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Getting married

in New Caledonia

Whether you’re planning a symbolic wedding or a renewal of your vows, imagine the most romantic of settings. Picture lush vegetation, pristine white sands, and the gentle embrace of turquoise waters… Here are four irresistible reasons to choose New Caledonia for your special day.

Create Unforgettable Memories

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so why not make it truly unforgettable? The mere mention of New Caledonia, a far-flung paradise boasting idyllic beaches and a year-round mild climate, conjures up an aura of romance.

Say "I Do" in a Tropical Paradise

Planning an island wedding is an extraordinary experience. With its paradise-like beaches and the warm hospitality typical of islands, New Caledonia offers the perfect ingredients for cherished memories. Whether you envision a ceremony on a catamaran, a luxurious yacht, a secluded island (like Îlot Canard (Duck Island) or Îlot Maitre), a pristine white sandy beach, or within a colonial house – you’ll find the ideal setting for your union. Add a touch of exoticism with flowered arches, tropical gardens, French cuisine infused with local flavours, and island music. It’s a getaway from the world, allowing you and your guests to bask in the New Caledonian sun with your feet in the sand.

Revel in the elegance of Luxury Hotels

New Caledonia’s premier hotels in Nouméa, Bourail, or the Isle of Pines boast enchanting settings and are perfectly equipped for ceremonies. Whether you desire a ballroom or a chapel, on-site professional wedding planners are at your service to create a magical experience tailored to your preferences. These experts will accompany you every step of the way, whether you’re planning an intimate ceremony or a grand celebration with family and friends. Local service providers are renowned for their professionalism and quality, including decorators, florists, caterers, and photographers.

Explore the archipelago

Before the big day, embark on an adventure to discover the archipelago’s most breathtaking spots with your loved one. Combine your wedding with a dream holiday to create unforgettable memories. After the ceremony, relish a few days of solitude with your partner, as you’re already in the perfect honeymoon destination. Amid lush landscapes, thrilling experiences, relaxation, and wellness activities, you’ll find a multitude of ways to celebrate your union and enjoy your honeymoon.

Frequently asked questions about weddings in New Caledonia
  • How do I get married in New Caledonia?

    Numerous hotels and specialised event agencies offer customisable wedding services, including access to chapels and all-inclusive packages.

  • Is a wedding in New Caledonia legally recognised in New Zealand?

    Foreign tourists (or non-residents) can get legally married in New Caledonia provided they comply beforehand with a few administrative procedures. The future bride and groom simply need to file an application with the Townhall Records Department. The application must include the following documents:
    – a letter, dated and signed by both parties and addressed to the mayor, requesting him or her to implement the provisions of article 58 of Law no. 2009-594 on a date specified by the couple;
    – a complete and current copy (including previous marriages, divorces…) of each party’s birth certificate;
    – a certified photocopy of proof of identity for each party;
    – the name, first names, date and place of birth of each party’s mother and father, their addresses and professions;
    – the name, first names, date and place of birth of the witnesses (at least two), their addresses and professions.

    An officially approved translator will be present at the ceremony, held in Nouméa Townhall’s gracious wedding hall, so that the young couple can follow the proceedings in their native language. Once married, the newlyweds simply need to go to the Consulate of their own country for a certified transcription of their marriage certificate.