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Weddings on the beach in Mozambique

Ibo Island Lodge is the perfect venue for an exotic and unique Mozambique island wedding. With its old atmospheric cathedral and beautiful heritage buildings the island is the perfect backdrop to host your dream wedding. Let us help you celebrate your special occasion or event on Ibo Island. The team at Ibo have planned and hosted many weddings and special events and we are able to put together a truly exclusive occasion for you.

Ibo Island Lodge offers intimate and unique accommodation for smaller wedding parties and guests. Larger weddings can also easily be accommodated by utilizing neighbouring island accommodation options.  We will take care of all arrangements for you leaving you free to concentrate on your special day with your guests.

Ibo is an island that is beautiful, remote and untouched by commercial developments and one of the most intriguing, idyllic and romantic African islands you could dream of visiting

We believe that planning a wedding, a renewal of vows or any special event is something that requires a huge amount of trust, care and attention to detail. We are intimately involved in all of our wedding and special event bookings to Ibo Island.  Our Ibo Island wedding service includes:

  • Liaison between the bridal couple and the ceremony and reception venue chosen;
  • Assisting with all planning down to every tiny detail;
  • Co-ordination of all guest’s travel arrangements in Mozambique;
  • Acting as the point of contact for all guests, booking flights and ticketing and ensuring it all comes together as you have planned it.

Ibo Island Lodge offers some truly romantic and totally distinctive Mozambique wedding venues

  • The old Stone Town Square and Cathedral of Ibo Island.
  • A totally unique beach wedding at the hidden sand bank beach
  • Ibo Island Lodge’s stunning rooftop terrace.
  • Ibo Island Lodge lush tropical gardens.

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Wedding ceremony venues

Ibo Island offers a choice of amazing venues for a one of a kind wedding:

Ibo Islands old Stone Town and the Cathedral

Built in the 1700′s, the island’s Catholic Church with its tower and old brass bells is beautiful and extremely atmospheric, and is a firm favorite for those seeking a truly special old world church atmosphere. The ancient forts and town square that make up Stone Town on Ibo with their grand old buildings and intricate special features, are also just as unique and most can be used with enough prior planning.

Past weddings on Ibo have incorporated a bridal procession through the Stone town to the chosen ceremony place and it is possible to have a local choir or traditional singing group accompany the proceedings.

The little fort of Sao Jose on Ibo Island (a few steps from the church) can be used for after ceremony drinks. This setting has beautiful views through the old turrets and cannon holes overlooking the bay. The photographic opportunities throughout Ibo Island are in abundance, and many guests have likened it to being on your very own movie set with many significant buildings and ruins to explore.

The church can be used for day time ceremonies, and also when lit by candle light at night makes for a stunning night time ceremony. The acoustics in the church are just wonderful.

Sand bank beach Wedding

One of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the Quirimbas Archipelago and one of Ibo’s best kept secrets is accessed by a short motorized boat trip from the lodge. Gliding slowly, you will slip out of the ancient harbour of Ibo, passing the old fort of Joao Baptiste, and out into the blue open water. We will have timed it just right so that the sand bank beach has unfolded as the tide retreats, revealing a perfect sandy beach totally surrounded completely by sea and luxurious in its seclusion. So your wedding on the beach in Mozambique is about to come true.

The sandbank is usually totally private with the odd traditional dhow sailing past. Here we set up Bedouin style tents for shade and the bridal couple stands under palm fronds to make a little canopy, with your guests all around you and the ceremony is conducted right there on the sand. The sand bank beach is the perfect wow factor Mozambique beach wedding ceremony venue, and we can’t think of a more unique and breath-taking option for an island wedding in Africa. *Please note that the sand bank is both weather and tide dependent.

Ibo Island Lodge roof terrace

The west-facing roof terrace restaurant at Ibo Island Lodge specializes in the freshest of seafood accompanied by tropical sunsets. Perched high up on the flat roof of the Bela Vista mansion overlooking the bay and mangrove forests beyond to the mainland. The sun sets right in front of the terrace often streaking the sky a deep orange and offering the most beautiful soft light. This venue is suitable for an intimate sunset ceremony and the ultimate Mozambique wedding.

Ibo Island Lodge gardens

Ibo Island Lodge has tropical gardens with palm trees, frangipangi bushes, flor do Ibo and lawns. Wedding ceremonies followed by the wedding feast and reception can be staged in this shady setting. The gardens are alive with birds that swoop down to drink from the main swimming pool and bird baths. The pool provides a great backdrop for pool side cocktails and can also be lit with candles and flowers at night.

Garden weddings can lend themselves to a more relaxed atmosphere and seafood feasts or BBQ’s can be prepared on open coals for a totally different island style take on the traditional wedding reception. Alternatively we can also offer a more formal sit down gourmet wedding reception with several courses.

Ibo Island Lodge is extremely flexible and personal and is a wonderful choice for an unmistakably unique island wedding.

 

Dear Ibo Friends (can I call you friends?) I have had the most amazing time in Ibo, possibly the time of my life. It’s been only one short weekend but I feel like spent here at least a week - cultural, historical tours were awesome and so was dhow cruise to the sand bank and morning kayaking!! I will never forget my private dinner on the beach with the moon and candles only! Thank you for making my stay here so memorable. Ibo Island Lodge is one magical place!! Hope to see you again one day!
Monika Brester

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