Tahiti. Perfect destination for a perfect day
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Who never dreamt to get married on a white sand beach, between lagoons and lush vegetation? Punctuated by dancing, drums and traditional songs? Polynesia makes this dream possible.
You can get married symbolically with a traditional ceremony, or get married legally with a Polynesian mayor.
How to prepare this unforgettable day?
Tahiti Tourism provides you with the essential information to plan your wedding if you are a French couple or from foreign nationality.
LEGAL WEDDING, a dream can be reality in Polynesia
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!
With 118 islands and atolls include this ideal South Pacific destination, the islands of Bora Bora, Moorea, Taha’a continue to seduce travelers in search of a calm 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.
Weddings in the islands of Tahiti are now legally binding for foreign nationalities. Many of the hostel, resort and cruise line partners are eager to cater to this new opportunity. 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. However, we highly recommend working with a Tahiti Tiare Agent who specializes in destination weddings to more easily complete this process.
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.
- Same-sex couples may also be legally married in French Polynesia since the passing of the Marriage Equality Act in Tahiti
- 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 (your Wedding Planner or the mayor’s office can provide witnesses).
- The “Marriage of Foreign Citizens in French Polynesia” application must be completed.
- A letter signed and dated by both future spouses, addressed to the mayor of the commune chosen for the marriage ceremony.
- A copy of both spouses' passports is required for proof of identity
- Proof of residency for both of the future spouses (a utility bill or any bill noting names and physical address will suffice). A photocopy of bills for both spouses is acceptable.
- A certified copy of both spouses’ birth certificatestranslated into French and legalized.* (note: the birth certificates must have been issued less than 6 months prior to the date of the marriage).
- A “Certificate of Non-Marital Status” (“Certificate of Celibacy”), translated into French and legalized.*
- Optional, if a prenuptial agreement has been created, it must be translated into French and legalized.*
* Important note about translation and legalization:
- Some countries will issue certified copies of birth certificates in a multilingual format, including French, in which case a translation is not required.
- When a translation is required, a list of approved translators can be found on the French consulate’s website in your region/country.
- In most countries, documents can simply be legalized with an “Apostille” (a stamp that authenticates documents for international use) without needing to liaise with the French Consulate in your region/country. Apostille services can be found online.
Answers to your questions !
We have listed all you need to know in order to have a legal wedding in French Polynesia
Send All Materials to French Polynesia!
- Expedite all materials to the mayor’s office of the commune in which the couple is getting married at least 45 days prior to the ceremony.
- The mayor’s office will then contact the bride and groom to advise them of the approved date and time of the wedding.
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 french language. You should have a translator if you need to.
- After the ceremony, the mayor will give the couple a Marriage Certificate. This certificate will be dated and signed by the mayor’s office of the commune in which the marriage takes place.
TRADITIONAL WEDDING ; a symbolic ceremony, a unique and magical moment
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Whether or not you choose to have a legal wedding in Tahiti, you might dream to have your tropical beach wedding with traditions.
A traditional Polynesian ceremony happens on a white-sand beach or on a motu (islet) amongst the lagoon's crystal clear waters, dressed in traditional costumes made of fresh flowers crowns and white pareu (sarong).
During the wedding, the ceremony's master blesses you with coconut water and assigns you a Polynesian name, chose to follow you throughout your entire life.
To close the ceremony, dancers, musicians and singers perform the most beautiful shows of Polynesia, just for you.
You can also ask for a western style of ceremony to complete a civil wedding or renew your vows.
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WEDOTAHITI : www.wedotahiti.com
LEGAL TAHITIAN WEDDING CEREMONY : www.legaltahitianwedding.com
WEDDING POLYNESIA : www.weddingpolynesia.com