As one of the most important days of your life; a wedding in Seychelles couldn’t be more ideal.
Renowned for being one of the most sought after wedding locations, Seychelles promises sun drenched skies, pristine white sands and temptingly turquoise waters: the picture perfect backdrop for a picture perfect day!
The thing to remember here is that even fairy tales require careful planning. Aside from the important documents you need for the wedding, there are plenty of other things you need to consider:
Photography/DVD & Video Options
Once-in-a-lifetime moments should be captured and treasured forever - don’t forget to organise your photographer and videographer ahead of time.
To make sure nothing is left to chance; here are some points to consider when choosing the right photographer and videographer:
- Ask for their portfolio or some examples from past clients
- Discuss your ideas
- Explore your options
- Hours (coverage)
- Number of photographers
- Enhancement of photos (all photos or selected ones)
- Printing (limited number of photos)
- Personalised DVD for the photos/videos
- Your own wedding website
- USB drive or backup for all the HD photos
- Full rights to reprint the images
- Same day edited video of your wedding
- Cinematic highlights (full editing)
- Raw footage
- USB drive or backup for all the footage
This will help you to establish whether their style is in keeping with your preferences. You might also pick up some great tips - angles, effects, etc.
You might already have very definite ideas regarding shots, angles, framing, etc. Don’t be afraid to relay them – it’s your day. That said, be prepared to listen to a professional opinion; this will help you to understand whether your suggestions are conceivable or whether there are in fact better ways to execute them.
Some studios include videos in their packages, while others don’t. Always ask for the package details:
The spotlight always belongs to the bride! Wedding dresses are the real statement piece of the whole affair so it is important that they arrive in tip-top condition – and in a style befitting of any leading lady. So, you are going to be jetting in on a long-haul flight and your dress, which is worthy of an entourage all of its own, will require due care and attention; ideally, it will be stored in the cabin. If you would prefer your dress to be checked in, maybe you could ask the airport crew to attach a fragile/priority tag so it doesn’t get loaded at the bottom of a very big pile of unruly suitcases!
Nightmare scenario – your dress hasn’t made it to the baggage reclaiming conveyor… it’s not over ‘til the fat lady sings! Some wedding venues can arrange a dress hire service which could prove invaluable in situations such as this.
One tip about the dresses: Since most Seychelles weddings take place on the beach, try to avoid ball gown style dresses or dresses with long trains.
Private Functions & Personalised Receptions
A wedding should be celebrated in style - the reception can make your wedding day an even more memorable occasion! The newlyweds will surely want to mingle with the wedding party at the carefully planned event… that should go a little something like this:
- Introduction of the wedding party (parents of the couple, maid of honour, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc.)
- Entrance of the bride and groom
- Speech from the parents of the bride and groom
- Cutting of wedding cake
- Toast (from the maid of honour or the best man)
- First dance of the bride and groom
- Bouquet throwing
- Garter tossing
- Speech from the newly weds
- Closing remarks
This programme would be better executed in a private events area or function room - not only will this provide privacy, you will also avoid gate crashers and freeloaders.
Private parties require exclusive entertainment - the most common wedding entertainment options include live bands and DJs.
Since you very wisely decided on Savoy Seychelles as the ultimate wedding venue, then why not go the whole hog? – book a Seychellois band.
Makeup & Hair
Bringing your own makeup artist and hair stylist to the Seychelles is not a practical option — but if you can afford it, why not?
There are plenty of bridal wedding services in the Seychelles that offer hair styling and makeup for the bride and groom.
Some will have their own portfolios but you can also stick to your preferred hairstyle or makeup palette (magazine ideas, phone pictures, etc.). The usual package will include the bride and the groom; additional charges will be applicable if the whole wedding party requires some attention.
Ceremony Set-Up Arrangements
This should definitely be planned ahead of time! I mean this is the moment where you say “I do”. It should be perfect! The ceremony area for beach weddings usually includes:
- Aisle decorations (flowers, lanterns, lights, etc.)
- Aisle runner
- Aisle stands
- Wedding arch
This can be arranged according to your preferences - try to settle on a theme weeks in advance so that the wedding service provider has sufficient time to cater to your specific requirements.
Make sure that your chosen design is not over the top — let the Seychelles beach backdrop speak for itself!
Savoy Resort & Spa offers the perfect venue and honeymoon services — we would also be very happy to help with the wedding in the Seychelles essentials. Once in a lifetime events should be celebrated in one-of-a-kind locations.