The Maldives truly is an exotic paradise. Lying at the top of an underwater mountain range, it contains 26 atolls, 1,190 coral islands and covers 90,000 square kilometres. It wasn't until the 1990's, when the first water bungalow was built, that the tourism industry took off, finally making wedding celebrations there a possibility. A group from the UN even visited in the 1960's and deemed it wasn't worth it because there were no banks, airports, or electricity. Little did they know that what the public really wanted was an escape from all that.\n\nThese flawless islands are incredibly safe. There are no hawkers or traders, no pollution and no agriculture on the islands, meaning the lagoons are crystal clear. The Maldives also has great weather all year round, averaging in the upper 20s. The northern atolls experience their highest rainfall from May to November and the southern atolls from November to March. For a wedding that truly encompasses you as a couple, away from the distractions of modern life, The Maldives are the perfect choice for an unforgettable celebration.\nIt's important to note that unless you are a resident of The Maldives you cannot legally marry there, however that doesn't mean it wouldn't make a fantastic destination to renew your vows or celebrate with a symbolic wedding blessing.\n\nLess than 200 of the islands have permanent residents and an additional 100 are simply resorts, many with coral reefs surrounding them - perfect for diving opportunities during your stay. The Lux* South Ari Atoll is a beautiful choice, with everything you need right at your fingertips. They offer beach weddings or sunset cruises, perfect for an intimate family gathering. Or perhaps create your fairytale wedding at the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas against an ocean backdrop. Take a private yacht, dine in the underwater wine cellar and restaurant, or indeed tie the knot underwater in a luxury diving experience.\n\nDuring your stay make sure you experience as much of the beautiful surroundings as you can. Swim with manta rays, reef sharks, green sea turtles and whale sharks, take a boat to an uninhabited island or dine from a Michelin-starred chef's menu at a private dinner on the beach.\n\nTake a look at our other venues on offer in The Maldives for your wedding here.