Romance in The Seychelles
Exchange your wedding vows in the Seychelles and be blessed with one of the world’s most perfect settings on your special day.
You will truly feel like royalty if you marry in the Seychelles – after all, this is where Prince William and Kate Middleton chose to spend their honeymoon. The stunning tropical islands in the Indian Ocean are a poet and novelist’s dream, it is said that Ian Fleming found inspiration for the James Bond novel, For Your Eyes Only after staying on the islands and it is sure to inspire you too!
Situated close to the Equator and 100 miles off the African coastline, the granite and coral islands of the Seychelles are the perfect choice for unforgettable weddings, blessings and honeymoons. A total of just 16 of the islands are habitable and provide a range of tropical island accommodation – ranging from rustic beachside bungalows to luxury five-star resorts.
The history of the Seychelles is fascinating. The granite islands are actually the highest peaks of the submerged remnants of the super continent Gondwanaland, and represent the most ancient mid-ocean islands in the world, boasting some of the rarest species of flora and fauna and some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, framed by granite boulders. According to legend, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallee de Mai, could be the original site of the biblical Garden of Eden. Today the Seychelles remain lush and natural, with little sign of the ravages of time and tourism.
ISLANDS AT A GLANCE…
The principal islands of the Seychelles are Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, granite islands which boast verdant peaks, virgin forests and immaculate beaches. The outer cluster of islands are flat, coral islands, which remain mostly uninhabited.
Mahe is the most popular island with soaring peaks and over 65 stunning beaches. North Mahe is home to the famous water sport hotspot Beau Vallon Beach. In contrast, South Mahe has some of the island’s prettiest beaches and villages plus Victoria, one of the world’s tiniest capitals boasting charm, traditional architecture, a thriving market and a cathedral clock which chimes twice on the hour!
Home to the heavenly Vallee de Mai, where the famous Coco de Mer grows wild in abundance and some of the Seychelles most striking beaches, including Anse Lazio, widely acclaimed to be the most beautiful beach on earth.
The third largest island in the Seychelles, La Digue is famous for its incredible sculptured granite boulder formations on Source d’Argent beaches.
There are a number of smaller, more remote islands including Bird, Cerf, Chauve, Souris, Cousine, Denis, Desroches, Fregate, North, Silhouette, Round Island and Sainte-Anne. All absolutely stunning and providing gorgeous settings for weddings and honeymoons.
Getting married in The Seychelles
The Seychelles provide many romantic wedding and blessing locations – from palm-fringed white sandy beaches to ceremonies aboard magnificent catamaran yachts. Most of the four and five-star hotels have designated wedding locations within their grounds. The majority of weddings in the Seychelles are civil and performed by a registrar, though religious ceremonies and renewal of vows can be arranged on request.
For a civil marriage in the Seychelles, you will need the following documentation:
- Passports and birth certificates
- Documents to show that there is no impediment to marriage
- Divorce papers (decree nisi absolute) if applicable
- Previous marriage certificate and death certificate, if widowed.
- You must be over 18
- Give at least 11 days notice to publish the banns
- The couple needs to stay at least three days in the Seychelles before their marriage
- Weddings are not performed in pubic places
- For religious ceremonies couples need to give three months notice prior to marriage.
Top 5 Things to Do
Explore the neighbouring islands – including spending a day on La Digue where you can cycle around the island.
Shop in Victoria
Visit the colourful local market in Victoria, the capital of Mahe’s to buy souvenirs. Then stroll through the charming streets, botanical gardens and tea plantations.
Hike to the highest point
For the best views go to the island’s high points. Hike to the highest point of the Seychelles at Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahe for a magnificent panoramic vista.
Visit the Garden of Eden
Stroll through the giant palms in Vallee de Mai, said to be the biblical Garden of Eden and see the indigenous Coco de Mer – you may even spot a Black Parrot or two!
Enjoy the sunsets
Book yourself a sunset cruise – or simply raise a glass of chilled bubbly and toast the romantic island sunsets from your luxury hotel.