wedding and Honeymoons at the Kigali Serena Hotel
A honeymoon at the Kigali Serena Hotel has it all: unrivalled elegance and comfort, a delightful pool deck and poolside café, all the services of the Maisha Health Club, and the option of dinner for two in our beautifully presented Milima Restaurant.
- Candle-lit dinner for two on your private balcony
- Surprise dinner or cocktails for two on pool terraces
- Champagne sundowners on the pool deck
- ‘His and Hers’ massage in your room
- Extension weekends to our exclusive Serena Lake Kivu Hotel which lies on the shores of Africa’s sixth largest inland lake and within easy reach of the Volcanoes National Park, home to Rwanda’s world-famous mountain gorillas.
The honeymoon suites
We offer a choice of honeymoon suites, which will be presented with wine, fruit and flowers.
The Junior Suites
Our Junior Suites (40 sq m) offer king-sized beds, luxury bathroom with both tub and shower, and an integrated work space.
The Executive Suites
Our Executive Suites (70 sq m) offer king-sized beds, a luxury bathroom with both tub and shower, an integrated work space and a separate sitting room.
The Presidential Suite
The resplendent Presidential Suite (300 sq m) offers a king-sized bed, luxury ensuite bathroom (with Jacuzzi, tub and shower), two ensuite guest rooms, private office, private conference room, private dining room (and galley kitchen), elegant sitting room, reception area and private vestibule entrance.
Planning a wedding at the Kigali Serena Hotel
Bookings for weddings should be made as early as possible (the hotel reserves the right to accept wedding reservations to a maximum of two per day). We regret that we cannot accept reservations between December 24th and January 4th, nor can we accept reservations over Easter or on any other public holiday (please consult our wedding planner for specific dates).
In order that a legal ceremony be carried out by a Rwandan registrar, the following documents must be sent to us (faxed or as email attachments) at least a month before the wedding.
- Copies of birth certificate of the bride and groom.
- Copies of passports for bride and groom.
- Details of profession of bride, groom and parents from both sides.
- Documents of eligibility from their local parish (should one of them be a divorcee a copy of the DECREE ABSOLUTE is required).
In order to comply with official requirements, a copy of a letter requesting his/her presence at the event must be received by the registrar three working days before the wedding ceremony. This must include the signatures of both the bride and groom. We therefore require all couples to arrive in the resort a minimum of three days before the ceremony.
The bridal bouquet
We typically offer either a traditional teardrop bouquet or a posy (round), the colours of which can be themed to match the bridal theme. We suggest the following type of flowers: roses, carnations, lilies (seasonal), Enthuriums or Lysianthus.
Our exclusive ‘Maisha’ Health Club will provide the couple with their own private suite and selection of pre-event massages and holistic relaxation therapies.
Our standard wedding package includes a romantic dinner for two in our Milima Restaurant. It also includes a honeymoon breakfast for two in the honeymoon suite. We will also be delighted to provide other private dining options to suit our couples.
Music and dancing
We offer a wide range of entertainment options ranging from local musicians (traditional, classical and jazz) to disco. We will be delighted to play your supplied CDs of wedding music and will provide the necessary sound system (at additional cost). If required, we can also supply CDs of local traditional music.
The Rwandan social venue of choice, we offer an unrivalled range of professional banqueting services, as well as a wide range of venues for your reception. Please consult with our wedding planner to select the perfect reception for you.
Family and friends
We will be delighted to offer preferential accommodation rates for family and friends. We understand, however, that some of your guests may be resident locally, or staying in other hotels. Should this be the case, we will be delighted to welcome your wedding party, but would appreciate details on numbers before the event (in order that we might make the correct preparations for their reception). You should also advise your guests that they will be required to pay for any services (meals, drinks etc) other than those included in your own wedding arrangements.
On the day
The cake and champagne will be served at the wedding venue (after the ceremony). Witnesses can be provided if required (who will also shower the couple with rose petals after the ceremony). The photographer will be present throughout.
Wedding photography and DVDs
Photographs and negatives are included. The photos will be 4 x 6 inches; presented in an album.
Our DVDs are filmed and edited by professionals. The DVD will run for 30 to 45 minutes and will include footage prior, during and after the ceremony together with images of the grounds and resort.