Introduction to Weddings in Mauritius
With sandy white coastline, which is nearly 100% surrounded by Coral Reef, the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius is a breathtaking and luxurious choice for your wedding abroad. With a population that now topples the one million mark, Mauritian people boast a variety of cultures which includes Hindus and Europeans. This mixture of cultures makes Mauritius an extremely vibrant Island and this is reflected by the scrumptious selection of cuisine and exciting array of local music.
As it is an Island, Mauritius often has a cooling breeze during the daytime which means that the otherwise tropical temperatures are more bearable. The average year round temperatures are between 20°C and 30°C, which means that the outdoor wedding venues are comfortably warm all of the time. One of the best experiences that Mauritius has to offer is the opportunity to visit Ile Aux Cerfs, a small island off the coast of Mauritius – it allows you the opportunity to go snorkelling, and see first hand, some of the extraordinary coral reefs of the Indian Ocean.
Important Information about Weddings in Mauritius
We advise that you arrive in Mauritius at least 3 or 4 working days before the day of your wedding, in order to complete the required paperwork and make the necessary arrangements for your special day. The couple will both need to provide copies of the following documents before the wedding (and also take them upon travel):
- A valid, 10 year UK passport that does not expire within 6 months of your return to the UK.
- Original birth certificates and recent (within 3 months of your wedding date) copies of your birth certificates from the Register Office.
- Original decree absolutes from any previous marriages.
- If you have been widowed, you’ll need the original copy of your previous partner’s death certificate and your original marriage certificate.
- Original deed polls for any previous name changes.
- If you were adopted, you’ll need the original copy of your adoption certificate.
- The application to marry form, which you’ll be supplied with.
It is also important to note that in Mauritius, if the bride has been divorced for less than 300 days she will be required to take a pregnancy test – if the test is positive, the wedding will not take place.
On arrival in Mauritius, you must visit the Civil Status Office in Port Louis so that you can complete the required legal paperwork and formalities for your wedding to take place.