Considering the Cook Islands? We've put together everything you need to know, so all you have to do and go!

If it's unspoilt beauty, legendary hospitality, blissed-out beach days, sublime snorkelling and romantic resorts you're after as the backdrop for your big day - then the Cook Islands is calling.

With a laidback vibe, crystal-clear waters, deserted islands and plenty of spots for a pre or post-wedding photo shoot, those dreaming of a barefoot, beachy wedding should put these idyllic isles high on the hitlist. It's Polynesian perfection!

The Cook Islands is a fave on many a New Zealander's wedding destination wishlist - and the rest of us are slowly discovering this hidden gem. 

The hotspots....

Muri Beach

Probably the most sought-after spot to stay, play and host the big day on Rarotonga.

Situated on the south east corner of Rarotonga overlooking the tropical islet of Ta'akoka, it's little wonder it's such a popular pick. Even better, there are a number of romantic resorts bound to provide a beautiful backdrop for the big day. .

Off the beaten beach path

If you're looking for something a little more intimate, or remote, get married mid-week (Saturdays can be busy). Another option is to say I Do on a truly deserted island, such as the uninhabited Koromiri Island - a short five-minute boat trip from the main island.

All hail Aitutaki

For next-level romance and the ultimate instagrammable backdrop, Aitutaki is wedded bliss - in a location. Unspoilt beaches and lovely lagoons offer plenty of inspo, while most resorts on the island can cater for weddings large or small.

A to-die-for deserted island

While on Aitutaki, be sure to visit the ultimate deserted island - One Foot Island - home to the world's most remote post office. You can even get married here on the bright white sand, or standing in the true turquoise waters of the lagoon, just beware of the curious uninvited wedding guest....the Giant Trevally.

Another option is to treat your wedding guests to a cruise to One Foot Island pre or post-wedding, dropping in at the location of Survivor Cook Islands and taking a dip to snorkel in the ultra-inviting lagoon.

Let's make it legal

Celebrants and religious ministers

There are numerous marriage celebrants available throughout the Cook Islands, as well as Reverends and Ministers from a number of religious denominations.

Remember if you're planning a Roman Catholic ceremony, the priest will need copies of both the bride and groom's baptismal certificates.

Obtaining a wedding licence

To obtain a wedding license to marry in the Cook Islands, you must show the Justice Department your original birth certificates, passports and, if applicable Divorce Decree or Death Certificate (for former spouses).

All documents must be original and written in English, or accompanied by a certified English translation.

Is the marriage certificate legal in all countries?

Yes, if you tie the knot in the Cook Islands your marriage certificate will be stamped with an Apostille Seal, making it legal overseas. The Registry Office is open Monday through Friday from 9am until 3pm.

Getting there in good time

Make sure you're in The Cook Islands at least three full working days prior to your wedding to process the marriage licence (not including the wedding day itself).

If this is not possible, you can apply for a wedding licence waiver at an additional cost. This will still require 24 hours to process.

Choosing a day - and time

Weddings can take place any day except Sunday, due to local customs.

Saturday and public holiday weddings typically incur an additional charge. It is legal to marry between 6am and 8pm, although to avoid the hottest part of the day, between 3pm and 5pm is best - followed by a glorious sunset of course.

The information was correct at the time of publication however we recommend you contact The Ministry of Justice in the Cook Islands to double check.

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