Because of their picturesque natural beauty, the islands of the Seychelles make an amazing wedding location. While their remote location may necessitate an elopement except in families in which money is no object, what could be more romantic than a getaway among vistas so gorgeous that they have been compared to the Garden of Eden? The beauty of nature is so abundant in the Seychelles that it will seem as though the birds and flowers are all decked out just to celebrate your special day.
While the Seychelles are focused primarily on these natural resources, tourism is an important industry, so there are hotels that can serve as home base for a wedding couple for a combination wedding and honeymoon. You can stay in a resort or in a cozy cottage, whichever fits your personality and vision best.
Specific resorts that specialize in weddings are plenteous. On Praslin Island, there is La Reserve, which has a deal that lets the bride stay for free; Constance Lemuria Resort and Raffles Praslin Seychelles, which offer a free ceremony for those who stay seven days; and Paradise Sun, which features a free wedding package with a six-day stay. La Domaine De L'Orangeraie on La Digue Island includes a free spa treatment for wedding couples, while Hilton Seychelles Northolme on Mahe Island offers a free bottle of champagne and use of the wedding facilities. Many resorts also include extras like candlelight dinners and wedding bouquets to sweeten the deal.
A popular option for the ceremony is to have a wedding right on the beach, where you can slip your toes through the soft sand and say "I do" against the backdrop of crashing waves and golden sunsets. You might prefer, however, to have it further inland, perhaps on a high point of the island where it is possible to overlook everything in the surrounding areas. As you look forward to your lives together, this sort of forward vision could be powerfully symbolic.
With so much wildlife to admire in the Seychelles, it's easy to be reminded of the glories that await a couple truly in love. Reminders of the joy of life exist as far as the eye can see, from the graceful seabirds to the lovenuts that serve as a risque reminder of the bond a man and woman will share on their honeymoon. You may choose to wed each other totally away from any buildings or say your vows in a quaint chapel. The wedding planning industry is bustling there, so whatever you wishes are, you will be accommodated.
Getting married in the Seychelles is very romantic, but there are also legal considerations that must be taken into account ahead of time. Even if they intend to have a church ceremony, they must also get married in a civil ceremony for it to be considered valid, and to do this, they need to go through the Civil Status Office on the island of Mahe, furnishing them with birth certificates, passports and other relevant documents, including divorce papers if one party is divorced or death certificates if one is widowed.
The actual wedding can be performed elsewhere for an additional fee, with ceremonies on outer islands the most expensive. In order to provide enough time for needed documentation, couples should start making their preparations at least two months ahead of time, and they need to be in the Seychelles at least two days before the wedding is to take place. Moreover, while exemptions can be made, couples must generally inform the Civil Status Office of the date of their wedding at least 11 days before it happens.
While the easiest route is to simply elope, Seychelles can be a very attractive destination wedding as long as you plan well in advance and have the funds to cover the expenses. This is something you will need to discuss with each other and with your family. Whether it's just a romantic excursion for two or a chance for a whole family to reconnect, a wedding in the Seychelles is bound to be a memorable experience in one of the most gorgeous locations in the world.