The beautiful Seychelles group of islands is often compared to paradise on earth, and is even claimed by some to be the original site of the Garden of Eden. It’s a place where romance comes as standard, and it’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a wedding or honeymoon. Apart from the balmy year-round sunshine, the incredibly lovely beaches and the lush tropical vegetation, what makes the place especially enticing is the fact that most of the islands are uninhabited and unspoilt, providing ample opportunities for seclusion and tranquillity.
The Seychelles archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean about 1,000 miles east of Kenya in East Africa, is made up of about 116 islands, the central ones having a continental shelf and formed of granite, while the outlying ones are coral islands grouped in atolls. The granitic islands, which include the best known ones like Mahé, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette, have mountainous interiors and are distinctive for the towering granite boulders around their shorelines. The Seychelles had no indigenous peoples, and their current population is a fusion of peoples and cultures of African, Asian and European descent, forming a harmonious blend, which is also reflected in the delicious Seychellois food.
Why Celebrate my Wedding in the Seychelles?
The Seychelles have been a top choice for honeymoon couples for many years, but in the last couple of decades more and more couples have been realising what an amazing place it would be for a wedding. One of the best attractions of course is that the honeymoon can begin immediately after the ceremony, rather than having to set off for a distant destination straight after the celebrations. If you are inviting friends and family, of course it will be a totally unforgettable experience for them as well.
Weddings in the Seychelles can be very easy to arrange. A large number of hotels and resorts offer very glamorous wedding packages, and these include the services of a registrar, who will come and conduct the wedding at your chosen location — or you can of course use your own independent wedding planner. If you would like a religious ceremony afterwards, this is also easy to arrange, in one of the many pretty chapels dotted among the islands.
Of course, because the hotels that offer wedding packages are in such stunningly beautiful locations, the possibilities for your wedding are almost endless. The Seychelles has some of the most beautiful and uncrowded beaches in the world, and because there are so many of them, it is usually possible to arrange to have the beach to yourselves for the ceremony. Alternatively, it’s also possible to arrange a wedding in an old colonial mansion, on board a yacht, or even under the sea amidst the vibrant marine life.
The majority of weddings take place on the islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Mahé is the largest and main island, where the capital is located, and where most of the population live, but it still has plenty of beautiful quiet beaches, while inland the landscape rises to hills covered in dense rainforest, often shrouded in mist. Praslin is a dreamy island, with a leisurely pace of life, and full of sheltered valleys and ancient palm forests as well as glorious beaches, while La Digue is considered among the most scenic, with verdant forests cascading around giant granite boulders. But there are also plenty of smaller islands for you to choose from, including lovely Sainte Anne and spectacular Silhouette.
The Seychelles are often called the “Islands of Love.” Romance is an natural a part of the surroundings here as are the waves and the palm trees. If the dramatic landscapes and enchanting seascapes seem like paradise to you, the Seychelles must surely be just the place for your wedding.
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- Capital: Victoria, on the island of Mahé.
- Language: Creole, English and French are all official languages.
- Area (land): 455 square kilometres, 176 square miles.
- Population: 89,173 (2013 estimate).
- Currency: Seychellois Rupee, Euro widely used.