The Maldives offer some of the world’s most idyllic and romantic beach settings. With its peaceful, unspoiled islands and secluded beaches, the tropical paradise is a perfect wedding venue.
Around a thousand coral islands are scattered along the Indian Ocean in a series of atolls, which enclose blue lagoons teeming with colorful marine life. These make up the friendly, vibrant nation of the Maldives, which lies hundreds of miles across the ocean from its nearest neighbor, Sri Lanka.
Maldivian island resorts offer tranquility and luxury alongside a spectacular variety of activities, including diving and water sports. There are opportunities to explore a lively local culture and enticing cuisine, too.
For those planning a wedding, many choose the Maldives for its romantic, intimate and unique way of celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. While the nation can only legally marry Maldives residents, a ceremonial blessing here offers everything you might expect from a traditional wedding.
After making your legal commitments at home, you can then enjoy a symbolic ceremony on a Maldives island with decorative altar and bouquets, music, champagne, a tiered wedding cake, and many other luxurious touches.
1. Choose Your Style of Ceremony
The Maldives offers two romantic settings for your ceremony. You might opt for a classic beach ceremony; or perhaps you might choose the ultimate in intimate settings: your own private castaway island.
Whichever you choose, you’ll be feeling gentle tropical breezes and the soft white sand beneath your toes as you say your vows. Boduberu players can accompany the ceremony with their enchanting music, traditional to the Maldives. To perfect the moment, you may also choose to be accompanied by an island flower girl and drink from a traditional lover’s coconut cup.
Following the ceremony, the perfect way to celebrate is with a beautiful sunset cruise on a traditional dhoni, followed by an idyllic candlelit dinner on the beach.
2. Choose the Date
There’s no bad time to choose to say your vows in the Maldives: the temperature is very consistent all year round, with a typical maximum of 27˚ Celsius. However, the driest of seasons is between late November and mid-April. The beginning and end of the season are often the most stunning when water is at its calmest and clearest.
3. Choose an Incredible Villa
The most luxurious retreat for you and your beloved should be an incredible villa to enjoy before and after the ceremony. This gives you unparalleled romance and privacy, and the time and space to truly relax and unwind.
In the Maldives, you might choose an over-water villa which is accessible by a boardwalk, or a beach villa. There are many luxurious touches to these villas. Look forward to a private sun deck with infinity pool, for instance, and an open sky bathroom with spa bath.
From your villa, you’ll be able to gaze up at a sea of stars in the unspoiled sky. Most villas are also orientated for optimum views of either sunset or sunrise, which can be your choice.
4. Arrange Your Arrival
There are two typical ways of arriving on a secluded Maldivian island and both are equally spectacular. After arriving at Velena international airport close by to the capital Malé, you may either be transferred by seaplane, or by domestic flight and luxury speedboat.
5. Choose How to Spend Your Time
Most couples opt to stay on their Maldivian island for a week or two. This way you can fully relax and unwind, and be refreshed and ready to enjoy every moment of your special day and your first few days of married life.
Enjoy walking on the beach hand-in-hand, leisurely romantic meals and some time for you both to be pampered with couple spa treatments. Indulge yourself with time relaxing on the beach, or in your private infinity pool or spa bath.
For more adventurous days, take a trip out into the ocean, dive down to explore the exquisite coral reef and witness dolphins playing alongside your boat. Alternatively, immerse yourself in Maldivian culture with local tours or further your gastronomic skills with cooking classes.
Finally, for a finishing touch to your romantic getaway in the Maldives, take a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Whether or not you opt for a castaway island ceremony, taking a trip out to explore a fully secluded island is the perfect romantic excursion.
With a wedding at the Maldives, you can ensconce yourselves in lush tropical surroundings, exclusively yours for a morning, afternoon, evening sunset or even overnight, or a few days. Enjoy a luxury hamper, or take a private chef with you to prepare a gourmet meal of a lifetime.
AUTHOR BIO :- Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”