3 amazing locations for weddings in the Indian Ocean

Weddings in the Indian Ocean - will Madagascar be your dream location?

Weddings in the Indian Ocean – will Madagascar be your dream location?

1. Madagascar – Best for barefoot weddings

If you dream of an Indian Ocean wedding off the well-worn tourist trail then look no further than Madagascar. A country of stunning, unique landscapes where discovery and adventure are still possible, the island of Madagascar offers beautiful beaches, laidback Malagasy people and an authentic island charm.

Where to stay

Add a touch of luxury to your Madagascan wedding and stay at Constance Tsarabanjina. A private island off the coast of Madagascar with just 25 wooden villas along its unspoilt beaches, Tsarabanjina epitomises barefoot charm. Let the friendly staff take care of all the wedding arrangements while you enjoy unwinding in a hammock or receiving a beachside massage. Spend the evening sipping cocktails with friends or dining alone on the rocks above the ocean.

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

Experience the Seychelles as man & wife

2. Seychelles – Best for super luxe weddings

From Prince William and Kate to David and Victoria Beckham, the Seychelles has long been the destination of choice for the über-rich. Its romantic seclusion, perfect beaches, pristine oceans and long-standing tradition of high-end and discrete hospitality make it the perfect choice for a super luxe wedding.

Where to stay

Nestled on the northern tip of one of the most beautiful islands in the Seychelles is the 5* luxury hotel Constance Lémuria. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, Lémuria is as much about its impeccable, friendly service as its spacious luxury accommodation, stunning, lush setting and elegant fine dining. The hotel also has its own luxury Spa de Constance and Shiseido Spa for pre-wedding treatments, an 18-hole golf course and a Presidential Villa with its own private beach.

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

An adventure for the whole family at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

3. Mauritius – Best for Kids-come-too weddings

There is so much for kids of all ages to do in Mauritius from water parks and ziplines to feeding giant tortoises that your wedding trip will become an adventure for the whole family. Gentle seas make swimming and exploration below the waves suitable for all ages while older kids can take advantage of the raft of water sports available on the island.

Where to stay

The family-friendly resort of Constance Belle Mare Plage offers spacious family accommodation with interconnecting rooms or private villas with pools. The complimentary Constance Kids’ Club is open daily to keep 4-11 year olds happy. For younger children there is a babysitting service and older kids can enjoy water skiing and windsurfing to Hobie Cat sailing and quad biking. All of which leaves you and your partner time to enjoy this special holiday with walks on white sand beaches, couple’s spa treatments or the simple joy of a meal shared without interruption.

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Trends 2013: Wedding dessert tables

Looking for ideas to make your wedding menu more exciting? Guest blogger Fay Millar of Pink Rose Cakes reveals the latest trends for 2013.

It wasn’t so long ago that the wedding cake was simply a three-tier, royal iced fruit cake, no negotiation.

Wedding cake at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Wedding cake at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Then wedding cakes underwent a bit of a transformation, the use of sponges instead of fruit, fondant icing instead of royal became accepted. Cakes got bigger, bolder, even wonkier.

Now many brides are going even further and opting not just for a cake as their reception centre piece but wedding dessert tables adorned with all manner of sugary naughtiness for their celebrations.

They are set to be a big trend for 2013, perhaps even rivaling cupcakes in their growing popularity amongst savvy, fashion-conscious brides.

As with many trends dessert tables started in the States and spread around the world. The idea that you could have a table laid out with a plethora of cookies, macaroons, miniature cakes, cake pops, sweets and popcorn is wonderfully decadent.

On other occasions it might seem a tad too opulent but at weddings they are a brilliant accompaniment to the main cake and a great way to offer guests something visually pleasing as well as alternative to nibble on.

Ruffle wedding cake by Pink Rose Cakes

Ruffle wedding cake by Pink Rose Cakes

They can also be themed to fit in with wedding itself with everything from chic Parisian black, white and pink tables to rustic, country-style ones with cascades of delicately iced cookies in shades of coffee, cream and ivory.

For the serious cake lovers out there it is also an opportunity to have a second boutique style cake which mirrors the wedding theme.

Normally two tiers, these cakes are much smaller in scale than the main wedding cake but provide the perfect focal point for the dessert table itself and offer the bride and groom another chance to ‘cut the cake’.

From a practical point of view, they can provide extra cake for evening guests or those who just want an extra slice.

The only difficulty is in choosing exactly what is to go on the table, the list of possibilities is deliciously long….

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