Exotic Weddings in Tahiti

by : Wolfgang Jaegel

Wedding is perhaps the most important event in one's life. Everyone loves to make his or her wedding a special and unique event. For those looking for an exotic as well as a romantic way to replenish your lifetime commitment, one of the best options would be to get married at Tahiti - the largest and the most attractive tropical island of French Polynesia.

Located in the Eastern South Pacific within a tranquil setting, blessed with deserted islands, unbelievable blue water, alluring as well as multi-colored coral reefs, and lush and diverse vegetation, Tahiti is regarded as the most romantic place on the planet, and serves as a perfect destination for an exotic wedding, apart from renewal of vows and honeymoons.

It is no wonder why Tahiti is sometimes referred to as the 'Island of Love.' Inspired by the amazing beauty and the fabulous options it renders, many foreigners, especially Americans and Japanese, flock here for a wonderful wedding experience.

Tahiti boasts of a wonderful weather throughout the year, thereby enabling couples to get married at any time of a year. No matter you would like to get married on the soft, spectacular sandy beaches or in the churches found across the island, choices for weddings in Tahiti are truly exotic.

Weddings in Tahiti may be in the form of a simple ring exchange whose procedures are done by a local priest or sometimes it may be a lavish ceremony accompanied by traditional Tahitian practices, music, and dancing. According to the Tahiti culture, the wedding is a consecrated bond blessed by the Gods, and hence treated in a royal way.

If the couples prefer to get married in traditional Tahitian style, the bride-to-be is treated like an ancient Tahitian princess. Then, she is indulged by the villagers on the area with fragrant flowers as well as aromatic oils. Later, she is dressed in a vibrantly colored pareu with flower garlands and seashells. Meanwhile, the groom is taken by the villagers to a small islet, where he is painted with tattoos and dressed in a traditional style wearing a crown decorated with tropical leaves and flowers. He then takes after a village High Chief. The groom is carried to the wedding place in a canoe amid great pomp and splendor.

After sometimes, the bride is brought to the venue carried in a traditional throne. Then, the marriage ceremony takes place at the Tahitian Stone, and the High Priest conducts marriage rituals and rites. Eventually, the couples are seated on a royal chair, and are then carried by the Maohi warriors into the sunset. Above all, the ceremony is serenaded by soft as well as elegant Tahitian music.

However, for those interested in getting married in Tahiti are required to meet certain legal requirements. Hence, it is required to submit some legal papers prior to the wedding, such as, birth certificates of bride and groom that have been translated into French, premarital certificates, residency certificate, customary certificate, celibacy certificate, and a copy of the notarized marriage contract, in case bride or groom is a foreign born people. But, in most cases, it is seen that many of the couples officially get married at their home countries and then tour Tahiti for enjoying an exotic wedding.

Nowadays, many of the top-notch hotels in the area, such as, Accor, provide excellent options for exotic weddings in Tahiti. Many of them even provide world-class wedding packages, replete with assistance of wedding planner, traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony, sunset cruise, and a romantic dinner. In some instances, wedding packages come attached with underwater wedding ceremony, scuba training as well as ride on the lagoon, dresses for bride and groom, a bottle of champagne, DVD as well as photographs of the ceremony, and waterproof wedding certificate.

There are also wedding packages that are complete with service of a local priest, small group of musicians and dancers, traditional costumes, flower garlands and crowns, decoration of ceremony ground and canoes, coco punches, and a bottle of champagne on ice. Apart from these, luxury wedding packages are available inclusive of royal wedding ceremony, royal procession of newly weds through the village, and honeymoon night with royal treatment.

In addition to hotels and resorts, many tour operators, professional planners, and cruise lines are also in the scenario to render services in order to make your Tahitian wedding truly a memorable event.