Legal Requirements

  • You need to be over the age of 21. 

  • If the bride is less than 21 years of age, she will need a witnessed legal letter from her father, giving his person to allow her to marry.

  • Both the Bride and Groom will need to provide the following information:

    • A copy of your birth certificate​

    • A copy of your passport ID page , it must be a current passport

    • You will need to complete Samoa's Intent to Marry Form.  This should be provided by the properties Wedding Planner, or please feel free to contact us for assistance

    • A non impediment certificate OR;

    • A statutory declaration witnessed by a JP or lawyer

    • Any  legal documentation such as a Divorce Decree etc if previously married

    • This information should be provided to the Wedding Planner 30 days prior to the wedding, so it can be reviewed.

  • Your wedding planner will arrange for you to meet with the Minister or Celebrant prior to the wedding, normally the day before your wedding. 

  • You will be required to have two witnesses, many resorts can provide witnesses

  • After the ceremony you will be given a copy of your marriage license to keep (this is what you sign at the ceremony).  One copy will stay with the Minister and your wedding planner should hold a copy for  you.  This is the copy that is taken to the office of Births, Deaths and Marriages, where your marriage is legally registered and you will receive your marriage certificate.  This can be done while you or your wedding planner waits.  The marriage should be registered as soon as possible, to prevent late penalty fees.   

  • Your Minister or Celebrant MUST BE REGISTERED IN SAMOA to perform the ceremony.  

Please note: 

Same sex civil unions are not legal in Samoa.

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