An Overseas Wedding with a difference
You’ve decided on getting married overseas, now you need to decide what destination. Somewhere close perhaps, like Rarotonga, Tahiti, Vanuatu or the beautiful Fiji? Perhaps you are thinking further afield with places such as Thailand, Hawaii, the stunning Maldives or the mythological Greek Islands holding favour. Have you ever thought about getting married on a cruise ship? What a great way to cater for all your guests, be they young or old or in between, and enjoy your wedding and honeymoon at the same time.
When you hear the term cruise you might think of hundreds of people and big exotic sailing hotels. Whilst you can get married on these opulent ships; (even Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, Victoria and Queen Mary 2 now offer wedding packages) there are smaller, more intimate cruise ships that offer the most romantic weddings possible.
Two of the more notable ones that operate in our part of the world are in Fiji - Blue Lagoon Cruises and Captain Cook Cruises. Both are able to offer an intimate, personal experience due to their size. Weddings can be celebrated on board or on a private secluded beach, often owned by the cruise company. You can cruise as a couple or charter the entire vessel. Blue Lagoon Cruises’ mini cruiser, Mystique Princess, has 35 suites and can seat 100 for dining while Fiji Princess offers 34 cabins. Captain Cook Cruises’ Reef Endeavour caters for up to 140 passengers in 63 suites, staterooms and cabins.
Most of the cruise companies have wedding co-coordinators who work with both yourself and your wedding travel specialist to make the day as stress-free and perfect as possible. Remember, this is your day and with a bit of planning and budgeting nothing is impossible.
Requirements to marry in Fiji:
An application for a marriage licence must be made to the nearest Registrar in Fiji at least three working days prior to the marriage. The legal age of consent to marry is 18. All registered marriage certificates will be forwarded to the Foreign Affairs office to obtain an Apostille Seal to authenticate that the marriage is legal and can be recognised in foreign countries. Most wedding co-coordinators will assist in obtaining this as part of their service. Anita offers a free 60-minute consultation that’s obligation-free. You have absolutely nothing to lose by giving her a call and setting up that initial consultation. We have no doubt you won’t be disappointed! E: firstname.lastname@example.org, T: 0508 HONEYMOON