I have received a lot of questions over the past couple of months in regards to planning – So I thought I’d create a Fiji Wedding Guide with a few of the frequently asked questions.
1. Are weddings in Fiji legally recognized overseas?
Weddings in Fiji are recognised as legal worldwide.
In Australia your Fiji Marriage is recognised and not registered. If you want to have a marriage that is registered in Australia (or your country) you must marry first in Australia legally and then hold a ‘vow renewal’ ceremony in Fiji.
2. If we get married first and then have a renewal then our guests will feel cheated?
Don’t tell them! You can easily work a vow renewal so it sounds like a wedding ceremony. You will just sign a vow renewal certificate rather than a wedding certificate.
3. What documents are required to get married in Fiji?
» Birth certificates
» Passports with valid legal status
» If applicable, divorce certificate
» If previous spouse is deceased, a death certificate
» A Certificate of Single status or certificate of no legal impediment must be provided if:
— Marriage between a Fiji citizen and a foreign citizen
— Marriage by former citizens of Fiji
— Marriage between foreign citizens residing in Fiji
Note: Be sure to check with your wedding co-ordinator if a Single status certificate is needed. In some parts of Fiji its not. And don’t leave it last minute to organise.
Single status certificates in Australia can be obtained from the Registry of Birth Death and Marriages in your state government.
Marriage applications from Japan must produce the koseki shouhon to certify their personal details.
3. How do I apply for a marriage license?
All overseas marriage applicants are required by law to obtain and sign a marriage license from a nearest marriage registry or district office prior to the marriage ceremony. Normally your wedding co-coordinator will send you paper work to fill out to obtain the license. When you send back the paper work they normally obtain the license for you. So check what you need to do with your co-oordinator.
4. How many days should we arrive in Fiji before our wedding day?
It really depends on how many days you want to spend in Fiji before the big day. It is recommendable that you arrive in Fiji 3 days before your wedding day. However special arrangements can also be organized to suit your travel plans.
5. What is the legal age to get married?
The legal age of consent to marry is 18 years for both male and female.
6. What are the marriage fees?
Normally these fee’s will be covered in your wedding package. If you are doing a DIY wedding these are the fee’s applicable.
» To obtain a special license F$20.70
» Marriage performed within the registry F$23.00
» Marriage performed by the RG outside of normal working hours F$31.36
» Masi (tapa) designed marriage certificate F$15.69
» Standard marriage certificate F$5.75
6a. How long does it take to get our Marriage Certificate?
Best to check timings with your resort as to when you can expect your Marriage certificate. Always allow a minimum of 4 weeks to receive it via mail.
If there are any mistakes on your certificate simply contact the Fiji Consulate to get a new certificate with the amendments. To avoid this be sure to always write your detail clearly and in caps. Check over your forms before sending them over.
7. We are eloping – what about the required witnesses?
The staff at the resort can act as witnesses or even your photographer! We even had a taxi driver offer us to witness. Just ask!
8. Can I bring my own celebrant?
Under the laws of Fiji, only local celebrants are allowed to officiate a marriage; however, an arrangement may be undertaken between the overseas and the local celebrant; the overseas celebrant could participate in the vows and the blessings of the ring but the local celebrant will solemnize the marriage and sign the marriage certificate.
9. What options do we have for a wedding location?
Fiji has a wide range of beautiful locations. You can choose from beach, forest, underwater setting or in quaint wedding chapels. Wedding chapels are located on Mana Island Resort, Treasure Island Resort, Tokoriki Island Resort, Musket Cove Island Resort, Outrigger on the Lagoon, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort, Sheraton Fiji Resort, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. I was married in Fiji is a great facebook group to jump into to see from previous brides and married in Fiji and current brides where they chose and why. If your unsure always seek an opinion that might suite best for you and your wedding party. Why not start with whether you want to have an Island or Mainland Wedding!
10. When is the perfect time to get married in Fiji?
April/May and October/November are the best months for Fiji and normally the peak months for Weddings. Water temps. are pleasant without the chill you get from June to September. The same applies to the air temps. pleasant, quite warm but with cooler nights.
November through to March is humid and can be very hot, it is the wet season so rain is to be expected. The bonus of this time of year it is the Low Season and resorts normally offer discounts that are too good to refuse!
Remember, weather in Fiji is a tricky. It can of course rain at any time of the year and does. Just pray to mother nature I say!
11. What is the best way for my guests get to and from the airport?
It depends if your wedding is on an Island or the Mainland. There are many options to get to and from the airport. The best way is to check with your Travel Agent the best way to get your group to your destination.
To Nadi & Surrounds including Denarau Island, Denarau Marina and Lautoka –
AUD$15 – $20pp
Coral Coast – Shangri La AUD$25pp, Outrigger AUD$30pp, Naviti/Warwick AUD$33pp, Hideaway Resort $35pp
Express transfers available for additional fee. Child discounts available.
See Coral Sun Fiji for timetables.
These prices, in FJD, are from the Nadi Airport Taxi’s (the yellow one’s just outside the arrivals hall), they are all small station wagons suitable for 4 passengers & luggage. Larger size 7 seater style vans are also available at additional cost. Taxis can also be booked through your resort to ensure collection and some resorts offer discounted rates for taxi transfers. Taxi’s are safe! I have taken taxi’s many times and they have been nothing but wonderful and even give you some ideas on things to do. Note – Some taxi’s are not air conditioned, so if you have a long trip ahead you may want to look into alternate transport.
All Taxi’s in Fiji are required (by law) to use their meters but many do not, so establish the price first. Always check and negotiate with the driver the cost of your trip before getting in. The prices below are a guide only.
Nadi town $15
Newtown Beach $15
Sonaisali Island $35
Vuda Point Marina $30
Outrigger Resort $90
Warwick Resort $110
Hideaway Resort $120
Pacific Harbour $150
Air transfers either with Pacific Sun, Pacific Island Seaplanes, Turtle Airways or Island Hopper Helicopter Transfers service Vanua Levu and Taveuni, the Mananucas group and the Yasawa Islands during daylight hours only. Air transfers are also available to Suva, selected Coral Coast resorts and Pacific Harbour.
Transfers from Denarau Marina to Mamanuca Islands and Yasawa Islands operate daily. There are several scheduled services and in addition, a 24hr water taxi service to the Mamanuca Group. See South Sea Cruises, Malolo Cat, Yasawa Flyer and Sea Fiji (taxi) for timetables and hotel transfer services.
The Yasawa Flyer departs Denarau Marina at 8.30am daily returning approx 5.45pm. You need to check in 1/2 hour prior to allow time for luggage to be taken on board.
There are a number of car hire companies in the Arrival Hall concourse, including Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Avis. Hire a car and explore Fiji at your own pace. Driving in Fiji is the same as in Australia and New Zealand however the roads are narrow and care must be taken to avoid potholes, pedestrians & animals. The maximum speed limit is 80kph however the average is 60kph.
Meet & Greet Transfers
There are a number companies that offer Meet & Greet Services from the airport to your destination. The drivers will meet you in the public section of the arrivals hall (just after customs) at the airport and are normally organised through your travel agent or resort. Some resorts offer their own Meet & Greet Service. Some of the more commonly used operators are: Tourist Transport Fiji, Pacific Destinations, Rosie Holidays and Fiji Transfers.
12. Can I take over shells or fake starfish?
Yes! If they are bought at a store they should be perfectly fine. If you have collected them from the beach this could be a little riskier – make sure they are free of sand, washed and you declare them at customs.
13. Can I take over chocolate or lollies?
Yes! No fresh food items are allowed.
14. Can my guests take back rattan fans & wooden items.
If you buy them from a provider like Grace Creations or Versatile Fiji then they should have no troubles. Fresh items will not be allowed back into the country. It is always best to declare any items you may have a concern about.
15. Is it ok to take my dress on the Plane?
Most airlines will allow you to carry your dress onto the plane. They do count it as 1 piece of carry on luggage so keep this in mind. Ask nicely when you get onto the plane for assistance. But don’t expect it to be hung. They will place it on top of bags in the overhead locker – especially for take off. After take off you can take it down and keep it on your lap.
When you get to the resort let your dress hang or ask for a steam service to work out the crinkles. If there isn’t a steam service available through your resort, place in the bathroom when you have a shower. The steam should loosen the material.
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