Eloping to the Maldives: A Bucket List Wedding

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Planting a palm tree at Baros Maldives to symbolize how our relationship will grown. Photo by Muha Photos
Planting a palm tree at Baros Maldives to symbolize how our relationship will grow. Photo by Muha Photos

Back at Baros, we planted a coconut palm together, symbolizing how our love would grow. We both wondered how long it would take the palm to grow, and more importantly, when we could come back to see its progress.

We hoped it wouldn’t be long.

Though it may not be the usual post-wedding activity, we spent the afternoon diving. The dive master led us from the shore to the reef, where we saw hundreds of different coral and fish species. Even harmless black-tip sharks and sea turtles made an appearance.

At sunset, we had a romantic dinner complete with wine pairing at The Lighthouse, an over-water pavilion with a white sail roof. This iconic beacon is visible from miles away and is known as one of the best restaurants in the Maldives.

Diving after our wedding at Baros Maldives. Baros has an excellent house reef just off shore.
Diving after our wedding at Baros Maldives. Baros has an excellent house reef just off shore.

Happy from our day, we walked back along the lantern-lit boardwalk to our villa. Opening the door, we found pink blossoms in the shape of a heart across our bed.

Candles lit up the room, and a warm bath had been drawn, topped with bubbles and flowers.

We could only look at each other and smile. Our wedding day couldn’t have been any better.

If You Go

Baros Maldives

Baros.com
Baros has several wedding/vow renewal packages, starting at $1,650. Photography services are also available. Guests must stay at the resort to hold or attend a ceremony. Wedding ceremonies in the Maldives are ceremonial only. See your local administrators to file legal marriage documents.

How to Get to the Maldives 

To reach the Maldives, we flew from Boston to Doha and then to Male with Qatar Airways. Flights are also available from Dubai to Male with Emirates Airways.

Our bucket list wedding at Baros Maldives. Photo by Muha Photos
Our bucket list wedding at Baros Maldives. Photo by Muha Photos

Author Bio: Janna Graber has covered travel in more than 40 countries. She is the editor of three travel anthologies, including “A Pink Suitcase: 22 Tales of Women’s Travel,” and is the managing editor of Go World Travel Magazine (www.goworldtravel.com).