Tying the knot in faraway Fiji
With its palm-lined beaches, glittering lagoons and enchanting scenery, it’s clear the idyllic South Pacific country of Fiji was made for marriage rites.
Its selection of 333 islands provides a setting for every style and taste, whether you’re looking to wed by the water with all your friends and family, or in a colourful rainforest with a just few loved ones nearby.
Say your vows with the sand between your toes on Mamanuca Island, an unspoiled island chain known for its private coves and postcard-perfect panoramas, or in the alabaster elegance of a seaside chapel in the sleepy town on Vanua Levu.
Couples with guests to entertain will find something for everyone in Suva, Fiji’s urban capital and the largest city on its main island of Viti Levu. Suva’s myriad of colonial architecture and botanical gardens makes for exceptional sightseeing (not to mention some outstanding wedding photos), while its central location means it’s only a quick drive to some of the island’s more remote locations for the big day.
For the affianced planning a more exclusive affair, the exotic Matangi Private Island is the ultimate intimate wedding destination, boasting 240 acres of untouched reef, forest and beach to explore – while its maximum accommodation of 24 people keeps things cozy.
Aiming for an alternative exchanging of the rings? Dive right in with an underwater wedding by way of chartered boat, or partake in a traditional Kava ceremony, complete with Fijian choir. If it’s adventure you crave, hike to the top of the region’s rugged Nausori Highlands to tie the knot, where its decidedly un-tropical rocky ridges and grassy, golden fields redefines the traditional Fijian wedding.
Although Fiji is remote, its popularity among brides and grooms means it’s capable of catering to and customizing every nuptial-related need, even when being planned from afar.