New Caledonia Weddings
Thinking of getting married in an Island paradise, then New Caledonia is your answer. New Caledonia offers some of the best locations for you to get married in, just imagine white sandy beach fully decorated with native flowers and surrounded by crystal clear water. You can’t ask for anything better then to start your new life with your loved one.
Here at New Caledonia we have found some of the best wedding packages to suit everyone’s budget and needs, from simple on the beach to grand weddings. Check them out and see what suits your needs and budget.
New Caledonia Wedding FAQs
Here are some of the most common New Caledonia Frequently Asked Questions we get from couples asking us. Hope it helps in the planning for your wedding!
Most common question is how much is it going to cost?
It all depends on how much you want to spend and what sort of wedding you are after. The wedding packages range from few thousands to hundreds of thousands and it all depends on you. A simple wedding on a beach surrounds by family and friends will set you back around 3 to 5 thousands including accommodation for the couple and use of ministers etc.
How much is going to cost for wedding reception?
The cost will depend on the venue and number of guest – there are some very affordable packages available in New Caledonia starting from $120 per person and goes upto around $250 per person. The cost will depend on mostly what you what you want included in the package ie alcohol
What do you have to pay for?
The bride and groom will have to pay for everything from the cake to car and dress to food. To keep the budget under controll, you mush consider how amny guest you are going to have, as the more gust you have the more cost it will be. Usually only core family and friends take up the offer to attend, which makes the reception less expensive and a lot more fun!
Are overseas weddings suitable for small children or the elderly?
The main things to consider are the resort, the wedding venue, transport and reception options. Children will be fine at a family-friendly resort. Keep a Kids Club in mind or having a local ‘nanny’ to keep little ones amused – the hourly rates start at a few dollars in the Pacific and the ladies are great with children. Kids can be a terrific part of a wedding ceremony (ring bearer, flower girl) but they can get bored come photography time or during the reception.
With the elderly, probably mobility and heat will be the main issues – look at a resort on the flat and keep launch or boat transfers to a minimum, request some seating for during the ceremony and have bottled water on hand to keep the hydration levels up. If you need rooms with facilities for the disabled, there are now some in the South Pacific.
Can I legally marry in New Caledonia?
You can marry in New Caledonia but to have a legally recognized wedding couples have to be resident in that country for at least 30 days. Check with the local minster and arrange for marriage license before the wedding so that you have everything arranged.
Can I tailor the wedding to suit or do I have to choose an existing package?
To start of with and to keep the budgets under control sticking to a pre assigned wedding package would be the best. If you are good at controlling every aspect of the wedding then a tailor made package would suit, just remember the budget can go out of hand very quickly if you don’t have control of your spending.
What documents are needed?
You will need copies of your passports, birth certificates and an Intention to Marry form. You will also need form for your witnesses if you are having friends or family attending. If just the couple, witnesses will be provided. If you have been divorced, the decree nisi will be needed as well. Originals are not needed, just copies – and they can be scanned and emailed to to the marriage registrar in New Caledonia
Is New Caledonia marriage legally recognized?
Yes, but it will be registered in New Caledonia your marriage license will be lodged with the New Caledonia registry, not the New Zealand Births, Deaths & Marriages registry. The marriage itself is legally recognized in the same way a marriage in New Zealand is recognized in other countries.
Is it easier/cheaper if we book the flights and/or accommodation ourselves?
Not usually. Some of the wedding packages works out cheaper if you take into account all the things you will need. If you add up all the things separately almost all the time it will work out more expensive.