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It’s been another long time since my last blog update. I thought I’d share a milestone for readers who might pass by this blog on a random day. News is, Jana and I got married in Seychelles (by the seychore ;p) last September 2015.

I proposed a little over 2 months before the wedding event. Not wanting to wait longer, we decided to get married the soonest time possible. Our wedding was scheduled a day after my birthday, when both of us had approved days off from our jobs.

Choosing Seychelles as a Wedding Destination

Seychelles is a group of islands located east side of Africa and a common destination for expat couples to get married. Having heard about a beach wedding from Jana’s colleagues, it made us think of it as an ideal place without all the hassles in preparation.

Getting Married in UAE vs Philippines vs Seychelles

We discussed our options based on our available time and budget. Here are some of the main points why we chose Seychelles overall.

  • UAE: As an Overseas Filipino Worker in Dubai, our options for getting married were either in a church (St. Mary’s) or join a civil mass wedding at the Philippine Consulate General embassy. Both required plenty of requirements and would take a bit longer time to process – something we’re not really excited about.
  • PHILIPPINES: Getting married in the Philippines in a church would require us to allot time for a seminar before the wedding, as well as preparing our necessary church documents. Same goes with a civil wedding where we would have to secure NSO-certified documents (CENOMAR, etc.) and finding a government officiator; not to mention filing for vacation leaves from work again.
  • SEYCHELLES: Getting married in Seychelles is like a quick and easy Las Vegas wedding, but on a relaxing beach setting. The only requirements the wedding organizer needed were copies of our passports and copies of our birth certificates. That’s all. They offer an expat wedding package that’s also legally valid in the UAE; and the soonest they could prepare a ceremony is 10 days before the date. It also helped that, given the venue set-up, it wasn’t that expensive as we thought. Affordability is always welcome. 😉

Trivia: My wife’s dress only cost 700 Php (15 USD). My pants and shirt cost more. lol. 

We wanted something private, practical, quick and convenient as we’re not big on preparations. Based on our discussion, Seychelles was our most preferred option. It also helped that the wedding was officiated on a beautiful beach.

By the way, Pinoys get a Visa on Arrival in Seychelles.

We were lucky to have gotten a wedding organizer that arranged everything from the time we arrived at the airport until we left the island. They took great care of us and we couldn’t have been more thankful.

The Wedding Ceremony

It was a nice day at the beach. We were happy because after 10 days of non-stop rain, the sun was out. There was a slight downpour prior and during the ceremony, but it wasn’t a big deal. At times, the waves crashed up to our knees and made the wedding more eventful.

Vows taken, rings exchanged, papers signed; the official ceremony lasted for 15 minutes. Some cake slices, wine toasts, and a fun photoshoot – it was a beautiful day to tie the knot. Neither extravagant nor too plain, our private beach wedding was grand enough the way we hoped it would be.

Our wedding organizer – wedding-in-seychelles.com

Note: Photos below were taken using my brother-in-law’s iPhone. Official wedding photos kept private. Thank you to Rod and team for taking care of us!

Till the next update (whenever that is). 🙂


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soloflightEd.com is a travel blog by Edcel Suyo. He enjoys performing headstands and crazy stunts during his trips in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Now based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and working to earn a living, he takes time to enjoy the city and travel during weekends.
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16 comments… add one
  • Doi

    Weeee! Congrats Ed and Jana!!! I wish you both all the success and happiness forever and ever. Can’t wait to see and hear more of your future adventures. Take care always guys.

    P.S. Don’t forget to buy me stamps sa tanan ninyo laag ha. hihihihi lamat lamat!

  • Wow, I didn’t know that Seychelles is actually a practical wedding option for OFWs in the Middle East. Will keep that in mind for OFW friends.

    Congratulations again on your marriage! Cheers to a beautiful life together!

    • hi claire, it’s practical for our situation who wanted to have a private and relaxing wedding. There’s always the option for a mass wedding at the Philippine embassy. This was also a vacation trip for us so it’s good. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment Claire. 🙂

  • Rome

    Congratulations! wishing you all the best . . . 🙂 God Bless.

  • Congratulations Edcel and Jana! Wah, parang kelan lang nung nagkita-kita tayo sa Siem Reap <3 2012 pa pala yun haha 😀 Hope to see the both of you soon!

    PS: Ninang ako ng baby pag meron na ah hehe

  • Congrats! Here’s wishing you a marriage full of joy and endless happiness.

  • pinakagusto kong part ng blog post na ito ay yong sinabi mong mas mahal pa ang pants at shirt mo kaysa sa wedding gown ni jana. hahahaha!

    congratulations, ed! best wishes, jana!

    PS : saan na ang sinigang? biro lang.

  • Tony hernandez

    How much po lahat ang expenses including air fare for the both of you. Thanks

    • Hi, we came from Dubai (as we are working here), would advise you check online for flights as it depends. we flew via Emirates Airlines, for hotel accommodation, you can check for hotel accommodations in Seychelles, as for the wedding expense, the information can be found in the official site posted above. Thanks

  • michelle

    how many days po did you stay for the wedding and papers to get ready?

  • Ynah

    Hi! Found your blog while searching info about marrying in Seychelles. Can u please let me know what was the legal procedure of registering the marriage. Was it done in Dubai or in Philippines? I am too and my partner, are Filipino expats in UAE. Thanks!

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