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The Ultimate South Pacific Wedding Guide

The Pacific Islands are becoming increasingly popular for destination weddings, they are the perfect venue to ensure couples and guests make their wedding dreams come true. Here’s our absolute go to guide for an island wedding.

December 19, 2018
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Rebecca Murphy

Rebecca Murphy

December 19, 2018

Fiji

Weddings at Fiji’s Marriott Momi Bay Resort

Fiji Marriott Momi Bay Resort is nestled on the secluded beaches of Momi Bay on the western corner of Viti Levu, this absolute beachfront property is a wedding planners dream come true, the location offers over 3,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor event space.

The resort features an array of luxury facilities including three on site restaurants, a fitness centre and Quan Spa. Guests can stay in the over-water villas, cool off in the lagoon or simply relax in the infinity pool.

From traditional weddings or one-of-a-kind celebrations, rely on the resort’s wedding experts to exceed every expectation on the big day. Wedding packages are available with several menu choices, inspiring spaces to choose from and dedicated events teams to guide you through.

The wedding team at Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay will keep any wedding simple and authentically elegant, adding a hint of Fijian style to match the resort’s design and architecture. With tailored service, attention to detail, exquisite cuisine, combined with the beauty and serenity of Momi Bay, Fiji Marriott Resort would have to be the perfect choice for anyone’s special day.

If you’ve already tied the knot, be spoilt on your honeymoon with luxury accommodation, romantic dinners and couples’ massages.  Enjoy drifting off to the sound of the gentle ocean breeze and waking up to the sound of lapping waves in the romantic adults-only overwater bure. Contact them at www.fijimarriott.com

Grand Pacific Hote in Suva, Fiji

The Grand Pacific Hotel is easily the pride of Suva, this beautiful and iconic hotel was once established as the standard of luxury fit for royalty, world leaders and celebrities all the way back in 1914. The hotel was recently refurbished in 2014, and is the only hotel in Suva to offer a five-star experience, blending classic colonial architecture and history with magnificent Fijian hospitality and friendliness.

With absolute water frontage and stunning views over Suva Harbour, the Grand Pacific will always deliver a memorable wedding reception for guests, relaxing around the poolside, or dancing the night away. The hotel has great capacity for larger groups and can cater for up to 500 people outdoors on the lawn and up to 420 people for an indoor event.

There are so many options to choose from for a ceremony or event from the seafront lawn, the terrace or balcony looking over Fiji’s famed Albert Park, Government buildings and Museum, everything you could possibly want is all in the one spot, any images taken at this beautiful location will be exceptional, guaranteed.

Bliss Spa is also available to book, with canapés, manicures and pedicures, or a relaxed massage whilst enjoying a glass of sparkling wine. Another favourite is the high tea option, enjoy delicious canapés, sandwiches and exceptional sweet treats, coupled with some bubbly it’s a great way to spend an afternoon on the balcony soaking in the magnificent view. Get in touch at (679) 9993 200, email events@gph.com.fj, or visit www.grandpacifichotel.com.fj

Paradise Bride have been in the wedding business for nearly 15 years in Fiji, a devoted team based out of the Sheraton Resort Fiji in Denarau. Paradise Bride has planned, co-ordinated and styled over 1000 weddings, receptions, flowers and venues over the years. With all this expertise and established relationships they have your Fiji wedding covered.

Creativity and skill are two words that are mentioned a lot when reading through the many appreciative messages sent through to Pooja and her team. The talented staff can plan an event of any size and whether it’s on the powdery white sands of Natadola Beach at Yatule Resort with a perfect sunset or the beautifully elegant Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort, Paradise Bride delivers hands down. Contact them via email at paradisebride@connect.com.fj or via their Facebook page.


Shangri La’s Fijian Resort and Spa, arriving at Shangri La’s Fijian Resort and Spa takes you in to a whole new realm, as visitors make their way across the causeway the warm Fijian welcome is apparent as the leisurely pace imbues all with a sense of relaxed calm.

Anyone who has the opportunity to see the picturesque little seaside chapel at the resort would no doubt reaffirm that couples are in a true paradise. This quaint little chapel is set amidst a plantation of palm trees, seating 40 people the chapel is located in an intimate and secluded setting, featuring a glass wall and ceiling at the altar with sweeping views of the spectacular reef and Pacific Ocean.

Again The Shangri La takes care of all your needs with dedicated wedding co-ordinators that oversee and take care of every detail for the big day. www.shangri-la.com

VOMO Island Resort Fiji

On a private island the size of VOMO, it’s a tough choice when it comes to choosing your location for a beautiful wedding. Stretches of long white sand beaches, shady palm trees and with breathtaking vistas across azure blue waters. The scene is ready-made for romance and nuptials. All VOMO do is add their touches; a floral arch, some flower petals to form an aisle, a celebrant and an ice bucket with French champagne, compliments of VOMO of course.

If the beach selected to marry on is a little too breezy or not the weather expected on the day, it’s not a problem, they simply change the venue to one of the other more protected beaches or set up at the Rocks Bar and create a private wedding venue, overlooking Little VOMO.

Weddings and renewals at VOMO are stunningly simple and simply stunning, they even call in hair, make-up and photography, so all you need to do is get dressed and walk down the aisle! Visit www.vomofiji.com for more information.

Fiji Hideaway Resort – Beachfront Lawn wedding

Fiji’s Hideaway Resort on the Coral Coast and the new Vuda offer two locations for you to decide, the Coral Coast location is perfect for families whilst Vuda boasts a secluded adults only location. The Vuda location just 20 minutes from Lautoka has only recently opened, offering a new level of service and comfort but with Hideaway’s well known charm.

At Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa on the Coral Coast, your perfect day can be realised, choose from venues overlooking the lagoon or perhaps within the resort’s very own Fijian village, making it a unique experience that you will never forget. The Golden Door Pavilion overlooks the magnificent blue lagoon, or feel the warm sand beneath your feet and the lapping of the ocean over the timeless beach setting at Hideaway point.

At Vuda the resort will offer personalised and friendly Fijian service with an added touch of luxury and class. It’s the ideal luxury beachfront setting to begin your life together, coupled with a dedicated Wedding Co coordinator Vuda will ensure your special day is perfect in every detail. Fiji Hideaway Vuda will only conduct a maximum of one wedding per day to ensure your day is all about you! Visit www.hideawayfiji.com for more info.

Taveuni Palms Resort, Fiji

The beautifully designed villas at Taveuni Palms are ideal for getaways that mean something extra special, including a destination wedding, extended family reunion, romantic honeymoon, birthday celebration or any excuse to spoil yourself!

If you want to say ‘I do’ in paradise, Taveuni Palms Resort is giving away a free Wedding Package for couples who stay with them between September 2018 and March 2019. Enquire for details as some conditions apply.

At your wedding, you will have a choice of beautiful ceremony locations – Taveuni Palms has several locations on offer, choose the beach, celebrate poolside or take it all in on the viewing deck. Floral salu salus are given to the bride and groom, as well as a bouquet and boutonniere. And the bride and groom can enjoy a classical guitarist who can accompany the function throughout.

Ceremonies can be followed by a traditional Fijian kava ceremony, a champagne toast and wedding cake. Taveuni Palms Resort can take care of full legal registration, transport to and from the registrar’s office and provide a Fijian minister or celebrant. For enquiries, contact info@taveunipalms.com or visit www.taveunipalms.com

Malamala Beach Club, Fiji

Everyone who is anyone now knows about Malamala Beach Club in Fiji, it’s the worlds first island beach club and it’s perfect! Malamala Beach Club is located on its very own slice of island heaven, just 25 minutes from Port Denarau.

For something a little different Malamala Beach Club can do it all, what a way for the girls to spend a hens, or the guys a stag party, the wedding itself or after the function, you choose, it will be a day to be remembered no matter what the occasion; to surround yourself with Fiji’s famous crystal clear waters all day is perfection.

The island is small enough to stroll barefoot around in 20 minutes, but large enough to feel like your own deserted paradise. Malamala Beach Club is fully equipped with everything you need to switch off, unwind and chill out.

They offer a delicious a-la-carte menu, from light bites, to meals and share platters with fresh Pacific flavours. An array of handcrafted cocktails and a club-like atmosphere will have you feeling laid-back all day long. Malamala Beach Club have access to several wedding planners who can coordinate the lot. For enquiries, call (679) 675 0500, email info@malamalabeachclub.com or visit malamalabeachclub.com

Vanuatu

K2 wedding table setting, Vanuatu

K2 Weddings offer the complete package from wedding planning and organisation to food, beverage and everything in between! Whether you are looking for an intimate ceremony for two or for dozens of guests, their expert advice and local knowledge can help turn your dream wedding into a reality. The catering business is ideal if you are celebrating your special occasion at a villa or private house in Vanuatu.

K2 is the only wedding and event planner in Vanuatu to have their own highly accomplished Executive Chef Kandy Tamagushiku, founder of K2. Kandy brings experience from around the world, including from a Michelin-star restaurant in Europe, and restaurants in Australia and New Zealand.

K2’s well regarded wedding coordinator Virginia Shore will hold your hand every step of the way! Virginia’s extensive event management experience – having worked in Australia for over 25 years and Vanuatu for the last 12 years – will ensure she co-ordinates your wedding to suit your dreams and budget. She can advise on the best wedding venues to suit your needs, arrange all the official documentation and help design your special day filled with wonderful memories.

K2 will have you coming back for more, so don’t forget to visit the K2 café where you can taste test Kandy’s innovative local delights, located on Mele Road in Port Vila. For enquiries, contact kandy@k2kitchenvanuatu.com or visit <www.k2kitchenvanuatu.com

Iririki Island Resort, Vanuatu

Iririki Island Resort & Spa, where romantic dreams are transformed into reality and special moments into unforgettable memories. A private island with spectacular tropical landscapes and breathtaking views of Port Vila harbour and Mele Bay, it is the perfect setting for romance. The resort boasts idyllic backdrops suited to small intimate gatherings through to grand celebrations; from the sandy beach at Snorkeler’s Cove with stunning sunsets to Iririki Gazebo, perched high on the island and overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Azure Restaurant offers elegant reception packages, or a tropical themed marquee on the beach for a more relaxed soiree. Intimate celebrations for two can also be arranged on your own private balcony or with a beachside dinner.

Marriage proposal, wedding ceremony, reception, honeymoon, vow renewal or simply a romantic escape, whatever your dream their professional team will ensure every aspect is tendered to with the upmost attention for an unforgettable celebration. www.iririki.com

Holiday Inn Resort, Vanuatu

If you’re after a wedding that is rich in culture and romance, Erinah Kalo – Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu’s wedding ‘guru’ is the lady for the job. Erinah is a dedicated wedding and event planner and is renowned for combining local and intimate experiences to make a dream island wedding like no other.

Whether it is a celebration for two or a gathering with family and friends, Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu is the perfect romantic choice for your island destination wedding. You can even have your own ‘chauffeur’, with the Resort Chief escorting the bride on a traditional canoe across the lagoon to her wedding ceremony.

The Ceremony Cabana, with Erakor Lagoon and enormous banyan trees as a backdrop, provides the perfect tropical setting for exchanging vows. Let things flow through to an intimate dinner or relaxed poolside party by tiki torch lights, or feel the sand between your toes with a beautiful beach wedding reception under swaying palms or in a marquee where dinner or cocktails can be enjoyed. There are options available if you’d prefer a more formal affair, the Resort’s Erakor Ballroom can cater for up to 120 dining guests.

To discuss your big day with Erinah, email sales.vanuatu@ihg.com, phone +678 22040 or visit www.vanuatu.holidayinnresort.com

Tamanu on the Beach, Vanuatu

Peaceful, private, romantic and secluded. Tamanu on the Beach is located on its own private white sand beach, where you feel a million miles away from reality but just 20 minutes from downtown Port Vila. Tamanu on the Beach allows you to take a breath and unwind, coupled with the sand between your toes and the waves at your doorstep.

Tamanu is perfect for romance, weddings or just to do nothing but relax in one of their 15 modern, Caribbean-style villas that offer every luxury you need. The villas are luxurious, stylish and designed to perfection, it’s a fresh take on Pacific styling, safe to say no one will leave disappointed.

The resort offers Vanuatu’s only purpose-built wedding chapel, right by the white sand beach. Again boasting an open and fresh take on Pacific styling, open aired for a tropical breeze while you wed, eat and sip French Champagne, all the things that Tamanu on the Beach is famous for.

At Tamanu on the Beach the most important celebrations unfold in one of the most idyllic settings in Vanuatu. And, by using their dedicated wedding planner you’re guaranteed a hassle-free celebration. For their wedding packages, visit www.tamanuonthebeach.com

Samoa

Taumeasina Island Resort, Samoa

Taumeasina Island Resort provides the very best that Samoa has to offer to wedding couples and honeymooners. When you arrive, you will quickly discover why it is the ultimate wedding and honeymoon destination.

Catering for weddings of up to 320 guests, you have the choice of a romantic beach setting, garden setting or an exclusive wedding venue with magnificent ocean views. The friendly and dedicated team have worked together for years to provide you with an experience that you will be sure to cherish. A dedicated co-ordinator will tailor a wedding package to suit any need, family and friends are guaranteed to feel at ease, the personal wedding co-ordinator can assist with planning a reception celebration and booking accommodation for the entire party.

With 14 acres of tropical paradise, the hotel rooms and villa can cater for families, couples or a group of friends at a budget that will suit all.  For more information, visit www.taumeaisnaislandresortsmaoa.com, call (685) 61000 or contact
weddings@taumeasinaislandresortsamoa.com

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