Coco Plum weddings are ideal for couples seeking informal, hassle-free, private ceremonies performed on a beautiful, romantic private Caribbean island. To briefly describe the marriage process, once you are in Belize for a period of 72 hours, a Coco Plum staff member will drive you to Belmopan where we will pay for your license application at the Treasury Department. From there you will walk to the nearby Solicitor’s General office where you will officially file your application. Both parties must be present. We usually combine this trip to Belmopan with an inland tour, say to the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich, and other guests will be traveling with you. The process is easy and usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour. As mentioned earlier, we will assist you by filling out the application ahead of time and by escorting you to Belmopan and to the necessary government departments there.
We ask that while you are enjoying your honeymoon at Coco Plum you think about where you would like the ceremony to be performed. Popular settings include under the wedding arch on the east side of the island, on the dock over the sea facing Man-O-War Caye, in front of the circular flower bed, or on the beach facing the west. One female and one male witness are needed for the ceremony and we ask that as you get to know the staff you decide who you like to ask to serve as witnesses to the marriage.
On the day of your wedding the manager and staff will assist you by setting up the location. The J.P. or minister and the photographer will arrive along with the wedding cake and your bouquet and boutonniere about one hour prior to the ceremony. While the bride is preparing for the ceremony, the groom usually meets briefly with the photographer and J.P. to discuss any particulars of the ceremony. Next, the photographer goes to the couple’s cabana and begins filming the bride. He continues filming as the bride and groom walk down the “aisle” and throughout the treasured ceremony. The ceremony is intimate, informal, brief (15-30 minutes) and sacred.
Following the ceremony the J.P. or minister who performed the ceremony will file the marriage register with the Registrar General’s office in Belize City. Three to four weeks following the ceremony someone from Coco Plum will travel to Belize City to pick-up the completed official marriage register which will be mailed to you.