Finally they are legal and although still not as easy to organize as Fiji and Hawaii they are slowly growing momentum and popularity. Let us know if French Polynesia is your dream destination and we will help you make all the legalities and planning.
Please note that this process will take approximately three to five months to complete. So, be sure and plan ahead!
Traditional Tahitian Wedding Ceremony
The planning for a traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony generally begins at least 45 days prior to the ceremony. The marriage is civil and is sealed at a city hall with the mayor and an interpreter, if needed.
After the civil wedding, traditional Tahitian ceremonies can take place either on a beach or at a resort (some resorts have overwater chapels). Weddings are typically followed by a Tahitian feast. Although there are variations depending on location, the following is a general description of traditional Tahitian wedding ceremonies throughout the islands of French Polynesia. 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.
Below are some great resort wedding choices:
Easily accessible from Tahiti, Moorea boasts a wide, shallow lagoon and vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise circle the island in a fantasy of happy, simple villages.
Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa
Nestled between two bays on the heart-shaped island of Moorea, just 17km across the Sea of Moons from Tahiti’s capital Papeete, the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa is set against a stunning mountain backdrop which melts into a crystal clear lagoon. The unspoilt beauty of this verdant paradise, also known as the ‘Island of Love’, was the inspiration for many works by French Impressionist, Paul Gauguin.
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InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is nestled between mountains and a lagoon on a stunning French Polynesian island. Accommodations include 143 stunning deluxe rooms and bungalows. Two restaurants feature French, Tahitian and International cuisine and the bar serves up refreshing tropical cocktails. InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa offers Moorea’s widest range of activities; including the Moorea Dolphin Center, Bathys Diving Club, Hélène’s Spa, tennis, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing and guided Jeep tours.
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Discover Legends Resort by our panoramic pool side. Enjoy a delicious cocktail and discover our new tapas selection listening to live music on Wednesday and Saturday during the sunset. Or have a bite everyday at lunchtime with the breathtaking hotel’s view. Nestled between a multicolored lagoon and the natural wonder of perfumed lush mountain ranges, the villas architectural elegance and high quality features create the perfect tropical spirit capturing the essence of Tahitian life
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Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa
Moorea, soaring magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet, is what you would imagine a South Seas island to be. A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island’s vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy, yet simple villages.
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Sofitel Moorea La Ora Beach Resort, Moorea
Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort is settled on the edge of a magnificent lagoon, with views over the island of Tahiti. The resort, recently renovated, features 114 luxurious bungalows built over the water, on the beachfront or surrounded by landscaped gardens. Facilities include two excellent restaurants, a bar, a fabulous outdoor swimming pool and day spa. Moorea has one of the worlds most beautiful beaches and a variety of motorized and non-motorized water activities can be arranged for guests.
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Honeymooners and romantics from around the world have laid claim to Bora Bora, with a lagoon resembling an artist’s palette of blues and greens and the castle-like Mount Otemanu piercing the sky. An overwater bungalow at a Bora Bora resort is a honeymoon dream come true.
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort
At the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort you can discover the sparkling magic of the lagoon, admire the awe-inspiring Mount Otemanu while luxuriating in the peace and tranquility of the surroundings. Enjoy the gentle beauty and welcoming spirit of the 5 star Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort. This resort is located on the island Motu Tevairoa, 10 minutes by boat from the Bora Bora airport, 15 minutes from the main city of Bora Bora Vaitape. It offers 50 Over Water Bungalows, 10 Beach Bungalow and 20 Garden Pool Suites.
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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
On a private motu, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers a South Seas escape in a lush world of unsurpassed tropical beauty. The Resort offers 121 spacious hideaways nestling around Bora Bora lagoon and its outer beaches. The 100 over-water bungalows perch on stilts above the turquoise lagoon. On the shore, seven beachfront villas nestle along a stretch of private beach. All overlook the pristine waters and views of spectacular Mount Otemanu.
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Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa
Suspended between turquoise waters and limitless skies, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa is nestled in a sacred cove of white sand and majestic lava rock. Protected from the open sea by a string of tiny coral islets, the stunning lagoon is the perfect tropical playground to be explored with your snorkel, or for the perfect getaway enjoy a picnic on the unspoiled private islet Motu Toopua, just five minutes away by boat.
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Hotel InterContinental Bora Bora le Moana Resort
InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort occupies what most people say is the most beautiful site in French Polynesia. Two white sand beaches, a wide array of water sports, intriguing cultural activities and unique bungalows stationed over the water are the ingredients for the ultimate island escape. The InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort has 62 individual bungalow suites. 12 air conditioning bungalows sit on the magnificent white sand beach and 50 A/C bungalows out over the lagoon.
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Hotel InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
An eco-friendly jewel in the South pacific, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located between the “two hearts” of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. The Deep Ocean Spa is the centerpiece, but the resort offers lots of cultural and recreational activities to fill your days including canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, stargazing and handicraft demonstrations. A true luxury, South Pacific experience awaits you.
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Le Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora
Imagine pure tranquility, undisturbed nature, the most amazing sunsets, a gorgeous beach and the stammeringly beautiful turquoise lagoon full of coral, tropical fish, dolphins, turtles and other fascinating marine life. Le Maitai Polynesia Resort is set in lush tropical gardens and close to Matira Beach, one of Bora Bora’s most desirable locations. You will find excellent value for money, friendly hospitality, two restaurants and a bar on site, gift shops, and much more.
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Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island
Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island encompasses both an exclusive private island and stunning white sand beach. Luxurious and expansive, it features 95 bungalows in a variety of styles, including overwater and hillside, plus exquisite restaurant, bar, cigar cave, wine cellar, day spa, infinity swimming pool and recreational facilities. The Island accommodation is truly spectacular…..a really South Pacific gem.
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St Regis Bora Bora
The most impressive accommodations in the South Pacific combined with a distinctive interpretation of personalized service elevate The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort to a new level of splendor with effortless elegance. From the Oasis Pool to the central pool with a swim-up bar, to the saltwater private lagoon, full of fish and stingrays, dive into the many pleasures of paradise. Experience island living in the tranquility of a private villa, beautifully appointed and surrounded by azure waters and lush gardens.
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With the rich aroma of vanilla lingering heavily in the air, Taha’a offers a glimpse of the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitians. The flower-shaped island’s simple beauty is charmed by soft mountain shapes and surrounded by tiny motu with bright sand beaches. In the fertile valleys, local farmers grow watermelon, vanilla and copra.
Hotel Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
The Hotel Le Taha’a resort is designed to be the most exclusive resort in French Polynesia. Superbly located on Motu Tautau, the resort faces the island of Taha’a on the lagoon side and offers an unsurpassed view on Bora Bora island on the ocean side. For an unforgettable romantic experiences, the most tender, romantic attentions are reserved for you by the charm and refinement, exclusively dedicated to lovers to make each instant a great, exceptional moment!
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With its lush forests, untamed landscape, quaint villages and archaeological sites, is one of Polynesia’s best-kept secrets. A deep, crystal-clear lagoon surrounds the two islands while magnificent bays and white-sand beaches add drama and solitude to their virtues. Relatively unchanged by the modern world, Huahine’s few residents welcome visitors with great kindness.
Hotel Huahine Te Tiare Beach Resort
The Tiare Beach Resort is the most recent luxury hotel developed in Huahine, the “Garden Island”. Tucked away in a small bay and accessible only by boat, merely 10 minutes away from the main town Fare, this resort features 13 Garden, 5 Premium Garden, 6 Beach, 5 Lagoon and 11 Deep Overwater Bungalows all facing west for wonderful views of Raiatea and Taha’a islands as well as spectacular sunsets.
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