I already shared my layover guide to Seychelles and mentioned that this is an exciting beach destination to travel and visit. The reason why I said this is because my husband and I got married in Seychelles (from Dubai) and it was one of the best decisions we ever made! Not only is Seychelles incredibly beautiful and romantic, but it is also a very easy place to get married.
We were able to do everything ourselves, without having to go through any hassle or red tape. It was very convenient because easily took a wedding package from one of the wedding organizers on the island. All we had to submit were our requirement documents (photocopy of passport and birth certificate and the organizers just arranged everything for us.
There are many cabin crew, pilots, and even non-crew who choose Seychelles as a wedding destination. If you are thinking about getting married in this beach destination, here is everything you need to know!
The requirements for getting married in Seychelles are very simple. All you need is a photocopy of your passport and photocopy of birth certificate (translated to English)
- Scanned Copy of Passport of the Couple
- Scanned Copy of the Birth Certificate (must be in English)
The documents do not have to be stamped. The organizers only need scanned copies for all procedures.
Note: If you have been married before, you will need to provide proof of divorce or death certificate of your previous spouse.
Seychelles Marriage License
Once you get married, allow a couple of days for the organizers to submit the documents to the Seychelles government. The organizers will take care of the rest for you.
The wedding certificate that the organizers will send you (after your get married) will be valid already for legal use.
Note: In certain countries, if you get married, you will need to report the marriage to your home country. Please check with the procedure with your own government. But if you need to process a Report of Marriage and inform your home country that you got married, you can ask the wedding organizers if they offer that particular service. In our case, they were able to process it for a minimal fee. It was such a convenient method!
3 Days is the Number of Days to Stay in Seychelles to Get Married
You only need 3 days in Seychelles to get married. This includes the day you arrive, the day of the ceremony, and the day you leave. This was perfect for us because we didn’t have to go there and check the location, hotel, etc.
It felt like a weekend beach holiday already. In fact our own personal vacation leave trips were even longer compared to this wedding trip!
15 Best Reasons to Get Married in Seychelles
There are many reasons to get married in Seychelles for cabin crew and expats. Some of the top reasons include:
1. Quick Document Processing of Wedding/Marriage Certificates
The whole process of getting married in Seychelles is very quick and easy. We were able to get our marriage certificate within a few days. This was very convenient for us since we didn’t have to go through any lengthy or complicated process.
2. No Residency Requirement
There is no residency requirement to get married in Seychelles. This was one of the main reasons why we decided to get married in this country. We could simply fly there, get married, and fly back without any hassle.
3. No-Hassle Wedding Organizers
As I mentioned earlier, we were able to take a wedding package from one of the organizers on the island. This made our lives much easier since everything was taken care of for us. We didn’t have to worry about anything and could simply enjoy our wedding day.
4. Beautiful and Romantic Setting
Seychelles is an incredibly beautiful country. It has stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and lush vegetation. It is the perfect setting for a romantic and dreamy wedding. There are many stunning locations on the islands that would make for unforgettable memories and photos. The stunning scenery and natural beauty of the islands make for an unforgettable backdrop for your wedding day.
5. Affordable Wedding Packages and Beach Destination
Wedding packages in Seychelles are very affordable, especially when compared to other locations. This was another one of the reasons why we decided to get married here. We only paid around 800 USD for the Beach Wedding package where it included the documents, beach set-up, and wine and cake. You can also find good deals on accommodation, food, and activities.
6. Very Minimal document requirements from the wedding couple.
If you plan to have a civil wedding with another expat nationality, it can be done rather quickly without all the hassle and red tape. All you need is to submit your requirements documents (i.e. photocopy of your passport) to the wedding organizers and they will arrange everything for you.
7. Marriage is accepted worldwide.
This one is very important for us since we wanted to make sure that our marriage is valid. We submitted our documents to our nearest country embassy to have it validated and the process was done. For those who are from different countries, your marriage would be recognized in both of your home countries.
8. You can combine the wedding with a honeymoon.
Seychelles is the perfect place to combine your wedding with a honeymoon. There are plenty of romantic activities and stunning beaches where you can enjoy your time together as newlyweds.
9. Seychelles is a very safe country.
This was one of our main concerns when choosing a location for our wedding. We didn’t want to go somewhere that was unsafe or unstable. Seychelles is a very safe country with a low crime rate. This was one of the reasons why we decided to get married here.
10. Many direct flights from Dubai to Seychelles
There are many direct flights from Dubai to Seychelles, which made it very convenient for us. We were able to fly there and back without any hassle. Seychelles is a convenient location for many cabin crew and expats based in the region, making it easy to get to and from your big day.
11. Wide Range of Accommodations to Suit All Budgets
There is a wide range of accommodation options available in Seychelles to suit all budgets. You can find luxurious resorts, mid-range hotels, and budget-friendly guesthouses. This was one of the reasons why we decided to get married here. We were able to find an affordable place to stay that was still comfortable and convenient.
12. English is Widely Spoken in Seychelles
Since English is one of the official languages in Seychelles, it was very easy for us to communicate with the locals. This made our lives much easier and we didn’t have any trouble getting around or finding things we needed.
13. The Weather is Perfect for a Beach Wedding
The weather in Seychelles is perfect for a beach wedding. It is warm and sunny all year round, making it the perfect place to tie the knot. The average temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius, which is perfect for a beach wedding.
14. There are many things to do in Seychelles
There are many things to do in Seychelles, whether you want to relax on the beach or go hiking in the mountains. There is something for everyone. This was one of the reasons why we decided to get married here. We knew that we would never get bored and would always have something to do.
15. Seychelles is a very popular destination for weddings
Seychelles is a very popular and common destination for weddings. This was one of the reasons why we decided to get married here. We knew that we would be able to find everything we needed and that the planning would be very easy.
5 Best Places in Seychelles to Get Married
If you are considering getting married in Seychelles, here are some of the best places to tie the knot:
1. Mahe Island
Mahe is the largest and most popular island in Seychelles, offering a wide range of accommodation and activities for couples tying the knot. The island is home to some of the best beaches in Seychelles, as well as a number of luxury resorts, making it the perfect place to honeymoon or celebrate your wedding anniversary. This is where we had our marriage since this is also the location of our hotel resort
2. Praslin Island
Praslin is another popular choice for couples getting married in Seychelles, thanks to its stunning beaches and lush vegetation. The island is also home to a number of luxury resorts, making it an ideal place to honeymoon or celebrate your wedding anniversary.
3. La Digue Island
La Digue is a small island located just off the coast of Mahe, and is renowned for its stunning beaches and laid-back atmosphere. The island is home to a number of guesthouses and small hotels, making it an affordable place to stay for your big day.
4. Denis Island
Denis Island is a small, private island located just off the coast of Mahe. The island is home to a luxury resort, making it the perfect place to honeymoon or celebrate your wedding anniversary in style.
5. Bird Island
Bird Island is a small, uninhabited island located just off the coast of Mahe. The island is home to a luxury resort, making it the perfect place to honeymoon or celebrate your wedding anniversary in style.
5 Tips in Choosing a Wedding Organizer in Seychelles
There are a number of wedding organizers in Seychelles that can help you plan and organize your big day. Here are some tips to help you choose the right one:
1. Do your research.
The first step is to do your research and find a few reputable companies that specialize in organizing weddings in Seychelles. Ask for recommendations from friends or family who have been married here, or search online for reviews.
2. Make a list of your requirements
Once you have found a few potential companies, make a list of your requirements and budget. This will help you narrow down your options and choose the right company for you.
3. Get quotes
Get quotes from each company and compare their prices. Choose the one that offers the best value for money.
4. Read the fine print
Before you sign any contracts, make sure you read the fine print and understand the terms and conditions. This will help you avoid any surprises down the road.
5. Ask for references
Ask each company for references from past clients. This will give you an idea of their level of service and whether they are reliable.
Video: Things to Know About Getting Married in Seychelles
Here’s a video clip uploaded on YouTube by MaxTheSensei which features the things you need to know if ever you are planning to have a beach marriage in Seychelles:
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some FAQs about Wedding in Seychelles for Expats:
1. What is the process for getting married in Seychelles?
The process for getting married in Seychelles is relatively simple. You will need to first contact a wedding organizer or even the hotel resort where you plan to stay. Just submit the requirements to your wedding planner/organizer and they will be able to handle everything for you. All you need to do after you hand this over to the wedding planner is simply show up during the day of your travel to Seychelles!
2. What is the cost of getting married in Seychelles?
The cost of getting married in Seychelles varies depending on the type of ceremony you want and the location you choose. If you want a budget wedding in Seychelles, I believe the cheapest wedding package is around USD 800.
You have to book a hotel accommodation plus your food expenses separately. If you want to have a lavish wedding on a yacht or in a hotel resort, you will have to chalk up more money. Again this is up to your discretion.
3. How long does it take to get married in Seychelles?
The duration of the wedding ceremony usually takes around 1-2 hours depending on the number of people attending. But it was very quick on our side. We spent more time for a photoshoot afterwards.
4. What are the requirements for getting married in Seychelles?
You will need a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from your date of travel. You will need to submit a birth certificate. If you have been married before, you will need to provide proof of divorce or death certificate of your previous spouse.
5. Can I get married on a beach in Seychelles?
Yes, you can! In fact, many couples choose to get married on one of Seychelles’ stunning beaches. Just keep in mind that you will need to obtain a permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs if you plan to get married on a public beach.
6. Can I get married at a hotel in Seychelles?
Yes, you can! In fact, many hotels offer wedding packages that include the use of their facilities and services. Just contact the hotel of your choice to inquire about their rates and packages.
7. Can I get married on a yacht in Seychelles?
Yes, you can! In fact, many couples choose to get married on a yacht or catamaran as it offers a more intimate setting for their wedding ceremony. Just contact a reputable yacht charter company to inquire about their rates and packages.
8. Can I invite guests to my wedding in Seychelles?
Yes, you can! In fact, many couples choose to invite guests to their wedding in Seychelles. Please check with your wedding organizer if there is a need to obtain a permit for your guests.
9. I am not a citizen of Seychelles, can I still get married in Seychelles?
Yes, you can! In fact, many couples who are not citizens of Seychelles choose to get married in Seychelles as it is a beautiful and romantic destination.
10. Do I need a visa to enter Seychelles?
No, you do not need a visa to enter Seychelles if you are a citizen of a country that has a visa-waiver agreement with Seychelles. However, you will need to provide proof of onward travel and have enough funds to support your stay in Seychelles.
11. I’m already married, can we renew our vows in Seychelles?
Yes. Many couples who are already married choose to renew their vows in Seychelles as it is a beautiful and romantic destination.
12. Can I have my wedding reception in Seychelles?
Yes. In fact, many couples choose to have their wedding reception in Seychelles as it is a beautiful and romantic destination. Please check with your wedding organizer if there is a need to obtain a permit for your guests.
Seychelles is the perfect destination for couples looking to get married in paradise. With its stunning scenery, relaxed atmosphere, and wide range of accommodation and activities, Seychelles has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a luxurious resort to honeymoon in or a laid-back guesthouse to celebrate your wedding anniversary, Seychelles has it.
Overall, getting married in Seychelles was an amazing experience and we would highly recommend it to others! If you are looking for a quick, easy, and hassle-free way to get married, then Seychelles is the perfect place for you!