The Seychelles are made up of 115 small islands forming a tropical paradise just off the coast of Eastern Africa. It’s one of the most idyllic settings in the world, with lush tropical jungles to explore and beautiful horizons you can see well into the distance. This incredible place is one of the most amazing places on Earth to have a destination wedding.
It’s also got some tricky legal requirements that might bar you from enjoying your big night without some drama. Before you begin your planning, make sure you’re aware of these legalities for weddings in the Seychelles.
Both bride and groom must have a picture on the first page of their passports, and identifiable information. The couple must have their own birth certificates in photocopy form, and any previous marriage documents that may or may not exist (including death certificates if you’re a widow or widower). If you plan to change your name, you’ll need a Deed Poll to do so.
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The Tourism Board charges a surcharge for weddings held on weekends or after 1700 hours island time. Fortunately, there are no nationality requirements to be met, and Seychelles weddings are legally recognized in Europe (with a special stamp obtained after the ceremony).
It’s recommended that you finalize your wedding plans at least two months in advance (although many hotels will allow you to finalize plans within 30 days if you need the extra time). Just make sure you inform the Civil Status Office of your wedding date at least 11 days prior to the big day.
Once you’re through all the red tape, you are cleared to start your life in one of the most beautiful places imaginable.