The islands of Fiji offer the largest choice of location, resorts and wedding packages - from small, intimate affairs to big group and family weddings that take over an entire island resort. Air services from New Zealand are frequent and the flight time is around three hours. The best time to travel is between May and November.
Many resorts in Fiji have a dedicated wedding organizer on their staff, a quaint chapel, and a spa and beauty clinic. They can pull it all together for you with a choice of accommodation in one all-inclusive wedding package. As with many other Pacific island destinations, ceremonies can also be themed - formal, causal, beachcomber barbecue, and traditional - with a memorable village choir and warrior escorts to carry you to the ceremony on a platform adorned with flowers.
Catholic wedding need to be planned three weeks in advance and can only be performed in a Catholic church. Resort-wise, you are literally spoilt for choice and they are spread far and wide.
Nowhere else in the Pacific, other than Hawaii and Bali, is there such a wide range of accommodation, from budget to exclusive hideaways costing thousands of dollars per night. The resorts on Denarau Island (linked to Viti Livu Island by a causeway) are within a shuttle ride of Nadi Airport, while others are a short seaplane flight away.
The closest island resorts to the airport are in the Mamanuca group, and there is a hue selection to choose from. Some are geared up for families and groups (great for large weddings), others are intimate island resorts that cater specifically to honeymooners (i.e no kids). There are also small ship cruises around the islands catering for weddings.
Getting married in Fiji
You need to be at least 21 years old, or have the written consent of your father (or mother, if your father is no longer alive), and two witnesses over the age of 21. You have to apply for the wedding licence at least 48 hours before the big day and couples must present the application together in Fiji.
Applications can be obtained from any of the District Offices in Fiji (open Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 3.30pm), or contact the Registrar General's Office, Ground Floor, Suvavou House, Victoria Parade, Suva. For more information you can also contact the Fiji Visitors Bureau in New Zealand, phone 09 376 2533, or email firstname.lastname@example.org . You can find a guide to resorts offering wedding packages at www.bulafiji.com under the 'activities' bar.