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Zanzibar Wedding Documentation Requirements

Terms & Conditions

Civil ceremonies must be held in the morning and on weekdays only. Civil Wedding will take place on the beach with the Regional Commissioner coming to the hotel to perform the ceremony; however, in the event that this is not possible it will be necessary to go to the Regional Commissioners Office. Upon returning to the hotel, there will be a symbolic ceremony on the beach with a decorated canopy. In this event, the couple will have to exchange their own symbolic vows. All outdoor and beach activities are dependent on tides and weather. We recommend that the bride & groom book a Superior Deluxe room during the wedding. All documentation for the wedding must be received within 28 days of the wedding ceremony.


Need to provide the following in a document certified by a Public Notary:
1. Application letter (must be in English and signed by both parties) indicating that both applicants are single and want to marry in Zanzibar (extremely important) with the intended date of marriage. This document should include the following information: domicile, birth registration information, names, birth dates and birthplace of parents.
2. Two photocopies of your passports
3. Two passport photographs
4. Birth certificates


1. Birth Certificate
2. Certificate of Baptism. (This is essential for all church weddings)
3. A statement that both the bride and groom are single
4. A letter from their parish indicating that the parish has no objection to the marriage
5. Two photocopies of your passports
6. Two passport photographs


1. Birth Certificate
2. Letter of consent from the parents (or other family elder if the parents are deceased)
3. Letter from their parish indicating that the guests have fulfilled all requirements for to the marriage within the Catholic Church and that the parish has no objections to the marriage. This should also indicate that they have received their 1st Communion as well as Confirmation.
4. Two photocopies of your passports
5. Two passport photographs

The above mentioned packets of information should be addressed to:
Pure Zanzibar
Little Waterham Farm
Highstreet Road
ME13 9EJ

Please Note:

Civil Wedding will have to take place in the Regional Commissioners Office. Pure Zanzibar must receive all this information at least 42 days prior to the intended date of marriage. Prior to the ceremony, the couple must meet with the Officials to verify all documentation. This can be the same days as the ceremony. Documents must be sent by registered mail or courier in order to ensure delivery. We cannot accept responsibility for any documents sent by other means. Please note that requirements and processing periods in Zanzibar are subject to change without reason or prior notification. The hotel or Pure Zanzibar does not accept any liability whatsoever for changes which may occur.

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