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*From October 2017

Get Married in the Seychelles!

If you simply can't wait until your honeymoon to visit this tropical paradise, why not get married there instead?

Thanks to our local partnerships we are able to organise your special day, from the legal formalities right down to any special treatments you desire. Have the ceremony of your dreams on beautiful white, sandy beaches with the outline of picturesque palm trees as a backdrop.

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What we can organise for you:
  • Legal registration and formalities
  • Return transport services to your chosen location
  • Your special location with the venue’s decorations
  • Bouquet and buttonholes in your preferred colours and style
  • Cake and champagne to celebrate this special moment
  • Special treatments such as make-up and hair styling
  • Interpreters and musicians for your ceremony
  • Are you in a large group? We can organise a wonderful ceremony for you and your guests including music, barbeque, and local specialities

Wedding Terms & Conditions

Which documents do you have to send to us?

The following documents should be received minimum 30 days prior to the wedding date, in order to process the marriage with the Seychelles Civil Status office to post the banns, as well as coordination with the relevant Embassy/Consulate where applicable.

  • A copy of both Birth Certificates.
  • A copy of the previous Marriage Certificate and the Decree Absolute, if one or both parties have been divorced.
  • A copy of a previous Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate, if one or both parties are widowed
  • A copy of the Deed Poll if one or both parties have changed their name legally.
  • A copy of the first or last 6 pages of each passport, including the inside cover, showing the party’s personal details.

Please note that, if your documents are in a language other than English or French, such as Italian, for example, you will also need to provide a certified translation of the documents listed above. Please feel free to ask the SeyVillas Sales Team for advice.

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Which documents will we prepare for you?

Wedding Certificate:

The official statement of your special day. You will always receive 1 original certificate in English, depending on where you want to register the marriage, and 1 or more depending on if the spouses are of different nationalities or live in a third country and wish to register their wedding in that country as well. We will also provide a translation of your wedding certificate where necessary.

Apostile:

This is the local judiciary´s authentication of the Seychelles Wedding certificate. It is compulsory for all nationalities (except for British Nationals). This document is linked to the Wedding Certificate, so the number of apostilles issued depends on the number of Wedding Certificates, as well as on the number of different countries in which he/she wants the marriage to be registered. Please let our Sales team know which nationality you are, where you live, and where you would like your marriage to be registered and we will manage the details for you.

Certificate of Authentication, if applicable:

This document validates the Wedding Certificate and Apostille, and is is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of each country. This document is not compulsory for most nationalities. It is only compulsory for the UAE.

General Conditions:

a) Minimum Age of either or both parties: 18 years. A parent or legal guardian must accompany under-age applicants.
b) Venue: The Seychelles regulations stipulate that the marriage ceremony must be conducted under a permanent roof. At the discretion of the Registrar, weddings may be held outdoors. Most hotels and guesthouses have suitable locations on-site, dressed with palm leaves and tropical flowers.
c) Certification of Personal details: Unless otherwise specified, Occupation(s), Religion and Home Addresses are verbally certified before the Civil Ceremony.
d) In case of a wedding booked with an hotel, a minimum stay is required: Please refer to the individual hotel wedding rate sheets.
e) Days for Weddings-in-Paradise: Generally from Mondays to Fridays. Weddings on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays incur a supplementary charge and may be booked on request- basis, for confirmation at the discretion of the hotel and/or registrar.
f) Timings for Weddings-in-Paradise: Generally between 14h00 and 16h00 - other timings are possible on request basis.
g) Flexibility of Wedding Date & Time: The Civil Status Officer, Photographers and Hotel teams will all do their utmost to change the date/time of the Marriage Ceremony in exceptional circumstances [delayed international flights, persistent inclement weather etc]. It should, however, be noted that, once confirmed, the wedding is considered a ‘fait accompli’ and relevant charges will be applied in full.
h) Delivery of the Marriage Certificate & Photo Coverage: it is necessary to deliver the documents and photographic material prior to the guests’ departure from Seychelles [excepting in instances when the relevant Embassy/Consul procedures involve forwarding the documents to the guests at their home address or via their regional/national authorities]. Should it not be possible to deliver the documents prior to clients departure due to unforeseen circumstances, documents will be send to clients via DHL or Fedex and will be billed directly to the clients. Clients direct home address will be collected by the responsible coordinator in the Seychelles for the necessary arrangements.
i) Witnesses, Best Man, Maid of Honour: Most couples travelling alone will arrange this locally, with their hotel or amongst fellow guests.
j) Religious Blessings: The Anglican Church requires that the couple’s parish priest sends a letter of introduction 6 months prior to the wedding, certifying that the couple has carried out the necessary marriage preparations; that each party signs an affidavit confirming that he/she is not divorced with a former spouse still alive; that the parties have contracted a civil marriage prior to the blessing, and that the blessing ceremony takes place in an authorised church building.
The Catholic Church requires 3 months notice; that the couple’s parish priest initiates contact with the Seychelles diocese 2 months prior to the wedding; that the parties have to receive marriage counselling by the Seychelles priest minimum 3 days before the ceremony; that the couple has contracted a civil marriage prior to the blessing which can be carried out on any day excepting Sundays, feast days and Lent; and that the blessing ceremony takes place in an authorised church building. In cases of mixed marriages, the parish priest must confirm the bishop’s approval.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Additional Formalities for Swiss Citizens:

Please note that together with the above mentioned documents the following documents are also required: a copy of the Certificate of Domicile (Wohnsitzbescheinigung), as well as a legal document showing that there is no impediment or lawful hindrance (Personenstandsausweis); if it is not possible to obtain this, an affidavit is to be signed in the presence of the honorary Swiss Consul in the Seychelles as part of the marriage registration process. The documents may be faxed or scanned to SeyVillas, with the originals being presented upon arrival in the Seychelles.

Additional Formalities for German Citizens:

Please note that together with the above mentioned documents the following documents are also required: a certificate proving no impediment to marriage (Ehefähigkeitszeugnis) in an international format. Please note that the German Registration Office (Bezirkliches Standesamt or zuständige Behörde) can provide you with international certificates in English. The documents may be faxed or scanned to SeyVillas, with the originals being presented upon arrival in the Seychelles.

Additional Formalities for French Citizens:

Please note that together with the above mentioned documents the following documents are also required: a copy of birth certificate (not older than 3 months), a proof of residency (e.g. electricity or phone bill) and, if the couple have children in common, a Family Record Booklet [livret de famille d’enfants communs qui pourraient être légitimés par le marriage - Article 331 du code civil], finally a photo of ID or passport.

The documents may be faxed or scanned to SeyVillas, with the originals being presented upon arrival in the Seychelles.

In addition, please note that all of the wedding formalities for the Seychelles will be treated in the Consular Section of the French Embassy in Port Louis in Mauritius from the 1st July 2017. Therefore all the documents above must be sent by mail t to the French Embassy two months prior to the planned wedding date:

EMBASSY OF FRANCE
CIVIL SERVICE
14, rue Saint-Georges
Port Louis
Mauritius

Tel: +230 2020 150 (Mrs Ahsee) / +230 2020 122 (Mr Evanno) from 14.00 Mauritius time

Once the couple is married, they must send their original Seychellois marriage certificate to the French Embassy in Mauritius who will register it and send the marriage certificate to their town hall in France. All registration services provided by the embassy after the marriage are free of charge.

Additional Formalities for Italian Citizens:

Please note that together with the above mentioned documents the following documents are also required: a copy of the couple’s Town Registration in Italy (Certificato di residenza).

As all the documents must be officially translated into either English or French, it is necessary to present a notarised translation along with the original copies. The documents may be faxed or scanned to SeyVillas, with the originals being presented upon arrival in the Seychelles.

Should you wish to handle the translation by yourself please note that the translations can be requested to the following authorities:

CONSOLATO ITALIANO ALLE SEYCHELLES
Consulate of the Italian Republic P.O. Box 499, c/o Kreolor Limited, Le Rocher, Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: +248 434 45 51 Fax: +248 434 47 54
E-mail: consulitaly@seychelles.net
Orari : lunedì, mercoledì e venerdì 08.30 - 11.30
Console Onorario Sig. Claudio IZZI

CONSOLATO GENERALE DELLA REPUBBLICA DELLE SEYCHELLES
Via del Tritone, 46 00187 Roma, Italia
Tel: 06 67 80 530 Fax: 06 67 94 583 E-mail: consolatoseychellesroma@email.it
Orari: lunedì-venerdì 09.00 – 1300/15.00 – 18.00
Console Generale Onorario Sig. Paolo ADELMANN