Planning your Wedding in Fiji

getting married on a beach in fiji

Getting Married in the Fiji Islands

For many, a Fiji beach wedding is the stuff of dreams: soft sand under your bare feet, the warm tropical sun, a light breeze on your face, curved palm trees as your altar. The islands are rightly marketed as one of the finest wedding destinations in the world and one of the most idyllic locations to get married.

Most days there's a Fiji wedding somewhere on a secluded palm-fringed beach, on a tiny uninhabited coral islands or beneath a tropical waterfall. The more adventurous get married whilst scuba diving and for those wishing for a more conventional wedding in Fiji, a handful of resorts have built their own beautiful oceanfront chapels for private ceremonies.

Most resorts offer Fiji wedding packages which generally include a minister or celebrant, assistance in obtaining the marriage license, flowers and leis, champagne and a candle lit dinner. Some include photographers, although these are usually not of a high professional standard so if photos of your wedding day are important it is highly recommended to seek out the services of an independent professional Fiji wedding photographer and there are a few decent ones to choose from in Nadi and Savusavu. If you want to hire a professional photographer from overseas you should theoretically apply for a temporary work permit on the grounds that you have been unable to find a local photographer to meet your needs - the Fiji government can be prickly!

couple enjoy the sunset after their wedding in fiji

Sunset weddings are a good option more for the fact that the heat wont be unbearable at that time of day - standing in full sun with a wedding dress and make-up can be pretty uncomfortable. The actual sunset in Fiji goes like a flash so don't hold out too much hope for those magical sunset shots.

If you're eloping to get married in Fiji then head out to one of the outer islands where the seclusion will make your special day even more enchanting. For those with friend and families in tow, one of the larger resorts on the Coral Coast or in the Mamanuca Islands make a more practical and convenient option, especially if small children are part of the ceremony.

Beach Locations for a Large Wedding in Fiji

If you've got a large wedding party, then obviously one of the larger resorts are going to be preferential for you. Keep in mind that the offshore islands are often more expensive to stay at for your guests and if your party is very big, then make sure you book early as rooms do fill up fast on these island resorts.

If you want to get married somewhere quiet but have families travelling with kids, then somewhere like Malolo Lailai maybe a good option - Lomani Resort is totally kids free, which might work for you and some of the other guests, whilst neighbouring Plantation is a real family resort and slightly further down the beach is Musket Cove which accommodates both kids and couples and gives your guests good options. Otherwise, The Outrigger Resort on the Coral Coast has a similar variety of neighbouring properties where your guests can choose where to stay. One place I wouldn't recommend is Denarau Island. Is won't feel that much different than home and there's bound to be plenty of people walking about and gawking at your ceremenony.

$$$$$Castaway Island Resort$$$$$

picture of Castaway Island Resort beach
Castaway Island Resort Fiji is a 174-acre island in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands with a truly relaxing holiday atmosphere. Spacious traditional thatch bures with high ceilings are spread along the beachfront and amongst tropical gardens. Castaway is ideal for couples or those looking for quality time with children

$$$$Musket Cove Resort$$$$$

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Musket Cove Resort is set on 600-acres on the island of Malolo Lailai, adjacent to the Musket Cove Marina and overlooking a sandy beach. Musket Cove offers a spacious relaxing environment ideal for older families or couples looking to participate in water activities, exploring the island and relaxation.

$$$$Shangri-La Fijian Resort$$$$

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This is the largest resort in Fiji and is great for both families and couples with separate wings dedicated to each. The hotel has a plenty of watersports and day tours along the coast, a 9-hole golf course, tennis, beautiful wedding chapel and five restaurants for dining out.

$$$$Intercontinental Fiji Resort$$$$$

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The majestic Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort is a large resort with beautifully appointed contemporary styled rooms and suites aimed at both couples and families. With direct access to the fantastic white sands of Natadola Beach, the Intercontinental offers a private golf course, three swimming pools and a spa centre.

$$$Fiji Hideaway Resort$$$$

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Fiji Hideaway Resort is located alongside the Queens Highway on a small sandy beach with shallow lagoon and surfing passage. This is a lively resort with organised events throughout the day and night, ideal for young couples or families. Duplex bungalows are set in a garden setting.

Resorts with Wedding Chapels

Getting married in a resort chapel can be a great idea if you don't like the heat - you get the tradition, you get air-conditioning and usually there's a beautiful beach outside where you can get your pictures.

$$$$Treasure Island Resort$$$$

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This small coral island resort lies just 17-km off the coast of Nadi and offers comfortable accommodation for both couples and families. Good snorkelling, a decent beach and a small offshore sand cay make Treasure a great choice to experience an uninhabited island paradise.

$$$$Shangri-La Fijian Resort$$$$

picture of the Fijian Resort beach
This is the largest resort in Fiji and is great for both families and couples with separate wings dedicated to each. The hotel has a plenty of watersports and day tours along the coast, a 9-hole golf course, tennis, beautiful wedding chapel and five restaurants for dining out.

$$$$Sheraton Fiji, Denarau Island$$$$

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The Sheraton Fiji Resort is the largest hotel on Denarau Island fronting a mediocre beach and boasts a huge landscaped swimming pool, three restaurants, a nightclub and is located across the road from the tennis centre and golf clubhouse.

$$$$Sofitel Fiji Resort$$$$

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The Sofitel Fiji Resort is located on Denarau Island with a blend of contemporary architecture and splashes of Fijian design. Close to Denarau golf course and tennis courts.

$$$$Mana Island Resort$$$$$

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Mana Island Resort is a large resort surrounded by white sandy beaches and snorkelling lagoons. There's lots of water activities, great walks around the island with stunning views from its gentle hilltops. The resort offers a wide range of accommodation for families and couples.

Intimate Beach Ceremonies - Eloping in Paradise

If its just and your other half, and just a friend or two, then head out to an outer island where the intimate and secluded setting is going to give you that special feeling of having eloped.

$$$$$Matangi Island Resort$$$$$

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Matangi Island Resort is a family owned private island resort with just fourteen traditional hand crafted bungalows. Renowned for its down-to-earth atmosphere Matangi offers the perfect tropical holiday atmosphere for honeymoons, nature lovers and diving enthusiasts.

$$$$Lalati Resort$$$$

picture of Lalati Resort beach
Lalati Resort is a beautiful beach retreat for honeymooners with an interest in either seclusion, adventure or scuba diving. Set at the foot of tropical mountains with forest tracks and facing a deeply indented bay ideal for kayaking, Lalati offers just ten traditional style bures with spacious living and modern furnishings.

$$$$$Matamanoa Island Resort$$$$$

picture of Matamanoa Island Resort beach
Matamanoa Island is a small, intimate and secluded boutique resort for romantic couples. The island boasts excellent snorkelling in a turquoise lagoon littered with coral reefs. Created for those who dream of peace and tranquillity, the resort has adopted a year round policy of not permitting children under the age of 12-years.

$$Octopus Resort$$$

picture of Octopus Resort beach
Boasting a stunning white sand beach with good offshore snorkelling and fabulous mountain views, Octopus is a popular although pricey budget retreat. With private thatch bures, air-conditioned rooms and dormitory beds, Octopus appeals to the more sedate budget traveller seeking comfort rather than raucous fun.

Practicalities for Getting Married in Fiji

Getting married abroad is a good way of doing away with the stress of planning a wedding - there's not so much you can organise yourself from afar and so you're somewhat limited to the wedding co-ordinator's skills in arranging things.

A license is required for anyone wishing to get married in Fiji. These are obtainable within one working day from the Fiji Registry at either Nadi, Suva, Lautoka, Savusavu or Somosomo (Taveuni). Cost approx F$ 25, valid 21 days.

Flowers can be arranged from a specialist in Nadi or Suva, and flown in for the day - otherwise its up to the resort staff to pick local flowers and do their own arrangements - some resorts are very good at this indeed, especially those in the more tropical outer islands where flowers are in abundance ... but resorts in the Mamanucas, and especially the larger ones, tend to have fewer flowers available as what they do have are picked daily to dress the resort rooms. Here, it is advisable to ship them in. Beauticians and hair dressers can also be ferried in from Nadi or make sure one of your friends brings their curlers.

couple enjoy the sunset after their wedding in fiji

What You Need to Bring

Original birth certificates
Decree Absolute (divorce papers) if relevant
Officially witnessed consent of your father if you are under 21
Death certificate of deceased former spouse
For Catholic weddings, a letter of Freedom sent 2-3 months in advance to the Fijian Priest along with Baptism Certificates.

And most importantly a sense of humour ... Fijians are not the greatest time keepers and I've heard about countless weddings in Fiji where the minister turned up late, or the choir weren't quite ready.