Getting married in New Caledonia


Where else could it be more romantic to be on married on a idyllic Pacific island ?

Darling Don't Panic now offers the possibility to organise your civil wedding ceremony in the City Hall of Nouméa and be legally married in New Caledonia. In addition to our regular planning inclusions, we can also handle all the paperwork required for the legalisation of your marriage performed in New Caledonia

Jac Bowie (owner of Darling Don't Panic and our Head Wedding Planner) is a certified travel specialist from the Nouvelle Caledonie Tourism board and is at your disposal to inform and customise with you your wedding in New Caledonia, not only able to guide you on decisions for your ceremony & reception, but also where to stay, activities and all other travel arrangements.

Jac Works closely with our preferred travel agent to co-ordinate your travel itinerary and plans so your destination wedding is a seamless experience not only for you and your fiancé, but any other guests making the journey to attend.

Jac has a wealth of local knowledge when it comes to choosing the right suppliers, locations and styles for your event.


Compulsory conditions to be met by both spouses for the organisation of the civil marriage

  • Be single, widowed, or divorced
  • Be of opposite sex (transsexual excluded)
  • Be 18 years of age or more on the wedding day
  • Not be related
  • Show proof of Citizenship: a copy of the valid passport is requested (dual nationality is acceptable except in the case of French citizenship of one of the two spouses. In this situation, the requirement of a minimum 1 month residency in New Caledonia  prior to the wedding remains applicable)
  • Witnesses accompanying the spouses can be either of French or other nationality. To be legally married in New Caledonia it will be necessary for the bride & the groom to reserve at the latest 180 days prior to their weeding day and to submit the following documents at the latest 90 days prior their weeding day

Requested Documents:

  • A Certificate of Birth
  • A Custom Certificate and Certificate of Celibacy
  • If divorced: Final Decree of Divorce
  • If widower/widow: Death Certificate
  • If the future spouses wish to have a marriage contract, they will have to establish a Pre-Nuptial Agreement

All these documents must be fully translated into French by a sworn translator.

As your Wedding Planner, we shall assist and guide you in collecting the above legal documents.

For more information, you can contact Jac on 

Photos by @ayance NCTC