If you are looking for one of the most amazing and beautiful places to have a destination, you might want to consider getting married in Mauritius. It is important to know that this is one of the most popular destinations for a few different reasons, but the most prominent is that the legalities of getting married in Mauritius here have been simplified and you can easily plan every detail of your day from afar.
Many people have been married in Mauritius, so you will be able to read over reviews and details and make decisions that you can feel happy with – and to reduce your stress quite a bit before your big day. The easiest route you can take is to choose a combination package with a wedding and honeymoon deal. These are quite popular with many of the finer resorts and hotels. Even better, there are special concierges to help you plan this wedding and finalize any details that need to be done in person.
A Guide to Getting Married in Mauritius:
First Thing’s First: Know the Legalities
It would be a shame to plan an entire wedding and then not be able to get married in Mauritius. Almost all nationalities can get married here and have it be legal, though you have to be sure that you have everything straight from the onset. You have to bring originals of all required documents (though you might want to make multiple copies as well).
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You do not want to get to Mauritius and find out that you don’t have everything you need. You need to provide all of the necessary documents before your trip, but you should have them with you. What do you need? The documents that you will have to show include:
• 2 Copies of both of your passports
• 2 Copies of both of your birth certificates
• 2 passport photos both of you
• Decree absolute (if divorced) for each party
• Deed Poll (if name has changed) for each party
• Death Certificate and previous marriage certificate if a widow or a widower
• Non-English documentation absolutely must be translated into English and duly stamped with certification
If you do not have any of these, you may have trouble once you get to Mauritius. Another important thing to consider is that some of these do expire within Mauritius. You will need to be married within three months of submitting much of this paperwork.
Find a Venue
The next thing you want to do is decide when and where you will get married. Most hotels will not allow ceremonies to be held at the same time, though there can be quite a few in the same day. It is also important to note that wedding are not held on weekends in Mauritius. If you are doing a destination wedding, you will also want to consider hotels that will house your guests. You will also want to think about the location of your wedding – do you want a beach wedding? A church wedding? Gardens?
Certain hotels offer different perks and packages – meal packages, special honeymoon suites, entertainment deals, concierges to help you navigate your wedding planning, and so much more. Don’t be afraid to shop around and see what you can find.
Remember that while Mauritius has great weather all year round, January to March is often oppressively humid, and July and August are extremely windy and can be rainy. Most people choose to have their wedding in April, May, June, September, or December.
Guests Are Required
Thinking about elopement? You will need to have at least two witnesses at your wedding. Both of these witnesses must be over 18 years old. In some cases, you may be able to find witnesses in Mauritius, but it is recommended that you have someone you know, just for your own sake. Sometimes, a wedding planner will be able to step in as well. Your guests will have to be able to prove that they are of legal age, so be sure that they have multiple forms of ID to prove it to the courts.
Look for a hotel that offers discount rates for guests or for those that will open up a block so that you can have all of your guests staying in the same hotel as you are. Once again, this is a case by case situation, but it is important to think about before you get to Mauritius. This type of wedding planning will take a long time because these hotels do tend to get booked quite quickly.
Think About Travel
How are you going to get to Mauritius? You have to think about this before you do too much planning because it will dictate one of the most important parts of the wedding: your wedding dress. Buying a massive gown and then trying to get it on an airplane probably isn’t the best idea. You can either choose a gown that is more travel friendly, or you will have to get the gown shipped ahead of time. Once again, you will have to talk to the hotel to plan for that type of service.
Once your gown gets there (as well as the suit or tuxedo), you will have to think about getting it steamed or ironed so that you can look your best. Of course, bridesmaid’s dresses will have a similar problem, and you don’t want to leave everything up to your bridal party.
Plan Your Trip Wisely
Another thing you may want to plan for is a free day in Mauritius so that you can ensure that everything is finalized. You have to do this on a weekday where everything is open to the public – so be careful to avoid public holidays in Mauritius. Why do you need a whole day? Well, in order to finalize all paperwork, both parties of the couple will have to go to four different locations in Port Louis to finalize the paperwork. Often, you will be accompanied by a planner, but you may also be required to do this by yourself.
You will have to visit the Civil Status Main Office in Port Louis, where all of your documents will by authorized and checked for authenticity. Next, you will visit an attorney where all of your documents will again be checked, and affidavits will be prepared for the next step. Then, you will go to the Supreme High Court of Mauritius, where you will swear to the affidavits – during this stage, you must be dressed to impress. Note that you cannot bring children into the High Court. Finally, your last stop will be the Civil Status Sub Office where you will discuss your wedding with the civil status officer. This is when everything is finalized and confirmed. This step, though it may seem just a formality, is very important.
This will likely take all day, but it is imperative that you remain civil and upbeat throughout the day.
Getting married in Mauritius is going to be one of the most memorable moments of your life. From the sights and the sounds to the romance, you have chosen one of the most spectacular places in the world.
With any destination wedding, there are bound to be some things that will go “wrong” or some things that you won’t be able to do. However, remember that you are creating memories and that, at the end of the day, the love you share is the most important part of your day.