‘I Do’

Destination weddings are in high demand as of late, especially where islands are concerned! If you’re ready to tie the knot then you should check out the Seychelles Islands as your ideal wedding location.

These gorgeous islands have be a hot spot for romance among many celebrities who have fallen to the beauty of the white, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. As paparazzi snap their photos and magazines gossip on their vacations, Seychelles becomes more and more tantalizing to those who wish to get away with their significant other. The Seychelles Archipelago began gaining such endorsement when the newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to honeymoon here.

Where honeymoons on the various islands are popular among celebrities, so are the actual weddings; beach weddings to be exact.

Various hotels deal in special packages for those who are ready to commit, including seven nights stays for most. Depending on your budget, it is always important to check up on these things prior to booking a plane ticket.

The best time of year varies on Mother Nature. The weather in Seychelles varies due to trade winds. From the months of October to April, you can find the winds coming in from the North which allow for more gentle breezes and safer swimming in the South. The only downside is that these months are more susceptible to rain especially around November to January.

From May to September, expect a drier climate. The winds head in from the south east and normally affect the beaches on the Southern parts of Mahé, making the waters to rough to swim in. The northern coast is relatively calm during these periods. The seas also make boat trips rougher when crossing between islands so flying is more advisable to those with sea sickness during these times.

Depending on where you stay, a hotel can most definitely organize a hairdresser and florist for the wedding package. However, if you prefer to plan yourself you can find a list of Beauty and Hairdressers and Spas and Fitness.

One must always be aware of the legal requirements that are needed before getting hitched, especially in a different country. It is always important to be prepared so your wedding can go as smooth as possible. A full list of legal requirements and rules can be found here.

 

Wedding Requirements

Before tying the knot, make sure you are made aware of the legal requirements for marrying in Seychelles.

  1. Church weddings without a civil ceremony  are not recognized as being legal and the parties must therefore contract a civil wedding prior to the religious ceremony.
  2. Persons wishing to organize their own wedding must apply to the Seychelles Civil Status Office in Victoria on Mahé for a civil ceremony and the relevant church body for the religious ceremony.
  3. Civil ceremonies may be conducted around the hotel property with permission from both
    the hotel and the Civil Registrar. Weddings outside the hotel property can only be
    performed in private and authorised places. The authorisation needs to be obtained from
    the Civil Registrar.
  4. The Civil Status Office must be made aware of a wedding date at least eleven calendar
    days in advance. The eleven-day period may be exempted by applying for a Special Licence, normally issued within two days from the date of application at a charged fee.
  5. Plan your wedding at least two months in advance to allow for the processing of documentation.
  6. The couple must be present in Seychelles at least 2 days prior to the civil ceremony.
  7. Weddings can also be performed in the Civil Status Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays
    between 0900hrs and 1100hrs, in the presence of two witnesses provided by the parties
    themselves.
  8. Couples wishing to marry outside the Civil Status Office will be required to pay a fee. This
    fee applies to ceremonies held on any weekday on Mahé or one of the Inner Islands (Inner Islands include: Anonyme, Bird, Cerf, Cousine, Denis, Frégate, La Digue, Moyenne, North, Praslin, Round, Ste Anne, and Silhouette). The transportation cost for the Registrar officer must be covered by the couple to travel to these islands. Civil Status Officers can also be found on both Praslin and La Digue.
  9. Couples wishing to marry on one of the Outer Islands, including Alphonse or Desroches, will
    be required to pay a different fee plus the transportation cost to these islands for the Registrar officer.
  10. A fee is charged for ceremonies held after 1700hrs on a weekday or at any time on a Saturday and Sunday.
  11. Legally conducted marriages in Seychelles are recognized under European laws.
  12. There are no nationality requirements that need to be fulfilled.
  13. A special stamp (apostille) is required to validate the marriage certificate obtained after the
    civil ceremony for all nationalities except for British nationals. This stamp is available at the
    Registrar’s office located at the Supreme Court for a fee of SCR140.
  14. The couple must produce the following documents:
    – Birth certificate or certified copy thereof
    – If either party is divorced, the decree of divorce must be produced
    – If either of the parties is a widow or widower the death certificate of the former spouse must be produced
    – Legal proof in the case of a name having been changed
    – Copies of the first 2 pages of both parties’ valid passports
    – Document to show that there is no impediment or lawful hindrance to the intended marriage (If this cannot be obtained, an affidavit has to be signed in Seychelles after a solemn declaration has been made to that effect)
  15. All the above documents must be originals or copies duly certified before departure from
    one’s home country and must be translated into either English or French if the translation
    has not already been made.
  16. French law requires that French nationals wishing to get married abroad follow certain specific procedures. For information concerning these, contact either your local
    municipality or the Seychelles Civil Status Office or the French Embassy in Seychelles.

Seychelles Civil Status Office
PO Box 430, Victoria, Mahé
Tel: +248 4 29 36 13 / 4 29 36 04
Fax: +248 4 32 10 46
Email: info@civilstatus.gov.sc
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 0800hrs-1130hrs & 1300hrs-1500hrs
Closed on weekends and public holidays.

French Embassy of Seychelles
1st Floor, La Ciotat Building
Mont Fleuri, Mahé
Tel: +248 4 38 25 00
Fax: +248 4 38 25 10
Email: marie-may.confiance@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 0800hrs-1300hrs & 1400hrs-1700hrs