress and she walks under a characteristic sea grape tree that dropped its colorful leaves like confetti as though it was all part of the plan!
Stephan had his back to Sarah facing the Caribbean Sea that sparkled in the sunlight, you could tell he was taking deep breaths preparing to see his lovely bride for the first time in her wedding dress.
Sarah tapped her handsome groom on the shoulder and he turned around. His eyes lit up and he gave her a heartfelt smile. They embraced each other for a few moments, before they exchanged their wedding gifts, along with a hand written letter of the promises they are making to each other. It was such a beautiful moment that they were able to share with all their guests.
Everyone dried up their tears of joy and we all headed to our next destination via a long colourful school bus. This was one of Sarah’s most important requests. She had seen photographs of the school busses brought to Belize that are painted in vibrant colors and repurposed for everyday commutes throughout the country Belize, she fell in love with the idea of chartering one for the Wedding day! It added an extra sense of Adventure and the best part was that there was plenty of room for everybody in one trip!
At around noon we started the journey to Maya King falls which is in the Stann Creek District. It was a beautiful scenic 45 minute drive from the Resort. Everyone enjoyed nice cold drinks along the way while sightseeing. Once we arrived we walked off the bus and headed to the open air Restaurant located at the falls. I coordinated everyone in the order we were going to be at the ceremony. Then I went to meet the Mayan Shaman to let him know we were ready to start the ceremony.
The ceremony began with the ancient sounds of a conch shell blowing coming from near the waterfall and the sound of mayan drumming coming from another area. The mystic sounds filled the air, echoed through the jungle and reverberated around the sacred area where the mayan wedding ceremony ritual was about to take place. Every time the conch shell was blown Sara and Stephan took a few steps closer to the ceremony area.
The wedding guests followed a few feet behind and aligned nearby overlooking the waterfall and ceremony area that was decorated with copal smoke coming from an entrancing fire that was burning near the ceremony area. Sarah and Stephan stepped onto the ceremony rug on a platform near the highest point of the waterfall. The water trickling down the rocks splashing onto the waterpool and the backdrop of Jungle leaves and trees set the most magnificent ambience for this mystical wedding ceremony that was taking place.
You could not help but feel the energy of love shooting through your soul. The shaman prayed and introduced Sarah and Stephan to the four cardinal points. The Sacred ritual took about 30 minutes. After the ceremony the couple was presented with a Mayan wooden plaque carved by the shaman out of cedar wood. It was truly one of the most majestic ceremonies I have ever had the pleasure to attend.
After the ceremony was over and they had done some portraits with their photographer Sarah Stephan and their guests took the opportunity to jump into the refreshing healing waters of the waterfall. They were filled with love and joy and you could tell they could not be happier. Everyone quickly changed into dry clothes and hoped back on the bus and headed back to Hopkins.
Sarah and Stephan were able to enjoy the best of both worlds and also had the opportunity to have another photo session on the charming beaches of Hopkins, so many cute rustic backdrops for photo opts.
The Guest all headed to the reception dinner that we had planned for them. I had given the couple a few places to choose from for dinner and they really did their research and chose to go with Chef Robs Gourmet Cafe where they enjoyed a four course meal, with delicious options like: lobster Bisque, Curry and Coconut Soup, Catch of the day served with tomato and basil marmalade, green rice and roasted vegetables, red roasted pork tenderloin with balsamic and coconut sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and roasted vegetables. breaded chicken parmesan with vegetable ratatouille and for desert Classic Chocolate Moose and Lemon Cheese cake!
The day didn’t end there! The wedding team said their farewells and we started heading back to our destinations. The Wedding Party walked along the beach as the sunset back to Jaguar Reef where they enjoyed a nice bonfire and drinks for the rest of the evening. All in all it was truly Sara and Stephans dream wedding come true.
Note from Sarah and Stephan about Dulce Belize Weddings:
We threw Melody some curveball requests for our wedding and she never batted an eye. We wanted a waterfall wedding, with a Mayan Shaman, a very specific bus for transport, local dinner and a small beach bonfire with dessert. While we did a lot of our own research on the front end, it was crucial to have someone local, who knew the culture/vibe, had connections and was able to manage our expectations based on their personal knowledge and experience. For example, some vendors are awesome but not super responsive. Or, my wife wanted to pick local flowers for her bouquet. Melody tracked down vendors who weren’t responding to my emails, and while she supported the local flowers idea, she let us know that some local flowers will droop over in like 30 minutes of picking them and that’s not a good look for a bouquet. Little stuff like that makes a huge difference and she knows all of it.
On the day of the wedding, Melody was on super on top of everything, managing time, people and vendors promptly and elegantly. Despite never having been to the waterfall, as soon as we arrived, she jumped off the bus and got to work situating and organizing things and people and making sure our hopes and dreams for the ceremony were met. (Note, I think she usually does site visits, but the waterfall was very far from where she’s based, so we opted to not send her out there for a site visit).
We LOVED all of our vendors, all of which came from her connections. She’s worked with people, she knows who’s good for what you need. Like, my wife doesn’t wear much makeup and didn’t want an overwhelming amount of makeup for the big day-Melody knew just the makeup artist to go to for that (my wife loved what she did and she looked beautiful). Overall, I just felt at ease because I knew, no matter what was thrown her way, Melody could deal with it and make it work out. She was told the bus we wanted wasn’t available ON the day of the wedding, but she wasn’t having it and finagled something so it was a very similar or the same bus, I can’t remember. Having the peace of mind that she could work magic and could handle anything, was everything. And she gave us an incredibly reasonable price-we got more than what we paid for.
Well there you have it! This was my first experience planning a waterfall wedding and I am truly hoping to book 10 more soon! That slogan wedding wire uses “I love weddings like it’s my job” could not be any truer about me! I truly do love everything about weddings and please don’t hesitate to ask me for something out of the ordinary, I love challenges and adventures! So if you are thinking of coming to Belize to exchange your wedding vows on a Mayan ruin, Sandbar, Waterfall or wherever your heart desires I would be more than honored to help make planning your destination wedding in Belize as easy as possible!
Written by: Melody Head Coordinator at Dulce Belize Weddings.
Athens Gate is a Belize boutique beach resort only 2.5 miles south of San Pedro Town. Situated on the beautiful beachfront of Ambergris Caye, the property accommodates a total of twelve housing units. Because of its size and family atmosphere Athens Gate presents itself as a tranquil place of retreat, which promises a peaceful paradise for your island adventure.
Operating for seven years the resort is very experienced with holding weddings and other events on its property. The staff will greet you with a refreshing welcome cocktail and help you settle in. This seaside venue offers you the privilege of having a large beachfront right next to your apartment, overlooking crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Benefit from the large space Athens Gate has to offer and enjoy romantic moments during your wedding ceremony and reception dinner. All apartments are located close to each other, but still provide enough privacy for some intimate time with just you and your partner. Experience exclusive views of illuminating sunsets from your private balcony or join friends and family for cocktails and entertaining conversations at the pool.
Athens Gate is home to a total of twelve housing units and lets you choose between two-bedroom two-bathroom or three-bedroom two-bathroom suites. All condominiums come with a fully furnished kitchen, washer and dryer and a spacious living room to make you feel just like home. Daily housekeeping is included in your booking to make your life as comfortable as possible. Your home also includes living necessities such as coffee and tea to get the day off to a good start, as well as basic spices and dishwashing detergent. Basically, all that you need to start your island vacation. Even though Athens Gate does not provide a restaurant on side you won’t need to miss out on great dining experiences: Pelican Reef, Athens Gate’s sister property, provides you with a variety of breakfast and lunch options. The restaurant is just next door but for those who prefer a lazy start in the morning Athens Gate’s hospitality includes a room delivery service. Should you choose to cook yourself you will have access to a small minimart five minutes from the resort. Additionally, you will find a larger grocery store after a 10-minute drive with an golf cart. More Belizean restaurants are available in close proximity to the property.
To make your island adventure complete Athens Gate offers you a wide range of outdoor activities. As soon as you book your stay you will receive an pre-arrival letter to answer all your questions and needs. This includes for example airport transportation. Just look out for Carlos, who will hold up your sign to pick you and your family up in a family van (for five people). If desired, he will stop for you at the grocery store so that you can pick up whatever you need before arriving in your new home. The resort also allows you to book snorkelling or fishing excursions beforehand or spontaneously once you are here. You will also find kayaks and paddle boards onside whenever you feel like exploring the sea. Athens Gate welcomes couples and families. The pool is child friendly and several beach games available, so that you will never get bored! For more exciting adventures you can either take one of Athens Gate’s complimentary bikes or rent a golf cart onside. However you want to spend your time on Isla Bonita – the resorts staff will go above and beyond to fulfill all your wishes and needs to make your stay unforgettable. If you are looking for a quiet family-friendly wedding venue with great hospitality and a passionate staff Athens Gate is the right place for you. For more information visit www.athensgatebelize.com or contact Dulce Belize Weddings.
Indigo Beach Homes is a collection of 15 beachfront condominiums 4 miles north of San Pedro town. With a 20-minute car ride away from the city center it is designed to provide you with a calm and peaceful environment. Whether you choose to rent out the whole property for you and your guests or are planning a small intimate wedding with just your partner: Indigo puts a great emphasis on your privacy. Its limited number of housing units and insulated apartments assure you the privacy you want for the perfect beach wedding in Belize.
This venue features a beautiful white sand beach front with 400ft open space that leaves you with lots of room for your outdoor wedding. During the ceremony you and your guests will enjoy the stunning view of the Belize Barrier Reef – the second largest in the world. A romantic palapa at the end of Indigo’s private pier is a great spot to take your first photographs as husband and wife or to enjoy some private time with you and your partner. And if this is not enough to get you excited, just imagine dining in front of the breath-taking Caribbean sunsets Belize has to offer. Afterwards its time to celebrate and to dance under the stars with your feet in the sand! With years of experience in customer service and event planning the resort’s staff will ensure that you have an unforgettable stay. Indigo puts a great effort to create a caring environment and to satisfy all needs of its guest. Therefore, every apartment is provided with a charged mobile phone, which allows you to contact the reception at any time.
The apartments consist of three bedrooms and bathrooms and can accommodate up to 8 people per condo – the perfect size for families with children or couples. All units are equipped with a fully functioning kitchen (including a refrigerator, oven and microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine, toaster and smoothie maker – to name only a few!), a washer and dryer as well as 5 gallon of complementary purified water, provided at your arrival. One of the greatest highlights are the master bedroom and the living room. With their open space, large windows and balcony access (if you are not on ground level) the rooms offer you a stunning view of Belize Barrier Reef and the Caribbean Sea and let you bath in natural light all day long. Is there even anything better than being woken up by warm sunlight in the morning? Another special treat presents the walk-in shower of the master’s bathroom which gives you the feeling of luxury you deserve.
Like many other resorts Indigo offers you and your guest a great variety of outdoor activities. An exotic swimmers pool invites you to cool down and relax after an exciting day full of adventure. Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards can be rented from the reception to explore the beautiful reef. For more physical activities a gym is open during the day at your disposal. The resort is very child friendly and whether it is just you and your partner or the whole family there is enough to do so that you will never be bored. Although Indigo does not have a restaurant on side (a private chef is available if desired), the next supermarket is only a couple minutes away as well as several local restaurants. If you want to explore the neighbourhood or check out the diversity of San Pedro town you can easily rent a golf cart at the reception. Or if you prefer the sea way a water taxi will pick you up at Indigo’s dock.
Indigo Beach Homes is the perfect wedding venue, if you are looking for an intimate and family-oriented location with a love for cute details, that make you feel just at home. For more information visit www.indigobelize.com or contact Dulce Belize Weddings.