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New Belize Bride w/ name change problem

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Hello! My name is Tesha and my husband and I wed on the beach in Belize on May 30. It was beautiful - and we have the pictures to prove it.

We went down with a pastor lined up (Rev. David Simpson who does hundreds of weddings a year) and a photograher (Kay Scott Kay Scott: Wedding Photography on Ambergris Caye in Belize). So we started looking for a place to say our vows about 1 week before the scheduled date. We began having breakfast at a beach restaurant called Estels, with a friendly waiter named Robert. When we asked his advice about having our wedding at another restaurant, he told us we could always do it there at Estel's. We looked at each other and knew we'd find our place. The turquoise-colored building let in the sea breezes and was within feet of the water. It turned out to be one of our best decisions. The day of the wedding, the guys (we had 13 with us) went fishing and caught a great selection of fish. Estel's grilled them for a mere $8 a plate. They also swept the beach and had it looking wonderful when I walked up. Estel's staff was so attentive - the best service we saw on the island. And they make a perfect sangria and 5-gallon bucket of rum punch!


Reb. David Simpson led us through a 15-minute ceremony - to which my childhood best friend added a poem. My husband and I made it meaningful by reading to each other a list we'd prepared previously on the topic: I Love You Because...


Then after the wedding ceremony WE GOT WET! Oh, we had fun. To be inspired to Trash Your Dress go to trashthedress.com


Back home, I've run into a problem I wonder if anyone else has encountered. I went to my county (Isanti County, MN) registrars office to register my wedding certificate. They took a copy and charged me $40 to file it. HOWEVER, because the paperwork doesn't include a change of name line, they say I need to go through the court system and pay $250 for an official name change.


Has anyone else dealt with this issue? How did you fix it?



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congrats on your wedding! we will be honeymooning in san pedro in a few weeks.. it sounds like estel's is a place we can't miss elefant.gif

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Can you just take your marriage license to the Social Security office and change your name there for free? That's what I did....



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