A Tahitian Ceremony in Bora Bora might be just the experience for you if you’re looking for the most beautiful places in the world to get married, elope, renew your vows, honeymoon or celebrate your anniversary in style.
Our motto here at Romantic Explorers is – Why settle for the ordinary when you and your partner can have an extraordinary life together? One way to do this is to make the most of special occasions with romantic and unique experiences such as having a dreamy Tahitian Ceremony in Bora Bora.
Couple Ken and Yuriko shares their Dreamy Tahitian Wedding Ceremony Story
Ken and Yuriko, a lovely couple from Japan, made their dream of having a Tahitian Wedding Ceremony in Bora Bora a reality. Their Tahitian Wedding Ceremony took place at Motu Piti Aau. They kindly shared their experience and tips with me by answering the following questions:
What is it like to get married in Bora Bora? You mentioned you’ve never been to Bora Bora before getting married there – did it meet your expectations?
Ken: Yes! The weather and ocean were exquisite, and our Tahitian Wedding Ceremony in Bora Bora had a private and exclusive feel. We adorned traditional dress, which made it all the more special.
How amazing that they chose to fully embrace the culture of Bora Bora Island with a Tahitian Ceremony!
Here’s what’s Ultra Special about Tahitian Wedding Ceremony in Bora Bora:
The bride and groom each wore a white linen pareu – a wraparound skirt usually made from a rectangular piece of printed cloth, commonly worn by Polynesian men and women. The accessories of the bride and groom were handmade by dancers of a troupe that performed at the Heiva. The Heiva is an annual festival of song and dance, also known as “The Celebration of Life” in Bora Bora. The meaning behind the accessories’ design is usually based on the theme of the Heiva each year. Click here for more fascinating insights into the history and meaning behind traditional Tahitian Costumes.
Three romantic and meaningful elements set a Tahitian Wedding Ceremony apart from any other:
- A split-leaf of “Auti,” a sacred plant, is tied to each person’s wrist to symbolize their union.
- Water is poured over their hands to symbolize the purification of the union.
- An exchange of flowers takes place – commonly lays & crowns, which are a welcome sign in French Polynesia.
For the blessing, the couple is then wrapped in a “Tifaifai” (a Tahitian Guilt) for the “Tahua” (non-denominational Tahitian Priest) to give them his benediction. Couples can also choose to have a Tahitian Ceremony in Bora Bora to celebrate an anniversary & renew their vows.
Why did you choose to get married in Bora Bora?
Ken: Getting married in Bora Bora sounded like a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
What are the legal aspects of getting married in Bora Bora? Did you have to do any special paperwork?
Ken: We got married in Japan in May and had our wedding ceremony in Bora Bora in October.
It is possible to get legally married in Bora Bora. The process requires about three months to prepare, and couples can then validate the marriage in the country upon their return. Having the legal side of the wedding done in your country of residence seems easier to do. You can then focus on just enjoying your wedding in the destination instead of having to worry about paperwork when you get there. My partner and I got legally married and had our wedding ceremony in Greece. I had to get the paperwork from Greece translated to be recognized in our country of residence, Australia.
What are your top tips for getting married in Bora Bora? Did you learn anything from the experience that others dreaming of a Tahitian Wedding Ceremony in Bora Bora should know?
Ken: It was hard to find private vendors in Bora Bora online. When I got in touch with a few vendors, I found the communication slow, somewhat unprofessional and vague.
Fortunately, I discovered the WeddingBoraBora.com website – it helped us a lot with the planning of our Bora Bora wedding. I highly recommend getting in touch with the team behind WeddingBoraBora.com if you’re interested in getting married in Bora Bora as they are professional and upfront with pricing. You can then compare prices before deciding where you want to get married in Bora Bora.
Their website has an app or function whereby couples that want to get married in Bora Bora can select options to essentially build their ideal ceremony and get an instant quote that gets verified within 48 hours.
I also recommend Stephan and Bonnie from BoraBoraPhotoVideo.com if you are looking for a Bora Bora wedding photographer or would love a Bora Bora photoshoot during your Bora Bora vacation.
The couple asked for photos of their Tahitian Wedding Ceremony in Bora Bora and a photoshoot on the beach and in the water with wildlife afterward. I love that they were adventurous with their Bora Bora photoshoot – the result is just amazing don’t you think?!
Did you have your honeymoon in Bora Bora too?
Ken: Yes, we stayed at the Intercontinental Moana, and I chose it as it was one of the nicest on the island as it gave us more activities outside of swimming and staying inside the hotel grounds. It’s located on the Main Island.
What was your favorite part of having your Bora Bora honeymoon?
Ken: Waking up in the morning and jumping into the ocean from our patio for a quick swim before breakfast was my favorite thing—that and marine sports later in the day.
My partner and I were fortunate to enjoy a Bora Bora honeymoon too and can confirm; it’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful wedding destinations in the world. You can read our tips for making your Bora Bora Honeymoon dream come true without spending a fortune by clicking here.
I hope you found this blog post helpful and if it’s your dream to get married in Bora Bora, have a Bora Bora honeymoon or vacation, that you will get there!
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