Steve Brown Wedding Photographer & Jackie Brown Marriage Celebrant
SOUTH PACIFIC WEDDINGS from $3600 NZD all inclusive ($3000USD)
In New Zealand we are fortunate enough to be located close to the South Pacific islands of Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands. In a matter of hours you can be stepping off that aircraft and entering a tropical world of warm seas, steamy days and sultry nights.
All the islands are very popular wedding destinations, attracting couples who want to live out the dream of a tropical island wedding.
Having your wedding on a Pacific island has many benefits. The weather is always warm and the perfect time to go is during our winter, so not only can you have a dream honeymoon, you can also escape the winter dreariness back home.
The advantages of booking me as your photographer, you get to meet me here in New Zealand, we can discuss your likes and dislikes. You can contact me post wedding and I can make any further enhancements to your images, as a professional photographer I:
Feel secure in using a kiwi photographer , who thinks like you, talks like you and interacts well with your audience and for as little as $1700 on top of the package you will have me by your side delivering New Zealand quality.
For clients further afield, I will promise to fulfil New Zealand worldwide reputation of being honest, trustworthy and ethical in all dealings.
For island weddings you will need to produce: original birth certificates, passports, written parental consent if less than 21 years and a copy of divorce papers, Decree Nisi or death certificate for second marriages.
Getting married in the Cook Islands
The legal age of consent is 20 years; otherwise you need written approval from your parents. The license application must be made in person to the Registrar of Marriages on Rarotonga at least three working days before the actual wedding, otherwise you have to pay extra fee of $45. This is one island where Catholic weddings can be held on a beach.
The website www.cook-islands.com has a page dedicated to getting married, and includes a business directory of local wedding co-coordinators and planners. You can contact the Registrars Department directly, phone 00 682 29410, fax 00 682 29610, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You must post a Certificate of Intended Marriage at least 28 days before the wedding to the registrar in Port Vila, before leaving NZ. You then need to be in Port Vila three days before the ceremony. The larger properties have wedding organizers on their staff, while many others use the services of local Connie Wells, a photographer who has branched into co-coordinating weddings.
More information on Vanuatu can be found on the tourism website www.vanuatutourism.com, or by emailing the tourism office, email@example.com
Obtaining a Marriage Licence
The practicalities of obtaining a marriage licence are very straightforward and all resorts will help with the paperwork.
At least two days before the wedding, you’ll need to visit the local registrar or district office open Mon to Fri 8am to 3pm and fill out a simple form providing your:
Fee: $20.25:Nadi District Office, on the first floor of Ratu Napolioni House on Koroivolu Avenue, close to the police station in Nadi Town, tel 670 0101;
Sigatoka District Office, Lawaqa Road, tel 650 0014;
Other registrars or district offices are in Suva, Lautoka, Savusavu, Labasa and Taveuni.
Getting married in Tonga
An application for a marriage licence must be filed with the Justice Department in Apia along with copies of the relevant documentation, no less than 14 days prior to the intended date of marriage. You can apply directly to the Justice Department in Apia, ph 22 671, fax 21 050, email firstname.lastname@example.org
All wedding arrangements can be made through your local travel agent and by the hotel, resort or inbound tour operator onshore.
Getting married in French Polynesia (Tahiti)
In May 2009, the law has been modified and now allows foreign tourists to celebrate a civil wedding ceremony in French Polynesia: residence conditions have been cancelled.
To make this legal wedding ceremony takes place at the City Hall in front of the Mayor, you'll just have to send legal documents 45 days before your trip.
Getting Married in New Caledonia
The law has now changed in New Caledonia - Two people that are not of French Nationality, provided that they are not of the same sex and at least 18 years old are now able to get married in New Caledonia without the previous requirement of having been a resident for over three months. French law stipulates certain requirements and procedure. Procedures such as: - the couple must submit an application file at least one month before the publication of the Banns & the marriage has to be publicly solemnized at the Town Hall, which is done in the presence of a sworn Interpreter or Translator.
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