Wedding Packages can some times be perceived as ‘what you see is what you get’ – which is not always the case! The majority of resorts offer great Fiji wedding packages – they are an ideal platform to start building your dream Fiji Wedding and can be surprisingly great value! But don’t think that you are stuck only with what’s on offer – you can often personify your package to suit your wedding day by adding or sourcing extra options as required.
Chelsea Hall from Chelsea Jayne Weddings Fiji joins me on the blog to elaborate more on Fiji Wedding Packages and her top tips when choosing a package.
Tips on Fiji Wedding Packages with Chelsea Jayne Weddings
When getting married in Fiji all resorts have some kind of package, whether it is for the ceremony only, or an all-inclusive package for both your ceremony and reception. I often get asked, “Do you need to go with everything in the package? Are the resorts flexible to change any of it?”
The answer is most resorts will have a standard package, and then you can add on extras if you like. This allows you to start with a package that is nice and simple if this is what you are after, or if you have something specific in mind, add an some extra features.
The most common components of a ceremony package are:
• Wedding Coordinator – (this is the resort-based coordinator not a professional wedding planner)
• Minister or Celebrant
• Bridal Bouquet & Grooms Buttonhole
• Fijian Choir or Serenades
• Fijian Warrior Escort
• Photography – Limited number of photographs sometimes presented in a traditional Tapa album and CD.
• Marriage license and escorted return transfers to and from the local registry office
• Wedding Cake
• Food and Beverage
Images above photographed by Leezett Photography and styled by Grace Creations
My top tips when choosing between resort packages:
» Make sure you read the terms and conditions of the all packages and make special note of their minimum numbers or wedding guest accommodation requirements.
» If there is something in a package you don’t want, ask for it to be swapped for something else (though expect that many times swapping isn’t permitted).
» In regards to the photography they usually only offer a limited number of photos (usually under 100), this not a lot and you may want to check the quality of the photographer. Look at hiring an alternative photographer that will supply you with more options and give you the type of photography you are looking for.
» Be careful if you wanted a Catholic ceremony as you will have to do marriage classes here in Australia and your Priest would need to contact the Fijian Priest to confirm everything has been completed. Some Priests will also only do ceremonies inside a Chapel not outdoors.
» In the all-inclusive packages that include ceremony & reception, some resorts include a beverage package whereas others don’t so make sure you understand what is included.
» Check if the package includes accommodation for the bride & groom; this is usually great value and one less thing you need to pay for!
» Check if the packages are in Fijian dollars or Australian dollars.
The wedding packages in Fiji are fantastic value, make sure you look around and find a package and resort that suits you and your guests and never be afraid to ask questions, and get everything in writing!
Images above photographed by Leezett Photography and styled by Fiji Weddings
In regards to bringing your own suppliers, you can definitely bring your own, though some resorts do have a surcharge for this. Always check first before you book your external supplier as the surcharges can be expensive, but if it’s something you want, always put quality before price.
Recommended services to consider outsourcing:
*Hair & Make Up
*Styling – resorts do a wonderful job of this particularly if you are after a fairly simple set up. Professional styling companies are also available and we often add extra styling services on to a standard wedding package set-up for our clients.
Don’t feel restricted to what’s on offer in the packages. If the coordinators show you bouquets and setups that are available and they don’t suit you, always see what else they have available or can be achieved within the package budget. Send examples via email of what you had in mind to help the coordinator envisage what your after. Or otherwise do your research and explore add-ons with external vendors.
For more information on which wedding package might be suited to you, Chelsea Jayne weddings can find the perfect option for your wedding day. With extensive experience planning hundreds of weddings in Fiji, they have access to the latest package information from the resorts as well many ideas to make your day special – beyond the package. Contact Chelsea here.