Your Traditional Tahitian Wedding Ceremony to celebrate your love...

In terms of weddings, we offer you 2 types, the most popular one is the Traditional Tahitian Wedding which is not legal and the Legal Tahiti Wedding as a new law which has allowed non-French nationals to be legally wed throughout the islands of Tahiti!

If you think about a Tahitian Wedding, you'll find below some help to better know how to plan this unique moment.

When start the planning of your Tahitian Wedding?
The planning for a traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony generally began at the time of booking your vacation package, because you would like to secure the location & the date of your Tahitian Wedding, secure also your preferred photographer and these need to be planned in advance.

Which island for my wedding in French Polynesia?
Basically, all islands featuring four to five star properties are offering Tahitian weddings to their guests, that being said, of course the main wedding destination is by far Bora Bora. Because Bora Bora is offering a large range of resorts you'll get many options, plus the unique beauty of the lagoon and the iconic mount Otemanu are offering the perfect setting for a romantic photo shoot. But you can also have a more intimate wedding on Moorea, Taha'a and Rangiroa islands too.

How to choose the location of your wedding in Bora Bora, Moorea or any other island in French Polynesia?
Wedding ceremonies can take place either on a beach (most resorts will offer several beach locations options like on the main beach of the resort, on a private islet...) or at a wedding chapel (some resorts like the InterContinental Thalasso & Spa**** or Le Méridien Bora Bora***** have over the lagoon chapels with glass bottom floors). So as wedding ceremonies are quite similar from one resort to another, you'll have to choose first the resort you would like to stay in, and then we at will send you the map of the selected resort(s) indicating the several wedding location's options.
Choose well your photographer, your pictures are so important!
This experience of a lifetime needs to saved forever by a reputable wedding photographer and we have several names to propose to you. Plus, you'll take this opportunity to do a romantic photoshoot (after your wedding ceremony), in an amazing location... You'll bring back home the most beautiful pictures of you two, that's for sure!
Each photographer has his own personnality, sensibility and not all photographers are the same. We'll provide you with picture samples from each photographer so you can find the right one for you.

Which option should I book?
Regarding the wedding ceremony, this choice is really yours and we'll provide you with all options. Starting the day of your wedding by a couple spa treatment will put you in perfect shape and mood and enjoying a romantic dinner after the wedding ceremony is a great way to end it...

What to expect during my Wedding Ceremony?
Although there are variations depending on location, the following is a general description of traditional Tahitian wedding ceremonies throughout the islands of Tahiti (Customized ceremonies are also available upon request):
While the guests are in their bungalow, the priest’s assistants will come to dress up the bride and groom with white pareu (painted wraps, like sarongs). The couple is adorned with specially created flower crowns and leis.
The ceremony includes traditional gowns, a priest, a group of dancers and musicians, tropical flower arrangements, leis and crowns and a wedding certificate made of traditional “tapa”. The couple is then wrapped in a “Tifaifai” (Tahitian quilt) following the ceremony.
After the ceremony, a cocktail is served to the couple. A romantic dinner can be prepared on a secluded, private islet, on the beach, or at a restaurant especially for the wedding couple.
A professional photographer takes pictures of the ceremony. A memorable "tapa" with the couples’ joint Tahitian name will be given to commemorate this unforgettable occasion.

What is the cost of a Wedding Ceremony?
Prices vary depending on the resort and the type of wedding ceremony. Prices at a 5 stars resort start at $700 at Le Méridien Bora Bora and include: Wedding venue, Non-official priest and musician, Complete floral arrangement, Coconut water blessing and purification, Escort by golf cart, TAPA wedding certificate, Amenities in the room upon arrival, Wedding assistance.

Legal Wedding ceremony in French Polynesia:

Weddings in the islands of Tahiti are now legally binding for non-French nationals. Couples who wish to be legally married in the islands of Tahiti can now have a memorable and meaningful wedding in one of the most beautiful, romantic places on Earth!

We have outlined the necessary steps and documents required in order to have a legal ceremony in French Polynesia.

Please note that this process will take approximately three to five months to complete. So, be sure and plan ahead!

Eligibility to Get Married in Tahiti:
Both spouses must be at least 18 years old.
Neither spouse can be currently married.
Spouses must be of the opposite sex.
The couple cannot be related by direct lineage.
The couple cannot be French nationals or residents of France
The bride and the groom must each choose a witness who must be 18 years of age or older (if the chosen witness is not present, the mayor’s office can provide a witness).

About The Ceremony:
On the day of the ceremony the couple, their guests and the witnesses go to the city hall (Mairie).
The mayor (or an appointed representative from the mayor’s office) will perform the ceremony, in the presence of at least two witnesses in the language chosen by the wedding couple.
After the ceremony, the mayor will give the couple a Marriage Certificate. This certificate will be dated and signed bythe mayor’s office of the commune in which the marriage takes place.

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