Feb 3

Wedding is perhaps the most important event in one’s life. Everyone loves to make his or her wedding a special and unique event. For those looking for an exotic as well as a romantic way to replenish your lifetime commitment, one of the best options would be to get married at Tahiti – the largest and the most attractive tropical island of French Polynesia.

Located in the Eastern South Pacific within a tranquil setting, blessed with deserted islands, unbelievable blue water, alluring as well as multi-colored coral reefs, and lush and diverse vegetation, Tahiti is regarded as the most romantic place on the planet, and serves as a perfect destination for an exotic wedding, apart from renewal of vows and honeymoons.

It is no wonder why Tahiti is sometimes referred to as the ‘Island of Love.’ Inspired by the amazing beauty and the fabulous options it renders, many foreigners, especially Americans and Japanese, flock here for a wonderful wedding experience.

Tahiti boasts of a wonderful weather throughout the year, thereby enabling couples to get married at any time of a year. No matter you would like to get married on the soft, spectacular sandy beaches or in the churches found across the island, choices for weddings in Tahiti are truly exotic.

Weddings in Tahiti may be in the form of a simple ring exchange whose procedures are done by a local priest or sometimes it may be a lavish ceremony accompanied by traditional Tahitian practices, music, and dancing. According to the Tahiti culture, the wedding is a consecrated bond blessed by the Gods, and hence treated in a royal way.

If the couples prefer to get married in traditional Tahitian style, the bride-to-be is treated like an ancient Tahitian princess. Then, she is indulged by the villagers on the area with fragrant flowers as well as aromatic oils. Later, she is dressed in a vibrantly colored pareu with flower garlands and seashells. Meanwhile, the groom is taken by the villagers to a small islet, where he is painted with tattoos and dressed in a traditional style wearing a crown decorated with tropical leaves and flowers. He then takes after a village High Chief. The groom is carried to the wedding place in a canoe amid great pomp and splendor.

After sometimes, the bride is brought to the venue carried in a traditional throne. Then, the marriage ceremony takes place at the Tahitian Stone, and the High Priest conducts marriage rituals and rites. Eventually, the couples are seated on a royal chair, and are then carried by the Maohi warriors into the sunset. Above all, the ceremony is serenaded by soft as well as elegant Tahitian music.

However, for those interested in getting married in Tahiti are required to meet certain legal requirements. Hence, it is required to submit some legal papers prior to the wedding, such as, birth certificates of bride and groom that have been translated into French, premarital certificates, residency certificate, customary certificate, celibacy certificate, and a copy of the notarized marriage contract, in case bride or groom is a foreign born people. But, in most cases, it is seen that many of the couples officially get married at their home countries and then tour Tahiti for enjoying an exotic wedding.

Nowadays, many of the top-notch hotels in the area, such as, Accor, provide excellent options for exotic weddings in Tahiti. Many of them even provide world-class wedding packages, replete with assistance of wedding planner, traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony, sunset cruise, and a romantic dinner. In some instances, wedding packages come attached with underwater wedding ceremony, scuba training as well as ride on the lagoon, dresses for bride and groom, a bottle of champagne, DVD as well as photographs of the ceremony, and waterproof wedding certificate.

There are also wedding packages that are complete with service of a local priest, small group of musicians and dancers, traditional costumes, flower garlands and crowns, decoration of ceremony ground and canoes, coco punches, and a bottle of champagne on ice. Apart from these, luxury wedding packages are available inclusive of royal wedding ceremony, royal procession of newly weds through the village, and honeymoon night with royal treatment.

In addition to hotels and resorts, many tour operators, professional planners, and cruise lines are also in the scenario to render services in order to make your Tahitian wedding truly a memorable event.

Wolfgang Jaegel

Jan 18

honeymoons are as much a part of any weddings as the wedding preparation and the wedding day itself. It is usually included in the budgeting and planning of a wedding that, for most, weddings are never complete without a honeymoon.

Origins of Honeymoon

Honeymoon is said to have originated from the Norse people where the husband-to-be abducts the bride from a nearby village. He then takes her into hiding for some time without her family knowing where she is. Only his friends know where they are and give the bride’s family the assurance they need that she is fine. Once her family stops searching for her, the new husband and wife then return to their people with a child growing in her belly.

Others claim that during the time of Babylon, a honey-based drink called mead is given to the groom by the bride’s father. The groom then drinks it for the duration of the first month (first moon cycle) of his marriage to the bride. This is said to boost the fertility and virility of the newly-wedded couple.

Modern Honeymoon

Generally, the newlyweds have their honeymoon right after their wedding as their own and private celebration of their union and their life together. The honeymoon is typically a trip spent together in a place away from their home for the purpose of seclusion and intimacy. This also serves as a rest period after all the hassles and headaches that come with the wedding preparation and the anxiety and excitement of the wedding day itself. It is the perfect opportunity for the newlyweds to spend time with each other away from their usual lives, and it will be a start for them in getting to know each other better.

Favorite Honeymoon Spots

As this is a considered a part of the wedding process, the couple either saved up for the honeymoon or received a honeymoon trip as a gift from their parents or close friends. The most common and favorite destinations of newlyweds are the beaches and resorts in famous spots like Hawaii and the Mediterranean. Some couples take cruises and enjoy quality time spent lazing around and enjoying each other’s company. Going to Mexico and enjoying its rich cultural heritage is also a favorite among newlyweds.

But for those who want to save some money, a simple out-of-town travel and staying at their favorite hotel is enough. Honeymoon does not mean visiting exotic places. It means quality time for the newlyweds.

Life After the Wedding and Honeymoon

It does not matter if the newlyweds went on a honeymoon or not. It does not make or break a marriage. In fact, honeymoon does not mean that you have to be in exotic places to enjoy each other’s company. Take the intimacy honeymoon connotes into your busy daily lives and treat your every day life like it is still the honeymoon phase of your marriage.

Marriage should never be taken lightly. As they enter married life, they are sharing the beauty of living life with someone they love and cherish. Not only will they be sharing their lives together but their dreams, aspirations, hard works, joys, triumphs, losses, and hard times as well.

Eric Hartwell

Jan 6

Getting married? There are plenty of wonderful destinations for your honeymoon. But how are you gone get there? Did you ever think of a cruise ship? Believe me – it’s the best way to start your honeymoon. In fact it is the best way to start your marriage!

Every year, thousands of couples get married. If you’re planning your wedding, it is likely that you’ll plan a honeymoon as well. Honeymoons are often looked upon as vacations. In a sense, they are. But there are two major differences. Number one: romance is in the air. Number two: no kids. The bride, the groom and plenty of time. That makes honeymoons fun, exciting and memorable.

As previously mentioned, you have a number of different options when it comes to planning your honeymoon. Many newlyweds schedule their honeymoons at popular beaches, ski resorts, or other secluded areas. Did you know that you can also have a honeymoon aboard a cruise ship? Cruise ships are increasing in popularity, but still many individuals do not consider them as a vacation option. And that’s a shame.

You’ll be amazed!

One of the reasons why cruise ships are rarely thought about when selecting a vacation destination, let alone a honeymoon, is because of their cost. A cruise is considered to be expensive. Well, I´ll let you in on a little secret. They don´t have to be. The competition in the cruise line industry is killing. If you play your card smart, you can be the one that benefits. Do a Google search on discount cruise ship tickets and you´ll be amazed!

Those discount tickets are usually sold fast. So here is the rule. First of all decide where you wane go and set your budget. Then sit down and do your homework on the computer (or with the help of a travel agent). Once you see an offer that fits your needs, do not hesitate. Jump on it and celebrate. You just made a dream reality!

Take it from a pro

Let me raise another question. Are cruises actually pricy? It is important to examine the activities available onboard and the length of the cruise. The longer the cruise and the more services available, the more expensive tickets are likely to be. If you take the time to figure out all the services that are included and the cost of overnight accommodations, you may see that cruises aren’t all that expensive after all. Do the math and – again – you’ll be surprised.

Once you’ve made the decision to spend your honeymoon onboard a cruise liner, you’ll have to book reservations. When examining cruise ship destinations, look for the possibility for romance. As your honeymoon is supposed to be a romantic and relaxing time, you’ll want to select destinations that will keep that spirit alive. Those destinations are all over the world. But take it from a pro: for newlyweds the Caribbean is the place to go. There are over 7.000 islands. Pick a couple. No matter what islands you’ll be sailing for, there will be sandy white beaches, the friendliest people you can think of and lots of rum. You can’t go wrong here.

Amorous and intimate

Before I forget: take a close look at the type of cruise you select. Most cruise lines have ships that are targeted to seniors, risk seekers or families. Stay away from the last two mentioned. Remember: you are searching a private, amorous and intimate setting. Hard to find whit kids all over the swimming pool or adventure junkies bungee jumping from the upper decks…

Capt. Jack Storms