GETTING MARRIED IN MAURITIUS

There are few more romantic settings than Mauritius for that special moment when you decide to pledge your love to your partner. Your wedding ceremony can be completely tailored to your exact needs and wishes. A path of rose petals, a barefoot wedding on the pristine white sand, a traditional Indian wedding, a bridal tiara adorned with orchids, or a wedding dinner carefully arranged according to your menu preferences and much more…

CIVIL MARRIAGE

Many Hotels and Resorts in Mauritius and tour operators offer a special service to its customers for assistance with legal marriage procedures. In some luxury hotels, the Wedding Coordinator will organise transfers and accompany the spouses to complete their formalities.
When two non-citizens wish to marry in Mauritius they must apply for a certificate of non-citizen/non-resident that should reach the Central Civil Status Office at least one month before the intended date of marriage.

RELIGIOUS WEDDINGS

To celebrate a religious wedding in Mauritius, you must first have held a civil marriage ceremony, unless you are marrying in accordance with Muslim rites, or when the religious ceremony takes place, a civil officer must assist actively or passively in accordance with the legal code.
For further information on the civil marriage requirements, you can contact:
Civil Status Division (Head Office)
7th Floor
Emmanuel Anquetil Building
Port Louis
Mauritius
Phone: (230) 201 1727
Fax: (230) 211 2420
Email: civstat@govmu.org

DESTINATION WEDDINGS

An interview with managing director Marie Dominique Lolotte of Lolotte Rental and Tours (LRT) on the subject travelling to Mauritius and getting married, known as Destination Weddings.

HOTEL WEDDINGS

Getting married in a hotel in Mauritius can make your special occasion extraordinary. Hotels provide an exceptional welcome and the highest quality service to couples getting married and newly-wed couples on honeymoon. Many hotels provide combined wedding and honeymoon packages that can take the pressure off planning your special day. Hotels treat every wedding as unique and ensure that your wedding is executed to perfection.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN MAURITIUS

In Mauritius same-sex relationships are not legally recognised and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights in Mauritius are legally complicated and somewhat vague. While the LGBT community are protected from discrimination by law and individuals have a constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy, and Mauritius was one of 65 countries that signed the UN Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, at the same time, 'sodomy' remains illegal. Furthermore despite a generally young and progressive population, Mauritian society is relatively conservative and public displays of affection, regardless of sexual orientation are not advised. Consequently, those who maintain a gay lifestyle often do so secretly. The tourism industry however is more progressive and there are not usually any problems with same-sex couples sharing hotel rooms and many hotels offer honeymoons for same-sex couples and weddings, though because of Mauritius law they are not legally recognised and the Civil Status Office will not conduct same-sex marriages.

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