I’m Tylee, a Destination Wedding & Elopement Photographer! I’ve seen some of the best places to get married, and Bora Bora is one of them! Explore the best Bora Bora wedding venues, travel tips, transportation information, and more in my guide below.
Planning a destination wedding can seem overwhelming, but I promise it’s more rewarding and more memorable than a traditional wedding!
If you’re an adventurous couple looking to have an unforgettable wedding, and if you’re wondering how to get married in Bora Bora, then this guide is for you!
If you’re wondering how to fly to Bora Bora, it’s simpler than you think!
You’ll need to fly into French Polynesia’s Faa’a International Airport (PPT) located on the main island of Tahiti. Lots of airlines fly into this location, including United, Air Tahiti, Hawaiian Airlines, Air France, Air New Zealand, and more.
Once you get to PPT, you’ll need a connection flight to Bora Bora via Air Tahiti. Air Tahiti is the only airline that flies inter-island routes. It is a 50 minute flight in a propeller plane (aka very very small!). If you can, request to sit on the left side of the plane. This way you’ll have the best views as you’re coming into the island!
Once you make it to the Bora Bora Airport (BOB), your resort or hotel will most likely have a shuttle service to take you to your accommodations. Also, the good news is once you’re at your resort you don’t need much transportation! Rental cars are not really necessary in Bora Bora. Your resort will do everything you need! They’ll handle transferring you to any excursions or activities you schedule throughout your stay.
Since the island is so small, there are only a few resorts on the island. But on the bright side, each of the options below are absolutely stunning and perfect for your French Polynesian wedding:
This is the best of the best. They offer Bora Bora wedding packages for any size. Including grand affairs and intimate elopements. Additionally, they have several venues to choose from for the ceremony. These options include a light filled chapel, poolside lawn, ocean front terrace, or a private island motu with mountain views. Whatever your vision, they can make it a reality. They even offer a private culinary experience on your own island for two. In addition, they’ll put on fireworks and live music! The perfect way to wrap up an intimate wedding or elopement. You’ll be paired with an on-site wedding expert to help you plan every detail.
At Conrad, you can get married in your overwater villa. Otherwise, you can choose their chapel or a private islet ceremony options. The Conrad’s team of wedding coordinators can assist you with all the details. Additionally, your big day can end with a private sunset champagne cruise.
At St Regis you have to option to choose one of their pre-made Bora Bora wedding packages. These include hair and makeup services, a cake, and ceremony coordination. Or create a custom package of your own that fits your wedding vision. They offer multiple beaches, an indoor venue, and an oceanfront dock overlooking the mountains. So you have several options to choose from for your dream Bora Bora wedding ceremony.
Pearl Beach is another one of my favorites Bora Bora wedding venues becuase they go above and beyond. Breakfast is delivered by outrigger canoe to your overwater bungalow. Additionally, dinner is served on a beach or on your overwater deck. Your wish is their command! In addition to the beach venue and private islet venue options, they also offer a unique wedding experience on a private catamaran boat. They have so much to offer and are definitely worth considering in your Bora Bora wedding planning search.
There are three main wedding venues here; the over-water chapel, the beach ceremony, and the ocean ceremony and each one of them is stunning. Additionally, The Intercontinental offers a really unique Honeymoon Registry option. This allows your family and friends to contribute funds to your Bora Bora wedding and honeymoon experience. This includes options like romantic dinners and spa treatments, to floral arrangements, hair and makeup, and decorations. They offer everything you might need for your dream Bora Bora wedding.
The best time of year to travel to Bora Bora is May through October for the best temperatures and most sunshine. However, June to August is peak season. Therefore, if you’re hoping to avoid the swell of tourists, consider visiting in May, September, and October. Another busy time of year is over Christmas and New Years. Keep in mind that travel rates are steeper over that time period as well.
If you are planning a wedding or elopement in Bora Bora, should you hire a wedding planner? It’s purely a personal preference! Each of the resorts listed above have on-site teams that help you plan and coordinate your wedding. However, if you want to be even more hands-free you can choose to hire a wedding planner.
There are not many Bora Bora wedding planners to choose from, so I would recommend hiring a destination wedding or elopement planner that is willing to plan your Bora Bora wedding. A few planners that I highly recommend are The Stars Inside and Chancey Charm.
Another thing to consider before hiring a wedding planner is that many destination wedding photographers (myself include) will also assist in the planning and coordination. So if you have a resort on-site team as well as an involved photographer, then you might not need to hire an additional wedding planner. It’s totally a personal preference, and there’s no right or wrong answer!
Lastly, finding a photographer to capture your destination wedding in Bora Bora can be tricky. You can opt for a Bora Bora wedding photographer who is based in the region you are getting married. Or you can opt to hire a destination wedding photographer to travel with you there. Here are the pro’s and con’s to each option…
There are a handful of photographers based in the French Polynesia. The benefit of going through them is that they have the home court advantage. They know where the best photo ops are, and they are comfortable shooting at Bora Bora wedding venues. A potential disadvantage is that these photographers capture hundreds of weddings in Bora Bora per year. Since all they do is shoot weddings in Bora Bora, usually several per week and occasionally multiple in one day, you might not get the personal connection and undivided attention that you deserve. Finally, cultural and language barriers are another thing to keep in mind when working with Bora Bora Wedding photographers.
Your other option is to find a destination wedding photographer to travel to Bora Bora and capture your wedding. The benefit to this; you have their undivided attention. They are traveling to Bora Bora to capture your wedding alone. Therefore, you’ll be getting their full effort, develop a deeper connection with them. Additionally, you will most likely receive a quicker return of your images. Plus, you won’t be navigating cultural and language differences. The disadvantage to this: you might have added expenses covering the photographer’s travel fees.
If your dream is to get married in Bora Bora…you’ve got this!! And, I guarantee you won’t regret it!!!
If you have any questions or want more personalized recommendations for your Bora Bora wedding, then feel free to send me a message!
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I’m a destination wedding & elopement photographer with a passion for marriage.
As your photographer, I'll capture images that are natural, authentic, and honestly illustrate your love for one another so that you can always remember exactly why you fell in love.
Whether you're eloping just the two of you, or getting married in your favorite place with all your favorite people, I'd love to capture the photos that will help you to cherish your marriage for a lifetime.