So, where is the best place to get married in Fiji?
Deciding on the location to have your Fiji wedding or honeymoon can be a tough choice, with so many options available. Naturally your budget will help to narrow this down, however, ultimately this is going to be a one-off and very special experience, so putting some thought into what you want to get out of your trip is very important. And if you are having guests, thinking about what will also be the best experience for the group is also important.
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We have put together some suggestions that may help you choose the best place to get married in Fiji, or find the right location or just help you to think about what can make the experience special no matter where you go in Fiji. The good news is, from small budgets to large, Fiji has a range of options to cater to everyone.
1. Choose a location that matches your needs
Checking into a resort full of kids or embarking on a trip to a too-remote island, when it was not exactly what you expected from your wedding holiday could throw a spanner in the works of your much-desired Fiji wedding or honeymoon. The atmosphere at the resort will be crucial to the success of your trip, so it is important to choose a resort that is suitable for the type of wedding you want to have, and matches your budget and needs.
Luxury resorts that specialise in romance and couples getaways offer a unique experience and an intimate atmosphere. If you are looking for a personalised experience, take a look at a 5-star resort and book a stay to include your wedding or elopement, plus several extra nights on an all-inclusive package. You can’t go past the serenity and luxury of resorts like Turtle, Raiwasa, Namale, Savasi, Tides Reach or Laucala and if your budget does happen to stretch to one of these options for your wedding day, you won’t regret it.
Images: Raiwasa Grand Villa, Matei, Fiji offers luxurious weddings and honeymoons
If the wedding of your dreams needs is more budget-concious or needs a family-based atmosphere, try one of the Denarau or Coral Coast resorts to create your dream Fiji wedding. If you’re after something for the whole family, most properties in these areas are renowned for their fantastic family atmosphere, with some even offering adults only spaces for those still needing couple-time. Popular resorts include the Sofitel, The Radisson, The Outrigger, Shangri La, Intercontinental and The Warwick. All inclusive packages at these resorts offer great value for money and kids clubs ensure adults still get a holiday too. On the wedding day, kids can still be incorporated into the celebrations and some of these resorts provide nannies to make sure your friends and family can relax and enjoy.
Image: The Sofitel Resort, Denarau Island, Fiji is a great option for those needing to plan their wedding at a family resort
Sitting in the middle of the two are a number of predominantly island-based resorts that offer a slightly more intimate and authentic Fijian experience on a romantic island paradise, without breaking the bank. Suitable for adults (some also as well as for children), they have swimming pools, restaurants and beaches to die for. Some great choices are Tropica, Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Paradise Cove, Lomani & Matamanoa. If you want the blue ocean, white sand experience for your wedding, we highly recommend checking out the extensive range of island resorts.
Image: Relax and enjoy at Tropica Island Resort, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
2. Choose a resort with areas exclusively for adults
For those getting married with a mixture of adult couples and family groups, many resorts offer exclusive areas for adults, where under 18’s do not have access in order to cater to couples only. If you want to avoid being overwhelmed by pools filled with children or groups of singles in a party mood, book in to a resort with an “adult-only” area and you and your wedding guests can enjoy yourself in peace and quiet. Many couples getting married already have children and while it is wonderful to be able to share the wedding experience with them, having an adults only area on offer will ensure you still get to spend time together alone.
Another option for those without kids is to book at a completely adults-only island resort and enjoy a luxury suite or bure to spend quality time together in relative peace and quiet. Some of my personal favourites are Turtle Island, Tropica Island Resort, Lomani, The Remote Resort and Royal Davui for complete relaxation and time with your partner.
For couples that have booked a family resort for the wedding, taking a look at an adults only resort for a honeymoon is a fantastic option to get the best of both worlds.
Image: A Bure at The Remote Resort, Vanua Levu, Fiji
3. Think about your food & beverage options
Most resorts have two or three restaurant options but check out the choices before you book, especially if you are a foodie. Larger resorts tend to change their offers daily and have both A La Carte and Buffet, which is perfect for families with the smaller resorts usually having an a la carte or set menu. If you have lots of families in your group, multiple choices can be important.
At the top end resorts, meals can be customised or even any meal cooked on request. So if you are in to your food, be sure to check out your chosen resort has a number of options or a menu that suits, especially if you are staying for a few days.
For a unique experience, have the resort create a private beach experience or picnic for just the two of you to share. What could be more romantic than being on a deserted beach with just your loved one and an amazing meal with champagne to share? Other options include private dining on the pier, in a cave or on a boat – the options are endless so check with your resort what is on offer
Image: A private beach picnic at Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
4. Up the romance factor – it’s your wedding!
How about surprising your partner with a turn-down service with a daily customised message created with flowers, or a special momento souvenir to take home? Small extras like this are offered by the some resorts to make your honeymoon or wedding even more romantic. When we travelled to Turtle Island for our wedding anniversary recently, they created a carving for us to hang on our wall with our names and the dates of our visit. Now hanging in our bedroom at home, this momento reminds us of the memories of our special visit to the resort.
Whatever you choose, pick something special that you and your partner will look back on with fond memories of your wedding or honeymoon in Fiji and speak with the resort to see what they can help you arrange.
Image: A sweet welcome message at Likuliku Resort, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
5. Choose a room with a view
While there will be no shortage of amazing views to take in during sunset walks, there will be moments that you might prefer some privacy and quiet time. If you are in a larger resort, try and get a room with a balcony or private deck area, so you can enjoy breakfast in the comfort of your room or have a drink during the sunset with incredible views and total privacy.
Another highly recommended option is a pure beach front room, it is worth every extra dollar you spend being able to go directly from your room to the beach in 15 seconds. Waking up every morning with a view of the beautiful blue ocean on your Fiji wedding or honeymoon is something you will never forget.
Image: The Horizon Spa Villa at Taveuni Palms Resort, Taveuni, Fiji
Hopefully this gives you some ideas on thinking about what accommodation might be right for your Fiji wedding or honeymoon. Make sure to enquire about any specials or packages, especially all inclusive ones that not only save money but mean you don’t need to worry about extra costs when you are there. Fiji has such a wide range of romantic luxurious and beautiful destinations, you are sure to find something to suit your Fiji wedding or honeymoon.
And if you are still stuck, chat to an expert! Head over to our Destination Specialists page and talk to a wedding planner/travel agent who specialises in Fiji. They can assist with all budgets and group sizes and will help you determine the right location for your wedding or honeymoon in Fiji.
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