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Weddings in Seychelles............the small print

To marry legally in The Seychelles...................

One or both parties have to be aged 18 or above. A parent or legal guardian must accompany under-age applicants.

Personal details that need to be verbally certified before the ceremony are: Occupation(s), Religion and Home Address.
 
The following documents are vital as proof of identity and intention to marry.

 - Passports and Birth Certificates

 - If you are unable to provide your birth certificate any other relevant legal document may be used.
 
 - If one of the parties is a divorcee, widow or widower the divorce certificate (decree nisi absolute) or death certificate.

There is no nationality obligation that has to be fulfilled, but the law requires at least eleven days notice, or publication of the banns before the marriage can be celebrated. You should be resident on the island at least three days prior to your wedding.

The Central Civil Status Office, Independence House, Victoria, Mahé, can offer further advise on weddings being celebrated outside of the Registry Office and on any day of the week or weekends.

Please contact the Civil Status office. Email: info@civilstatus.gov.sc

The cost of the Civil Wedding is €150. This covers the Marriage Certificate, Apostile (Court Stamp) and transport fees for the registrar to and from the venue. Please note that the transport fees will vary depending on where in The Seychelles you are celebrating your wedding.

Religious ceremonies are not recognised as legal unless a civil contract has already been entered into prior to the religious ceremony.

Please note that all your documents must be translated into English or French. (if divorced, only the divorce certificate needs to translated). All documents need to be with us 1 month prior to your wedding.

All French citizens are requested to contact their Embassy in The Seychelles prior to the celebration of marriage and to send the documents required by the Embassy themselves.

Weddings can be celebrated on Mondays to Fridays, except Public Holidays. Weddings on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays incur a supplementary charge.

Weddings generally take place between 2pm (1400 hrs) and 5pm (1700 hrs), however other times are possible on request.

Religious ceremonies:

The Catholic Church requires that the couple's parish priest sends a letter of introduction 6 months prior to the wedding, certifying that the couple has carried out the necessary marriage preparations; that each party signs an affidavit confirming that he/she is not divorced with a former spouse still alive; that the parties have contracted a civil marriage prior to the blessing, and that the blessing ceremony takes place in an authorised church building.

The Anglican Church requires 3 months notice; that the couple's parish priest initiates contact with The Seychelles diocese 2 months prior to the wedding; that the parties have to receive marriage counselling by The Seychelles' priest a minimum of 3 days before the ceremony; that the couple has contracted a civil marriage prior to the blessing, which can take place on any day except Sundays, feast days and Lent; and that the blessing ceremony takes place in an authorised church building.

We can assist you with ensuring that the church receives your paperwork

The Seychelles regulations stipulate that the marriage ceremony must be conducted under a permanent roof. At the discretion of the Registrar, weddings may be held outdoors. We can confirm this for you once you have chosen a location........such as a beach wedding.

It is also possible to have a non legal and non religious ceremony in The Seychelles.

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