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Getting Married in the Maldives
As the cost of getting married increases along with the pressure to throw an incredible wedding that will cost tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds, more and more people are looking into the idea of getting married abroad. It can be a daunting prospect, with so many things to organise, but most people who have taken the plunge and had their wedding on foreign soil actually say that it is easier than getting married at home.
Why have your wedding in the Maldives
The Maldives is the ultimate beach destination. Just a quick look on the internet or in glossy travel brochures will let you know that these are some of the best beaches in the world. As well as the best beaches, the Maldives has many of the world’s finest beach resorts, many of which are not just located on the best beaches in the world, but are also very skilled at planning wedding.
How much will a Maldives wedding cost?
Of course, how much you spend on a wedding depends on many things. How many people will you invite? What level of service do you want? How many nights will you be spending in the Maldives and will you pay for all your guests accommodation? As a rule of thumb, people who opt for a foreign wedding tend to foot the bill for all their guests. At the same time, weddings abroad tend to be much smaller affairs, with just 10-30 of your closest friends and family as the guests instead of the hundreds of people we usually invite to our wedding when staying at home. Costs you need to take into account would be flights to and from Male, the Maldives’ international airport, hotel accommodation which can range from US$300 to US$1500 per room per night.
Maldives Wedding Packages
You will find that many of the resorts in the Maldives offer special wedding packages, including things like spa treatments, honeymoon suite upgrades, welcome parties for you and your guests. There are even tour operators in the UK that organise holidays with the wedding package included. You should be aware, however, that the ceremony offered at all hotels in the Maldives is not legally binding since it is a Muslim country.
Maldives Wedding Ceremonies
The Maldives is a Muslim country, so the wedding ceremonies performed at the hotels and resorts in the Maldives is not legally binding. However, you can have an authentic Maldivian wedding ceremony if you so choose, although remember that this would be a Muslim ceremony, so this might be against your religious views. A real Maldives wedding must be held in a mosque and presided over by the Atoll Chiefs. There is a lot of tradition surrounding the ceremony which you have to abide by, including a white dress for the bride and a black and white suit for the groom.
After your wedding in the Maldives
The really great thing about getting married in the Maldives is that you don’t have to worry about organising a honeymoon. Simply extend your holiday a little futher after the wedding and then you are already on honeymoon, with as many or as few of your friends as you like!