Why Get Married in Tonga?
Although millions of people get married every year, how many do you know who have gotten married in Tonga? If you’re looking for an alternative South Pacific paradise to say your “I Dos”, then Tonga is actually worth considering. Combine your life-changing event with life-changing activities like swimming with whales, enjoy a stunning toes-in-the-sand wedding, and spend a month exploring the islands and surrounding ocean before you tie the knot (because, well, you have to anyway). For more reasons to have a destination wedding in Tonga, see the list below.
Plus, for more wedding talk, take a look at How to Organise Your Wedding in Tonga and The Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to Tonga.
1. Get a Stunning Island Backdrop to Your Wedding Ceremony
Forget drab community halls and sleepy churches, a destination wedding in Tonga means featuring Tonga’s breathtaking landscapes in your special day. Coconut palms, sand shores and turquoise lagoons are all part of the Tonga destination wedding experience, which makes for stunning wedding photos and a special place to begin the rest of your lives together.
2. It’s Off the Beaten Track
Compared to other South Pacific islands, Tonga is a much less-visited destination. With that and the fact that the marriage requirements here are quite strict, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll know anyone who has had a destination wedding in Tonga, making yours unique among your social group.
3. It’s a Good Reason to Spend More Than a Month in Tonga!
Speaking of marriage requirements, one requirement for foreign nationals wishing to get married in Tonga is that they need to have been in Tonga for at least one month before their wedding date. While this might be off-putting for some, those with the time to spare can hardly complain about spending a month in the beautiful islands of Tonga. With four main island groups, 170 islands to explore and a whole array of amazing activities, you’ll certainly be able to fill in the time.
4. Marriage is a Sacred Union in Tongan Society
Tonga is an extremely religious Christian country where marriage is a sacred union. In that sense, it gives marriage a heightened sense of meaning in Tonga, which might just make your own marriage feel all the more special.
5. A Marriage Certificate from Tonga is Internationally Recognised
Tonga is part of the Hague Convention Apostille, which means that marriage certificates in Tonga can be stamped with the Apostille Seal. In other words, your marriage is officially recognised by hundreds of countries across the globe.
6. Get a Wedding and Honeymoon All Rolled Up into One
There’s no pausing between your wedding day and your honeymoon – you’ll already be in a dream honeymoon destination! Eliminate the need to travel to your honeymoon destination and keep the romance going by having an idyllic wedding and honeymoon destination rolled into one in Tonga. Learn more about planning a honeymoon in Tonga here.
7. The Weather is Wonderful
Tonga experiences warm tropical temperatures all year round, which makes a wedding in a stunning dress all the more comfortable than in cooler climates. Be aware, however, that the tropical climate also means that it rains in Tonga, but you can learn more about the dry season in What are the Seasons in Tonga?
8. Share Your Special Day with Only Your Nearest and Dearest (or Just the Two of You)
When it gets into the politics of getting married at home, making sure you’ve invited all the right people and sat the right family members together all the while not trying to offend anyone, can distract you from the true meaning of a wedding day. By having a destination wedding in a place like Tonga, you don’t feel obligated to invite everyone. Only your nearest and dearest are sure to make the journey to spend this special day with you. Alternatively, you could just make your wedding about the people who the wedding is about: the two of you.