Planning Tips for Your Tahitian Destination Wedding (5)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Nelly Grange, of wedOtahiti. Nelly is a Certified Wedding & Event Planner, Green Wedding Professional, Life-Cycle Wedding Celebrant and a wedding blogger in the Islands of Tahiti. Enjoy!

Paradise Awaits in the Islands of Tahiti.

The mythical islands of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Rangiroa and beyond are well known as the ultimate honeymoon destination, and continue to attract discerned travelers in search of a tranquil escape. Are you considering a destination wedding, or simply a “weddingmoon”? Tahiti is your place. Located just under 8 hours from Los Angeles, CA, the Islands of Tahiti are great to travel to year round!

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With a tropical climate and an average temperature of both the air and the water of 27°C | 80°F, they have the added benefit of sitting outside the main weather belt of the Pacific. The islands record some of the highest sunshine hours in the world! So whether you are thinking of eloping and exchanging your vows in front of just a celebrant, or considering a larger affair with your dearest and nearest, the Islands of Tahiti have it all.

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What Are The Requirements For A Legal Wedding In Tahiti?

Unlike in the United-States, only a ceremony that is performed at the Town Hall by the Mayor of the chosen commune (or an appointed representative from the Mayor’s office) is deemed legal. This means that no one but a Town Hall official can legally solemnize your wedding in the Islands of Tahiti.

As non-French nationals you will be eligible to get married from the day on which you arrive in the Islands of Tahiti, but note that completing the steps and required documents will take you anywhere between 3 to 5 months, so plan ahead! France has also recognized and passed the Marriage Equality Act, now allowing same-sex weddings, too!

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How About A Personal Celebration of Marriage Or A Commitment Ceremony?

The legal ceremony is rather short (should it be at the court in the United-States before your trip, or in front of a Tahitian official to say “Oui” in Tahiti) and, most couples choose to arrange a symbolic ceremony of their own, to complete the day and have a celebration personalized to them. Tahiti’s beautiful culture and stunning views draw the perfect picture of a wedding or romantic elopement.

With every single Tahitian island boasting rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand, and palm-fringed beaches, you can really have a postcard-like wedding celebration. Non-binding wedding ceremonies (or special celebrations for renewal of vows, anniversaries etc.) can either be of a traditional Polynesian style, which generally have the couple dressed up with white pareu (sarongs) and adorned with tropical fresh flower crowns and leis, or of a Western-style with just a celebrant.

Traditional Polynesian ceremonies are available in most resorts, and you will often have several packages to choose from (depending on the inclusions you want in your ceremony). Those are pre-written ceremonies conducted by a Tahitian priest in the local language (with an English interpreter). They come with live ukulele and drum music, and dancers.

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A completely new alternative to the Tahitian ceremonies are the Western weddings officiated by a wedding celebrant, who will develop and write a personalized ceremony that recognizes the couple’s unique personalities, and that makes one’s vision of the ceremony come to life.  Is it a simple yet meaningful wedding ceremony that you want? A wedding celebrant will collaborate with you throughout the whole process, tailoring narrative to your specific story and history. How about that? Do you imagine yourselves in your gorgeous wedding outfits, standing in an exceptionally beautiful Tahiti setting, looking into each other’s eyes and saying your vows… paradise awaits.

Thanks Nelly! For more information about wedOtahiti, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website. You can also reach out to Nelly directly: [email protected].

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