We have waited for this wedding for along time. We are very excited to be with you on your special day. With all our love.
Mom & Dad
So excited for you guys! We love you & can't wait to see you both get hitched.
You guys rule!
This is so badass, i love it. It's a really cool way to share and inform. We can't wait!
Count me in!
How wonderful to learn about your relationship and your travels. Hugs, Kathie
Thank you for the lovely letter and for thinking of me when it comes to your special day! So excited for you two!
We can hardly wait and I'm already excited about planning this adventure!!
Belize is an incredibly easy place to travel, and won’t pose such a culture shock you might experience in other countries. It is a small country located on the Caribbean Sea just south of Cancun, Mexico. At only 80 miles wide, and 160 miles long, everything is close in Belize. Since the coastline is protected by the coral reef, the waters are very calm and ideal for snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and other water activities. Several islands (as they refer to as cayes) dot the coast, with green lush tropical jungle landscape on the mainland. The jungles are home to several national parks, Mayan ruins, rivers and caves for exploring. The result is a perfect blend for capturing Central American jungle exploration and slow Caribbean beach relaxation in a small amount of time.
What’s Belize like?
It’s sunny. It’s beachy. It’s rustic. It’s got a Caribbean vibe. Bob Marley plays everywhere. Lobster and fresh seafood is eaten daily. Nearly all accommodations are on the ocean. Dine in the water. What else do you need?
What languages do they speak?
One of the biggest reasons we selected Belize for our wedding destination, is that it is a former British colony. Though accents are prevalent, nearly all people speak English making it incredibly easy to communicate. In addition to English, there are three Mayan languages, Garifuna (roots in African and Caribbean languages), and Creole/Kriol spoken around Belize.
What’s the plan?
5/15: We sent out our Save the Dates, and as we hear back from guests, here we'll post a rough itinerary to give you an idea of how things will go. As we get closer to the dates, we'll likley plan specific scheduled activies of what we are doing. We will keep scheduled Activities updated in the Event section on the wedding website so guests will be able to RSVP as little or as much as they like. At this time, we are expecting to spend 10-12 days in Belize with the wedding in the middle, and a little over a week exploring around Tulum, Mexico. The trip to Tulum, requires a 90 minute water taxi ride to Chetumal Mexico ($60), and a few hour bus ride from there (likely $5-$15). From Tulum, we will travel to Cancun airport for our flight back to the states.
Where are we able to stay?
We are working out the fine details of the wedding location and will be based on the level of responses from our attendees. However, the ceremony and reception dinner party will occur at our accommodation location. More than likely, this accommodation, whether it be a private residence or hotel, our guests are welcome to stay with us and will likely be provided with discounts. Ideally, we would like everyone to be all together. However, we understand finances and family size may come into play. We would suggest budgeting $75-$175/nt depending on your traveling styles. There are however, cheaper or more expensive options! Here are a few options we can suggest to get you started, in case our wedding locale is full, or if you would prefer to stay elsewhere. Don’t worry--we won’t be offended, being too close to the wedding festivities may not be desired by all.
•A (coming soon)
•B (coming soon)
•C (coming soon)
What are our eating options?
Unfortunately, San Pedro is a bit expensive for Central American standards. However, due to the power of the US dollar, eating out in restaurants is likely to be comparable to home. Dinner prices will be around $10 at a mid-range sit-down restaurant. The big difference is that you’ll likely be getting a plateful of fresh caught seafood that would usually cost 3x as much in the states. Depending on the accommodations you choose, many places have kitchenettes available in the rooms. This allows you to cook your own food from markets or fresh seafood from the sea. Lastly, we’ll supply food and limited beverages the day of the wedding.
What are the optional activities, or how will we be spending our time?
Our guests are not expected to participate in the Optional Activities that we will have scheduled throughout the week, and we are happy to assist you in planning other activities. All guests are able to eat what they want, stay where they want, and participate as little or as much as they would like. Even if we just see you the day of our wedding, it’s just fine with us. It’s all about providing a great travel experience for our loved ones! Here’s a sample of the activities that we will be doing, or are available for guests who would like to do separately (please note these are just rough costs, and we will update them as we research current prices):
•Sunbathing, swimming, hammock lounging, sand castle building, etc. – FREE!
oHol Chan Marine Reserve
oShark Ray Alley
oSnorkeling, glass bottom boats, sailing, etc. - $50-$75 per person
•Water Sports: Kayaking, parasailing, kitesurfing/windsurfing - $10/hr, $75pp, $20/hr
•Biking, hiking, birding - $10/day, free
•World-class fishing (barracuda, snapper, jacks and grouper)
oReef fishing for 4 people (half/full day) - $250/$350
oDeep-Sea for 4 people (half/full day) - $450/$700
oBlue Hole, Turneffe Elbow - $200 for 3 dives
o1-Day/4-Day scuba lessons - $150/$350
o1/2 tank local dives - $50-$75
•Caye Caulker (small quaint island community a short water taxi away where we spent 1 week in 2010) - $10-15 RT water taxi fee
•Mainland Mayan ruins
oAltun Ha (closest from Belize City) - $75pp
oLamanai (River and cave-tubing available here)
oActun Tunichil Muknal (this Mayan ruin “ATM” cave tour is highly recommended, though requires a few hour bus ride to San Ignacio in western Belize)
oTikal (this is in Guatemala, but not far and worth the trip. Can be combined with San Ignacio/ATM tour)
•Wildlife: Belize Zoo, Half Moon Caye Bird Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
•Mainland Activites: River-tubing down Mopan River from San Jose Succotz ($10pp + transportation), Cave-tubing at Cave’s Branch, Zip lining
What about my kids?
Belize is a great place for kids. There’s lots of wild and marine life, water activities, historic sites, and even a KCV Playland with games, go-carts, trampolines, etc. It’s a great way to have a wonderful vacation for the family, at a fraction of the cost of Hawaii, Mexico, or other places in the Caribbean. Most accommodations are beachside, and offer lots of non-stop entertainment for little ones. We expect to have a few little ones, and the more the merrier! Most hotels will offer an additional twin bed to any room to accommodate children. Ask us for more activities and options for children.
What are my Post-Wedding Week travel options?
Here are a few options:
•Travel with us to Mexico to see Mayan ruins and more beach time. It is a 90-minute water taxi and few hour bus ride from San Pedro for roughly $70 per person. We plan to head to Tulum via Chetumal, Mexico. In Tulum, we will rest at the beach, sightsee at the Mayan ruins set along the coast, and visit Chichen Itza, another Mayan ruin site. Once the trip is complete, we will fly home out of Cancun, Mexico, a close drive away.
•Head to San Ignacio (westward), Belize. It is a 3 hour bus ride from Belize City for roughly $15 per person. There, you can experience the jungle, cave tours, river tubing, and Mayan ruins. View details in the above optional activities, visit our photos on Facebook and you will see our ATM cave tour.
•Just across the border in Guatemala, is a famous Mayan ruin site. Tikal, is an ancient metropolis city. It is a spectacular site, and you will need at least a full day to explore its beauty. This can be combined with the above tours in San Ignacio. Visit our photos, and you will see some of the great structures and experiences we had.
•Hang out! There’s other islands to explore, especially Caye Caulker. It’s a very small 1-mile long island, with almost zero cars (everyone uses bicycles or golf carts) so it’s possible after the Wedding Week you could be in for some pure relaxation at budget prices. Also, within a few hours of Belize City on the mainland, there are several beach towns.
So, how much is this going to cost?
That question all depends on you and your choices. Everyone travels differently, and have different expectations for their vacation. We travel lightly, independently, and choose wisely in accommodations and food choices. As a result, when we traveled to Belize we spent roughly $75/day after our plane ticket. We anticipate an airline ticket to be $500-$600 from Seattle. In February 2016, tickets to Belize City for one week in August was $525 per person. We’ve listed some rough prices in the accommodations and optional activities section above, so you can tailor your trip to meet your budget. Please take into consideration airport costs, transportation, food/drinks and souvenirs. Contact us for tips on your individual situation. We’re happy to help!
Also, while researching your trip, note that Belize refers to their currency as dollars as well which may cause confusion. They are Belizean dollars, and the currency exchange rate is 2:1 (meaning, if its $10BZD, it’s only $5USD) and has been stable against the US dollar for decades. Here’s a sample of what items will cost:
•Accommodations (budget: $50 and under, mid-range: $75-125, high-range: $150 and up)
•Meals (budget: $2-5, mid-range: $7-18, high-range: $15-25)
•Belkin Beer: $1-$3
• Golf Cart Rental: $300-$400 per week (there are an abundance of golf cart rentals, and is how most people get around!)
• Adventure and Caving Activities: $35-100
I’m not sure if I can go, and won’t know for a while. What do I do?
No problem. Just keep us updated on your plans, and we are happy to do what we can to keep you updated and included on any plans. We understand that this is not something everyone can drop everything and go do.
This trip just isn’t feasible for me, will you be offended?
Absolutely not. We realize that our wedding ceremony will be small since it is a destination wedding. For a variety of reasons, we understand that people have lives and other obligations. We would love for everyone to join us, but that just isn’t possible. We hope you will join us at the Post-Wedding Reception in Seattle on September 9, 2017. If we don’t hear from you at all…well, we might then be offended!
I still have more questions!!! What do I do?
•Our biggest tip would be to buy a copy of the most recent Lonely Planet guide for Belize. We buy one of these for every trip we make, and is a key tool to help you learn about what to do, where to eat and sleep, where you are going, how you are going to get there, and for how much. It gives you all the information on history, culture, health, money and costs, and very detailed summaries of cities and towns. There’s maps that will show you specific hotels and restaurants, their costs, and a minor review.
•Pick up the phone. We’d like to call ourselves travel planning gurus, and are more than happy to sit down and help you with your individual plan. We can assist with budget, travel plans, booking, etc. Just ask what you need, and we can help you with it.
Will we be safe?
While any country poses some form of danger if you aren’t aware of yourself (been to NYC or LA lately?) or your belongings. Watch your stuff, don’t wear flashy jewelry, keep electronics packed away, and you’ll be fine. We spent two weeks traveling around Belize, and never had a problem. We will admit, arriving in Belize City is a bit shocking due to the poor conditions and large population, but once you get to the islands you will be rest assured of everything.
Once we return from our wedding getaway, we will hold a casual local wedding reception for those who are unable to attend the ceremony in Belize. Formal invitations to follow.
We will have a week full of scheduled things to do. Join in as much or little as you want. Use our wedding as an excuse to go on vacation!
Please RSVP at your earliest convenience so we may plan accordingly.
To finish off our wedding getaway, we plan to leave back to the US via Cancun, Mexico. Ambergris Caye is not too far, so this will provide interested parties to join us as we see infamous Chetumal, Chichen Itza, and Tulum. Get a taste of how Kevin and I spend our vacations abroad!!! We'll of course, provide any assistance to help you decide if this is something you would like to do.
Goal of Departure to SEA: August 24th
Photos and details Coming Soon!
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April 22, 2016
Santa Barbara, CA - Douglas Family Preserve
Holly and Kevin went on vacation for a week to visit with family and friends in California. After spending a few days in Santa Monica area visiting with Kevin's brother Trevor, Holly and Kevin needed to head to Santa Barbara, to attend Christina and Eric's baby shower. Trevor rented a convertible, so the 3 of them could enjoy a beautiful drive up the coast. Unbeknownst to Holly, but Kevin had planned a special evening upon arriving at Christina and Eric's in Santa Barbara. After the initial excitment of seeing friends after a long period was over, the crew set a plan to grab some beers and watch the sunset. After arriving at the Douglas Family Preserve they all found a perfect place on a bluff looking over the ocean. It was breathtaking! Just as the sun was setting, Kevin asked Holly if she would like some Champagne. Holly loves Champagne and would never say no!! Holly grabbed the bottle from the cooler, and was emphatically surprised to see a proposal etched on the bottle. Immediately, she realized the whole evening was pre-planned by Kevin, and coordinated with Trevor, Christina, and Eric.
We hope you enjoy the photos that Trevor took of the special moments that followed.
Kevin and Holly met the summer of 2005. They had several mutual friends, and it was just a matter of time before the sparks began. Holly was roomates with Brooke Van Sickle at the time, who invited friends over for the evening. Kevin was one of those lucky people, who stole Holly's heart at first sight. From then on, it was Kevin and Holly and the story begins.
They both share the same hobbies including snowboarding, traveling, camping, hiking, VW cars, researching their next international trip, and hitting the local happy hour spots with close friends. If their not participating in any of these, you could probably find them working on their endless project of a house (where Kevin does the work, and Holly tries to find ways to get out of it!). Most of all, they enjoy spending time with their dogs, Tica and Mango. With no children of their own, these are their furbabies!
Both Holly and Kevin are finishing up their respective career endeavors. Holly recently graduated from the UW with a degree in Accounting and Finance, and is pursuing her CPA designation. Kevin is nearly complete with his apprenticeship at the Local 86 Iron Workers Union. They are both very excited to turn these pages of their lives, and look forward to moving on to the next chapter!
They are very excited to be making this next step, and sharing it with all of their loves ones.
We'd love to receive any photos that you have of us over the years. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing some great memories!!
Hi everyone! We are getting closer on finalizing our destination details. However, it will be helpful to have everyone RSVP (yes, no, or maybe) to help us get an idea of how many people can or can't go. You can always log in and change your selection as your plan changes. Please fill in your complete info (e-maill, address, etc.) so we can communicate better with you!
Thanks so much, can't wait for all of our plans to come together.
Please keep an eye out for your Save the Dates to our Wedding Ceremony in Belize. Please assist us in our planning by responding with your tenative interests in joining us (RSVP Section). This will help us formulate a rough budget, plan a location, etc. You can always change your mind, but keeping us updated on your plans is very helpful!!!
Kevin made a suprise proposal at sunset on a bluff with close friends Eric and Christina and brother Trevor during vacation to Santa Barbara, CA. Of course Holly accepted!
We’re pleased to announce, after over 10 blissful years we are finally getting married! We are happy to turn the page and enter into the next chapter of spending the rest of our lives together on August 9, 2017. You likely know us well enough to know our favorite pastime is to travel abroad. Within the first 6 months of dating, we traveled to Canada twice and made multiple weekend getaways. Since we met the summer of 2005, we have traveled through Hawaii, Thailand, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Holland, Germany, France, Spain, Peru, and Nicaragua, with a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia planned late 2016. Over the course of our relationship, we have always wanted to marry abroad. Seeing the world is a special endeavor that we share together, and have always wanted to share our experiences with those we love.
We could never rate our favorite place, as each destination has had special independent qualities and experiences. We have decided to join our lives in matrimony in Belize. Belize is a small country on the Caribbean Sea, located just south of Cancun, Mexico. It boasts jungles, Mayan Ruins, and a beautiful coastline protected by the second largest barrier reef in the world. The result of these qualities in such a small geographical area, provide many family friendly qualities and a perfect blend of Central American jungle exploration and slow Caribbean beach relaxation. We plan to exchange our vows in a simple, relaxed ceremony on the beach followed by an evening of food, fun and laughter with family and close friends.
We wish we could invite everyone to our wedding in Belize, but due to a variety of circumstances we unfortunately we are unable to do so. Therefore we will be holding a local Post-Wedding Reception somewhere around Seattle, WA on September 9, 2017. For our friends and loved ones we were unable to invite to our Ceremony in Belize, may join us at this time to celebrate and view a screening of the wedding events. We will be sending formal invitations to the Reception once we get closer to the date.
We are excited to finally be married, and look forward to our triage of celebrations with all of the loved ones we have built our lives around. Please join us in celebrating our life of happiness!
With love and appreciation,
Kevin and Holly
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