All-Inclusive Wedding Packages for the Cook Islands
Why is the Cook Islands one of the best places to elope to in the South Pacific? Apart from the 10 Reasons a Wedding in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands is a Must, the wedding packages available make planning your wedding incredibly simple. It’s your day, after all. You don’t want to be that “bridezilla” who gets so stressed about planning a wedding that it just ruins the whole thing. With the backdrop of the turquoise lagoon, whether it be on Rarotonga or Aitutaki, and your bare feet on the sand, trust us, it will feel perfect.
Compare the wedding packages in the Cook Islands that we list below, then head over to our bible of wedding planning: How to Plan a Wedding in the Cook Islands.
1. Over the Moon Wedding Package – Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
Get everything organised (and we mean everything) at one of the most romantic resorts on Aitutaki. The five-star adults-only Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort offers an extremely comprehensive bundle in their “Over the Moon” wedding package.
The list of services includes: a wedding planner, a choice of venue (see the 10 Best Wedding Venues in the Cook Islands), pre-wedding meetings with your planner, celebrant/minister and optional suppliers for photography, hair and make-up, etc., guided tour of the resort, transfers to the registry office, wedding paperwork, a wedding arch, use of chapel or gazebo, sound system, tropical flowers for the bride, brides’ hair and groom’s buttonhole, celebrant/minister, witnesses, Champagne, ceremonial planting of an uto (coconut palm), a wedding vows scroll, room turndown service, and gifts from the resort.
2. Akaopoipo U’una – Nautilus Resort
Nautilus Resort offers five different wedding packages on Rarotonga, the “Akaopoipo U’una” being the most inclusive package for eloping couples. The package consists of a wedding coordinator, marriage paperwork, transfer to the registrar, celebrant consulted for a more personalised wedding day, arch and floral aisle, bouquet or ei (head garland) for the bride, neck ei or buttonhole for the groom, a bottle of Nautilus Cuvee Brut NV, recorded music of choice, a wedding gift, romantic breakfast for the day after, conch shell welcome for the bride, photography package, ukulele serenader, two-hour bridge hair and make-up, exclusive private island wedding, vaka (canoe) island transfer for the ceremony and a romantic Champagne dinner. Or, you know, you could go for something a little simpler…
See more wedding packages in the 10 Best Wedding Packages for Rarotonga.
3. Onefoot Island Wedding Package
It doesn’t matter where you stay on Aitutaki when you book a wedding package with Onefoot Island Weddings operated by Bishop’s Cruises. They’ll take you out to the uninhabited One Foot Island (Tapuaetai) for a toes-in-the-sand wedding.
Their standard wedding package includes: transfers to/from the island, a celebrant, wedding paperwork, flowers for the bride and groom, witnesses, a local string band, Champagne for the wedding toast, a gift voucher for a local black pearl jeweller, and a bottle of Champagne. Of course, this is all planned by your assigned wedding planner.
More comprehensive packages are also available, for instance, the “Gold Package” includes the same as the standard package with the addition of a half-day private lagoon charter and a 4″ wedding cake. The “Gold Plus Package” also includes three nights of accommodation. Group packages are available on request.
Discover more wedding packages just in Aitutaki in the 7 Best Wedding Packages for Aitutaki.
4. Akaipoipo Ngaro – Crown Beach Resort & Spa
This lavish adults-only resort on Rarotonga specialises in romance, so unsurprisingly, their “Akaipoipo Ngaro” package offers everything an eloping couple needs. The package with Crown Beach Resort & Spa includes a wedding planner and events team, choice of ceremony venue (beach or gardens), choice of archway, dressed signing table, bouquet or ei (head garland) for the bride, neck ei or buttonhole for the groom, floral petal aisle, music of your choice, celebrant (consulted to make more personal), wedding paperwork, a bottle of sparkling wine and a wedding gift.
Various package upgrades are available, suitable for couples celebrating with friends and family and including other indulgences, such as couples’ spa treatments, live music, photography packages and more.
5. Togetherness Package – Weddings Cook Islands
One of the Cook Islands’s dedicated wedding planners, Weddings Cook Islands is your go-to for both Rarotonga and Aitutaki when you want your wedding to be independent of a resort. Starting with their most affordable package, the “Togetherness Package” includes a wedding planner, all of the marriage paperwork and transfers to the registrar, witnesses, a venue at a beach or church, a decorated signing table, a floral heart in the sand, transfers from your accommodations, bridal bouquet, buttonhole or ei (neck garland) for the groom, a bottle of sparkling wine and a wedding gift.
Premium packages have additional inclusions, such as beauty treatments for the bride, a wedding cake and entertainment from a string band. A vows renewal package is also available.
6. The Etu Moana Classic Package
The couple-centric eco-friendly Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas in Aitutaki offers four wedding packages, starting with “The Etu Moana Classic Package”. This entails a wedding planner, minister/celebrant, wedding paperwork, witnesses, a tropical wedding cake, floral bouquet, buttonhole and garlands for the bride and groom, a decorated wedding venue, a two-man band, decoration in your villa, Champagne and a romantic dinner on the beach.
There is the option to upgrade to the “Deluxe Package” with the addition of a ceremonial planting of an uto and a traditional vaka (canoe) ride. Personalised packages and a “One Foot Island Wedding Package” are also available.
Learn more about the boutique accommodation in the 10 Best Boutique Resorts in the Cook Islands.
7. Tipani Package – Edgewater Resort & Spa
Rarotonga’s largest resort offers three wedding packages and a vows renewal package, with the most intimate being the “Tipani Package“. Your beachside wedding ceremony with the Edgewater Resort & Spa includes a wedding planner, transfers to the registrar, wedding paperwork, a bouquet for the bride, neck ei for the groom, a celebrant or minister, witnesses (if needed), an audio system to play your chosen music, a bottle of sparkling wine and a wedding gift.
Additional extras, like a string band, photography package, a single-tier wedding cake, and canapes and cocktails for two are included in the “Jasmine Package“. The “All-Inclusive Package” is best for those bringing friends and family with an island barbecue and beverage package included.
8. Paradise Package – Wedded Bliss
Another wedding planner company based on Rarotonga, Wedded Bliss is worth choosing if you have big dreams for your wedding. Their “Paradise Package” includes complete assistance from the wedding coordinator (including for finding accommodation), wedding paperwork, scheduling and attending meetings with the suppliers and more.
They go through a wedding rehearsal with you and prepare the venue and consult the celebrant for a personalised experience. A deluxe photo package is also included, as well as the hair and beauty of the bride and up to two bridesmaids. The bridal preparation comes complete with two bottles of sparkling wine and two tropical platters. For the ceremony and after, you have an island string band, a two-tier wedding cake, a cultural performance, a couples’ massage and dinner for two. Does that sound like enough?
9. Tapu Mountain Wedding – Highlands Paradise
For couples seeking an authentic island flair to their wedding on Rarotonga, choose a wedding package with the cultural centre of Highlands Paradise. Their starting package is the “Tapu Mountain Wedding“, which includes a wedding planner, marriage paperwork and transfers to the registrar. The marriage ceremony includes a traditional welcome by a Maori warrior, consultation and inclusion of a celebrant or minister and witnesses if needed. Other inclusions are transfers, a bridal bouquet and buttonhole or neck ei for the groom, a bottle of sparkling wine and a wedding gift. Cultural entertainment, photography, wedding reception with a barbecue and beauty packs are a part of more inclusive packages.
Learn more about Highlands Paradise in the 10 Best Cultural Shows in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands.
10. Basic Package – Te Vara Nui Village
One of the more unique venues on Rarotonga (see the 10 Best Wedding Venues on Rarotonga), Te Vara Nui Village might be known for their cultural show but its stunning water garden venue can also be used for weddings. Their basic wedding package includes: the wedding ceremony overlooking Muri Beach or in tropical gardens, a wedding coordinator, marriage paperwork, return transfers to the registrar, the celebrant, floral arrangement for the signing table, a bottle of sparkling wine, and a wedding gift. On top of that, Te Vara Nui has a generous and transparent menu of add-ons between entertainment and flower arrangements.
More About Wedding Packages in the Cook Islands
That’s it for our complete list of the best wedding packages in the Cook Islands. For more wedding advice, check out more of our guides:
- The Wedding, Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to the Cook Islands
- How to Plan a Wedding in the Cook Islands
- 10 Reasons a Wedding in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands is a Must!
Finally, complement your wedding with amazing experiences as outlined in the 20 Most Romantic Things to Do in the Cook Islands.