Filming in the Cook Islands, we see what makes the perfect island wedding. We’ve also asked local wedding professionals to share their tips for brides planning a destination wedding.
You can hold your ceremony any day of the week, although a surcharge may apply for weddings on a Sunday or Public holiday.
Keep in mind that there is a legal requirement to be in the Cook Islands three working days prior to your wedding date.
Island nights Cook Islands dancing and drumming troupes perform at resorts and venues around the island most nights of the week and are a great activity to share with guests. See the local daily paper for venues and times.
The secret to planning a perfect island wedding.
Popular times for a ceremony are either at sunrise, or in the late afternoon.
A toe-thong is more practical than a heel for a beach photoshoot.
An up-do is cooler and will look great for the entire day.
Remind the guys to cover-up while they’re exploring the island.
Bonus tip: Friends with family Cocotots hire out buggies, car seats and toys here in Rarotonga. So your guests can use their luggage allowance for the essentials – things like chocolate and coffee!
Protect your guests from the elements.
Most resorts in Rarotonga offer wedding packages, and often require that you and your guests book a certain number of nights accommodation. Wedding venues (outside of the resorts) may provide a coordinator who will arrange decorations and catering.
There are also a growing number of independent wedding planners who offer personalised service and access to exclusive (private) venues.
If you’re self-planning, a popular choice is to make a research trip prior to your wedding, to visit potential ceremony and reception venues and meet with suppliers. For services such as marquee hire, a hair stylist or gourmet foods, the Cook Islands Yellow Pages is a good place to start.
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Hire childcare for the reception so that your guests can relax.
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Meitaki (thank-you) to the following wedding professionals for sharing their tips: Atiu Villas, The Edgewater Resort & Spa, Muri Beachcomber, Nior Photography, Pacific Bride, Palm Grove, Sea Change Villas, Tiare Films, Wedded Bliss Rarotonga, The Wedding Guys, Wedding Planner Rarotonga.
Photography credit: Tiporo Photography, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Cook Islands.
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Published by Tiare Films, 14 Dec 2010. Updated 29 Jan 2015.
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