There is a growing trend of Elopements – and to be honest I don’t couples for choosing so. Elopements are perfectly intimate, a special moment shared between just you and your partner and a perfect way to indulge yourselves.
The money you would have spent on a big wedding can be put towards a luxury elopement experience. And once your hitched its straight into the honeymoon – no reason to leave!
Top tips for a Fiji Elopement
- The key to elopements is to keep it simple, because lets be honest – it’s just the two of you. But enhance the experience with a choir, warriors and ceremony setup, or just let the gorgeous surrounds do the work!
- Hire a professional photographer and videographer to capture your day – even though its just you two, your big day needs to be beautifully captured as a reminder of the day that was.
- Hire Hair & Makeup – why not spoil yourself and make sure your partner is blown away!
- Be a little un-traditional. Instead of wearing a white wedding dress or a fancy suit. Where something that represents you as a couple or items that you have had your eye on for a long while and have never had the opportunity to buy it for yourself.
- Help each other get ready – I have seen moments where couples help each other get ready before they say I do. It adds another level of romance.
- If you are worried about not having your closest loves one their on the day, hold a ‘Yay we’re married’ party or intimate dinner when you return and share the images and video of your day.
- Enjoy the day guilt free! There is nothing more special than sharing this moment between you – it’s your day, do it your way!
All of the hotels and resorts will do you a simple wedding on the beach. To ensure you find the right place – ask yourself a few questions. what sort of things do you like doing? Are you sporty or just want to relax on the beach? What is important to you – standard of the resort? Choice of restaurants etc? Do you have a budget and how long did you want to stay for? There are many different places there, and I want to make sure you get the right one!
From a legality perspective, the forms and procedures are the same for any wedding in Fiji. The legal age is 21 years, otherwise written consent is required from parents with confirmation from a JP.
Most resorts can pre-arrange the licence to save you a visit to the Registry Office. However you will need to take original or certified copies of:
– birth certificates
– divorce papers (if previously married)
– death certificate of spouse if widowed
– a confirmatory letter of current marital status where the couple resides or a statutory declaration signed by a Justice of the Peace or Solicitor to prove he/she has not entered into a marriage before.
A TAPA design marriage certificate is also available for a small surcharge. These costs may be included in your wedding package, however individual wedding packages vary from resort to resort. There may also be a charge for transfers to/from the Registrar’s Office.
Allow at least 2-3 days to finalise your preparations. Remember to check on Public Holidays when planning your travel arrangements and allow an extra day if necessary. Please note Sunday is a religious day in Fiji and Sunday weddings are subject to individual resorts.
Your marriage is recognised and legal worldwide. Births Deaths and Marriages can’t register it in Australia as they can only register ones that happen on Australian soil. Otherwise they would be more inundated than they already are. What most people do now is an official name change as it is often easier that changing with the Fijian certificate, and is then recorded in Births Deaths and Marriages as well. ~Mandi
Bula Bride’s Top Picks for a Fiji Elopement
The stunning Paradise Taveuni is north of Vuna Point at the southern end of Taveuni (90 minute flight from Nadi Airport). You won’t find sandy beaches here, much of Taveuni’s coastline is rugged and set against some of Fiji’s highest peaks. The coastline enables you to jump straight into some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving that Fiji has to offer. You might even see wales come right up to the coastline. With rainforest for miles and waterfalls to adventure too Taveuni is made for those couples who love a romantic adventure.
Stay tuned to Bula Bride Magazine where we will be sharing an Paradise Taveuni Elopement!
The only resort in Fiji that features over water Bure’s. This adults only resort is made for swooning and relaxation. Sitting in the Mamanucas, Likuliku is a haven of subtle luxury. It is a unique and special place designed with integrity to Fijian cultural values, traditional designs and architecture. The over water bure’s offer you your own piece of private paradise and you can even get hitched on the balcony over the water!
Now if you are after something a little extra special than Royal Davui is the place. Known for its crystal turquoise water, Royal Davui Island Resort is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary situated in Fiji’s spectacular Beqa Lagoon offering a level of Fijian luxury, elegance and privacy not found in today’s larger resorts. Just a few guests can be accommodated at Royal Davui, so be prepared for an exclusive and exceptional experience from the moment of your arrival. Pure Bliss!
Matangi Island resort has a certain magic about it. After farming the island as a small coconut plantation until 1986, Flora Douglas, whose great grandfather had purchased Matangi island in 1878, and her husband Noel Douglas began on their journey to develop Matangi into one of Fiji’s premier island resorts. The horse shoe shaped island has only 14 rooms all fitted with 4 poster beds and outdoor lava-rock showers – now thats made for romance!
Namale is the perfect escape. It’s Fiji’s #1 all-inclusive resort and spa where you can disappear into total relaxation inside your gorgeously appointed villa or bure, unwind at their award-winning spa, or share a blissful private dinner wherever you desire – oohhh la la! With activities like horseback riding to a hidden waterfall (where you can also get hitched), a trek through the virgin rainforest, or a breathtaking scuba trip into the Koro Sea their is plenty to lab up the tropical bliss that is Namale.
Yasawa Island Resort is situated on one of the most remote and unspoiled islands of Fiji. The island resort has only 18 luxury bungalows are hidden among the palms, each just a few steps from a pristine white beach. With the most picturesque location for an Elopement with its simplistic beauty of the white sand, black rocks, and ocean in the background – perfection! You also have the opportunity to reserve your own private beach for the day, now how indulgent is that. If you are headed to Yasawa Island Resort you can get there by private sea plane with Pacific Island Air.
For the eco lovers out there, Nukubati Island is for you! Catering for just only seven couples, this eco-chic resort is the perfect secluded getaway. Nukubati is an environmentally conscious resort. With one of the largest solar power plants in the Fiji Islands producing all its electricity. Its organic gardens produce locally grown fruits and vegetables which, combined with freshly caught seafood, creates the unique cuisine that Nukubati has become famous for. Nukubati is not only the ideal getaway but also an experience. With the owners being Fijian born the island boasts Fiji traditions and way of life.
If I died and woke up in tropical heaven Tokoriki Island Resort would be it. With its lush tropical gardens, private villas, a pool with views that extend out over the Mamanucas and a gorgeous chapel – there is no wonder why Tokoriki is becoming popular for elopements. Tokoriki is a little larger with 34 villas – but you wouldn’t know with its quite and relaxed vibe. Once your hitched why not celebrate by enjoying 4 hrs of romance, with a picnic on nearby Monu Island (approximately 15 minutes by boat). Sounds like wedded bliss to me!
Are you planning on eloping to Fiji? Would love to hear from you below – where and why?
Photography by Rusila of Leezett Photography at Tokoriki Island Resort.