All of the main South Pacific destinations have attempted to market
themselves as wedding or honeymoon destinations. Fiji and the Cook Islands have
been the most successful as weddings can be arranged locally with little fuss.
In French Polynesia, marriages can only be performed for persons with 30 days
residency, which excludes most tourists. Instead, French Polynesia has
developed an active honeymoon industry with Bora Bora highly favored by bridal
magazine writers who enjoyed the hospitality of luxury resorts. In my opinion,
Moorea is Bora Bora's equal in all but name and is far less expensive. For a
romantic getaway, I recommend Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. There is a lot to
see and do within a compact area, and prices are fair.
Vanuatu, Fiji and Cook Islands
An island wedding with guests can be really wonderful. In some cases, where guests arrive from different parts of the planet, the occasion can also serve as a family reunion. Group discounts for flights and accommodation can be arranged and sometimes it suits guests to stay in a different resort to the bride and groom because of budget or requirements (e.g. kids club or self-contained facilities)....When compared to traditional weddings with all the trimmings, tropical weddings are very inexpensive and many guests combine the occasion with their annual vacation.....read more>>