Marry in paradise!
Marry in paradise throughout the islands of Tahiti! Weddings are now officially legally binding for non-French Nationals!
Say "I Do" in a picturesque island paradise!
Known for being one of the world’s most romantic honeymoon destinations, a new law has passed allowing non-French nationals to marry in Tahiti and Her Islands for the very first time.
Tahiti. The word evokes visions of an island paradise. With 118 islands and atolls that comprise this ideal South Pacific destination, the islands of Bora Bora, Moorea, Taha’a and beyond continue to seduce travelers in search of a tranquil escape. With islands boasting high, rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, white sand, palm-fringed beaches, turquoise blue lagoons and emerald-green waters, this island paradise has something for everyone.
You and your fiancé can enjoy a beautiful Tahitian wedding on a pristine beach. Experience the ultimate romance with an ancient stone altar backdrop and surrounding palm trees on a private beach, all while exchanging brightly colored garlands of tropical flowers in the presence of a master of ceremonies. Or enjoy a traditional Polynesian wedding ceremony in one of the stunning chapels located in many of Tahiti’s luxury hotels. Amongst these is the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort’s over-water wedding chapel, which overlooks the crystal turquoise water of the lagoon and has a stunning view of Mount Otemanu.
Prior to the new law, foreign visitors were unable to legally marry throughout the Islands of Tahiti unless they had been a resident for at least a month prior to the ceremony. But now, the new law passed states that the couple must file their intention to marry with the mayor's office of the commune in the desired location of the wedding at least 45 days prior to their wedding. Example: If a couple wants to be married on Bora Bora, their paperwork needs to be filed with the mayor's office in Vaitape. Now that the 30 day Tahitian residency has been lifted, couples can marry in Tahiti on arrival day, providing required paperwork has been certified and delivered to the mayor's office 45 days prior to the wedding. Costs for translation fees of required paperwork into French stateside or in Canada run approximately $500 to $1,000. U.S. citizens can obtain certified birth certificates from the office of vital records. Certified birth certificates are required to be sent to the Secretary of State's Office of the same state that issued the certified birth certificate. Canadians can obtain a certified birth certificate from their Provincial or Territorial Government website. There are four forms required to be translated into French by an approved translator/lawyer and delivered to the U.S. or Canadian French Consulate in the U.S. or Canada to authenticate the forms with an Apostille marking.
There is no better place to celebrate your new life together!
Wedding Vow Renewal
For wedding vow renewals, many of the resorts offer spectacular ceremonies. These range in price from $1,000 to $2,500 depending on what is included. Here are some of the inclusions possible:
- Arrival by outrigger canoe
- Conch shell signaling arrival of groom
- Beach covered with flowers and palm leaves
- Greetings with flower leis and crowns
- Local musicians, songs and dancers
- Wearing traditional dress
- “Tahua” master of ceremonies
- Tapa wedding certificate
- Use of Polynesian names
- Being wrapped in a traditional wedding quilt
- Celebratory cocktail
- Fruit basket and flowers (Tahiti); bouquet of flowers, pareu & T-shirt (Moorea); bouquet of flowers and champagne (Bora Bora); bottle of champagne on all other Islands
- Bouquet of flowers on Huahine