Thinking of Planning Your Own Wedding in Seychelles?
If you are dreaming of marriage ceremony in paradise and are thinking of planning your own wedding in Seychelles, but don't really know where to begin, then you have come to the right place. Planning your own wedding in Seychelles can be as easy and affordable as you would like it to be, you just need to cover all your bases and put in a bit of work and you can do it.
To help you, we have put together this guide to planning your own wedding in Seychelles, to help you begin.
A Guide to Planning Your Own Wedding in Seychelles
Planning your own wedding in Seychelles may require a bit of work, but it certainly is doable, provided you know where to start and cover all your bases. Planning your own wedding in Seychelles is especially appealing if you have budget constraints and need to cut out the middle man and take control of your spending.
Planning your own wedding in Seychelles may seem like an impossible task, but it can be done. Below find the steps you'll need to consider.
This is the most important thing and needs to be done right, and well in advance, so start with this. However, it is quite easy to get all your documents in order and arrange your own civil service. You can read our post "Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Seychelles" for a step-by-step guide on what's required. This is the first, and most important step in planning your own wedding in Seychelles!
For a do-it-yourself wedding in Seychelles your only options really are the main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, as well as the smaller Cerf Island.
This is because Seychelles has a 'One Island, One Resort" policy and the majority of the other islands will require you to stay at the main resort and use their in-house wedding planning services. Mahé would be the easiest island to arrange everything on, with Praslin being not too far behind in ease of getting things together. La Digue is also doable as it is close to Praslin and you could find much of what you need from there (ie: the marriage officer could come from there). Likewise, Cerf is a short boat ride from Mahé.
So when planning your own wedding in Seychelles consider which island would be easiest, and whether or not having it off the main island of Mahé is worth the extra effort and planning required.
If you plan to get married in a public place you will need to get permission from the Seychelles Civil Status Office (See the blog post mentioned above for more info and their contact details).
However any private property can be used, and many hotels, resorts, guest-houses and restaurants etc would let you use their property even if you are not staying there (for a fee). Those on the beachfront would allow you to use get married on the beach adjacent to their property in that case.
Besides the beach and at a hotel or restaurant, other venue ideas include in the forest, a mountain backdrop, the botanical gardens (Mahé), the Vallee de Mai (Praslin), one of the many historical sites and buildings, or onboard a yacht.
If you are planning your own wedding in Seychelles and would like it to include a religious ceremony (church, mosque or hindu temple), then you will need to contact the relevant authorities, but note that religious ceremonies are not binding, so you would still need to organise a civil ceremony with the Seychelles Civil Status Office.
Now that you know when and where your wedding in Seychelles is going to take place, you can plan and book your accommodation and transport for the big day.
Even though Mahé and Praslin are quite small, it is best to book accommodation close to your wedding venue, as the roads are mountainous and quite windy, which means it can take some time to get from one side to the other. So bear this in mind. On La Digue and Cerf this wont be an issue as they are small islands and everything is relatively close together.
There are plenty of accommodation options available with a range to suit various budgets, so have look a around. A good place to start would be www.affordable-seychelles.com.
Now that you know where your wedding venue is, and where you and your guests will be staying, you can arrange transport for your big day. Travel companies (with bigger vehicles) and taxi's would be the obvious choice, but if you are having a large group and want to cut costs, you could even charter a public bus from the Seychelles Public Transport Company (SPTC).
Now that you have all the main things sorted out, you can start thinking about all the small stuff, such as:
- Catering - use Google and contact some of the catering companies and restaurants and shop around for a good price and a menu that interests you.
- Drinks & Alcohol - most shops dotted everywhere on the main islands of Mahé and Praslin sell a range of alcohol and soft drinks so you could buy these on the days leading up to the event. However remememeber there is a curfew on selling alcohol during the week ( not before 11am and not after 9pm Monday - Thursday, Friday sales sart at 11am, Sunday sales stop at 9pm).
- Flowers - try Dorothy's Florist on Mahé
- Hair & Make-Up - there a numerous individuals that offer this service, Google and search Facebook and find someone that not only has good reviews / photos of their work, but also is relatively close to your venue (at least on the same island).
- Photographer - a quick Google will reveal there a plenty of photographers in Seychelles, so you should have a choice to suit your budget. Make sure they have good reviews, and most importantly, that you like the work they have done before - make sure it is a good standard, and that you like their style. Of course, please look around our site and if you like our work, we would be honored to share your special day with you!