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How to Marry in the Cook Islands

To get married in the South Pacific is many people's dream, and the Cook Islands are a classic picture postcard wedding destination. Island weddings are a speciality here! You can plan your dream wedding on the beach, and there are plenty of islands on which to marry. Their azure blue seas and small atolls make you truly feel like you're in paradise - surely the main point of a wedding abroad!  

Below are the legalities for marrying in the Cook Islands, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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Cook Islands Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in the Cook Islands?
Legal age for marriage is 20 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.


How long do I have to be resident in the Cook Islands before I can get married?
You will need to apply for a marriage licence at least three days before the ceremony and can only apply in person at the Registrar of Marriages.


Getting a marriage licence
You must take the papers mentioned below to the Registrar of Marriages.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Full birth certificates
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.

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Cook Islands Marriage Registrar's

Registrars Department
Department of Justice and Lands
PO Box 11,
Cook Islands, South Pacific
Tel/Fax: +682 29 410