The elegance of a Seychelles wedding is in its simplicity. Imagine just you and your betrothed (and a few carefully chosen guests if you wish); an understated, beautiful ceremony with one of the world’s most stunning locations as a backdrop, and the chance to savour every moment of a wedding carefully and discreetly organised on your behalf, with only your happiness in mind.
The Seychelles is a truly magical hideaway.
Think luscious green palms, dazzlingly pristine beaches and a vibrant local culture and cuisine all hidden away in a small, exclusive network of 115 enchanting islands, around 1,500 kilometres from the coast of mainland Africa.
As a wedding destination, it’s hard to imagine a more magical place to begin your married life. Here are 5 steps to planning the wedding of your dreams in the Seychelles:
1.Choose Your Destination
Here in the Seychelles, you are spoilt for choice: romance is in the air wherever you turn. It’s the tropical breezes wafting through your hair; the soft white sand beneath your toes and the feeling of peace and tranquillity in this most intimate of destinations.
For the ultimate Seychelles wedding destination, you are able to choose a private island hideaway. A secret resort, booked exclusively for you and your guests, offers the experience of a lifetime. Relax in the privacy of your personal villas with direct access to the beach at any time; lounge in your own private pool, and appreciate world-class cuisine expertly prepared just for you and your guests.
2. Pick Your Date
The beautiful Seychelles climate offers consistently warm temperatures and gentle tropical breezes virtually all-year-round. The calmest, warmest month is typically April. From then the southwest trade winds bring the driest weather, peaking in July and August.
3.Relax, Unwind and Enjoy the Build-Up to the Big Day
As a formality, betrothed couples are required to arrive in the Seychelles at least three days prior to the ceremony. As virtually all the wedding details will have been taken care of by the venue wedding coordinator, this is your opportunity to enjoy all that the Seychelles has to offer.
Enjoy magical times exploring the Sainte Anne National Marine Park by boat. Or take in local culture at enchanting temples and striking monuments.
Alternatively, enjoy some unhurried time relaxing on the pristine beaches.
Reinvigorate and refresh at your hotel spa with a host of treatments. Relax and enjoy a pre-wedding manicure and pedicure.
Join your guests for evening cocktails and try some delightful Creole cuisine. Or feast with a private barbecue.
Lastly, gaze up at thousands of stars in the unspoiled night sky.
The choice is yours.
4.Relish Every Moment of the Ceremony
Planning a wedding ceremony in the Seychelles is almost effortless. Expect an unhurried but simple ceremony, where the focus is merely on the sharing of love and promises. Despite this, the ceremony meets all the requirements of international marriage law and is fully legally binding.
When you consider your wedding attire, remember the warm temperatures and beach location. Most couples find that, in keeping with the ceremony, simple hairstyles and makeup are most suitable, along with light but elegant garments.
Other than your outfits, every detail can be exquisitely prepared for you as you wish, from your bouquet and boutonnière to your wedding cake. All you need to do is to enjoy each moment as it happens.
5.Watch the Sun Set on Your Special Day
After the afternoon ceremony concludes, take a few moments to reflect while enjoying one of the most romantic sunsets on Earth. For an extra special memory, you could take a cruise at this time to see it at its best.
In the evening, enjoy your preference for an intimate candlelit dinner for two or a celebratory banquet with your guests.
Most newly-weds wish to stay on in their luxury Seychelles resort to enjoy their first few days of married life in some of the most blissful, peaceful surroundings imaginable. When it is finally time to return home, you can be sure you will take incredible memories with you.
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.”