With its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, it’s no wonder Fiji is a popular destination wedding location. Here are some tips to help you get started in the planning process.
Q. When is the best time to get married in Fiji?
The wet season is December- March, however, some resorts offer discounts (like free wedding packages) during this time, so don’t count this period out. Rain can happen at any time, and come on quickly in tropical destinations, and resorts are always prepared with “wet weather” options.
Q. How far in advance should I plan my wedding?
If you are inviting guests, it is recommended to plan 10-15 months out, in order to give them sufficient time to plan their trip. You’ll want to check with the resort you are planning to stay at and see what their availability is like for the amount of rooms you will likely need to block out.
Q. How do we get there?
Depending where you’re coming from, getting there can be quite a trip, but totally worth it in my opinion. Fiji Airways offers direct flights from L.A., or if you like to island hop, you can stay over in Hawaii a couple nights also.
Q. The resort I’m getting married at has a coordinator, do I still need to hire a planner?
A resort coordinator is great for helping to plan the actual ceremony and reception, and often times they will have a list of vendors they use such as Photographer, DJ, etc., but whether or not you’ll want to hire an outside planner depends on how much time and research you’ll want to put into planning your wedding yourself.
A destination wedding planner will:
- Help you find a resort that will provide the type of wedding you’d like to have
- Help you find the best vendors in your unique style
- Review all contracts
- Help you with bookings for you and your guests
- Help you manage the timeline of your wedding details (when to send out invitations, how to plan for welcome baskets, etc.)
- Help you manage the logistics (getting your dress there, the legalities of your marriage)
Along with all the standard planning aspects such as a theme for your wedding and managing day of details.
Q. What are the requirements for getting married in Fiji?
Fiji does not have a residency requirement or length of stay requirement, however, it is recommended you arrive at least 3 days prior to your wedding to obtain a marriage license form the local registry office, which is recognized as valid in the U.S.
You will need:
- Birth certificates
- Passports with valid legal status
- If applicable either a divorce certificate or certificate of death if previous spouse is deceased
- At least two witnesses that are over the age of 21 (a resort can provide this for you if you are planning an elopement).
You must use a local celebrant to perform the ceremony, however, arrangements can be made for an overseas celebrant to participate in vows, while the local celebrant solemnizes the marriage and signs the certificate.
For more help planning your Destination Wedding in the Fiji Islands, contact us today. We can help with everything you need from booking vendors to arranging travel.