popular beach wedding in rarotonga cook islands

Weddings in the Cook islands are becoming more and more popular with international guests and the practicalities are very straight-forward with resorts coordinating marriage licenses and marriage celebrants, or there are a couple of independent wedding coordinators if you choose to stay at a smaller bungalow property which generally don't arrange a wedding for you personally (they will certainly put you in touch with someone who can). There are several options you can consider, either on Rarotonga or Aitutaki.

If you have a group of more than 30 guests, your accommodation options are going to be somewhat limited to one of the large resorts which can coordinate larger groups. The beauty of getting married in the Cook Islands is that not everyone has to stay at the same resort (unlike weddings at island resorts in Fiji where guests have to stay at the same resort for practicality) - every guest can choose the style of accommodation that suits their taste and budget and still be walking distance to one another. For smaller parties, you can arrange to have your wedding on one of the uninhabited islets off Muri Beach and be taken there on a traditional outrigger canoe paddled by warriors and announced by the blowing of a conch shell.

Aitutaki is more secluded but with fewer accommodation options so this may be a good choice for very small wedding groups (less than ten guests), or for couples eloping. You can even arrange to get married on an uninhabited island, under swaying palm trees, with sand under your feet and looking out onto a beautiful turquoise lagoon. Now how romantic is that!

Resorts in Cook Islands for Beach Weddings
Top Picks
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Little Polynesian
South Rarotonga
. 9 rooms
Bungalows
$ 645 - 1,095 get hotels best rate quote
Crown Beach Resort
West Rarotonga
. 38 rooms
Resort
$ 500 - 865 get hotels best rate quote
The Rarotongan Resort
South-West Rarotonga
. 156 rooms
Resort
$ 385 - 825 get hotels best rate quote
Aitutaki Village
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
. 12 rooms
Bungalows
$ 370 get hotels best rate quote
Palm Grove
South Rarotonga
. 21 rooms
Resort / Units
$ 225 - 345 get hotels best rate quote
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Rumours Luxury Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
. 5 rooms
Villas
$ 850 - 1,800 get hotels best rate quote
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort
Motu, Aitutaki Lagoon
. 37 rooms
Island Resort
$ 710 - 1,395 get hotels best rate quote
Raro Beach Bungalows
South Rarotonga
. 5 rooms
Bungalows
$ 535 - 585 get hotels best rate quote
Edgewater Resort
West Rarotonga
. 250 rooms
Resort
$ 255 - 475 get hotels best rate quote
Club Raro Resort
North Rarotonga
. 12 rooms
Resort
$ 185 - 260 get hotels best rate quote