Are you planning to have a wedding in Mauritius? Do you want a budget wedding? If yes, continue reading this post and you will get so much info out of it. This post is about HOW TO ORGANIZE A BUDGET WEDDING IN MAURITIUS.
This post is based on my experience about how my hubby and I did our wedding in Mauritius.
APPLY FOR YOUR CIVIL MARRIAGE
Firstly, I am an Indonesian and this will be a transnational marriage between Indonesia and Mauritius. I have to apply for a marriage visa 6 months before coming to Mauritius. I applied it through my hubby and gave all the details they need to process our marriage application. If you wanna know what documents, check this link.
The most important note is, when you have Indonesian documents like I do, you have to translate everything in English and not all translation is legal there. So if you need my help, I will give you the details on how to have the legal translation documents.
When all your documents are set, you need to send via mail to Mauritius (copy and original documents) and wait patiently for your marriage visa to release – which can take about 2 to 4 weeks.
After I come to Mauritius, my hubby and I need to apply for civil marriage certificate during my stay for 30 days. Why 30 days? Because they need to put our marriage notification on the civil marriage’s office board for 20 days and wait if someone objects to our marriage. Then, we can proceed to sign our civil marriage certificate. And tadaaaa you are already married to a Mauritian!
APPLY FOR YOUR RESIDENCE PERMIT
This can proceed when you already receive your civil marriage certificate – but you can wait, if you are busy with your wedding party’s plan. For me, it was better to finish with it and then you don’t have to apply for anything else. If you wanna know what documents you need to submit, click here. After you submit all the documents – you need to wait about 2 months to get your residence permit. And you will be able to stay in Mauritius as long as you want. Yeay!
PLAN YOUR WEDDING PARTY
Note : All prices were in 2015
FIND YOUR VENUE
Since my dream wedding was on the beach, we decided to find a good restaurant that provides a good view for the matrimony and the wedding dinner. Here, in Mauritius, you have to pay a lot for a wedding, unlike Jakarta where you can have a very good restaurant and you don’t have to pay a lot. Here is the comparison:
Le Gourmet Restaurant : Rs 130,000 — around US$ 3,421 (For 100 persons)
Central Restaurant Tomang : Rp. 37,500,000 — around US$ 2,678 (For 150 persons).
Related : Budget Wedding in Jakarta
See how much is the difference, right? If you want a venue like us, you can consider this place. Here are some pics of the venue on our wedding day.
Contact them on their Facebook : Le Gourmet Restaurant
Quick note : For the menu, you can choose what you want and even better — you can ask them to have a menu tasting before the wedding day. See if the taste suit you or not — but personally for me, the food taste is good enough.
FIND YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
All of the pictures that I attached here were taken by my hubby’s friend: Sandiren Parianen. I recommend him because all of his pictures were not photoshoped and it’s all PERFECT! The colors and the angle of the pictures are beyond genius! I LOVE IT! Check his website for more details : Sandiren Photography
*note : price vary upon requests
FIND YOUR WEDDING DRESS AND SUIT
For my wedding dress, I made in Jakarta because we were on a budget. If you are on the budget like me, better you make it from where you live because wedding dresses here in Mauritius are pricey. For a full gown of wedding dress, you have to pay around Rs 30,000 – 50,000, around US$ 789 – 1,300 – my dress cost us around Rp. 2,500,000 which around US$ 178. The groom’s suit is different, since we can’t buy it on Jakarta, we searched in Mauritius and we found a place that can do a tailored suit and it’s not that pricey also. For one suit consist of vest, waistcoat, pants and tie (I didn’t make the tie, because I bought a bow tie and couples ties for my family so it will be in the same color – this is a thing back then in Jakarta, and cheaper also!) cost us around Rs 3,200 equal to US$ 84.
This is the contact for the suit’s place : Yuppies Shop , Here is the sneak peak of the suit.
Note : You can design your own suit also, they will provide you with fabrics and modification of the suit.
FIND YOUR WEDDING RINGS
This one I almost forget. LOL. It will never be a wedding without the wedding rings, right? For rings, my hubby trusts his friend who owns a jewelry shop at Rose Hill.
Bijouterie Kumar & Fils
Royal Road, Rose Hill
CHOOSE YOUR COLOR THEMES
This will affect all your decorations, flower bouquet, wedding cake and invitation card. My theme was peach and gold. When you are planning your wedding, Pinterest is a great option to find some inspirations – either color board for your wedding, flower bouquet or wedding card designs or even your dream wedding dress. Here are some of my inspirations for my wedding color board :
source from aisleperfect
source from wonderlandgraphicdesign
source from onefabday
source from newjerseybride
Second one is Flower bouquet and decorations – these usually are among the most important things for the bride. It enhances the bride’s beauty although the bride is already pretty. LOL. Since my theme is peach and gold, my hubby’s suit is in gold color. As a result, the color of my flower bouquet is peach and pink, to balance it all.
Here are also some of the decorations that we take from the same florist:
All of these cost us around Rs 2,500 or US$ 66, which consist of one flower bouquet, 10 peach flower buttonholes, one long flower decoration to put on bride and groom’s dinner table and 12 medium size flowers for guest tables. If you are interested, you can contact her here:
Av Draper, St Jean, Quatre Bornes
Phone : (+230) 465 6579
For additional decoration, I decided to make some DIY and the materials are from Jakarta , added with some small stuff that I bought here in Mauritius. I will post some of my DIY’s ideas for wedding later on. If you want to get updates, join my mailing list 🙂
But I will share you, how we get post card for our table names.
This website has the biggest postcards choice ever and it’s very cheap! Postal love
*note : I really recommend this, If you want a country name as table names also they have other types also.
Third one is Wedding cake, which cost us around Rs 13,000 (around US$ 340), where usually it will cost around Rs 25,000 (around US$ 658). I got 1 3 tiers wedding cake as center and 2 flower baskets. The flower baskets are her speciality and I guarantee that the picture is not as beautiful as the real one. Here are the pics:
This was inspired from :
source from deerpearlflowers
source from cakesdecor
source from weddingchicks
source from modwedding
If you want to ask the updated price, you can contact her: Nel’s Muffin
And the last one is the Invitation card, which cost us around Rp. 3,250,000 or US$ 233 for 150 cards. I chose to make it in Jakarta since we don’t need a lot of invitation cards in Mauritius and for the design that we wanted, it was imposible to find it cheap in Mauritius.
Related : Budget Wedding in Jakarta
Here it is! All the lists of our budget wedding that we organized in Mauritius. I hope it will help you if you want to organize your budget wedding.
Contact me if you have something to ask or want to know more about wedding in Mauritius.