5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Destination Wedding in Seychelles
With its unbelievably white, powder-fine sand, clear topaz blue waters, and stunning coastline, Seychelles is one of the most beautiful places to have a destination wedding in. By having your wedding at one of the best beaches in Seychelles, you will marry the love of your life in one of the dreamiest places in the world.
Preparing well for your destination wedding in Seychelles is essential to having the perfect marriage ceremony and post-wedding banquet, and more. With sufficient planning, you can be sure everything will go smoothly from your and your guests’ arrival in the country, the wedding ceremony and reception, and all the way to your honeymoon.
To help you plan the perfect beach wedding in Seychelles, follow these tips:
1. Prepare all the documents you need for the civil wedding
Foreign couples who will be getting married in Seychelles need to have valid passports (valid for at least six months after the estimated departure date from the country) and their birth certificates. You need to prepare photocopies of these and submit them two to four weeks before the wedding date to a registrar.
In case you or your spouse-to-be is divorced, widowed, or if you had your name legally changed, additional documents will be required. French, Italian, and Swiss citizens have to submit other requirements as well.
To be sure you will submit all the requirements before you leave for Seychelles and the wedding will push through as planned, check with your chosen resort if they have a team who can assist you with organizing the civil marriage ceremony. Another option would be to get help from a reputable wedding planner in Seychelles.
2. Look for a good wedding package
Since you don’t live in Seychelles, traveling to this country to submit the requirements for the civil wedding and checking out the different resorts and possible venues would be simply unwise, time-consuming and costly.
You can plan your dream beach wedding in Seychelles in the comforts of your home by looking for a resort that offers wedding packages. With these packages, you will have a wedding planner organizing everything including the wedding date, the venue, the menu for the reception, the accommodations, etc.
If you want to really splurge on your wedding, look for Seychelles packages that offer island rentals. These packages allow you to rent an island with a villa, pool, butler services, and other amenities.
The wedding planner and resort staff will turn the island into your dream wedding and reception venue. You can give them your instructions for the theme of the wedding and your preferences for the menu through emails or private messaging. With their help, you will be sure this momentous event will be off to a good start.
3. Choose the wedding date carefully
When selecting your wedding date, you need to consider the weather in Seychelles and travel season.
Although Seychelles enjoys warm weather all year round, the country also receives a few tropical storms around January and February. If you want to have a beachside wedding ceremony and reception, choose a date that doesn’t fall on the aforementioned months to avoid having the event rained on.
Additionally, when choosing your wedding date, check whether it will fall on a month when Seychelles has lots of tourists and when resort rates are higher. Keep in mind that during the peak season, you will enjoy better weather conditions. However, you will have to deal with larger crowds, patrols, and potentially higher prices.
On the other hand, if you choose to have the wedding during the off-season, you will have a quieter and more private beach wedding. You will enjoy lower rates and other perks as well.
4. Research the venue
Whether you have already chosen your venue or not, it is important that you have an idea about beach accessibility. This is something that you have to prioritize especially if you have guests who use wheelchairs or are handicapped.
In addition, think about where your guests will be seated during the ceremony. Undoubtedly, the resort will provide chairs but find out if special flooring will be placed over the sand to prevent the chairs from sinking.
Check if the venue can provide canopies or large beach umbrellas as well. These items will protect the guests in case it suddenly becomes too windy or hot during the ceremony.
5. Prepare a backup plan
Having a contingency plan for your wedding day is crucial, especially if the venue is a beach.
Aside from having quick access to features and items that will protect your guests from sudden changes in weather, you need to have one or two outfits and footwear ready in case the tide suddenly reaches the area where the ceremony is being held. You also have to find out from the resort staff that there is an available hall or party room which can be prepared quickly if it starts raining hard during the reception.
Work with the resort staff in creating these contingency plans and make sure every possible issue that may arise will be fixed or dealt with efficiently and quickly.
As long as you choose a great resort and get help from the right people, you will have the perfect destination wedding in Seychelles without going through a lot of stress and hard work.
Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”