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How to Marry in Belize

Belize is such an unusual wedding destination that you might not have even thought you could marry here if you were just visiting, but you can! It does take up to a week to obtain your marriage licence, but it's worth it for such a fabulously unusual setting. Be the envy of your friends!
Below are the legalities for marrying in Belize, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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Belize Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Belize?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses are required.


How long do I have to be resident in Belize before I can get married?
You will need to be in Belize for 3 days before applying for a marriage licence and then approval can take up to a week.
Or you can apply for a Special licence, which doesn't require the 3 day residency and takes 2 working days to process


Getting a marriage licence
You must take the papers mentioned below to the General Registry in Belize City or to the Attorney General Office in Belmopan and fill in forms witnessed by a Justice of the Peace.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Passports and birth certificates.
Photocopy of passports showing date of entry into Belize and your photo.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.
You will need certified copies of all the documents above.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.


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Belize Marriage Registrar's Office

General Registry
Belize City
Tel: + 501 (0) 277 377

Solicitor General's office
Tel: + 501 (0) 822 154


Our Belize Wedding Providers

Chabil Mar

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Location: Placencia, Belize
Business Type: Resort
Contact: Althea Schable

Mayan for "beautiful sea,"Chabil Mar is a haven. Nestled at the tip of a 16-mile peninsula in southern Belize, Chabil Mar is a boutique luxury resort in a little slice of heaven known as Placencia. Pristine, unspoiled and perfectly situated on one of the most beautiful sand beaches in Belize, Chabil Mar offers luxury accommodations in a laidback landscape. Sophistication and Service! For romance, relaxation and adventure, choose Chabil Mar. From intimate ceremonies on our private palapa on the Caribbean to making the entire resort yours for a week - the options are endless. Beauty by Belize - Luxury by Design.

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