Tahitian Style Wedding
There is no place more beautiful and romantic than Tahiti. The colorful
Polynesian paradise is the perfect setting for your wedding, and there are ways
to celebrate in Tahitian style whether you can go to Tahiti or bring Tahiti to
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The best way to celebrate in Tahitian style is to have the destination wedding
of your dreams. Begin by contacting a wedding planner in Tahiti or local to you,
as long as the local planner has experience. The first thing you should know is
that couples from the United States who marry in Tahiti will have to legalize
their vows with a ceremony in the United States. Steeped in beauty and tradition
though they may be, Tahitian ceremonies are not legal in the states. Following
your ceremony in the United States, travel to exotic Tahiti and have a personal
ceremony at an ancient Tahitian temple, dressed as a Tahitian princess. There
are gorgeous locales and beautiful resorts in Tahiti that cater to couples
looking for an authentic experience for their Tahitian wedding.
If you can’t get to Tahiti, bring a taste of paradise to you. Colors should
include beautiful oranges, reds, yellows, and greens. Anything bright and
beautiful and tropical should be added to the color palate you choose. Your
bridesmaids dresses can pick up the colors, but you can also add a Tahitian
flair to their attire by choosing a dress in a bold tropical print or a gown
that features butterfly sleeves and a ruffle at the bottom. Dress everyone in
white with big bouquets of tropical flowers and floral wreaths in their hair.
Men can wear a traditional tuxedo, or go for a more casual look with tropical
print shirts and linen pants. Something really cute would be to have your flower
girls dressed in grass skirts. If you are actually in Tahiti, you could go with
a wedding part dressed entirely in white with white flowers, and allow the
tropical colors surrounding you to shine. Island wedding attire is traditionally
more simple, but it is certainly acceptable to wear the big white wedding gown
you are dreaming of.
As guests arrive at your wedding, they should be offered a lei made with silk or
fresh flowers. You can even find leis made from shells, and that may be an
option to consider, at least for the men. A big part of your budget should go to
making your location as lush and tropical as you can, so bring in plants, trees,
palms, and decorate them in white twinkle lights.
The food at your reception can also incorporate the taste of French Polynesia.
Consider hosting a luau for your reception. There are caterers that specialize
in hosting luaus, and some of their offerings should include whole roasted pig,
pineapple chicken, mahi mahi, and fried rice. You can serve your appetizers like
pupu platters, served at each table. These could contain coconut shrimp, pork
filled wontons, and other Polynesian favorites. Any menu that combines Asian
inspired dishes and tropical flavors would work perfectly and be a culinary
treat for your guests.
Entertainment can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, but you should
absolutely include a traditional hula dance as part of your reception. Look for
groups that know Tahitian hula dancing, as there are different dances in
different Polynesian cultures. You can even find groups that will offer a quick
lesson, which is fun for both the guests that choose to learn the dance and
those who choose to watch the festivities. To get deep into the Tahitian mood,
add sword and fire dancers, traditional drummers, and beautiful girls to perform
for your guests. The entertainment is lively, the colors bright, the music
romantic, and it will transport your guests directly to a Tahitian paradise.
Favors for your guests will include the flower leis that you presented them
with, and something like a personalized bottle of Tahitian vanilla and a recipe.
Anything tropical would make a nice gift, or even a box of chocolates tied with
a brightly colored satin ribbon and a silk orchid. Keep in mind that if you do
decide to go with a destination wedding, you will need to plan favors that your
guests can enjoy while they are there or favors that will be easy for them to
transport back home with them after your fabulous wedding.
Tahitian weddings are all about colors, flavors, music and dancing, with a
liberal dose of romance sprinkled in. Cover all of your bases by incorporating
the things you think of when you picture Tahiti in your mind. Use tiki torches,
shells, fabrics, and food to bring a taste of paradise to your special event.
You will soon see that your guests are as much in love with your favorite
Polynesian paradise as you are with your fiancé. Article
Hawaii wedding Coordinator
Kingdom - May 6, 2008
The word itself derives from a Tahitian
word, tatau. Captain James Cook used the word "tattow" when
he first saw evidence of it in Tahiti in the late 1700s.