Edgewater Resort & Spa, Rarotonga
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The Edgewater Resort & Spa is the ideal place to say ‘I do’ and has provided the backdrop to countless weddings over the years.

With the never-ending sounds of waves washing ashore and the breath taking combination of blue skies, white sandy beaches and warm tropical waters let your special day be as regal as a royal celebration or as simple as a sandy beach at sunset to say ‘I do’ and capture a lifetime of memories in your hearts forever.

The Edgewater Resort & Spa’s experienced team of professional Wedding consultants can assist in making your wedding dreams come true. Our aim is to make your time with us as enjoyable and stress free as possible, eliminating the fuss and pressure that many couples face when planning their wedding.
Enclosed you will find a complete list of products and services that you will need to know about our weddings here at the resort. We trust the information provided in this pack will help make your journey to the wedding of your dreams a little easier, and look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful island paradise.

To start making plans for your Rarotonga wedding, email us at weddings@edgewater.co.ckand follow our latest wedding news and specials on our dedicated Edgewater Weddings Facebook page.

Kia Manuia,
The Weddings Team



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Legal Requirements

• Anyone wishing to marry in the Cook Islands must be 21 years and over. Anyone under the required legal age must have the written consent of their parents or legal guardians.

• All weddings in the Cook Islands are legal and recognized internationally. Citizens from Northern Hemisphere countries however, are required to register their marriage in their own country with their own authorities.

• Wedding couples are required to be in the Cook Islands and apply for their marriage license in person at least 4 working days before their intended wedding date. If wedding couples wish to register and marry in less than the required 4 days, a waiver application must be made by the wedding coordinator prior to the couple’s arrival. There is also an additional charge of NZ$50 for the waiver to be processed.

• Wedding couples must bring their birth certificates and if either are divorced or widowed, then they must bring their divorce decree and/or death certificate.



What documentation will we obtain for proof of our marriage?
Once you have registered your Intent for Marriage Application Form with our High Courts, you will have the papers processed and prepared to be signed on the date of wedding. This is handled by the offi ciating minister/celebrant and the license you sign at the ceremony is for your record, which is also presented with your offi cial marriage certifi cate 2-3 days after the ceremony takes place. New Zealand & Australian residents only require these two documents. Should you reside elsewhere, you will require an Apostle stamp which can be arranged through your wedding coordinator.

Where do you hold your weddings?
All Edgewater Resort & Spa wedding ceremonies and receptions are held onsite. The ceremony can take place either on our resort beachfront overlooking the lagoon, or should weather not be at its best, we do have our private Umu Hut area. Both areas capture the gorgeous sunsets as we are located on the Western side of Rarotonga.

What is the best time to get married?
Most couples choose to hold their ceremonies towards the later afternoon. From 4pm to 5.30pm are the more popular times, which allow the sunset to come through in time for photographs. We are able to hold weddings anytime during the year.

I want to come and view the property and wedding sites, do I need to make an appointment?
An appointment is required to ensure that you are able to gain access to the property and to meet with a Wedding Planner to discuss all your details necessary to make your special day run flawlessly and to answer any questions that you may have.

How far in advance can I book my wedding?
There is no restriction on how far in advance you can book your wedding date. However we do recommend that you let us know what date you are looking at as we only do one wedding a day (Monday to Saturday) and if the date is important to you then we recommend that you let us know, so we can tentatively hold this date for you. As a resort policy, a 30% deposit is
required to secure that date.

What is the rain policy for the resort?
If the forecast for the day of your wedding is 40% chance of rain or more, a decision must be made up to 3 hours prior to the start time of the ceremony on the date of the wedding to move any outdoor functions to the back up location. Once the decision is made, set up cannot be changed to the alternate location.

How long do I have the reception room for?
Reception pricing is based on 4-5 hours of the reception and cannot
last longer than 11pm.

How do I hold the date?
To begin, you must fi rst contact us with the date and location in mind, to check for availability. From that point the the wedding consultant will send through our Wedding Kit and Planner form
information. You will be required to complete the wedding planner form and to secure the date, you will be required to submit a 30% deposit based on the Wedding Package that you choose.

Do I have to use your vendors or can I bring in my own?

We do have a recommended vendor list however you are welcome to use your own vendors - as long as they are registered to work in the Cook Islands. We do strongly recommend using vendors that are familiar to The Edgewater Resort & Spa. If you use your own vendors then any meetings or follow-ups etc are the responsibility of the couple.


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Wedding and honeymoon couples receive a complimentary one room upgrade* based on a minimum stay of 5 paid nights. Plus they receive a complimentary fruit basket and bottle of wine on arrival.

Valid to 31 March 2017.
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