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The Best Pacific Islands To Get Hitched

Picture of Juliette Sivertsen
Updated: 1 June 2017
If planning your vows is stressing you out, then an island destination wedding might be the answer to all your wedding woes. The Pacific Islands are a beautiful location for intimate beach weddings, think light, flowing dresses, rolled up trousers and frangipanis adorning the sandy aisle. Destination weddings also tend to keep numbers down as not all guests will be able to fly. Here are some of the best islands to tie the knot.

Fiji

Fiji is a popular choice for weddings, with over 330 islands making up the archipelago and giving you plenty of choice. Opt for any of the resorts on the mainland of Viti Levu or head out to a more remote island to exchange vows in a more private beach setting. Most resorts offer wedding packages as well as childcare options for the youngsters to let the adults party into the warm, tropical night. However, Fiji still does not legally recognise same-sex weddings.

Chapel at Fiji resort
Chapel at Fiji resort | © Qiuyun Song / Shutterstock

Niue

Unlike some other Pacific Islands, it’s unlikely you’ll have many onlookers if you choose to get married on Niue. This tiny coral atoll has a population of less than 1000, so you’re guaranteed reasonable privacy. A wedding in Niue is an intimate affair with incredible views out to the ocean. Keep in mind that you can only fly to Niue from Auckland, New Zealand.

Niue’s Limu Pools
Niue’s Limu Pools | Courtesy of Juliette Sivertsen

New Caledonia

For brides and grooms wanting a French flair to their nuptials, New Caledonia offers a taste of France while maintaining the laid-back island style. Opt for luxury by heading out to the Isle of Pines or choose to stay mainland at the resorts around Noumea. A wedding in New Caledonia offers couples a sophisticated and romantic touch to their special thanks to the French chic influence.

Wedding at Chateau Royal
Wedding at Chateau Royal | Photo courtesy of Chateau Royal

Rarotonga

The Cook Islands offer a relaxed beach wedding, with the most popular and easiest place to get married being Rarotonga. Rarotonga can also be more affordable for weddings than other Pacific Islands. Looking out to piercing blue waters, walk down the sandy aisle barefoot to meet your beloved. There are plenty of organisations in the Cook Islands offering wedding packages, so be sure to spend some time researching to choose the best package for your needs.

Rarotonga honeymoon couple
Rarotonga honeymoon couple | © ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock

Tahiti

For the ultimate in luxury romance and French flair, Tahiti and her Islands offers an exquisite and romantic island destination wedding. Tahiti is one of the most expensive islands in the Pacific, so it’s perfect for those who want to splash out and offer their guests a taste of luxury and romance. From rugged mountains to coral reefs, a wedding in Tahiti can take any shape you want. Don’t forget about those beautiful overwater bungalows in Bora Bora for the honeymoon!

Polynesian wedding boat
Polynesian wedding boat | © BlueOrange Studio / Shutterstock