Samoa Beach Wedding
Could anywhere be more romantic than a beach wedding in Samoa? Choose a ceremony on an uninhabited island, on a gorgeous white-sand beach, in a tropical rainforest or experience a traditional-style wedding in a century-old church as a Samoan choir sings in the background.
An application for a marriage licence must be filed with the Justice Department in Apia along with copies of the relevant documentation, no less than 14 days prior to the intended date of marriage.
You can apply directly to the Justice Department in Apia: fax 21 050; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a fee of ST$14. Once the marriage licence is obtained (valid for three months only), couples are free to marry in church (Catholic priests may insist on formal instructions) or on the beach.
Here's what you require for a wedding in Samoa:
Location – The nine islands of Samoa are located in the Pacific Ocean, around 5632km northeast of Australia.
- Photographs and a photocopy of passports are required to be submitted with the application
- Certified copies of birth certificates are required for both participants
- If necessary, death certificate of spouse
- If divorced, a copy of the Decree Absolute
- A certificate of no impediment to get married.
Getting there – Virgin Blue operates direct flights to Apia; Air Pacific operates via Nadi, Fiji; and Air New Zealand via Auckland, with connections from all major Australian airports.
Flight time – 4 hours from Sydney, 9 hours from Perth (via east coast)
Flying in – Faleolo Airport is 34km from the capital, Apia. Typically, hotels and resorts provide pre-arranged transport for guests. Buses, taxis and hire cars are also available.
Entry requirements – A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Australian citizens do not need a visa for a stay of 30 days or less.
Getting around – Polynesian Airlines operates daily flights from Faleolo on Upolu to Maota and Asau on Savai’I Island. Frequent ferries operate between Upolu and Savai’i. Taxis and hire cars are easily available. Traffic drives on the right.