An Over­seas Wed­ding with a dif­fer­ence

My Wedding - - PLANNING | OVERSEAS WEDDINGS - By Anita Gat­ley

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: anita@trav­elman­agers.co.nz, T: 0508 HON­EY­MOON

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