Mauritius – Getting Married in Mauritius
Together with the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles, Mauritius has for decades been one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations attracting newly weds from Seattle to Singapore, Copenhagen to Cape Town. This demand predictably spurred the Mauritian government to explore ways of exploiting this reputation even more and eventually led to the relaxation of conditions under which foreigners can legally get married in the country.
After all, few things can be more romantic than a wedding on pearl white silky sands surrounded by gently swaying palm trees on a beach caressed by crystal clear ocean waters as towering mountains provide an imposing background. Despite the distances love-struck couples from Europe have to travel to get to Mauritius, it is possible for a wedding on this Indian Ocean island to be cost significantly less than its equivalent in the United Kingdom for instance.
In addition to the traditional honeymoon package, most resorts on the island now have all inclusive wedding packages. For a single fee, the hotel will organize every aspect of the ceremony from accommodation and the actual exchange of vows, to seating logistics and evening parties. While the beach seems like the most natural venue for a wedding on an island with Mauritius reputation, you can choose a different setting including your hotel room or the offices of the Registrar of Marriages, Births and Deaths.
Requirements for getting married in Mauritius have been streamlined and are fairly straightforward. For starters, the couple must have been resident on the island at least 24 hours before the time the ceremony is scheduled to start. This rule only applies to non-residents so you must obtain a non-residency certificate from the Prime Minister’s office at least 10 days before the wedding day.
You do not have to be in Mauritius to apply for the non-residency certificate – simply mail the application as well as copies of the required documents (birth certificates, passports and, where applicable, widowhood and divorce documentation). There are also rules on appropriate dressing for the bride and groom. Open shoes (for men), miniskirts and shorts are prohibited.
It is important to note that there may be additional conditions (not from the government) depending on the faith or religious denomination under which you would with to exchange vows. Catholics for instance should contact the local Diocese to establish what it takes to have a Catholic wedding in Mauritius.