Getting Married in Tahiti: Essential Wedding Guide

In Beach Weddings by Ande Tongco


Do you dream of saying “I do” barefoot in the sand with crystal-blue waters as a backdrop? Or would you prefer an intimate wedding ceremony in a chapel with dazzling lagoon views? However you envision your destination wedding day, Tahiti promises the perfect setting to tie the knot.

Made up of five island groups (comprising of 118 islands in total) and officially known as French Polynesia, Tahiti is the largest of the Society Islands (which also includes Moorea and Bora Bora). Needless to say, you’ll find a tropical paradise here – think coral reefs teeming with exotic marine life and tranquil, shallow lagoons. Here, volcanic mountains are covered with lush rainforests and pristine white-sand beaches frame turquoise waters. Together, it creates an unbelievably romantic setting for incredible celebrations.


Thinking of exchanging vows in Tahiti but not sure about the logistics?

Wedding celebrations and traditional vows can take place in any number of magical locations in French Polynesia, with Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti being the most popular choices. The team of specialist destination consultants at Tahiti Travel Connection is always delighted to assist in personalising your ideal wedding — from booking your flights, accommodation and ceremony venue to arranging a photographer, make-up artist and anything else you desire to make your day special. Bye, planning woes!


Okay, what about wedding venues in Tahiti?

A number of the hotels and resorts in French Polynesia cater for western-style weddings. Some couples choose to marry in true Polynesian style on the beach with music, dancers and colourful flowers, while others opt for a more intimate sunset beach ceremony with a marriage celebrant. Chapels are available too (including this amazing overwater option) for those seeking a touch of tradition.

What about the wedding legalities in Tahiti?

The Islands of Tahiti also allow Australian nationals to legally marry, providing a number of conditions are met. For a legal wedding, you are required to have a short civil ceremony in the town hall of your choosing. The necessary legal documents must be sent well in advance, so make sure to plan ahead. Fortunately, Tahiti Travel Connection can assist in coordinating all legal arrangements in French Polynesia on your behalf, making planning your destination wedding a breeze, and leaving you free to focus on each other and the celebration ahead.

If you want to celebrate a Polynesian-style wedding in paradise, Tahiti Travel Connection have just the package for the stunning Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. Your ceremony will take place in the most natural and wild part of the lagoon islet on the reef side, with the two majestic islands of Taha’a and Raiatea as your only witnesses. To find out more, give the team at Tahiti Travel Connection a call on 1300 858 305 or email info@tahititravel.com.au


For more information on a wedding in Tahiti, visit Tahiti Tourisme’s Australian website at: www.tahiti-tourisme.com.au


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