Fiji has all the makings of an ideal destination wedding location; flawless sandy beaches, warm weather and incredibly friendly locals. Surrounded by the crystalline South Pacific Ocean, Fiji is home to more than 332 islands, both inhabited and uninhabited. What will it be, Fairies? Will you tie the knot on a sun-drenched uninhabited island in the Mamanucas or opt for a jungle setting with cascading waterfalls in Taveuni? Whatever your choice, here’s a guide on how to do it!
When To Get Married In Fiji
Fiji’s dry season is from May to October and while the country enjoys a tropical year climate, bear in mind that storms and high seas make it difficult to travel to certain islands during the wet season. For great weather and less expensive shoulder season rates we recommend planning your Fijian destination wedding in April. Although temperatures in Fiji rarely dip below 25 degrees (Celsius), November through to the end of March is considered to be the rainy season. Additionally, Fiji experiences its peak season from June to October, so hotel rates won’t be be particularly high in April.
How To Keep It Legal
Overseas visitors intending to get married in Fiji are required by law to obtain and sign a marriage license prior to the ceremony. At least two weeks before your wedding day, both you and your fiancé must forward photocopies of your birth certificates and passports to the registry office closest to your wedding location in Fiji for verification. You will also need to present original copies of these documents to the registry office upon your arrival in Fiji, in order to receive your license. Offices are open between 8:30am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday. Allow at least three working days in Fiji to obtain your marriage license. The minimum age to marry without parental consent is 21 years of age. If you are under this age you will need to obtain an affidavit made by your father giving consent. The cost to obtain a standard marriage certificate is roughly AUD $4.00. We recommend opting for the traditional TAPA designed marriage certificate, which is available for about AUD $10.00.
Both the bride and groom must bring original copies of their birth certificates, passports and divorce/annulments papers if previously married. They will also be asked to provide copies of these to the wedding coordinator prior to the wedding.
Give Your Guests Notice
It’s a pretty big ask to invite your guests to a destination wedding. Give them plenty of notice so that they can make financial and work arrangements as necessary. Additionally, understand that not everyone will be able to make it and try not to take it personally.
Create A Website
Consider setting up a wedding website where you can pop all the details of the wedding such as how to book, the dates of travel, what to wear and things the guests might need to pack. It saves answering the same questions a million times over!