There are 3 key elements in a Tahitian Traditional Wedding:
The auti, the plant sacred to Tahitians. Water – taken from the ocean (moana), the greatest temple on earth. Tiare Tahiti – the wonderfully perfumed flower which symbolizes harmony & the sharing of all things.
A split leaf of “Auti” a sacred plant is tied on the wrist of each person, this symbolizes the union between the two individuals.
The Water poured over their hands to symbolize the purification of the Union.
The exchange of flowers, commonly lays & crowns, a welcome sign in French Polynesia.
In recognition of the marriage being sacred, the wedding is first blessed using auti:
The sacred bond, the union of the two, is recognized by the tying of a strip taken from the back of the auti leaf which will call in good & protect the couple against evil. In ancient times Tahitians would tie the strips to the entrance to their fares (homes) to protect their privacy
The Auti & Water – Traditional Tahitian Wedding
The water marks the purification of the wedding
The exchange of Tiare Tahiti – the leis have been given to the groom by the parents of the bride as a sign of his having been welcomed into the family as one with other family members. The Tiare Tahiti is the symbol of the love for one another
The Water – Purification
For the blessing
the couple is then wrapped in a “Tifaifai” (a Tahitian Guilt) for the “Tahua” (non-denominational Tahitian Priest) to give them his benediction. red signifying royalty & love, being wrapped together to signify their union; the union given the benediction of the tahua
Ken & Yuriko from Japan – The story of their Tahitian Wedding
Yuriko & Ken – Tahitian Wedding in Bora Bora
Ken & Yuriko were our last couple to have a Tahitian Wedding at Motu Piti A’au before French Polynesia closed it borders due to Covid-19. They were a very special couple, full of joy and emotions during their ceremony; it was especially touching for us as they had decided to wear traditional costumes which were provided by our troupe.
We are delighted to see their stories in an interview by Romantic Explorer, a site dedicated to Romantic Couples from across the world to sharing their experiences.
Couple Ken and Yuriko share their Dreamy Tahitian Wedding Ceremony Story
Ken and Yuriko, a lovely couple from Japan, made their dream of having a Tahitian Wedding Ceremony in Bora Bora a reality. Their Tahitian Wedding Ceremony took place at Motu Piti Aau. They kindly shared their experience and tips with me by answering the following questions:
What is it like to get married in Bora Bora? You mentioned you’ve never been to Bora Bora before getting married there – did it meet your expectations?
Ken: Yes! The weather and ocean were exquisite, and our Tahitian Wedding Ceremony in Bora Bora had a private and exclusive feel. We adorned traditional dress, which made it all the more special.
How amazing that they chose to fully embrace the culture of Bora Bora Island with a Tahitian Ceremony!
Planning to visit Bora Bora? Feeling the romance? Curious about having a Traditional Polynesian Wedding or Vow Renewals ceremony during your stay in Bora Bora?
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Bora Bora provides for stunning spots for photography! Why not schedule a couple photo-shoot!
During these slow times we are certainly missing meeting people! Bora Bora is deserted and no one here has ever lived this situation. Everyone is trying to stay positive and this slow times allows us to enjoy the wonderful nature around us we often take for granted. We are grateful to have so many friends, partners who are so willing to go the extra mile for our future clients.
This past week, we were trilled to join Stephan & his wonderful wife Bonnie on a scouting photo outing. This was a great opportunity for us to observe and participate on a photo-shoot, while we have witness many photo-shoots we seldom are active participants. I have to say it was an amazing time but it was challenging! There were four of us, Stephan had in mind to shoot in the water; something is does regularly at the resorts or in the Lagoon. What made this different was the spot he selected was outside the outer reef which surrounds Bora Bora. It took us around 30 mins to get there, the weather was great, water very clear and saw a few black tips sharks swimming around.
It as time to jump in, we all went in to scout the exact spots; Stephan had in mind to have our bride of the day swim with her dress inside one of the Hoas near the reef. We found one wide enough so the dress would not be get tangle on rocks on the coral. This is when I am glad I was just observing and helping best I can instead of swimming with the wedding dress. We spent about an hour taking various shots, our wonderful captain was here to insure safety and all went well. We have not yet seen the photos but we will make sure to share them once Stephan is done editing them.
Meanwhile, for many of our clients wishing to have selfies or a photo session at the resort; Stephan shared this neat map he created which gives indication of the best photo spots at the Resorts.
Tahitian Vow Renewal Ceremony at Motu Piti Aau – Bora Bora
My husband and I had such an amazing experience with Moea! She and her team were so helpful in organizing the perfect special day! A once in a lifetime experience! Top notch treatment and accommodations! Thank you also to Stephan & Bonnie who did a amazing job capturing photos for us!
Jack & Carol – Civil Marriage & Traditional Tahitian Wedding in Bora Bora
Getting Married in Bora Bora……..
We are from the U.S. and had to ‘navigate’ through all the critical items needed in order to have a legally recognized wedding on this small but breathtaking island. Here are some of the things that will save you time and make your special day truly spectacular.
First, picking and contracting a wedding planner is critical so pick your wedding planner quickly and wisely. One of the critical items we needed was someone local that would maintain timely communication to insure things are being handled and to ease one’s nerves as your special day quickly arrives.
Our decision to chose Moea was the best decision we made for our special day. Moea was available by phone and was quick to respond to emails and inquiries. Moea also was very familiar with the local Mayor’s office personnel and was very willing to personally deliver our French translated wedding documents with quick feedback. We also found that Moea was very flexible to changes in plans as our cruise ship changed our itinerary three times before settling on a specific day of arrival on the island.
Wedding Bora Bora also was well connected with supporting our request for a 2nd traditional Polynesian wedding which occurred on a nearby private island. The polynesian non-denominational priest was also patient in providing translation from French to English.
Words cannot even express the exceptional care and experience Moea provided for our Bora Bora Wedding. It started with her help with all of the paperwork – which was amazing. She also had resources to help with photos and makeup. Every detail was perfect – from the pick up at our house, arriving at the courthouse & honking, the city service with beautiful flowers and having petals thrown on us as we left, the boat ride & ultimate beach ceremony —it was like a dream… come true. Just so helpful, professional and lovely. If this is your dream – let Moea help you – you will be as blessed as we were!
Congratulations again on your legal mariage and Tahitian Ceremony! It was an honor for us to have welcomed the both of you. We are so happy to know we made for life long memories! Motu Piti Aau is a very special place, the view of Mt Otemanu always brings emotions and serenity to everyone stepping foot there.
Thank you so much Weddings Bora Bora for arranging our wedding ceremony. It was pure magic from the moment we all arrived at the Motu by boat to the sound of serenading and ukulele all just to welcome me and my wife.
We’re both Japanese, but we chose to adorn ourselves with traditional Tahitian wear for our ceremony, as we wanted an authentic wedding in the local tradition. I highly recommend this to anyone who may want their wedding sealed in the sacredness of the beautiful land, nature and culture of Bora Bora. I also highly recommend the highly professional work of Stephan and Bonnie who will capture each and every moment and nuance so perfectly in your photos and videos. Merci everyone!
Ken & Yuriko
Ken and Yuriko were from Tokyo, they chose to wear “Local Costumes” for their ceremony, it was such a pleasure to be witnesses of their joy and emotions!
Roxanne & Tommy – Tahitian Wedding at Motu Piti Aau
I reached out to Weddingsborabora through their website about doing our 25 year Vow Renewal. They responded immediately. Even though I’m almost half way around the world from where they are – I was able to get it set up very easily. We did it all through email. They even put me on to a photographer – Stephan and Bonnie. The whole day went very smoothly and I would highly recommend their services for your special day.
We were so happy to be part of this very special day! Wishing the both of you lots love and happiness!