Wherever you choose to say “I do” in tropical Samoa, it's guaranteed to be magical. Many Samoan resorts and venues are well-versed in hosting beautiful tropical island weddings for visitors, so why not plug into their extensive knowledge, facilities and services to make it all easy and relaxed?
Marriages in Samoa are recognised legally worldwide, therefore many hotels, resorts and tour operators offer wedding and honeymoon packages with in-house coordinators to ensure smooth planning of the big day. They will also be able to assist with the application forms for a marriage license which must be filed fourteen days prior to the wedding with the Justice Department in Apia.
Whether it is a traditional, formal service in a church or a more informal location by a cascading waterfall, Samoa’s stunning scenery provides many picture-perfect settings. The island’s upmarket resorts offer an ideal romantic hideaway, from balmy white sandy beaches with unforgettable sunsets to poolside bars and lush tropical gardens to wander through. Here, lovers can also experience traditional Samoan culture at a Fiafia night where they will be able to eat the island’s harvest, from freshly caught fish to locally grown tropical fruits, cooked on an Umu, and watch traditional entertainment, such as the exhilarating Siva Afi or fire knife dance.
For after the ceremony, the islands’ range of resorts, often positioned on idyllic stretches of beachfront, cater to every need. While there are some family-friendly resorts in Samoa, there are also luxurious adult-only resorts more suitable for romantic retreats where couples can wake up to the sound of the sea and even fall asleep to the sight of the stars, should they choose to stay in one of Samoa’s famous beachside fales.
Because relaxing on beaches with golden sands and crystalline waters is not for everyone, there are also plenty of unique and bucket-list-worthy activities for couples alike to participate in, such as snorkeling with wild turtles, walking under canopies or taking the plunge into To Sua Ocean Trench. The charming town of Apia has its good share of restaurants, bars, markets, shops and cultural attractions including the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, a few colourful markets as well as the Samoa Cultural Village for the happy couple to explore on their own island adventure.
Samoa is a couple’s paradise waiting to be explored and a once in a lifetime trip may well end with falling in love with Samoa itself.