Find the Perfect Wedding Venue in the Cook Islands
A toes-in-the-sand wedding with a turquoise lagoon backdrop glistens at the ready. There’s no easier place than the Cook Islands to get that South Seas dream wedding you’ve always pictured, whether it’s an intimate elopement or a celebration shared with your nearest and dearest. There are several stunning wedding venues across the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki, while resorts and wedding planners are on hand to make sure the whole day runs smoothly. Discover our top picks for the best wedding venues in the Cook Islands, which we think you’ll love too.
Before we get started, be sure to open How to Plan a Wedding in the Cook Islands for the complete bible of wedding planning in Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
1. One Foot Island
Perhaps the most famous “motu” (islet) among the turquoise waters of the Aitutaki Lagoon, One Foot Island (Tapuaetai) offers a blissful and unique venue for your Cook Islands wedding. The uninhabited island is named after a legend surrounding love and sacrifice and also holds one of the quirkiest post offices in the world. Specialising in weddings on One Foot Island, Bishop’s Cruises can arrange an unforgettable ceremony under their wedding planning service, Onefoot Island Weddings. Weddings on One Foot Island can also be organised through Weddings Cook Islands, Etu Moana, Aitutaki Escape and Aitutaki Village.
Compare more of Aitutaki’s glorious venues in the 7 Best Wedding Venues on Aitutaki.
2. Nautilus Resort (and Motu Taakoka)
Tucked away on the sandy southern shores of Muri Beach on Rarotonga, Nautilus Resort provides a glorious venue for your wedding in paradise. Get married at a groomed beach venue looking out to the island of Taakoka or even on the uninhabited “motu” itself! Say your “I dos” beneath either a floral or a white-draped bamboo archway with bamboo, coconut and floral aisle. When it comes to celebrating with loved ones, choose from a poolside marquee, beachfront gazebo, the Nautilus Resort Restaurant or a private dining room.
See more venues on the Cook Island’s most popular island in the 10 Best Wedding Venues on Rarotonga.
3. Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
The five-star adults-only Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort provides the perfect setting for a wedding on the private island of Akitua. The resort offers four wedding ceremony locations: Sunset Beach, Oneroa Beach Chapel, the Beach Gazebo or the sandspit of Kuriri Point, all featuring magnificent views of the Aitutaki Lagoon and its motu. Choose from floral archways to four-post archways and all the tropical decor to match at this highly-sought wedding venue on Aitutaki.
See what it’s like to stay at the resort in our 20 Best Adults-Only Resorts in the Cook Islands and discover their generous wedding packages listed in the 10 Best Wedding Packages in the Cook Islands.
4. Te Vara Nui Village
Among the gorgeous water gardens and towering traditionally inspired rooves of Te Vara Nui Village, enjoy a true Rarotongan wedding. Larger groups can be treated to one of the three restaurants beside gorgeous waterfalls and unique floating stages for cultural performances, while intimate groups can experience their own VIP tables at Te Vara Nui’s famed cultural night. Packages come as various decoration themes for your chosen restaurant, whether you want an authentic island experience or a sophisticated “white dream” wedding.
Compare their wedding packages with others in the 10 Best Wedding Packages for Rarotonga.
5. Manuia Beach Resort
It doesn’t get more “on the beach” than a beach wedding at the adults-only Manuia Beach Resort and their acclaimed On the Beach (OTB) restaurant. Walk down the palm-strewn aisle to your beautifully decorated archway to say your “I dos” on the sunset coast of Rarotonga. Your reception can be held in a marquee or at the OTB restaurant known for serving up some of the finest cuisine on Rarotonga – just check them out in the 10 Best Restaurants in Rarotonga.
6. Crown Beach Resort & Spa
Choose from three (and a half) wedding venues for your special day at the Crown Beach Resort & Spa on Rarotonga. Intimate weddings of up to six people have the option to enjoy a reception under a beach pavilion, while larger groups can choose from a beachfront marquee, indoor event room or their on-site Flambé Restaurant. As for ceremony locations, you can choose your two-pole decorated bamboo archway or fully floral archway on the beach or among the resort’s garden courtyard.
Get more help planning a wedding on Rarotonga, as well as a lush honeymoon, in The Wedding, Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Rarotonga.
7. Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas
For a more intimate experience including a stay at an eco-friendly boutique resort, choose the wedding venue of Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas in Aitutaki. They offer several wedding packages including venues both at the resort’s beach and on One Foot Island. They offer custom-made wedding packages should you have a different wedding venue in mind. Learn more about staying at their accommodation in the 10 Best Resorts in Aitutaki, as well as their packages in our wedding package guide for Aitutaki.
8. Edgewater Resort & Spa
It couldn’t be easier than eloping at the Edgewater Resort & Spa. The largest resort on Rarotonga has the essential services all in one place, including a beauty spa and hair salon to make you feel a hundred bucks for the big day. With swaying coconut palms lining a sunset beach, Edgewater has an idyllic venue for a toes-in-the-sand wedding. Their wedding packages include a tastefully decorated pergola on the beach, while those celebrating with friends and family have the option of a fully decorated 30-pax venue.
9. Motu Ee
An alternative to going through a resort or accommodation, Weddings Cook Islands can arrange weddings at your chosen location (if, of course, feasible) anywhere on Rarotonga or Aitutaki. A special venue that we recommend, however, is Motu Ee, one of the larger and much less visited islands in the Aitutaki Lagoon. Weddings Cook Islands offers packages for both Motu Ee and One Foot Island, as outlined in the 5 Best Wedding Packages on Aitutaki. Weddings on Motu Ee can also be organised through Aitutaki Village.
Get more help planning a wedding on Aitutaki, as well as a lush honeymoon, in The Wedding, Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Aitutaki.
10. Highland Paradise
Finally, for a unique inland venue at a sacred yet beautiful archaeological site, choose the Rarotonga wedding venue of Highland Paradise. Be wed on the grounds of an ancient marae and under the mountain of Mt Maungaroa in a wedding with cultural undertones for a true Rarotongan experience. Be wed at a stunning ceremony location from hilltops locations overlooking the valleys and lagoon of Rarotonga, while the reception can take place in an undercover decorated venue with the stage set for Highland’s renowned cultural performances.
Learn more about their cultural tours in 10 Best Cultural Shows in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands.
More About Wedding Venues in the Cook Islands
That’s it for our top picks of wedding venues in the Cook Islands, but we offer much more advice in the following 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.