Mauritius is a gorgeous destination for a wedding – think balmy weather and idyllic scenery – but just how easy is it to arrange a service there? Well, the good news is that it needn’t be too complicated (and in some ways it can be simpler than sorting out a UK ceremony!), but of course you do need to do a fair bit of researching and thinking.
Today, we’ll be giving you a few handy hints and tips to help you get started with planning your Mauritian wedding.
Overseas weddings – what to think about
OK, before we take a detailed look at Mauritius, it makes sense to think about overseas weddings in a broader sense. After all, the planning these require is very different from UK ceremonies, so it’s important to get to grips with the basics ahead of checking out individual destinations.
One of the first things you need to mull over when considering tying the knot abroad is guests – because chances are you won’t be able to have as many as you would in the UK. Some people might not be able to get the time off work, while others could find the price of flights and a hotel out of their price range.
So, first of all, you need to decide whether you’re OK with this. Presuming you are, you should then make a list of essential guests (your parents, for example) and check they are willing and able to make the trip.
By the way, if you want the wedding to be just the two of you, you’ll still need to have two witnesses over the age of 18 – but normally your chosen hotel/resort/wedding planner will be able to arrange this for you.
Level of organisation
The next thing to think about is whether you’re happy to relinquish at least some control over your special day. Obviously you can work with your wedding planner to create the day of your dreams, but as you will not be on location until shortly before the ceremony, you will need to be willing to place your trust in them.
Of course, for many people this will take a lot of the stress out of organising the big day and make things much simpler. But, if you are someone who likes being able to take care of every last detail, it might not be for you.
Weddings in Mauritius – practicalities
Now, let’s consider the ins and outs of getting married in Mauritius. Thanks to the popularity of the country as a wedding destination, many of the most luxurious resorts in Mauritius offer excellent marriage packages complete with a dedicated wedding planner. Selecting one of these is, we think, the simplest way to arrange your ceremony, so your first step should be to review your hotel options.
Once you’ve done this, you can start considering exactly where to get married. There will usually be a number of pretty spots at your chosen resort, such as a private beach or scenic garden, while public stretches of sand and even onboard a boat are other options.
In terms of practicalities, weddings in Mauritius are held on Mondays to Fridays, so you won’t be able to tie the knot at the weekend. Typically, you’ll need to give the Mauritian Supreme Court at least one month’s notice of your wedding, while your chosen resort or travel company will usually require the relevant documentation a minimum of eight weeks before the ceremony.
This includes copies of your passports, a decree absolute if either of you have been divorced and copies of your birth certificates that have been re-issued a maximum of three months ahead of your wedding date. Of course, by arranging your ceremony through a resort, you will receive plenty of guidance on what to send when.