All you need to know about having a destination wedding in the Maldives

Date : 02 Mar 2021
Categories: Maldives Islands

Owing to the oozing natural charm of the Maldives comprising white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise sea, splendid reefs, and pleasant weather, every romantic couple dreams of having their wedding in this paradise. This jewel of the Indian Ocean offers a number of options for the perfect destination wedding. Your D-Day will be unforgettable for everyone whether you choose to exchange vows at the beach or have a sunset cruise wedding ceremony. 

In this blog, we present a few things that you should know in advance if you are planning a beach wedding in the Maldives.

The legalities

If you and your partner are foreign nationals, then your wedding in the Maldives is not legally binding. Although, everything will be real including your ceremony and the perfect beach wedding dress, it will not be considered legal when you get home. Most of the people have a legal wedding back at home and the lovely ceremony in the Maldives. This is the one and only way to have a Maldivian wedding. The island nation has a huge wedding industry for foreigners who want to have their wedding at a stunning beach on a tropical island. There are many lavish resorts that offer wedding packages that comprise the honeymoon as well.

The ceremony

Along with exchanging vows, rings, and your immense love for each other, there are other things to consider while you are planning a beach wedding in the Maldives. For instance, you can add Maldivian culture to your celebration if you are willing. Here, a Bodu Beru (drums) procession is included in a traditional wedding ceremony. A procession of nearly twenty drummers playing Bodu Beru dressed in traditional clothing, the happy couple is led down the aisle to their wedding ceremony. There is also a local Gazi (judge) presiding over the celebration. All this is done in the local Divehi dialect. You can also choose to wear traditional Maldivian clothing if you decide to go the conventional route. 

Skipping all of the Maldivian cultural aspects, you can also choose to have a western wedding. However, there are many resorts that offer wedding packages inclusive of the bodu beru drummers as it is the best way to remind the couple and their guests that it is ultimately a destination wedding.

The location

The Maldives is known for its extremely gorgeous beaches all over the world. Thus, a beach wedding in the island nation is sure to be memorable. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and thus, it has emerged as a dream spot for a beach wedding. It provides the incomparable background of shiny waters and swaying palm trees. Along with the wedding ceremony, couples also choose to have their reception at the beach complete with authentic food, music, and flowers.

You can also choose to get married at a location other than a beach in the Maldives. Couples also get married on a luxurious yacht or a traditional dhoni in the sea, on a secluded sandbar far from noise and crowd, at the edge of a pool, or on a rooftop terrace during sunset. Top restaurants in the Maldives such as the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, or Botanica Restaurant also conduct weddings. 

The cost

Comprising expenses on the clothing, flowers, decoration, photographer, makeup and hair, cake, food, ceremonies, a wedding can be a very expensive affair. As per a report by Business Insider, the average wedding cost in the US is $33,391. This amount gets doubled if you get married in Manhattan. This price does not include the honeymoon. According to Forbes, honeymoon expenses would mean an additional expenditure of at least $4,000.

Having a destination wedding in the Maldives is comparatively cheaper and lets you save a lot of money. A wedding package here ranges anywhere between $550 and $4,000. Flights cost still less than $10,000. The best thing is that you can have both your wedding and honeymoon at the same destination. You can get a great package deal as well. The entire expenses for wedding celebration and honeymoon can add up to be just $3,500. Therefore, a Maldives wedding is an affordable dream! 

Maldivian resorts offer packages inclusive of decoration, makeup, food, photography, and venue. All these are included in even the most basic packages. You can choose to splurge and include add-ons such as bodu beru players, champagne, romantic sunset cruise, a relaxing couple massage, along so much more.

In your entire life, the wedding day is one of the most special days. Two souls start their journey of life together after getting married. As it holds such immense significance in one’s life, it becomes mandatory that the venue where the wedding takes place should be special as well because that would be the place where you both will come together in holy matrimony. It is said that marriages are made in heaven. You can literally have your wedding at heaven on earth- the Maldives. The island nation is counted among the best places to tie the knot as destination weddings have become a trend of the century. Maldives destination weddings are amazing in the truest sense.

Why get married in the Maldives?

One of the most scenic destinations across the world, the Maldives is considered the best tropical destination. You can fulfill your dream of having a dreamlike wedding in this paradise. You will be left awestruck by the azure water, silky soft sand beaches, stunning reefs, and the pleasing weather. All this will make your special day even more special. From the middle of the sea on a cruise to the edges of the cliffs, you can exchange your vows with your partner anywhere as per your choice because you have numerous options here.

Best resorts for a destination wedding in the Maldives

There are a number of resorts where you can get married. The best ones are as follows: 

  • Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
  • One&Only Reethi Rah
  • Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa
  • Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa
  • Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

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