Wedding Bora Bora - Civil Ceremony

The Civil (Legal) Marriage in Bora Bora

Those with other than French Nationality can be married in Bora Bora. To be married in a Civil Marriage at the Town Hall is the ONLY way to be legally married in Bora Bora.

Long read but we wish to provide you with accurate information!


Wedding Bora Bora Can Provide Assistance In Organizing Your Civil Marriage

All Civil Marriages are conducted in the Marriage Hall at the Bora Bora Town Hall in Vaitape. The hall has a pleasant wooden feel, an excellent view of Mt Pahia & can comfortably seat around 50 people.
The legality of the marriage is recognized internationally. There are a number of conditions to be met to be eligible for consideration to be married including that:

  • Both spouses must be at least 18 years old.
  • Neither spouse can be currently married.
  • The spouses must not have a relationship in direct lineage.
  • Both spouses must be physically present during the marriage ceremony to give their consent.
  • There must be at least 2 witnesses to the marriage who are 18 years of age and over.

A number of legal documents must be lodged with the Town Hall to permit the authorities to satisfactorily identify the parties to be married & to confirm their eligibility to be married.

What Wedding Bora Bora Will Do


Meet with Town Hall

We will meet with offiials to block the date & time for your Marriage & file for your wedding immediately (prior to the payment of any fees) you instruct us to act on your behalf with the intention of avoiding any disappointment for you.


Assist with the Legal Documentation

We will Assist and guide you through the filling & completion of the required legal documentation.


Coordinate all matters relating to your marriage

We will Coordinate all matters relating to your marriage with the relevant authorities.


Meet you on your wedding day outside the Town Hall & welcome you.


Provide witnesses for your marriage if you so require.


Arrange for you to be presented with a legal Marriage Certificate following your marriage.


Arrange for transportation to and from your resort if so required.


Arrange for additional services such as photography is so required.

Bora Bora Civil Wedding Required Documentation

It typically takes a minimum of 3 months to get all things in order and to reserve a date with Town Hall, more notice is even better. All documents MUST be less than 6 months OLD and NOTARIZED.


A letter addressed to the Mayor of Bora Bora.

A completed “Marriage of Foreign Citizens in French Polynesia” Form.
Proof of identity of both of the future spouses (eg, copy of passport).
An original Birth Certificate issued less than 6 months prior to the date of the marriage for each of the future spouses together with a certified copy in French.

In the event both future spouses having not previously been married, each must furnish a Certificate of Celibacy.

If either future spouse has been previously married they must provide an original copy of their Divorce Decree or, in the case that either spouse is a widow or widower, they must provide a Death Certificate together with certified copies in French.
Proof of Residence for both of the future spouses (eg, electricity or telephone bill…)
If applicable, a copy of any Marriage Contract (or a Notary Certificate) together with a certified copy in French.
If applicable, a Certificate of Publication & Non Opposition to Marriage.

Be aware that Civil Marriages are not conducted on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Conduct of the Civil Marriage

On the day of the marriage, the future spouses, their witnesses & any guests attend the Town Hall at the set time when the Mayor (or his representative) will perform the ceremony which will take around 25-30 minutes to complete

What to do once you return home to your country of residence?

The spouses are responsible for contacting their national authorities to determine the procedure to be followed so as to ensure that their Civil Marriage in Bora Bora is correctly recorded under their country’s laws and regulations.

Additional Considerations

Photographs, video & hotel transfers are not included in the above due to the many variables but we will be happy to provide you with a quote. Your photographic & video requirements can be organized with our trusted partner Bora Bora photographer Stephan Debelle
Boat transfers can be arranged for you between your hotel & the Town Hall if required.
This Traditional Civil Marriage is a particularly popular ceremony which lends itself to those continuing on to a Traditional Tahitian Wedding
In terms of additional ambiance consideration should be given to engaging 1 or 2 musicians.


Bora Bora Popular Wedding Venues For Your Tahitian Ceremony

Motu Piti Aau Bora Bora Ceremony
Motu Piti A’au

Our most popular venue in Bora Bora.The motu has it all – a sensational beach, stunning lagoon & the breathtaking backdrop of  the mythical Mt Otemanu.

Wedding Bora Bora - Matira Beach Ceremony
Matira Beach

Popular for couples staying on the Main Island.

Matira Beach, one of the world’s most famous beaches & regularly voted in the top 10 of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Tupai The Heart Shape Atoll
Tupai – The “Heart Shape” Atoll

Tupai might just be the most romantic atoll in the world with his heart-shaped.  Located 10 miles North of Bora Bora, the Atoll of Tupai offers a long stretch of beach, its own inner lagoon making possible a Helicopter Landing

Multi-Lingual Staff

Wedding Bora Bora’s team are fluent in English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese & Tahitian.  A Japanese coordinator can also be arranged.


Your experience should be worry free!  We will schedule and plan the logistic to get you to and from your resort to your selected venue by private boat or taxi for the ceremonies taking place at Matira.

Flowers & Decoration

Our Tahitian Ceremonies include decoration & flowers. You can opt to have additional flowers, say for a flower toss. Custom decoration can also be quoted per your wishes.

Photography & Video

We know how important it is to capture the wonderful memories of your ceremony!  For your photographic needs, we have had a long trusted relationship with Stephan & Bonnie Debelle owner of Bora Bora Photo & Video - - Stephan & Bonnie will respond to your photographic & video needs & guide you through your options, from capturing memories on the beach, in the water as well as from the sky with aerial drone photo & video. You can also visit them on IG:


Hair & Make-Up

Bora Bora’s leading wedding hair styling & make-up specialists, Bora Bora Bridal Beauty, will be ready to attend to your every need.

We will coordinate the logistics & schedule one you have confirmed her services

Cost & Policy Concerning Commissions

Our business model and structure are of an Organization. We partner with several trusted and reliable operators, from photography, transportation, dancers, musicians, hair & make-up and of course our Tahua.

NO COMMISSIONS are sought or paid in relation to any activity undertaken by Wedding Bora Bora and / or any of the service providers associated with services appearing on this site.

While we charge a fee for the organization of your ceremony, we do not Re-Sell Services. The cost of each provider is simply past on to you.

This policy results in clients being able to realize considerable cost savings without any compromise on quality.

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