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Kennidy Hassell

February 15, 2023

Bora Bora has to be the quintessential spot we all envision when we think of the word *paradise*. A bucket list vacation spot for many (myself included), this small island in French Polynesia is known for its luxury bungalows, turquoise lagoons and powder white sands. If it feels nearly impossible to think you can have your wedding in this tranquil paradise, I’m here to tell you that planning your dream tropical destination wedding in Bora Bora might be a lot more attainable than you think. For couples looking to ditch the traditional wedding playbook and plan a truly unique experience, I’m here to show you how a wedding in Bora Bora can not only be within budget and fairly simple to plan, but a special moment in time that you and your guests will cherish forever. 

Wedding Venues to Choose From

  • Four Seasons Bora Bora: The Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora is a dream destination for those seeking a luxurious and romantic wedding venue. With stunning views of the turquoise lagoon and majestic Mount Otemanu in the background, this resort offers a picture-perfect setting for couples to tie the knot. The resort’s wedding planners are dedicated to making the couple’s special day unforgettable, with bespoke services and attention to detail. Also, the resort’s overwater bungalows and spacious villas provide the perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon after the wedding.
  • The Conrad Bora Bora Nui: The Conrad Bora Bora Nui is a stunning resort situated on a private island offering breathtaking views of the South Pacific. Quite literally a wedding dream come true. Since it is a luxury resort, they have an incredible staff on hand ready to work closely with you to ensure that every aspect of your special day is tailored to your exact requirements. The resort offers a range of wedding packages, including ceremonies on the beach, in the tropical gardens, or on the resort’s exclusive private island, Motu Tapu. They also have a “hilltop chapel” for the perfect ceremony spot that will make your jaw just DROP.
  • Le Méridien Bora Bora: If you’re looking for privacy and intimacy, this modern resort is the perfect spot to say “I do”. Their overwater bungalows come with glass floors, so you wake up to the fish swimming right under your feet. Their beach bungalows have private beaches and hammocks. And on top of the most beautiful accommodations, the resort also offers a range of activities, from snorkeling and diving to cultural experiences, making it the perfect place to keep your guests entertained.

Planning your Bora Bora wedding

You’ve decided on a tropical destination wedding in Bora Bora…now let the planning begin! Since you’re organizing an event across the globe, it’s important that you enlist the right help to make the process as stress free as possible not only for you and your partner, but also the guests you’ve invited to join you.

First things first, do yourself a favor and hire a travel agent. All you have to do is read my recent post where I interviewed Lyss, a luxury travel agent, and you’ll see exactly why you need to hire one ASAP. Not only will they help you save countless hours researching the best venues and travel accommodations, but their knowledge and connections will also save you money you can put back into your wedding budget. If you’re not already sold, Lyss also highlights why she recommends booking a private villa and how it can maximize your destination wedding experience in our interview. So seriously, don’t forget to check it out. 

Ways to make it special

Even though you’re opting for a non-traditional tropical destination wedding, there will still be some classic wedding elements you won’t want to skip on your big day. And most importantly, in my opinion, is how you document the experience. I think we can all agree that planning a destination wedding in Bora Bora with your closest loved ones is something you’d want to relive over and over again. When it comes to videography, I fully believe it’s more about capturing those in-between moments shared with loved ones than focusing on the setting. Don’t get me wrong, we’ll get some beautiful footage of the unbelievable scenery in Bora Bora. But what’s important is capturing the reason that you’re all there together- to celebrate the irreplicable love and connection that only you and your partner share.

That’s exactly what a travel wedding videographer will be able to do as opposed to a local vendor who will be more focused on documenting your experience on the island. You want to look back and see the look in your parent’s eyes when you exchanged your vows. You want to see the hilariously bad dance moves your friends broke out after a few drinks. Want to see what I mean? Check out the films I’ve captured of my couples all around the world from the Amalfi Coast to Santorini, The Bahamas and more here. Hopefully we’ll be adding Bora Bora to the list next! 

All in all

I hope this made the thought of planning your tropical destination wedding in Bora Bora a little less intimidating. The key takeaway? Finding the right venue and vendors can really help minimize stress throughout the planning process. Also, it can maximize your budget to make the most out of your dream destination wedding in Bora Bora. You’ve made sure you picked the best vendors, so kick back, relax, and let them do their thing. All you’ll need to do is sip a tropical drink, relax on the beach with your loved ones, and focus on marrying the love of your life. For even more inspiration, check out my post on how to create a meaningful destination wedding for both you and your guests. 

I’ve traveled all over the world capturing my couples in some pretty amazing places. If you have questions about planning a tropical destination wedding or what the videography process will look like, I’d love to chat and share my experiences. Already decided that Bora Bora is where you’re having your dream wedding? Head here to inquire with me and let’s get the adventure started…

How To Have A Tropical Destination Wedding in Bora Bora