You might be moved by romantic shoots over white sand of Maldives, couples enjoying pristine clear water beaches on this barefoot paradise and would have got an idea to get married on this romantic blissful island. Being a foreign county, it’s necessary to evaluate the feasibility and in this article we will be sharing details on how to arrange destination wedding in Maldives along with limitation that this county offers.
Counted as best among the romantic destination in the world, more than a thousands of visitors visit this island for their honeymoon, renewing their vows or just having an indulgent break from chaos of city life. Almost anywhere is romantic when you are in Maldives.
Whether you are bounded by budget or you want to experience best of the best luxurious romantic moments, you’ll get all the options. Nonetheless, romance doesn’t necessarily mean huge cost. One side where you can experience lovely environment of Makunudhoo Island where there’s no TV or loud music, just gorgeously simple and traditional houses dotted along the beach, and vegetation thick with trees planted by past honeymooners. While on other side you can enjoy hospitality of loveliest, most romantic resorts which are in the range of high to highest budget.
Marriage in Maldives
Photo credit: Kandima Maldives
From sunset cruise weddings to exchanging vows right on the beach, From candle light dinner at beach to spending night under stars over sand bank, there is no doubt that a wedding in the Maldives is once in life experience. What could be better location to say ‘I do’ when you are surrounded with turquoise waters of the Maldivian lagoon.
But, as per Maldivian law, wedding in the Maldives between two foreign nationals is not legally binding. Even if you do all the ceremonial stuff as per your culture, it will not be recognised as legal when you get home in your country.
So this left two option to you. What most of the people prefer is that they get married in the Maldives with all the customs and ceremony and have a legal wedding at home. So you get to enjoy beautiful ceremony in the Maldives and legally you are soul mates as well.
Other option is that, you visit Maldives post your court marriage and have beach side marriage ceremony or vows exchange ceremony in Maldives with your family and friends.
Most of the resorts offer organizing non-legally-binding marriage ceremony services, for more details on inclusions and pricing you can check websites for details and special packages.
While finalising your wedding plan in Maldives you can enrich your experience my involving local Maldivian culture and customs in your ceremony. You may choose to wear local Maldivian traditional clothing on the occasion. Drums called as Bodu Beru are essence in Maldivian wedding culture and a traditional wedding ceremony involves a Bodu Beru (drums) procession. Around 20 drummers dressed in traditional clothing play Bodu Beru. They escort couple down the aisle and to their wedding ceremony. The sound of Maldivian drums signals the start of your ceremony. Promise to love and honour one another with a symbolic blessing.
Most of these processions are included in the wedding package and you can customize them as per your preference.
Maldivian Wedding package at Resorts
Package inclusions vary depending on Resorts and each one resort adds their speciality in making your moment life time memorable.
A typical wedding involves exchanging vows with a lagoon-side ceremony under a braided coco palm arch on pristine sands. Tropical flowers and décor welcome the bride and groom on their first steps towards a happy life together. Celebration involves champagne and a wedding cake. A professional photographer dedicated for your ceremony capture each happy moment. You will be greeted by a floral bath and exotic scents on your return to your room, as you celebrate the first night of your journey as husband and wife.
Exotic Isn’t it !!
Wedding package inclusions
• 60-min aromatherapy spa treatment for the couple prior to ceremony
• Tropically decorated ceremonial location
• Symbolic non-religious ceremony
• Maldivian Bodu Beru drummers to initiate the ceremony
• Flower bouquet for the bride and boutonnière for the groom
• Tropical welcome cocktail for the couple
• Maldivian celebrant
• Professional photographer for ceremony
• Wedding album
• Wedding girl
• Wedding cake
• Symbolic wedding certificate and rings ritual
• Private romantic beach barbecue dinner
• Floral bath ceremony for the couple in the room
• Evening turndown with flowers, liqueur and chocolates
• Champagne breakfast on your in-room sundeck
• Wedding coordinator and planner
Comign to the cost, A wedding package in the Maldives Resort will cost you anywhere in the range of $500 to $5,000, depending on ceremonial arrangements and inclusions.
Most of the resort allow wedding ceremony for the guest who have minimum 2-3 night stay in resort as this much time helps them in arranging the essential items and preparing venue. It is better to check with resort while you book for your stay, they would be able to assist you in finalising complete schedule.