Cook Islands Weddings

cook-island-weddingsCook Islands weddings are simply romantic whether you choose an old limestone church, a white sand beach or an island in a blue lagoon for the ceremony.

Air New Zealand now flies non stop from Sydney-Rarotonga once a week on Saturdays. Flights via Auckland are also available and as the folk at Cook Islands Tourism say, “that’s only two meals and two movies from Australia”. The Cook Islands are stunning scenically with white sand beaches and azure blue lagoons. Couples have a choice of marrying on the main island of Rarotonga or the lagoon island of Aitutaki. A good combination can be to have the wedding ceremony on ‘Raro’ and the honeymoon on Aitutaki.

The main island of Rarotonga isn’t huge – it only takes 45 minutes to do a lap of the island by road, so it is very easy to explore, visit restaurants and ‘resort hop’. Aitutaki is a short domestic flight away and approaching from the air shows you what a magnificent lagoon awaits. Aitutaki life is even more laid back than on Raro with some excellent accommodation and dining options.

Catholic, other denominations and civil ceremonies can be arranged. We only recommend properties that we have personally experienced and wedding packages range from around $1000 to $1700, depending on the location and the inclusions (some samples below). Following is an overview of some of the wedding locations.


Located right on beautiful Muri Beach, Rarotonga’s premier boutique hotel has a private waterway, pool complex and restaurants right on the beach. This intimate collection of one and two bedroom apartments and villas, with garden or beachfront locations suit both couples and couples who have guests attending the ceremony. Elegant and informal, Pacific Resort Rarotonga is a terrific setting for memorable weddings and honeymoons.


This resort is one of Rarotonga’s largest properties where modern comforts blend with the charm of traditional Polynesia. Set on Aroa Beach on the shores of Aroa Lagoon (the Lagoon of Love), The Rarotongan is on the island’s sunshine southwest coast where guests can enjoy all-day sun, stunning sunsets, all-tide safe swimming and excellent off-beach snorkelling in the marine sanctuary directly in front of the resort. This is the only Cooks resort with a Kids Club so can suit couples with guests attending and there is a new sister resort, Sanctuary Rarotonga, right on the beach for adults only.

Just drop us an email or give us a ring and we will work with you to match the best package/resort to suit.

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  • Wedding licence
  • Transportation to obtain wedding licence
  • Services of a minister
  • Head and Neck Flower eis for the bride and groom
  • Flower arrangement for table at ceremony
  • Liaison with our wedding team
  • 12.5% Value Added Tax
  • Traditional Canoe Lagoon Transfer with Warrior
  • Arrival warrior with shell horn announcement
  • Serenader with ukulele
  • Maiden dancer
  • Archway made from coconut palms decorated in flowers


  • Muri-Beach-Club-Cook-Islands-WeddingServices of your Personal Wedding Planner
  • Full Legal Registration and Marriage Licence
  • Return transfers to the Registrar of Marriages
  • Tropical flower Head Ei (crown) for the bride
  • Deluxe tropical floral bouquet for the bride
  • Tropical flower Neck Ei garland for the groom
  • Fresh Floral Archway
  • Flame Torches
  • Traditional Island Drummers and Dancers
  • Island String Band
  • Celebrant or Minister
  • Witnesses
  • CD Music for the Ceremony
  • Your choice of either: Photographer (80 photos in a beautifully bound album, plus negatives), or Videographer (edited video)
  • Ceremonial Planting of the Uto (baby coconut palm)
  • Platter of Canapés and Tropical Fruits
  • Bottle of Methode Champenoise
  • Two-Tier Wedding Cake
  • Three-course candlelit dinner for two under the stars
  • Island Gift from The Rarotongan

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