31 Jul 2018
Nothing could be more memorable than saying ‘I do’ overlooking the rolling Indian Ocean, framed by gently swaying palms. The Maldives is the ultimate destination for those seeking a romantic wedding on the fringes of paradise. But once you’ve got your heart set on these enchanting isles for your big day, how do you make that fairytale beach ceremony a reality? Follow our guide to effortlessly planning your perfect wedding in the Maldives.
Where, when, how? Choosing an irresistible resort
Decisions, decisions… There are over 100 Maldives islands with resorts, and while all offer the prerequisite talcum powder beaches and endless banner-blue skies, its key to pick the right one for your dream Maldives wedding. So do your research first. Consider the island and resort size; is it right for your guest party? Does the accommodation suit your preferences and is the location easily accessible? It’s advisable to pick somewhere not too remote for people to get to. Do you need to get a seaplane or is it accessible by boat from Malé?
One of the most important aspects is the kind of wedding packages the resort offers. Do they offer what you’re after and is there scope to tailor it to your needs? Think about what facilities are you looking for too, and select a resort that offers you and your guests alluring activities to keep them entertained, like diving or island excursions. The dry season is between December and April however you might find more value for money outside of this season.
Jumeirah Vittaveli has an enchanting overwater wedding chapel, offering wedding ceremonies and vow renewals. The Wedding Chapel sits serenely tucked away in the resort’s overwater fine dining complex. Panoramic glass doors provide 360 degree views, and decorations can be adjusted to suit personal preferences. (Marriages at the resort are purely ceremonial and not legally binding.)
Hire a wedding planner
Once you’ve nailed down your destination, you’re going to need some help! Luckily, most Maldives resorts that cater for weddings have their own in-house wedding coordinators. Taking advantage of their expert advice you’ll be able to arrange fundamentals like dates and schedules right through to the finer details like linens and the bridal bouquet.
Now’s the time to work out what kind of wedding you’d like to have—whether that’s a traditional barefoot beachfront celebration with local Bodu Beru drummers, or an all-out, luxurious extravaganza. For the perfect Maldives wedding, Jumeirah Vittaveli’s dedicated wedding planners will help you meticulously arrange every aspect for an unforgettable ceremony.
Decide your dress code
The scene is set and the date is booked! Now, think about what dress code you’d like for your guests. An exotic, far-flung wedding can cause sartorial confusion so decide if your guests will don traditional attire or go for casual, castaway elegance. It makes sense to plan any wedding party outfits with your wider dress code in mind—stilettos and ball gowns on the sand might not make the best choice for the bridesmaids!
Plan your honeymoon with the resort
You’re already in paradise, so your honeymoon will be on your doorstep! Once the guests have departed and it’s just the two of you, it’s time to kick-start your life as a married couple with a mesmerising honeymoon. Your resort will offer honeymoon packages or let you tailor-make bespoke experiences. Consider candlelit beachfront dinners for two while the sea laps at the shore, pampering couples spa treatments, coral reef dives and indulgent Champagne breakfasts.
Secluded, romantic, exclusive; make your dream Maldives wedding and honeymoon a reality with Jumeirah Vittaveli.