Mauritius Beach Wedding
With its stunning backdrop of dramatic mountains, fine beaches, ultramarine lagoons and exotic French-Creole cultural mix, the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius offers a magical setting for a romantic beach wedding.
In Mauritius you can choose to get married in a lush tropical garden, on a private beach, at a decorated location in the grounds of a resort, on a remote tiny atoll, on a yacht or even underwater. Most five-star hotels provide a complete wedding package.
Obtaining a marriage licence
With a little preparation it’s easy to get married in Mauritius. You can arrange the licence yourself, with a wedding planner or through a hotel as part of your wedding package.
You need to be in Mauritius at least one day before the wedding ceremony to allow you time to get a non-citizenship certificate from the Prime Minister's Office as well as making a sworn affidavit (attesting that you are who you say you are) from the Supreme Court.
All your original documents are then verified at the Civil Status Office in Port Louis, after which you’re free to marry anywhere in Mauritius.
A Registrar can perform the civil wedding in his office or anywhere of your choosing. A civil wedding ceremony in Mauritius follows a set format, however you are welcome to provide a personal reading to be included in the ceremony.
You can choose to have a religious ceremony performed immediately after the civil ceremony or separately in a different location. Marriages in Mauritius are recognised in Australia and New Zealand.
Both marriage parties must provide two copies of the following documents to the local civil status officer (or your wedding coordinator/hotel) at least two months before the civil service:
- Certified copies of birth certificate
- The first three pages of your passport
- Decree Absolute document (divorced papers), if relevant
- Death certificate of deceased former spouse, if relevant
- Deed poll (proof is required if you have changed your name.)
- Parental consent if under 18 years of age
Note: A widow or a divorced woman intending to marry in Mauritius within 10 months of the death of her husband or divorce must obtain a local doctor's certificate of non-pregnancy.
For a religious wedding
Documents required include the following:
- Certificate of confirmation (for Anglicans)
- A baptism certificate not less than six months old
- For Catholics, a letter from a priest or mayor is required certifying that the couple has never been married before.