COVID the love killer: marriage cases to Seychelles remain inactive
Visitors chose the Seychelles for their wedding, using the breathtaking beaches as a backdrop. (Roman Laurence)
(Seychelles News Agency) – Destination wedding ceremonies with the breathtaking Seychelles beaches as a backdrop have come to a halt with the COVID-19 pandemic.
With no airlines bringing visitors to the archipelago of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean due to current restrictions, foreigners seeking to get married in Seychelles have had to postpone, cancel or modify wedding bookings that ‘they had performed.
According to Citizen services Center, no marriages are currently registered in the country.
“The whole situation is shocking and like everyone else we did not expect this. We are asking the government for help as we are not receiving any income at the moment as there are no tourists and customers.” said Alda Madeleine, a full-time wedding decorator.
Madeleine, who works with hotels and wedding planners, takes this time to care for her tropical flower garden which she uses in her wedding decor.
“I’m making the most of this time to do what I couldn’t do before: put away the things I use and my tools,” she told SNA.
Responsible for capturing breathtaking and memorable moments during and after a wedding, Alvin Abel, a photographer, told SNA that “at the moment nothing is happening” from a business perspective.
“Most of the guests canceled their reservations, instead of postponing them. Most of the cancellations took place in March. Some locals have postponed their reservations until next year,” he said.
“I hope that everything will return to normal in the world soon, as we depend on the beautiful couples from other countries who get married here to contribute to our businesses and we, in turn, leave them with beautiful memories,” continued Abel.
Abel told SNA that he is currently focused on completing a project he had planned and setting up his studio.
Another local photographer, Steve Nibourette, wrote in an Instagram post that “this is such a strange time for all of us and for those who have been planning weddings, honeymoons and events, a very stressful time indeed. “.
“I have received numerous calls and messages over the past few weeks from newlyweds wondering what to do on their special days. Many have to work with their sites and suppliers and move their dates – some later in the day. years, others later in 2021 or 2022. Rest assured that I am here to help all my couples and work with them to rearrange dates and times, ”the message continued.
Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, has new regulations issued by the Public Health Commissioner regarding entry, exit and return to Seychelles. As of April 17, no person or category of persons may enter or leave Seychelles without the written permission of the competent authorities.