Royal Weddings in Seychelles
Seychelles, home to the unique Vallée de Mai, claimed by some to be the original site of the Garden of Eden, has l been dubbed the ‘islands of love’ - a place where you can feel the romance floating in the air.
Seychelles is well known for it's fairy sceneries surrounded by love and serenity, where an astonishingly surreal beauty has given birth to a nest of love for wedding celebrations and honeymooners. it's enviable tropical climate and welcoming people to provide a unique backdrop for those unique romantics experiences.
When you get wed in Seychelles you can enjoy all the diversity in accommodation that Seychelles has to offer, from charming Creole guesthouses, intimate hotels , to the magical experience of sumptuous five star resorts or even a private island.
Celebrate your special moment in the Seychelles. Whether it's a wedding, honeymoon or wedding anniversary, Seychelles holds the key to your dreams to a place steeped in romanticism and exoticism.
Get a glimpse of paradise with your lover and exchange your wedding vows amid the breathtaking and naturally seductive ambience of the islands of love
Whether in the beautiful grounds of your hotel, beneath swaying palms by the beach, on a yacht heading under the sunset, or on one of our several enchanting island getaways, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to venues of amazing beauty.
Your wedding in the Seychelles for total intimacy. It's time to think about you and your love one. Either way you will be catch in this unbelievable landscape of love with a team of dedicated professionals, that will be there to ensure that your wedding is organised to the very detail of your dreams, leaving you free to savour the moment and cherish the memories for a lifetime.
Make the ultimate choice in romance, assured in the knowledge that there is no better place on earth to celebrate your commitment to each other.
When planning your wedding in Seychelles, there are certain legal requirements which need to be adhered to.
Legal Requirements for Marrying in Seychelles
The enormous diversity of Seychelles' islands presents the idyllic backdrop for a tropical wedding amid surrounds of stunning natural beauty, the welcoming smiles of the friendly Seychellois people and a romantic ambiance whose memories will live with you forever. And what's more … taking your vows in Seychelles is easy and hassle-free!
The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), with assistance from the Civil Status Office, has prepared the following document as a convenient reference guide so that couples can have all the requirements for organizing a civil wedding ceremony at their fingertips.
It includes a list of documents required by the Civil Status Office from the couple as well as the contact details of some of the authoritative bodies.
We hope that the information provided in this document will aid you in the preparation and organization of your special day in Seychelles.
While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this document, Seychelles Prestige takes no liability for any errors or omissions. The information is subject to change without notice and should be re-confirmed with the relevant authorities.
Legal Requirements Document – Marrying in Seychelles
1. A church wedding without a civil ceremony is not recognised as being legal and the parties must therefore contract a civil wedding prior to the religious ceremony.
2. Persons wishing to organise their own wedding must apply to the Seychelles Civil Status Office in Victoria on Mahé for a civil ceremony and the relevant church body for the religious ceremony.
3. It is advisable that the wedding is planned at least two months in advance to allow for the processing of documentation.
4. Couples must advise the Civil Status Office of their wedding date at least eleven calendar days in advance. However, this eleven-day period may be exempted by applying for a Special Licence, normally issued within two days from the date of application at a charged fee.
5. The couple must be present in Seychelles at least 2 days prior to the civil ceremony.
6. Civil ceremonies may be conducted around the hotel property with permission from both the hotel and the Civil Registrar. Weddings outside the hotel property can only be performed in private and authorised places. The authorisation needs to be obtained from the Civil Registrar.
7. Weddings can also be performed in the Civil Status Office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 0900hrs and 1100hrs, in the presence of two witnesses provided by the parties themselves.
8. Couples wishing to marry outside the Civil Status Office will be required to pay a fee. This fee applies to ceremonies held on any weekday on Mahé or one of the Inner Islands. It should be noted that the Inner Islands include: Anonyme, Bird, Cerf, Cousine, Denis, Frégate, La Digue, Moyenne, North, Praslin, Round, Ste Anne, and Silhouette islands. The couple will be required to cover the
transportation cost for the Registrar officer to travel to these islands. However, the Civil Status Office also has officers on both Praslin and La Digue.
9. Couples wishing to marry on one of the Outer Islands, including Alphonse or Desroches, will be required to pay a different fee plus the transportation cost to these islands for the Registrar officer.
10. A fee is charged for ceremonies held after 1700hrs on a weekday or at any time on a Saturday and Sunday.
11. Legally conducted marriages in Seychelles are recognised under European laws.
12. There are no nationality requirements that need to be fulfilled.
13. A special stamp (apostille) is required to validate the marriage certificate obtained after the civil ceremony for all nationalities except for British nationals. This stamp is available at the registrar's office located at the Supreme Court for a fee of SCR140.
14. The couple must produce the following documents:
• Birth certificate or certified copy thereof
• If either party is divorced, the decree of divorce must be produced
• If either of the parties is a widow or widower the death certificate of the former spouse must be produced
• Legal proof in the case of a name having been changed
• Copies of the first 2 pages of both parties’ valid passports
• Document to show that there is no impediment or lawful hindrance to the intended marriage (If this cannot be obtained, an affidavit has to be signed in Seychelles after a solemn declaration has been made to that effect)
15. All the above documents must be originals or copies duly certified before departure from one's home country and must be translated into either English or French if the translation has not already been made.
16. For details of the different fees mentioned please contact the Seychelles Civil Status Office directly.
17. French law requires that French nationals wishing to get married abroad follow certain specific procedures. For information concerning these, contact either your local municipality or the Seychelles Civil Status Office or the French Embassy in Seychelles. The following are their respective contact details.
Seychelles Civil Status Office
PO Box 430, Victoria, Mahé
Tel: +248 29 36 13 / 29 36 04
Fax: +248 32 10 46
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 0800hrs-1130hrs & 1300hrs-1500hrs
Closed on weekends and public holidays.
French Embassy of Seychelles
1st Floor, La Ciotat Building
Mont Fleuri, Mahé
Tel: +248 38 25 00
Fax: +248 38 25 10
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 0800hrs-1300hrs & 1400hrs-1700hrs
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