How to get married in the Cooks?
With its white sandy beaches, limestone churches and unique culture, the Cook Islands are the perfect place to begin your married life together.
Getting married in the Cook Islands is easy and uncomplicated, with many resorts and wedding planners offering packages to make your wedding day run as smoothly as possible. They are all here to cater to your big day and every detail will be as you have planned, when you arrive. From Hairdressers and Beauty Treatments to Flowers, String band and Catering, there is nothing that the Cook Islands cannot offer you.
You may choose either a non religious Celebrant or a Minister and from many of the major religious denominations on the islands including; Protestant, Methodist, Presbyterian, Anglican, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Seventh Day Adventist, Roman Catholic, Apostolic, Assembly of God, Jehovah's Witness and Baha'i.
Whether you choose a beautiful Limestone church, one of the many magnificent beaches or one of the beautiful landscaped gardens in our renowned island resorts, there will be no doubt that your wedding day will be everything you want it to be and more. Even the beautiful, romantic island itself will serve as the perfect backdrop to your big day.
Marriages in the Cook Islands are legally binding and internationally recognised. The age of consent to marry in the Cook Islands is 20 years old, however if you are younger than 20 written consent must be given by a parent or guardian. When you arrive in Rarotonga, application for marriage must be made to the Registrar of Marriage and must be done 3 days prior to your wedding date (this can be shortened in some circumstances for a small fee of $45.00). Applications cannot be made from outside the Cook Islands.
To be married in the Cook Islands you will require the following documentation on application:
- Passport or Birth Certificate when filling out the Notice of Intended Marriage Form
- Copy of Divorce Absolute if divorced
- Death Certificate of spouse if you are widowed
- Catholic couples must have their Certificates of Baptism
- All Documentation must be in English or translated into English