Getting Married in Fiji
Come celebrate your dream wedding on one of Fiji’s 333 beautiful islands. Experience that romantic feeling in this truly relaxing tropical paradise for romantics. Fiji offers you a huge variety of venues – luxurious hotels on the main islands, secluded boutique resorts, with a choice of magnificent private chapels or a variety of beachfront or rainforest locations. There is the option to celebrate as a couple or with a group of family and friends. Locally-based wedding coordinators, along with us, can ensure that all arrangements are stress free and guarantee a unique and memorable occasion.
PRESSURE FREE – Fiji provides an idyllic escape from the pressure of organizing the weddings an “I do” on a white sand beach surrounded by a crystal clear lagoon.
HAVE AN ENTIRE RESORT TO YOURSELF – In Fiji, wedding parties are often able to take over an entire resort for total privacy.
ACCESSIBILITY – As Fiji is the hub of the South Pacific and the most popular holiday destination, many reasonable travel packages are available throughout the world.
FREQUENCY OF FLIGHTS – There are frequent flights to and from Fiji with Fiji’s national airline, Air Pacific, as well as Air New Zealand, Korean Air, Pacific Blue and Qantas.
GROUP TRAVEL DISCOUNTS – Wedding parties frequently qualify for group travel discounts with airlines and resorts.
EXCLUSIVE WEDDING – An opportunity to share this experience with close family and an intimate circle of friends.
A CHOICE OF BEAUTIFUL LOCATIONS – Fiji’s wide choice ranges from sandbanks to tropical rainforest, barefoot to ballroom, glass-sided chapels to traditional churches on any of the 333 islands.
THE CULTURE – A living culture with natural hospitality seeped in fascinating tradition, Fiji is a land of song and dance.
PRISTINE ENVIRONMENT – The stunning setting comes without health worries: no dangerous animals, insects, or diseases such as malaria.
FANTASTIC FOOD – Local specialties combine with international flavors for a great variety of cuisine. Choose from formal dinners in air-conditioned settings to casual meals at beachside venues or even a picnic on the beach. Major resorts offer a choice of restaurants and major tourist areas offer many local options.
FANTASTIC PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES – With heavenly sunsets and stunningly beautiful scenery, Fiji provides an amazing backdrop for wedding photos.
A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES – A wide range of activities are available from skydiving to golf, white water rafting to trekking, pampering in one of our many spas, to simply relaxing on the beach.
AUTHENTIC FIJIAN STYLE – Fijian warriors, costumed attendants, and decorated traditional rafts are available to make the occasion unique. Handcrafted bark cloth with stunning garlands of fiber and tropical flowers are one of the many options.
ON-SITE BEAUTY ADVICE – Pre-wedding beauty and spa treatments are available at major resorts as well as at smaller luxury properties.
A CHOICE OF ACCOMMODATIONS – A range of accommodation choices to suit everyone’s budget from fabulous luxury resorts to more family- or budget-oriented accommodation.
VALUE FOR MONEY – There is a variety of all-inclusive packages with extras to suit your budget.
THE FRIENDLY PEOPLE – Their genuine friendliness and hospitality is world-renowned.
Wedding Requirements for Fiji
Overseas visitors intending to get married in Fiji are required by law to obtain and sign a marriage license from the nearest marriage registry prior to the marriage ceremony with an average of 36 hours in advance, although special arrangements can be organized for you to be married on the day after your arrival. The couple must provide the following personal documents to the Registrar for verification purpose at least two weeks before the wedding:
- Original birth certificates for the bride and groom
- Valid passport
- If applicable, divorce papers
- If previous spouse is deceased, a death certificate
- Certificate of Single Status or Certificate of No Legal Impediment is required to be produced if:
- Marriage between a Fiji citizen and a foreign citizen
- Marriage by former citizens of Fiji
- Marriage between foreign citizens residing in Fiji
- Marriage applicants with visitors’ visas or bona fide tourists to Fiji from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, and EEC countries are exempted from the above requirement. Different rules apply for some other countries.
- Marriage applicants from Japan must produce the Koseki – Shouhon to certify their personal details.
- Written parental consent is required if either party is under 21 years of age
- Two witnesses who are 21years of age and over must be present (most resorts provide this if it just the two of you)
- A Police Clearance and translated personal documents must be sent with the marriage application one month in advance for citizens of countries not detailed above.
It is a very simple process for US & Canadian citizens. We will help you with any and all aspects of the wedding. We have also found that if a bride to be is under the age of 21 years, it is best if she brings a letter of approval from her father.
Getting Married in French Polynesia (Tahiti)
There’s no more enchanting way to exchange vows, celebrate an anniversary, or promise yourself to your loved one, than with a traditional Polynesian celebration. Traditional Polynesian wedding ceremonies in Tahiti were not recognized as legal in North America until 2010. Now for the first time, Canadian, US and British citizens can be legally married in Tahiti. Choose from a civil wedding ceremony in the beautiful city hall of Papeete, Moorea or Bora Bora. There are a number of compulsory conditions that must be met, including 180 days advance notice so please plan early and do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
The following rules must be met:
- Both spouses must be at least 18-years old
- Both spouses cannot be already married
- Spouses must be of the opposite sex
- Cannot be related by direct lineage
- Cannot be of French origin or have French residential status in France or its territories
- Both spouses must be physically in French Polynesia at least 3 days prior to the ceremony
- The bride and the groom must each choose a witness (who must be 18 years of age or older)
- A translator/interpreter must be present at the ceremony (the resort may provide this see below)
Wedding Requirements for French Polynesia (Tahiti)
- The “Marriage of Foreign Citizens in French Polynesia” form must be completed
- A letter signed and dated by both future spouses, addressed to the mayor of the commune chosen for the marriage ceremony
- Proof of identity of both the future spouses (copies of their passports)
- A certified copy of both spouses birth certificate authenticated with an “Apostille” (note: the birth certificates MUST have been issued less than 6 months prior to the date of the marriage). Both of the birth certificates AND the “Apostille” MUST be translated into French by an approved translator and legalized by the French Consulate.
- A “Certificate of Non-Marital Status” (“Certificat de Celibat”) signed by lawyer, translated into French and legalized by the French Consulate.
- Proof of residency for both of the future spouses (a utility bill or any bill noting names and physical address will suffice).
- Optional, if a prenuptial agreement has been created, it must be translated into French and authenticated by the French Consulate.
- Expedite ALL MATERIALS to the Mayor’s office in French Polynesia at LEAST 45 DAYS PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY of the commune in which the spouses are getting married. After submission of the application file the Mayor’s office will send spouses an approval letter.
- The approval letter is proof that your application has been approved – you MUST have this document with you on the day of your ceremony in order for the marriage to be legal!
- On the day of the ceremony, the future spouses guests and the witnesses go to the Mairie (city hall) – hotels can provide the two witnesses if required.
- The Mayor (or an appointed representative from the Mayor’s office) will perform the ceremony, in the presence of at least two witnesses if required.
- After the ceremony, the mayor will give the spouses a Marriage Certificate (“Certificat de Celebration de Mariage”). this certificate will be dated and signed by the mayor’s office of the commune in which the marriage takes place and will allow the spouses to prove that the marriage was legal when going back to their country of origin.
Once you have been legally married you will then return to the Tahitian resort of your choosing to take part in a traditional Tahitian Wedding Ceremony. We are delighted to announce that translators/interpreters no longer have to be officially recognized and under oath by the French Government when serving at a Civil Wedding Ceremony in any Town Hall in French Polynesia. The French Government by Official Note dated 20 September 2010, has declared that any hotel employee:
- older than 18 years and younger than 70 years
- with no criminal record
- having practiced or used the foreign language on a regular basis recognized by the hotel employer
can be immediately inducted under oath by the Mayor of the Town Hall to translate at a Civil Wedding Ceremony. It has been further recognized that if a translator/interpreter for the mother tongue required is not available on the island, the following two options are now legal:
- if the future bride & groom have a good comprehension of the French language, the ceremony can take place in French or
- if the future bride & groom understand another language other than their mother tongue or French (English for example), the ceremony can take place in that language.
In the above two cases, it is appropriate that a statement be prepared and signed by the future wedded couple when filing the papers with the Town Hall mentioning “that the couple have a sufficient understanding of the French language to follow the ceremony” or “that the couple have a sufficient understanding of the language chosen to celebrate the ceremony to follow the ceremony”.
Furthermore and yet still in a greater effort to facilitate the Civil Wedding Ceremony, witnesses can now be chosen by the Mayor if the future couple are unable to provide witnesses. Even the translator/interpreter can serve as a witness.
Getting Married in Hawaii
As Hawaii is a US state, it is definitely legal to be married at the location of your choice. Options abound here, and we can put you in touch with a wedding coordinator at the resort where you will be staying (and getting as involved as you like), or with an independent wedding coordinator who can help to make your W=wedding day a special one.
Wedding Requirements for Hawaii
Hawaii is a beautiful place and a marriage here is an ideal way for a couple to start life together. You may be a visitor to the islands, drawn to our year-round warm and sunny weather, or you may be a resident wishing to celebrate a most cherished moment in a place that you call home. Whoever you are, we hope that we can make your wedding day as free from worry as possible. Aloha and best wishes!
For any person to lawfully marry in the State of Hawaii, a license for that purpose must be obtained from an authorized agent (HRS §572-1.7). Once the license has been issued, there is no waiting period before the marriage can take place.
A marriage license and marriage certificate are different documents. The marriage license permits a marriage to take place. The marriage certificate indicates that a legal marriage has been performed.
The marriage certificate is prepared and filed by your licensed marriage officiant or performer with the Department of Health. A newly married couple receives one (1) certified copy of the marriage certificate at no extra charge, upon payment of the marriage license fee, which will be sent to the couple by mail (60-120 days) after the marriage has been performed. If a marriage certificate is needed sooner than this, you can apply for one or more additional certified copies.
Marriage performers must be duly licensed by and in the State of Hawaii to perform the marriage ceremony. If desired, you may request the marriage performer to present his/her license for your inspection.
Getting Married On-Board a Cruise Ship
Getting married on a cruise ship is a lovely way to start your marriage. All cruise lines offer wedding services for a party of two or for a party as large as you like. It is a great way for the entire wedding party to enjoy a vacation and share in this very special day!