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Another one of the misconceptions lots of people have about Tahiti, is the idea that your beach ceremony will be legally binding back home.
In Tahiti, you don’t find “licensed” Officiants / Celebrants who can solemnize marriages the same way you would in the United-States or in Australia for example. If you will want to have a legal wedding, in France, and as such in Tahiti, the ceremony must take place before the mayor at the City Hall to be deemed legal, so you’d have a legal ceremony at the City Hall, and a celebratory ceremony wherever you see yourself exchanging vows. A beach ceremony alone will be celebratory only, not legal.
If you’re up to getting legally married in Tahiti, note that there will be additional costs at home for ordering the documents, getting them stamped, translated in to French and shipped to French Polynesia.
I am experienced with assisting my couples from around the world in the process and will guide you step-by-step to make it as easy on your end as possible. I can also act as one of your witnesses at the City Hall and provide for the other one, as well as be the translator for the ceremony, and take care of getting your marriage certificates processed in Tahiti so they’re valid back home.
Of course, as a trained and certified Life-Cycle Celebrant I’ll be happy to develop and write a personalized celebratory ceremony that recognizes your unique personalities, tells your story and that makes your vision of the ceremony come to life.
I am based on the island of Moorea, but have officiated weddings in Bora Bora a number of times (like for this Canadian couple pictured in this article, who had both a legal wedding in Vaitape – Bora Bora and a personalized ceremony of a Western-style back to their resort), I have also worked legal + beach weddings in Taha’a, and in Rangiroa, too. While Moorea is the best place to get married and my couples’ #1 choice to hold the wedding ceremony (it is also the easiest and the most cost effective given that wedding vendors are available at close proximity), I am always happy to meet you on any other Tahitian island for a wedding, even in the most remote place!
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** last updated on October 10, 2018 **
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