My Wedding - - CONTENTS -

Des­ti­na­tion wed­dings are be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar with Kiwi cou­ples. No longer is a ro­man­tic is­land wed­ding the do­main of celebri­ties! For some, it's the un­pre­dictable weather lo­cally that spurs the de­ci­sion; for oth­ers it's the thought of a hon­ey­moon and wed­ding in one lo­ca­tion; and for a few it's merely the pref­er­ence of “elop­ing” and es­cap­ing the fam­ily's de­sire for a mas­sive 200-per­son af­fair. Spend your spe­cial day with those who re­ally mean some­thing to you - you can al­ways throw a big­ger, more ca­sual bash when you get home for those who can't make it, won't make it or are merely ca­sual friends.

We are blessed with beau­ti­ful neigh­bour­ing is­lands that of­fer ex­quis­ite lo­ca­tions for wed­dings and hon­ey­moons … the South Pa­cific is fa­bled the world over and cou­ples from around the globe ven­ture to Raro­tonga, Fiji, Van­u­atu, Hawaii, Tahiti, New Cale­do­nia and Samoa. For us, it's a short plane trip to par­adise! It is re­ported that nearly 1,000 Ki­wis have tied the knot in Raro­tonga since 2010 and re­sorts such as the Edge­wa­ter have hosted over 100 wed­dings a year!

A few words of ad­vice if you're plan­ning a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding – al­ways check le­gal re­quire­ments, and give your in­tended guests plenty of no­tice as many will have to save up the money or book their an­nual leave.

A des­ti­na­tion wed­ding can save on your bud­get – firstly by keep­ing the num­bers down and se­condly be­cause the pack­age deals on of­fer can be quite ex­tra­or­di­nary. In this first look at is­land wed­dings, we fea­ture the Cook Is­lands of Raro­tonga and Ai­tu­taki, Samoa and Van­u­atu, as well as a vow re­newal on Maui.

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