There are many beautiful places in this world to tie
the knot, and one would have to consider the Seychelles
to be among the most appealing. This island archipelago
that is found some 1,000 miles east of Mombasa,
Kenya is made up of no less than 115 islands, many
of which boast the most beautiful beaches imaginable. Here, the crystalline, turquoise waters
of the Indian Ocean are a perfect compliment to lush,
green vegetation and soft, white sand. One of the
best things about getting married in Seychelles is the
fact that the honeymoon can begin immediately after the ceremony is over.
Instead of hopping on a plane to some destination after
you wed, you'll be able to start celebrating straight
away. Also, should you invite friends and family,
you can bet that they'll also be treated to a most
unforgettable experience. There probably aren't
too many souls out there that would want to pass up the
chance to see all that the stunning Seychelles islands
have to offer.
Seychelles weddings are pretty much low-stress endeavors, as the legal process is relatively easy to manage. While you can arrange for a religious wedding in Seychelles, it generally takes a lot more work. Anglican and Catholic weddings are generally the kinds of religious weddings that the Seychelles Civil Authorities allow, though you'll first have to petition either the Anglican or Catholic churches in the capital city of Victoria. Also, when it comes to religious Seychelles weddings, it is required that you submit the necessary paperwork at least 3 months in advance. You'll also have to have a civil wedding first, either back home or in the Seychelles. Civil ceremonies are a bit more common as they are generally more easy to plan. After arriving to the Seychelles, you can apply for your Special License and usually have the ceremony within just three days. Thankfully, there are plenty of fun things to do in the Seychelles while you wait for your license to process. In fact, many people planning a Seychelles wedding choose a wedding vacation package that includes fun side adventures, like hiking, scuba diving, and so on. Some of these packages might even include some activities for guests as well, so you can worry less about keeping them happy and focus more on spending quality time with your spouse or spouse to be.
If you do not choose a Seychelles wedding package, then you might consider hiring a local wedding planner, of which there are a sufficient number, or you could go about carrying out the wedding on your own. Most of the nicer Seychelles hotels and resorts offer wedding packages, as well as honeymoon packages, and these packages really take a lot of the stress out of things. Not only will the hotel or resort take care of all the legal ramifications for you, but they'll also include handling costs in the one-time fee. Also provided in these sorts of packages are fees for decorations and things the like. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can either choose a basic package, or opt to add extras like hors d'oeuvres, flowers, video photography, etc. Generally, cake and champagne is provided even with basic packages. Of course, before you think about all the trimmings, you'll first have to decide where to have your wedding in Seychelles.
For those interested in getting married in Seychelles, your ceremony can take place on a stunning beach, or perhaps an old colonial house will do. The choice is basically up to you if you are planning the wedding either by yourself or with the help of a wedding planner. Plenty of Seychelles hotels and resorts are set on picturesque grounds, and many times you'll be able to choose from a few different wedding locations. Lush gardens do well to compliment any wedding ceremony, and of course, who could find too much fault with getting wed on a resort's private beach? Most people who plan a wedding in Seychelles stick to one of the main islands, such as Mahe, La Digue, and Praslin, or they choose to head to one of the smaller islands relatively close by. On the island of Mahe, the Banyan Tree Resort is just one of the luxury Seychelles resorts where you can enjoy a fantastic wedding experience. The grounds are simply divine, as are the views of the Indian Ocean, and the Banyan staff can help you arrange either a garden gazebo wedding or one on their private beach. The Sainte Anne Resort & Spa on lovely Sainte Anne Island is just another one of the ideal resorts for getting married in Seychelles. Not only can they help you with all the necessary arrangements, but they also offer some pretty amazing villas, where couples can enjoy optimum comfort and privacy.
Getting married in Seychelles can often be more affordable than doing so at home, not to mention less stressful. Even though the Seychelles are a relatively expensive travel destination, you won't have to worry about a large reception bill, unless you decide to go really big. Many Seychelles wedding packages include all inclusive stays at a Seychelles hotel or resort, which helps to save money, and if you really want to knock the price down, you can always plan your wedding in Seychelles for the off season. The scuba diving here is great year round, and all things considered, there really isn't a bad time to visit the Seychelles. Peak season or not, you'll still enjoy a magical and memorable Seychelles wedding.