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For better, for worse: Bridge weddings to start August 31

Lovebirds wanting to tie the knot on the bridge must apply before Monday.



The Housing Ministry announced Wednesday that weddings on the US$200 million bridge between the capital and the airport island will take place August 31.

Lovebirds wanting to tie the knot on the China-Maldives Friendship bridge, officially named Sinamalé Bridge, must submit forms before Monday.

It is not clear how many forms have been submitted, but the ministry previously said more than 250 forms were taken on the day applications were opened.

Bridge weddings were due to take place from September 1 to 5, but a new announcement says they will be on August 31 from 4pm to 6pm.

The announcement and an attached information leaflet published on the government gazette says the ministry is seeking proposals to decorate bridge weddings that will take place in the evening of August 31.

It does not clarify if this the only time-slot for bridge weddings or more nuptials will be scheduled for later dates. It is also not clear if weddings will be held at the same time or how many will be held on August 31.

A Housing Ministry media official was not responding to calls at the time of going to press.

The decor is based on four themes – Maldivian, floral, sunset and vintage. The Chinese theme, which was included in the forms, is not mentioned in the announcement.

The government initially said it would cover all expenses for bridge weddings, including money for the couple’s outfits and makeup.

A ministry spokesman later told the Maldives Independent that the outfit and makeup costs were being cut to allow more people to participate.

But the government is still sponsoring the catering, backdrop and photography costs for 50 guests at each wedding ceremony.

Only couples on their first wedding can have their big day on the bridge.