Weddings & Honeymoons

Getting Married in Paradise. Having a dream wedding in a tropical island paradise is why people from all over the world choose to get married in Rarotonga and Aitutaki. It’s hard to find such an idyllic wedding destination; year-round warm weather, white sand beaches, clear blue lagoons, spectacular scenery and an abundance of tropical flowers.

A beautiful place for your big day

Ceremonies and receptions for every style and budget

There are endless picturesque locations on either the main island of Rarotonga or the smaller island of Aitutaki. You can marry barefoot on a secluded beach at sunset, standing in a heart-shape of shells, in a whitewashed coral church with a spine-tingling gospel choir, on a private islet under a tropical flower arch, or beside the infinity pool of a luxury resort. You can even be rowed in a vaka across the lagoon to an islet where you’ll be announced by conch shell and serenaded by ukulele players and female dancers. Whatever your style or budget, there are dozens of different options in this tropical paradise and it truly is the island paradise of your dreams.

Have your wedding reception casual and carefree, or in style with a gourmet meal at an elegant resort. Or enjoy a simply exquisite wedding breakfast of tropical fruit and champagne at the beach or garden.

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Putting it all together

Whatever your dream wedding, it can become reality.

Weddings are popular in the Cook Islands and there are specialist wedding planners, celebrants, florists, stylists, photographers, beauticians and hairdressers to make you and your day perfectly beautiful. Nothing here is hurried, but everything happens when you need it to.

Most resorts offer all inclusive wedding packages including a variety of ceremony venues and options. Many have dedicated wedding planners, and there are also independent wedding planners and celebrants if you want to do your own thing.

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Rarotonga or Aitutaki?

Two idyllic locations for your wedding

Rarotonga, is the spectacular vibrant hub of the Cook Islands. Surrounded by a clear blue lagoon and white sandy beaches, it has dramatic inland volcanic peaks and dense green vegetation. Just 32 kilometres in circumference, Rarotonga is a picture perfect location for your wedding.

The eastern side of Rarotonga features idyllic Muri Beach. Many lagoon cruises depart from Muri Beach to explore the uninhabited motus (small lagoon islets) and nearby marine conservation areas nearby.

These secluded islets are beautiful locations for a Rarotongan wedding ceremony. Alternatevely. the western coastline of Rarotonga boasts spectacular sunsets, perfect for a late afternoon wedding.

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Aitutaki is just a 45 minute flight north of Rarotonga. It is an exquisite tropical atoll, listed as one of the best beach locations in the world. Often referred to as heaven on earth, it is where to go to get away from it all, with a gentle and relaxed pace of life. You can swim, snorkel, sun bathe and just soak up the scenic beauty of the turquoise lagoon and dazzling white sand beaches. Day trips to the 15 smaller islands within the lagoon are unforgettable experiences.

Whichever island you choose, Cook Island-style weddings are stress free. A team of professionals will make your dream come true: from wedding planners, to photographers, florists to hairdressers and beauticians to celebrants, the locals will all ensure your wedding is unique and memorable.

Marriage Licence

Make sure you apply at least three days before your ceremony

The application for a marriage licence must be made in person to the Registrar of Marriages in the Cook Islands at least 3 days before the wedding. Unfortunately you cannot apply for this outside of the Cook Islands.

You’ll need your passport and birth certificate to apply for a ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ at the Registrar’s Office in Avarua on Rarotonga. If you are divorced, please bring a copy of the Decree Absolute. All documents must be in English.

The legal age of consent in the Cook Islands is 20 years and Cook Island marriages are legally binding worldwide. A Marriage Licence is $50 and a Marriage Certificate is $15.

A Marriage Celebrant is $100 and will happily travel to your wedding anywhere on the island. A cheaper option is to use a court registrar, who will conduct weddings away from the courtroom in the afternoons between 4pm-6pm for $45.

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Honeymoon Heaven

Unadulterated bliss. Pure romance. Heaven on earth. That’s how to describe your honeymoon on Rarotonga or Aitutaki.

Whatever your budget, your dreams or your expectations, a honeymoon on Rarotonga or Aitutaki is everything you could wish for and more. From ultra-luxurious and secluded, to natural and simple, or something in between, there’s a world of amazing places to stay and things to do, that will delight and satisfy you both.

Rarotonga and Aitutaki are easy, relaxing and fun destinations. With fantastic weather rarely below 24°C, the water is warm and crystal clear, the beaches have soft white sand, the fragrance of frangipani is everywhere - and your accommodation (some of it award-winning and adults only) is probably just a few steps away from the water’s edge. From romance and relaxation, to action and adventure, gourmet dining, arts and culture, there is something here for every couple and every budget.

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Rarotonga

Experience the relaxed pleasures of Rarotonga for your honeymoon.

With its stunning blue lagoon surrounded by a coral reef, its towering mountain peaks and tropical lush valley floors, Rarotonga is simply spectacular. A day pottering on the beach, snorkelling, swimming, snoozing, or just admiring the scenery from your hammock, drifts away in no time. Most couples hire scooters, push bikes or cars, to go to town, a restaurant or cafe or a different beach anytime they want. It's the size of the island that makes Rarotonga so different. No matter where you are, the whole island is yours to enjoy all the time.

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Aitutaki

Fancy a honeymoon on one of the best beach locations in the world?

Often referred to as the "Island of Love", it’s secluded and romantic, with a gentle and relaxed pace of life. Aitutaki is just a 50 minute flight north of Rarotonga. You can swim, snorkel, sun bathe and soak up the sheer beauty of your surroundings. Day trips to the 15 smaller islands within the lagoon, including the breathtakingly beautiful Honeymoon and One Foot Islands, are unforgettable experiences. Aitutaki’s lagoon is considered one of the most magnificent in the world. Its crystal clear turquoise waters brim with bright tropical fish and its pristine white sand beaches are private and secluded. From the air, the lagoon is a breathtakingly surreal shade of turquoise that strikes an amazing contrast with the surrounding cobalt ocean.

Aitutaki Accommodation

Generally, accommodation in Aitutaki is in individual bungalows featuring stylish Pacific architecture. Perfect for privacy and comfort - and couples.

Aitutaki Escape features three high-end luxury beachfront villas, on Aitutaki’s sunset-facing coast. Polynesian/Balinese-inspired villas are each gated and walled with a private courtyard which features a deck with private swimming pool and waterfall.

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is on a private island in Aitutaki’s fabulous lagoon with only 35 bungalows, either on the beachfront or overwater, plus one very private and secluded Royal Honeymoon Villa built in multi pavilions around its own private pool. A perfect place for honeymoons. Restaurant, bars, swimming pool, spa and a full range of activities are available.

Samade on the Beach is an intimate mid-range resort, one of a very few located on Aitutaki’s magnificent central lagoon. The resort borders the main lagoon and faces west towards the tropical sunsets.

Pacific Resort Aitutaki Award-winning 5 star luxury resort with 27 superb beachfront bungalows, suites and villas. Located on and around a low beach promontory only 10 minutes from Aitutaki Airport. You would be hard-pressed to find a better place anywhere for a honeymoon.

Tamanu Beach is an excellent mid-range property on a wonderful long white sand beach, with 22 units, 2 swimming pools, 2 bars and a beachfront restaurant with superb outlook. Enjoy use of snorkelling gear and kayaks. Ideal for honeymoons and weddings. No kids under 12.

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