Weddings in Tahiti
Published May 9, 2018
The process to get married in Tahiti and the surrounding islands is a bit tricky. The marriage requirements are under French Civil Code, meaning that the ceremony will be conducted in French. There are options for interpreters if needed. Valid passports and birth certificates are also needed. Divorce and death decrees are also needed if applicable. The couple will have to write a letter to the mayor of the commune asking to be married in Tahiti as well as an application that can be mailed to the offices. On the day of the wedding the couple, witnesses and guests must meet at the mayor's office at their scheduled time for the ceremony. This process is long and extensive and can only be recognized in the country of origin. The Tahitian Islands are also welcoming same-sex marriages! Talk to a NOW consultant for more details.
To travel to Tahiti and the surrounding islands you will require your passport. US and Canadian citizens may stay within the islands for no longer than 1 month without a visa. Make sure to advise your country's travel information website for more information and possibly other travel documents. The official language of Tahiti and the surrounding islands is French, however, all resorts and tourist intensive areas, English is spoken. The currency in Tahiti and the surrounding islands s is the CFP franc, however, USD is accepted across the island.
French Polynesia Highlights
Tahiti and its islands have a tropical climate with a humid season running from November to April and a cooler season from May to October. There is a risk of cyclones from December to April, those would be the dates to avoid traveling. The all famous Bora Bora is located within the islands and is a perfect spot for a wedding. Either close to the beach or maybe in an overwater bungalow. Tahiti is a great luxury vacation spot. Known for their clear blue waters and white sands, it is a perfect spot for snorkeling and scuba divers. In addition to the islands, there are also many options for cruising in this area. Getting hitched on a cruise is another great option for you and your guests!
4 "Must" Experiences in Tahitian Islands
The first "must' experience is to divulge yourself in the culture of the people. Whether it be to dine at a local restaurant or finding a place that can teach you traditional dances of the island, the culture is so much different from Western Civilization. Spending time with locals will give you the intense Polynesian culture that is so unique and interesting than most other cultures. If you are looking for a rich value and experience, this is a must for sure
The second "must" would be to stay a night in an overwater bungalow. This is the typical image when you think of Tahiti, Moorea or Bora Bora. The overwater bungalows do come at a steep price, however, treating yourself with a more expensive night will be worth it all in the end. Glass floors to see the water below, large balconies with hammocks, and extremely superb bedding that you will want to sleep in forever. This will for sure be a conversation piece as you will have amazing photos to share.
The Polynesian spas are like no other. Make sure that you book yourself a massage or any spa treatment. I guarantee you it will be one to remember, maybe even the best you've had in your life. The Tahitian islands are known for their luxury atmosphere and products. They mean it with their spas that make you feel pure serenity.
Due to the crystal clear waters and amazingly interesting sea life, snorkeling or scuba diving in the Tahitian islands is a "must". You can expect all kinds of sea life, fish or maybe a school of fish, starfish, stingrays and sometimes even sharks.