Guide to Planning Your Wedding in Fiji
You know who you want to spend the rest of your life with, perhaps you’ve already written your vows, and you know you want to say “I do” in a tropical island paradise… All you need to do now is start making it happen. Fiji couldn’t make planning a wedding easier thanks to the array of help available from the fabulous resorts scattered across the islands. Of course, there will be some practicalities to understand and even the decision of choosing an island can be pretty dizzying. In this guide to how to organise a wedding in Fiji, we’ll aim to give your planning process some structure, guiding through the considerations you need to make, as well as providing links to more helpful information. So what are you waiting for?
Can You Get Married in Fiji?
Before you do anything – pick your resort, browse wedding packages, etc. – you need to know whether you are legally able to get married in Fiji.
To get married in Fiji, both you and your partner need to:
- Be 18 years old or older on your wedding day (those under 21 years old need written consent from both parents)
- Be single, divorced or widowed
- Not be related
- Be physically present for the wedding ceremony to sign the Wedding Certificate.
Choose When to Get Married in Fiji
An easy place to start organising your wedding in Fiji is choosing a time of year to get married. Fiji has two seasons: the summer season or the “wet season” and the winter season or the “dry season”. Despite having a summer and winter, Fiji has warm temperatures year-round, so many couples choose to get married in the dry season to reduce the chances of a downpour on their wedding day. On the contrary, getting married during the wet season comes with the benefits of hugely discounted resort rates and sometimes even “free wedding packages” if you spend at least a week in your chosen resort.
Get more advice on choosing a time of year to get married in Fiji with When is the Best Time to Get Married in Fiji?
Tip: Once you have chosen a time of year to get married in Fiji, plan yourself at least three days in Fiji before your wedding day to allow enough time to visit the registry office as required for your Marriage License – more on that in the section below.
Choose a Wedding Destination
Getting married in Fiji isn’t about getting married in just “Fiji”. It’s about choosing one of the gorgeous islands scattered across the archipelago that fits your style. There are down-to-earth eco-friendly resorts offering charming ceremonies under floral archways to five-star luxury resorts on breathtaking private islands.
If you want ease, there are an array of wedding destinations on the mainland, Viti Levu, while adventurous couples might want to get off to one of the remote outer islands.
Get an overview of each island group in Fiji in The Best Place to Get Married in Fiji, as well as access to each destination’s Wedding Guides, venues, packages and more.
Choose a Wedding Resort
Fiji’s resorts certainly know how to do romance. Choose from luxury resorts with fabulous additions like private plunge pools by your romantic “bure”. Or you might prefer the absolute tranquillity that the boutique adult-only resorts can offer.
Some of Fiji’s premium resorts offer couples the opportunity to have a pre-wedding visit to check out the resort before the big day. However, many of us don’t have the luxury of visiting a venue in Fiji before putting down a deposit. So be sure to do some research, send plenty of questions to the resort, and check out reviews of past wedding experiences. Be rest assured though, that many of the mid-range to luxury resorts specialise in weddings and are experts in their field.
Start browsing wedding resorts in our guide to The Best Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts in Fiji.
Choose a Wedding Package
Something that goes hand-in-hand with choosing a wedding resort is choosing a wedding package. Resorts often provide multiple wedding packages to suit a range of couples’ needs and desires. Almost all wedding packages will start with the basics:
- A wedding coordinator
- Help with the Marriage License
- Transport to and from a registry office
- A decorated wedding ceremony venue
- A Fijian celebrant or minister
More comprehensive packages will include additions like a:
- Bouquet or lei for the bride
- Buttonhole or lei for the groom
- Wedding cake for two
- Bottle of sparkling wine for the ceremony toast
The differences in the wedding packages mostly lie in the array of features available to make your wedding have an exotic flair or include experiences for just you and your loved one. Note that these features are usually optional, so you can create your own bespoke wedding package:
- Fijian flower girls
- Fijian warrior escort
- Fijian choir
- Fijian meke dancers
- Floral turndown in your room
- A private candlelit dinner for two
- Couples massage
- Head crowns for the bride and groom
- Traditional Fijian wedding outfits for the bride and groom
- Your chosen playlist on an audio system
- A decorated wedding reception venue
- Wedding reception food and beverage
And the list goes on and on! Check out some of our featured wedding packages in The Best Wedding Packages in Fiji.
Sort Our the Legalities
Just about the only downside to getting married is the paperwork. In order to legally get married in Fiji, couples require a Marriage License, which is valid for up to 28 days. Marriage Licenses are obtained from local Birth, Death & Marriage (BDM) registries and require the following original documents:
- Birth certificates
- Passports with valid visas
- A single status certificate
- Divorce certificates, if applicable
- Death certificates of a spouse, if applicable.
Many couples ask about the single status certificate, which is required by all non-residents getting married in Fiji. It is a certificate that you can apply for from your country of resident’s Birth, Death & Marriage (BMD) registry or something similar.
Dive deeper into the legalities of getting married in Fiji with our What are the Legal Requirements to Get Married in Fiji?