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Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

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Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

We are getting married at the Sinalei.

-I'm a Permanent Resident in Australia but my Citizenship is new Zealand. I have lived in Australia for the past 7years.

-My Fiance' has Citizenship in Australia.

-We have never been married before

What legal papers do we require?

This is from Sinalei:

A minimum of 3 days residency in Samoa

-Birth certificates

-A letter from the marriage office/authority from area or parish of permanent residence verifying that the couple have never been married before

-A decree absolute if either of the wedding couple has been previously married

I feel there maybe something else that I require, as I am a citizen of New Zealand and not Australia.

-Who should I contact to make enquiries? the Embassy or Consulate

-What Country should I make the enquiries? Samoa, New Zealand or Australia?

I appreciate your help.

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1. Re: Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

Hi there

We are getting married up there in two months time. I would definitely check with the people here in NZ - this is the website:

…govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/…

If you can't make head nor tail of it, give them a call. I rang them, and found that to get married in Samoa we both needed a "certificate of no impediment to marriage" which cost $240 each, (we are both NZ citizens) and all it does is to prove to the authorities in Samoa that there is no known legal reason that you cannot be married. It takes a few weeks to get it, so I would get onto it soon if you need one.

Please give them a call, as I found them really helpful and they had all the right answers!

Best of luck to you - and make sure you get all the paperwork to your coordinator at Sinalei, and they will lodge it for you with the births, deaths and marriages people in Apia. Much easier for them to do it than for you to do it, believe me!!!

Fa soifua

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2. Re: Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

Hi Tinz

Is that 2 months? or two weeks?

We hit Taufua next week - yeehaaa

Cheers Ave

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3. Re: Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

Awwww man ... po taliga!! Slap my ears!! No, it's TWO WEEKS time we are getting married, not two months! I'm on another planet!

We arrive on 18 August ... will arrive at Taufua sometime during that day. Hope to see you there ... how will I recognise you? Will you have a newspaper under your arm and a yellow flower in yer hair???? lol!! :o)

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4. Re: Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

We'll be the pastey ones from the wellington winter, we'll have already sunburned from the first days exposure to a proper sun ... so we'll probably be under covers with a beer .... :o) ... we get in on the 17th

cheers

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5. Re: Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

Hi Samoajoe,

Who's organising your wedding at Sinalei? As they should tell you all the documents that you require.

We too like tinz are getting married in two weeks..must be the time for island weddings LOL!! Anyway all we had to do is fill out a notice of intention to marry form which requires all our information like date of birth, names, parents names etc... which is then witnessed and signed by a justice of the peace we then had our travel agent who specialises in coordinating South pacific weddings fax this through to the resort where we are getting married along with copies of our birth certificates. We have been advised that we have to be in Samoa 4 days prior to date of wedding, so may pay to check this out as your days differ from what we have been advised. We also have to take all the original documents with us incase they need to further verify anything.

Like tinz I had to enquired with birth, deaths and marriages (NZ) and yes you can get a form like tinz mentioned but when I had mentioned this to my coordinator she had advised me that for all her weddings that she has organised in Samoa that thisdocument has never been required, but again it may pay to do some homework especially with your partner who is a Australian citizen cause this may vary.

Good luck and wish you all the best for your wedding.

Tinz, all the best for your wedding you must be counting the sleeps now cause I know I am :-) we leave on the 20th, bring on that sunshine!!

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6. Re: Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

Hey pacificaprincess ... wish I had further checked with someone about that blimmin document - I could have saved us $280!! Oh well, I might have needed it anyway because I have been married before and I guess it's good to have that doc to prove I am all legit :o)

We leave on Sat 18th ... and we'll be at Aggie's for the day on the 24th which is when I believe you are tying the knot, so I will be raising a glass to you and your new husband!

Best of luck to all you lot getting married over there - I reckon we have chosen a brilliant location. I wish good weather for all of us, and for things to flow smoothly so that everyone has a wonderful day, and honeymood!!

Tofa soifua

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7. Re: Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

Hello all. I really hope you all remember to post up a review of your weddings its so hard to find first hand accounts of what the resorts and such are like for weddings & especially if u are all marrying in different locations it would be nice to get more details b4 doing the deed ourselves...Best of luck to all on your upcoming nuptials.

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8. Re: Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

Hi there

I will certainly post up a review and pics of our beach wedding if anyone is keen to see it. I will also post it up on Facebook.com if anyone is a Facebook member. You will find me on there as Tina Bourne. But that name will soon change!

Only 4 more sleeps and we are outta here! Look forward to seeing some of you up in Samoa. We will be at Taufua Beach Fales from about 18 Aug to 18 Sep, so if anyone is passing, drop in and say hi to Tina and Greg!

Fa soifua

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9. Re: Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

Hi Tinz,

Wow your off to sunshine and relaxation tomorrow. Wishing you and your new husband to be all the best for your wedding, I'll certainly raise a toast for you on your day :-)

Hasn't time just flown by! We leave on Tuesday and I'm already getting the butterflies.

I will also post a review with pics on the resort for our Wedding.

Tinz, if you are still intending being at the resort on 24th pop over and say hi :-)

All the best

Tash

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10. Re: Getting Married in Samoa what legal papers do we require?

Thanks Tash ... we will definitely be there at Aggie's Resort for the afternoon on Fri 24th so if we see you we will shout out MALO!!!

Best of luck for the day and enjoy!!!!

Tinz & Greg