Honeymoons and Weddings
Alofa is the Samoan word for love, and you will fall in love with Samoa as a wedding or honeymoon destination
The scent of frangipani wafts through the air, the ocean laps onto the beach and the sun is setting over the horizon. You have come to these beautiful islands to marry, and beside you is your soul mate and true love, saying the words ‘I do’.
Samoa's stunning natural features provide numerous magical settings for your ceremony; from a secluded beach to a cascading waterfall or even a lush tropical rainforest or garden. You can enjoy your special day on a private, uninhabited island or experience a traditional-style wedding in a century-old church as a Samoan choir sings.
According to Fa’a Samoa, marriage is a sacred union to be honoured and respected, so expect your wedding day to be a memorable and hassle-free event. There are many suitable resorts that are able to cater for your wedding and honeymoon.
Traditionally, weddings are a grand celebration in Samoa. Samoan brides wear a pale (head-dress) and the groom wears an ula (floral necklace). Brides are led to the
groom by a troop of Samoan warriors and serenaded in song or backed by the fierce beats of the Samoan drums.
While none of these cultural touches are mandatory for your wedding, they will provide a unique touch to your tropical nuptials.
For couples who wish to plan their special day themselves, there is a wide range of caterers, reception and function centres, hire cars, florists, wedding cake specialists, photographers and videographers to make your big day memorable. If you prefer someone else to do the organising and worrying, then a number of hotels, resorts and inbound tour operators can cater for all your needs.
Or there are a number of hotels, resorts and tour operators who can organise everything for you.
Marriages in Samoa are legally recognised worldwide and application forms for a marriage licence must be filed 14 days prior to the wedding day with the Justice Department in Apia.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN SAMOA
- Marriages in Samoa are legally recognised worldwide.
- To marry in Samoa you will need to fill in an application for a marriage license at least 14 days prior (but no more than 3 months in advance) to your wedding day with the Ministry of Justice in Apia.
- A fee of ST$14 applies (subject to change).
- You will be required to provide a photocopy of your passport, birth certificates, death certificate (of past spouses) or a copy of the Decree Absolute if divorced, and a Certificate of No Impediment to Get Married (from your country of origin).
WHO TO CONTACT
Samoan contact: For your marriage licence, you can apply directly to the Ministry of Justice in Apia.
Phone: + 685 22671
Fax: + 685 21050 or
Home Country contact: To obtain all necessary documents, such as your Certificate of No Impediment to Get Married, contact the relevant Government agency in your home country.
For your peace of mind and comfort while you prepare for your special day, wedding packages are also available from the below Travel Wedding Specialists.
Your honeymoon is the start of your new life together, so take some precious time with your loved one and make some memories to treasure in the treasured islands.
Treat yourselves to a honeymoon suite at a resort by the beach and lie poolside or beachside and watch the day go by while sipping on a tropical cocktail. There are many dreamy superior hotels and deluxe resorts to choose from.
If you prefer the nightlife, take a suite at one of the hotels in Apia and pamper yourselves with a spa or traditional massage.
Take a sunset cruise on a boat and enjoy the refreshing sea air or simply lie on the beach and be waited upon by the friendly resort staff.
For the more adventurous, hire a car and explore the islands and stay at a traditional beach fale.