Cook Islands Weddings

Weddings in the Cook Islands are a unique experience and turn your special day into an extra special day. Despite what you may think, getting married in the Cook Islands is simple and oh so romantic. Best of all, marriages in the Cook Islands are legally binding and internationally recognised.

The legal age of consent to marry in the Cook Islands is 20 years, but all you young love birds don't despair. As long as you have your parents' blessings (in the form of written approval of course!) you can still tie the knot in one of the most pristine and majestic island settings in the world.

To ensure getting hitched goes off without a hitch you will need to apply for your marriage licence in person to the Registrar of Marriages in the Cook Islands at least three working days prior to getting married.

The Registrar may waiver this three day requirement in special circumstances, however to avoid disappointment your wedding coordinator must apply in advance. A small fee is applicable for this service.

Please note, application for a marriage licence cannot be made outside the Cook Islands.

The following documents are required:

  • Your passport and birth certificate when filling out the "Notice of Intended Marriage" at the Registrar's Office
  • A copy of the Decree Absolute (if divorced)
  • All documentation must be in English or translated into English
  • Catholic couples will need to have completed a course for engaged couples and will need to have Baptism Certificates
  • If you have been widowed you will need to provide the Death Certificate of your spouse

Cook Islands Wedding Package Examples

Raratongan Beach Resort

Mataora - Island Charm wedding package: A delightful way to say 'I do' beside the lagoon or amongst the tropical gardens. Package features a fresh floral archway, island string band, tropical flower bouquet for the Bride, loose flowers for the Bride's hair, Neck Ei Garland for the Groom, wedding cake, Methode Champenoise, platter of canapes and tropical fruits, ceremonial planting of the 'Uto' (baby coconut palm), flame touches (for sunset ceremony), Celebrant or Minister, witnesses, Marriage License and transfers to Registrar of Marriages, personal wedding planner, island gift from The Rarotongan.

Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel

Barefoot Elegance Wedding Package: Includes wedding on site, return transfers to the Registry office for process of Marriage License, Marriage License, Minister or Celebrant, small bouquet posy for the Bride and button hole for the Groom, liaison with personal Wedding Coordinator, bottle of sparkling wine and a Moana gift.

Muri Beach Club

Wedding Fever Package: Includes Wedding Coordinator, transfers to town, Wedding License, Celebrant/Minister, witnesses for wedding, flowered archway on lagoon edge, head garland for Bride, neck garland for Groom, professional photographer and 40 photos (including album & negatives), celebration bottle of champagne, celebration canapes for 2, wedding cake, island serenader for ceremony, wedding gift on turndown, Under the Stars - 3 course celebration dinner for 2, morning after celebration breakfast for 2 served on your own private balcony.

Pacific Resort Raratonga

Pacific Wedding Ceremony: Includes choice of venue, Wedding License, services of a Minister, flower leis for the bride and groom, flower arrangement for ceremony table, coordination from Pacific Resorts wedding team.