So, you have decided that you want to get married on a tropical island and after weeks of fervent discussion with your loved one, you decided on an island in the Indian Ocean called Mauritius. Best decision you ever made.
Mauritius is not only a beautiful island full of gorgeous scenery and vibrant culture, but they also know a thing or two about weddings.
There are a number of administrative details to take into consideration when you decide to get married in Mauritius, but more on that later. Suffice to say, the civil marriage procedure in Mauritius is pretty simple. So long as you cross the I's and dot the T's - your wedding day will go smoothly.
Wedding packages in Mauritius
Once you have decided to get married in Mauritius, the best advice is to book yourself into a resort that has experience of hosting wedding packages. There are any number of quality hotels that offer superb deals for romantic couples. One such recommendation is Le Touessrok 5 star resort.
Le Touessrok won the prestigious World Travel Award for the World's Leading Honeymoon Destination of 2013. The obvious benefit here is that the location of your wedding will also be your dream honeymoon hideaway. It makes perfect sense and as dream destinations go, they don't get much better than Le Touessrok.
You and your guests will have full access to the superb facilities at Le Touessrok. The resort caters for every taste and possesses a wealth of leisure and sporting activities including access to the fabulous Le Touessrok Golf Course (designed by Bernhard Langer) on the Ile aux Cerfs. If golf is not your thing try a romantic sailing adventure or scuba diving in the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean.
Try a relaxing spa before the big day
Le Touessrok also benefits from the presence of the Givenchy Spa, offering his and hers pre and post wedding treatments. You can luxuriate with facials, hamman (Turkish steam bath), massage and aromatherapy to name a few of the treatments available that will enhance your special occasion. The hotel will arrange your hair and make-up and prepare a trial session well before your big day.
No wonder lovebirds flock to Mauritius
Another consideration for wedding packages in Mauritius is the contemporary Hotel Ambre. It's a stylish 4 star resort with facilities that fall within a reasonable budget. The rooms are chic and modern - spiralling off a central courtyard. The bars and restaurants are top notch and all rooms have sea views, so if you are having guests in attendance, they will be suitably impressed by the surroundings. Many of the spas and other amenities are still available to you at neighbouring resorts for you and your guests to enjoy.
Wedding coordinators in Mauritius
Which ever resort you choose, ensure there is a coordinator on hand to help you organise your dream wedding. They will give you invaluable advice, finding you the right location, setting your special event at the most opportune time of day; a sunset wedding on the beach sounds pretty special.
Let the wedding coordinators handle a percentage the organisation, leaving you free to focus on your holiday. You want your time in Mauritius to be as care-free as possible; all the stress of organising the event dissipated the moment you arrive on the shores of this tropical paradise. That's the whole point of getting married in Mauritius; you can leave your worries at the airport check-in.
The best months to get married in Mauritius
Mauritius may be a relatively small island but conditions vary from region to region because of the landscape. However, when Mauritius enjoys average yearly temperatures of 23 degrees you can see why this island frequently rates in the top 5 beach wedding locations.
October is one of the best months of the year to get married in Mauritius. It has the lowest rainfall figures and pretty near perfect temperatures - plus the highest sunlight figures.
If you are planning your wedding in Mauritius you will also find May an attractive option. It's a pleasant month at the tail-end a hot summer season and the beginning of the Mauritian winter. Although temperatures are beginning to cool, it's still a warm time of year for tourists.
If you are thinking about getting married on a boat on the water or even underneath the water (it has been known) then rest assured that even in winter the Indian Ocean stays a comfortable 21 degrees rising to 27 degrees in summertime.
In winter the average temperature in coastal areas is about 22 degrees rising to steadily to 32 degrees at the height of summer. The coastal region tends to be approximately 5 degrees hotter than inland areas.
The north and west of Mauritius are regarded as less blowy than the south and east where the trade winds are stronger, lowering temperatures especially in July to August.
Pay close attention to the cyclone season that occurs between January to April, which is also comfortably mid-summer, but not sot comfortable if your bridal photographs are developed and you have a face full of hair obscuring your beatific smile.
Meanwhile, the rainy season runs generally between January to March and is more noticeable in central regions. Therefore summertime is also the wet season so beware of the humidity factor and choose cotton and silk garments. Stay away from lace because sand and lace do not mix.
Ten things to remember about getting married in Mauritius:
1) Check to make sure you are the only wedding happening on your resort on that day. This is your big day, remember.
2) Do not rush the process. You need at least 6 weeks to organise a wedding in Mauritius. The best advice is to allow six months to prepare for every eventuality.
3) Before getting married in Mauritius the authorities require couples to have their birth certificates re-issued and dated within 3 months of your wedding date, saving you precious time processing documents with the Supreme High Court.
4) All weddings in Mauritius will be conducted in English, unless previously requested.
5) Your wedding will of course be legal back home in the UK.
6) If you have been divorced longer than 10 months you will need a copy of your decree absolute.
7) Two witnesses over the age of 18 are required by law and can be arranged for you upon request.
8) Always arrange travel and medical insurance to cope with life's unexpected occurrences. Do not leave anything to chance.
9) October is the best month of the year in Mauritius because it has the lowest rainfall figures and pretty near perfect temperatures. Avoid July to August, which is when the south-easterly trade winds blow strongest, lowering temperatures and playing havoc with wedding photography.
10) Just because you are getting married in Mauritius, remember you do not need to get married on the beach. You can be married in a church as well as by civil registrar. Remember that your resort will also have several specific locations on hand for you to choose and they will vary between manicured green lawns in botanical gardens or a sumptuous interior location within the hotel. These are important considerations because sand plays havoc with lace wedding dresses and that windswept look is not an attractive proposition for everybody.
*culled from www.sunresortshotels.com