It’s in the Details

This section is HUGE and very informative. The aim is that you are 100% sure on what we offer. There are no gray areas and more important than anything; you are comfortable with your choice of planner package, dreams, Zanzibar, and what it has to offer. The whole aim of a destination wedding is not to have the hassles of what a big wedding back home may bring.

Let me know if you have any questions or need any further explanations – I am always happy to help!

Bridal Make-up

Cindy De Gouveia Cindy is originally from South Africa where she studied at Helia-D International and received her qualification in Make Up Artistry and Spa Management. She has lived on Zanzibar for 4 years and runs her own Spa company, Mali Spa’s. Cindy has a passion for bridal make-up and believes there is nothing more... Read more...

Dance Floor

Dancing on the beach is perfect way to celebrate a new marriage. In certain venues, we can create a dance floor for you out of the sand, on the sand. We dig about a foot deep and smooth away the soft sand until we reach the harder more stable sand, which becomes the base of... Read more...

Décor

I love what I do and enjoy setting the scene for a beautiful wedding on this stunning island that is Zanzibar! Although I have a wealth of experience, I am by no means a qualified florist or a decorator. I have an abundance of vases; friends bring me florist tape when visiting from the “big... Read more...

Dhows

The dhow – the lateen – rigged sailing vessel unique to the Indian Ocean – is one of the symbols characteristic of Zanzibar. The white sail of these vessels, seen floating above turquoise waters, may be the first image to strike the visitor to the island.  But the dhow is more than just a utilitarian... Read more...

DJ’s, Musicians & Music

Coconut Band The Coconut Band has been the regular Saturday night gig at The Sports Café in the past and they are always highly praised. They are an eight piece band with very talented singers. Their repertoire ranges from contemporary African to the Rolling Stones, even Elvis! Get ready to dance the night away! They... Read more...

Dress Code

Weddings on the beach are an informal event – barefoot and fabulous. Having said that, we have had some brides who have donned magnificent designer dresses, which have sparkled on the beach. It must be remembered that the Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks need to be removed before boarding boats and dresses need to be... Read more...

Exclusive Use / Venue Hire

All our affiliated hotels are happy to offer exclusive use subject to availability. Should you however be a smaller party, we endeavour to ensure your privacy and intimacy as much as the venue can accommodate. If you would like to have exclusivity, we can arrange for the Coconut Band, Kipepeo Band or our resident DJ... Read more...

Flowers

Although we are lucky enough to live on a tropical island, it is assumed that we have an abundance of tropical flowers. However, in the 17th Century the Sultans of the Busaidi family brought crows to the island as a gift. Sadly the crows destroy most of the eggs laid by tropical birds on the... Read more...

Food and Drink Costs

For Stone Town based packages, please have a look at our website www.mtoni-restaurant-zanzibar.com for guidance on food and drink costs. These costs are average for resort restaurants on Zanzibar. The wine lists on the website are there for your perusal and to assist you in choosing your table wine before the day of your wedding.... Read more...

Hairdressing

The expatriate community of Zanzibar is at stages, ever changing, but there is always someone around that specialises in hairdressing for brides. We have worked with a number of hairdressers, and depending on availability, will be able to suggest someone to pamper you and make you look extra special on this very unique day! Please... Read more...

Henna Painting

Maju works at Mrembo Spa at Mtoni Marine. People come from all over to have their hands and feet decorated by her. It is recommended that you have the henna done the day before your wedding. This is because it can take about an hour for the henna to dry before you get to rinse... Read more...

Legal Documents

You read a lot on the internet about what is required for a legally recognized wedding on Zanzibar, but by following our step-by-step notes it is as easy as “1, 2, 3 I Do!” We at Zanzibar Weddings, may require different paperwork from other operators and hotels on the island. These documents are listed in... Read more...

Photographers

Aisha Gothey Photography www.aishagotheyphotography.com View all wedding galleries by Aisha Gothey Photography… Life shouldn’t be measured by the number of breaths we take… But by the moments that take our breath away. AKILIPIX / Francesca McKenna www.francescamckenna.com View all wedding galleries by Akilipix/Francesca Mckenna… “I am a wedding photojournalist originally from London, now based in... Read more...

Recommended Accommodation

For packages around Stone Town, we recommend that you stay with us at Mtoni Marine, www.mtoni.com, for the night before, and the night of your wedding. We at Zanzibar Weddings are affiliated with Mtoni Marine in the sense that our mother company owns the food and beverage operations. We are also able to offer you... Read more...

The Minister

With equally appropriate doses of warmth, humor and gravity, years of working with our dearly beloved Father Charles has placed him as our firm favorite Anglican Priest on the island and someone who enjoys the process of marrying people as much as we do. Based in Stone Town Anglican Cathedral, Father Charles is as spiritual... Read more...

Tides

Not living on the coast, one might not be aware of the change in tides. I once arranged a wedding on the beach at Mtoni Marine at low tide (there is at least 3 meters difference between low and high tide). Weeks prior to the ceremony, the bride came for an inspection at the time,... Read more...

Time

The majority of the weddings on the island take place in the late afternoon/early evening, around sunset, usually between 18.15 – 18.45. Please visit mobilegeographics.com for exact times if you have already chosen a date. We recommend you start the ceremony about an hour before sunset. Depending on the length of the ceremony (normally about... Read more...

Transfers, tours, exploring & more

SeaZanzibar ‘Come with us and SeaZanzibar’ is their slogan and we strongly recommend that you make use of their services for all transfers and tours. Abu and Juma are based at Mtoni Marine and use their amazing local knowledge combined with personal flair to ensure that you ‘SeaZanzibar’ as it truly is! They also arrange... Read more...

Videography

Andrew Morgan Videography Andrew is based on Zanzibar and offers high definition unedited video capture of your special day. He captures clips of the following, which you can add to your photographs to create a stunning DVD in your own style once back home: The wedding venue, including scenery/view The groom and guests around the... Read more...

Wedding Cake

A traditional fruit wedding cake is not for everybody, which is why we have found the perfect combination from one of our bakers John from Goa. John makes the most amazing delicious variety of cakes which includes chocolate cake, vanilla cake, fruit cake, carrot cake and a marble vanilla and chocolate cake. When it comes... Read more...

Wedding Favours & Gifts

“Have a beautiful wedding on Zanzibar and leave something behind for the community.” The following items are available to order as favours for your guests or gifts for those in your wedding party. Your guests can keep these beautiful souvenirs and be reminded of your wonderful day! A local NGO, Dada, supplies these to us... Read more...