Weddings & Honeymoons – Fiji style
If you’re searching for a romantic tropical paradise to exchange or renew your vows, look no further than Fiji’s exotic islands. Beautiful palm-fringed beaches, sunny skies and warm, friendly people renowned for their hospitality will ensure that your special day is picture perfect. Fiji is popular for both weddings and honeymoons. Fijian people make a wedding particularly memorable, ensuring that vows are exchanged with ceremony and a sense of occasion, irrespective of budget.
What could be more romantic than walking up through the sand to a chapel decorated in exotic flowers, accompanied by Fijian warriors or a traditional Fijian choir? These days, most Fijian resorts cater for wedding and honeymoon packages, and many have dedicated wedding chapels and wedding planners. And with so many idyllic locations, from lush tropical gardens and cascading waterfalls to your own private island, there’s no difficulty finding the perfect backdrop for your big day.
A firm favourite for wedding and honeymoon couples is Fiji’s Mamanuca group, just off the western shore of the main island of Viti Levu. These beautiful islands have long been a popular destination with island hoppers for their exotic tropical scenery. There are also many uninhabited islets for honeymooners in search of a secluded picnic spot. Have your resort pack you up a delicious feast, complete with champagne on ice, and spend the day relaxing on your own private paradise. Monuriki, where the film Castaway was shot, is perfect for a luxury castaway experience, or try the aptly named Honeymoon Island.
North of the Mamanucas, the more remote Yasawa group enjoys an enduring reputation for its romance and beauty. Stretching for about 90km, this chain of volcanic islands is famous worldwide for its lovely palm-fringed beaches, soft white sand and turquoise lagoons. Its pristine beauty was immortalised in the movie Blue Lagoon and, today, the many unspoiled beaches, bays and reefs continue to provide an exotic backdrop for wedding and honeymoon couples. Don’t forget to take a barefoot stroll along Nanuya Lailai’s (Mystery Island’s) famous Blue Lagoon Beach.
- Toberua Island Resort - A paradise island frequently called the jewel of Fiji, Toberua is 4 acres of pure white sand and unspoilt natural beauty offering intimacy, privacy and peace.
- Maravu Plantation Beach Resort & Spa - Located in Fiji’s northern islands tucked away on a gently sloping hillside, Maravu Plantation Resort is a tropical dream come true. Perfect for those wanting a private, intimate and relaxing vacation.
- Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa - A 150 acre playground of virgin rainforest and waterfalls, featuring a 9-hole golf course and a spa for massages and spa treatments.
- Make use of the resort wedding planner
Most resorts have a dedicated wedding planner. At larger resorts, this is a permanent appointment, on smaller resorts, it is generally the manager. They will ensure your requirements are met as well as advising on outside experts such as photographers and florists, with whom they work on a regular basis.
- Remove the stress with a wedding package
Most packages include a minister or marriage celebrant and offer help with securing the wedding licence, along with photographs, flowers, bridal make-up and hairdressing. More elaborate packages may also include a wedding cake, choir, flower girls, a bridal boat, attendance by Fijian warriors, and the option of traditional Fijian bridal costume, plus romantic extras such as dinner, champagne and a massage.
- Plan well ahead
If you decide to do the planning yourself, be sure to book your venue and wedding experts well in advance, and secure your wedding licence well before the ceremony.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificate
- Valid passport(s)
- Divorce papers (if divorce granted in the last 5 years)
- Death certificate if spouse died
- Certificate of single status (or) confirmatory letter is only required to be produced by the following:
- Marriage applicants where one party is a local and the other
is a foreign citizen.
- Marriage applicants who were former citizens of Fiji.
- Marriage applicants who are foreigners and residing in Fiji
- Asians who are not citizen of one of these countries: Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Japan and European countries.
- Marriage applicants with visitors visas or bona fide tourists to Fiji from Australia, NZ, USA, Canada, UK and European countries are fully exempted from this requirement (except applicants who were previously married who should provide copies of divorce papers).
- Marriage applicants from Japan must produce the Koseki Shouhon, to certify their personal details.
Applications for Special Marriage Licence can be obtained from Registries located in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa and District Registries in Nadi, Sigatoka, Navua, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki, Korovou, Nausori, Levuka, Nabouwalu, Savusavu and Taveuni. This licence is valid for 28 days effective from the date of issue within this period the marriage must be officiated. The Marriage Officer/ Celebrant must satisfy that the licence is still valid.
The current marriage fees (VAT inclusive) are shown here below in Fijian currency. Payment should be made in cash, postal money order payable to the Registrar General:
- Application for Special licence, F$20.25
- Marriage officiated in the Registry, F$22.50 (including normal standard Marriage Certificate)
- Marriage officiated by the Registrar or District Registrar after official hours, F$30.68
- TAPA designed Marriage Certificate, F$15.34
- Standard certificate, F$5.63
Registar General’s Office, Suva, 8.30am-3pm Mon to Fri.
Phone 331 5280, fax 330 4917.
Div. Registrar, Lautoka, 9am-3pm, Mon to Fri.
Phone 666 5132, fax 666 5132.
Div. Registrar, Labasa, 9am-3pm, Mon to Fri.
Phone/fax 881 2477.
District Registrar (DOs), Nadi, Sigatoka, Navua, Ba, Rakiraki, Tavua, Korovou, Nausori, Levuka, Nabouwalu, Savusavu, Taveuni.
8am-3pm, Mon to Fri.
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