Weddings in the Cook Islands
If your wedding dreams are made of pearly white beaches, sparkling blue lagoons and dazzling tropical sunsets, then the Cook Islands is made for you. By holding your wedding ceremony in the Cooks, you get the bonus of a family reunion and holiday topped off by a heavenly honeymoon - all rolled into one never-to-be-forgtten special occasion.
The Cook Islands has everything you’ve dreamed of and more. This tropical paradise offers hundreds of possibilities to make your wedding day extra memorable. From lush tropical gardens scented with exotic flowers to sandy white beaches lapped by turquoise waters – or just a simple ceremony beside the pool. Many visitors are so moved by the beauty of the Cook Islands, they even choose to renew their wedding vows and enjoy a second honeymoon.
Whatever your needs and budget, the Cook Islands offers a full range of services to make your wedding day perfect – from florists, hairdressers, beauticians and make-up artists to wedding photographers and videographers. For couples who want a stress-free option, there are local wedding planners who are happy to coordinate all the details of your ceremony.
You will find that most accommodation properties offer wedding and honeymoon packages, and are able to cater to your special needs. Every accommodation venue in the Cook Islands has the ability to ensure that your wedding and honeymoon is everything you dreamed it would be.
Application for Licence
Application for a licence must be made in person to the Registrar of Marriages in the Cook Islands at least 3 working days prior to the marriage. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. Application for this licence cannot be made outside the Cook Islands.
Churches on the Islands
The Cook Islands host a number of religious denominations. The main ones are: Cook Islands Christian Church (Protestant), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Seventh Day Adventists, Apostolic Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Assembly of God, Cornerstone Friends Mission Church, Holy Spirit Revival, and Roman Catholic. Check with your local minister regarding the requirements to marry in the Church, as they will also apply to the Cook Islands.
Your passport and birth certificate will be required when filing the Notice of Intended Marriage at the Registrars Office in Avarua, Cook Islands. If divorced, a copy of the Decree Absolute (divorce documents). All documents must be in English. If you are a widow/widower, you will be required to produce the death certificate of your deceased spouse.
The legal age of consent to marry is 20 years, otherwise written approval by parents is required.
For further information, please contact:
Marriage Inquiries, Registrars Department
Department of Justice and Lands
PO Box 11, Rarotonga
Phone 29 410
Fax 29 610
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