Traditional wedding in Zanzibar

If you think of getting married in a little different tradition, then Zanzibar is perfect and romantic destination. Getting married in Zanzibar is beautiful yet very simple and with lots of symbolic ceremonies. By incorporating Zanzibar tradition and culture your wedding can be made extra special and spectacular!

Traditional wedding in Zanzibar

Minimum 4-night stay in Stone Town 

Wedding overseas will be an individual and memorable experience without the stress and organization of a traditional wedding at home. Once you have chosen Zanzibar, Zanziplanet Tours will arrange all local logistics and paperwork for this special occasion. We will also find a proxy mom for the bride and a day before the wedding she will be taken for henna painting. The proxy mom will take her again on the wedding day and send her to saloon to set her hair. In the afternoon of the wedding day the groom will attend a ceremony that will be attended by man only and later escorted to the groom proxy mother to see his bride. After this the groom will return to the hotel and wait to go and collect his wife at the reception, which will be attended by female invitees. The reception will be fledged by local & Traditional Taarab Music.

Wedding Procedure
The clients are required to send the following certified documentation to our office at least 2 months prior the actual date of marriage to allow us carries out the whole bureaucratic process for you. We will make sure that the government official will at the wedding reception to officially conduct the ceremony.


  • An application letter (must be in English and signed by both parties) addressed to the Regional Commissioner, Urban-West Region, P.O.Box 265, Zanzibar, indicating that you want to marry in Zanzibar with intended day of marriage.
  • Two photocopies of your passports.
  • Birth registration certificates.
  • Certificate of domicile.
  • Two passport photographs.
  • A paper stating that you are single (extremely important)
  • Names, date of birth and place of birth of both parents.

If a religious wedding is required please let us know the religion plus your sect and we will be sending you the additional requirements as appropriate.

Costs & Pricing: on request and depends on the type of reception required.