Many say the Cook Islands were made for romance.
Moonlit walks on soft silky sand, snorkelling in warm azure lagoons amongst a myriad of colourful fish, treks to deserted spots, sipping champagne at sunset – there’s simply no better place for love than this intoxicating setting.
Here, you’ll find it so easy to say “I do”. You could tie the knot while standing barefoot on champagne-coloured sands at sunset, in a flower-filled pavilion, or on the secluded shores of a tiny, deserted island. You could be transported to your marriage location in a traditional outrigger canoe, or transported to another era with a magical island wedding dance. You can be surrounded by family and friends, or surrounded by nothing but nature. Whatever your choice, you can be sure your wedding day will be incredibly memorable and magical. And above all, romantic!
Plan a honeymoon that is beyond your wildest dreams, on islands that are amongst the most beautiful on earth. Relax, chill-out, slow down to the island pace and celebrate your passion for each other in this seductive environment. Together, you’ll be glad you made time to experience the romance of the Cook Islands.
Application for a Wedding Licence
Your 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 to Friday, 8am - 4pm. Application for the licence cannot be made outside the Cook Islands.
Your passport and birth certificate will be required when filing the Notice of Intended Marriage at the Registrar’s Office in Avarua, Rarotonga. If you are divorced, a copy of the Decree Absolute (divorce documents) are required. All documents must be in English. If you are a widow or 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 more information please contact your Wedding Consultant or:
Marriage Inquiries, Registrars Department Department of Justice and Lands P.O. Box 11, Rarotonga. Phone: (682) 29-410, Fax (682) 29-610 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (Mormon), Roman Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, Apostolic Church, Jehovah’s Witness, Assembly of God, Cornerstone Friends Mission Church and Holy Spirit Revival. Check with your local minister regarding the requirements to marry in the Church, as they will also apply to the Cook Islands.