Say I do in Mauritius
Have you often dreamt of ‘saying I do’ on a palm-fringed sandy beach on a paradise island?
Getting married in Mauritius is much easier than you think, especially with Sutton & Dean there to assist you to get to grips with all the legalities and paperwork involved.
Don’t fret as we love talking about weddings and over the years have helped hundreds of couples happily tie the knot.
To help you here are some of the questions we often get asked.
So, relax, sit back and be rest assured that you will enjoy a stress-free and memorable wedding from start to finish, saying I do in Mauritius is only a few simple steps away.
What legal requirements will I need for a Mauritius wedding?
There are a few requirements that you need to consider before planning a wedding in Mauritius.
- You must be aged 18 and over
- Not be related by blood or adoption to your spouse-to-be
- If the bride-to-be is divorced or widowed within the last 10 months, a Mauritian certificate of non-pregnancy is required (local charge applies). If the result is positive, the wedding will not go ahead.
- You need to be in Mauritius for a minimum of 3 working days before your wedding, there are a few legal offices that you will need to visit by law to legalise your marriage.
- Two witnesses are required, however, the hotel will be more than happy to provide these should you require.
What documents do I need to supply before I leave for Mauritius?
When you book your wedding with Sutton & Dean we will send you a Wedding Form which we ask you to sign and return together with scanned copies of the following documents, no later than 8 weeks before you depart.
Birth certificates have to be re-issued and dated within three months of your wedding date. You can reorder them very easily online here
- Passports are valid for more than six months after your return date.
- Decree absolute (if divorced).
- Deed Poll (if the name has changed) issued by UK Deed Poll Office.
- A death certificate and previous marriage certificate if widowed.
- Adoption papers if applicable.
- If you cannot obtain a birth certificate, you will require an Affidavit before travelling to Mauritius, this document must be dated within three months of your wedding.
- For non UK passport holders, the documentation is the same as above however, you will need to check with your Embassy for advice on how to obtain a new birth certificate, they may also require some additional paperwork. All non-English documentation must be translated into English and duly stamped by an official translator.
You will need to bring along the original copies of the documents listed above with you to Mauritius
Why is it important to arrive three days before the wedding and what requirements are needed?
For marriages to be legal in both Mauritius and the UK there are few steps you need to follow. You wont be alone though, we’ll help ensure its as quick and stress-free as possible for you.
Three days is recommended to ensure you have time to relax, settle in and decide where you wedding will be. You will be required to visit the required offices to certify your paperwork.
A few days prior to your wedding, you will be collected and escorted to the capital Port Louis. There are 4 different offices for the legal paperwork to be completed.
After all the legalities are out of the way, it’s time for you enjoy celebrating your special day. We’d advise you obtain a couple of additional marriage certificate copies to take home with you. (this will be at a small charge).
Is the wedding legal in the UK?
Weddings are in English and carried out by a licensed marriage officer. The civil ceremony is similar to those in the UK and your wedding is legal and recognised by UK law.
Non-British passport holders will need their marriage certificate stamped with an Apostille to authenticate it.
Once all the legalities are out the way, we’ll help plan the little things that make your wedding personal to you
Should you have any further queries we’d be happy to help and we can talk you through your plans, please contact us here.