Fiji is one of the most popular wedding and honeymoon destinations in the world. It is an idyllic and relaxing tropical paradise, a haven for the about-to-be weds, newlyweds, and the romantic at heart. Getting hitched in Fiji has become quite a trend.
Many resorts, hotels, and even cruises offer fabulous wedding and honeymoon packages to suit every couple’s needs. Choices range from luxurious private hideaways to more modest options. There is huge variety of romantic wedding locations such as cliff tops, hill tops, cascading waterfalls, rainforest clearings, garden settings, and sandy white beaches. Even a unique underwater ceremony can be arranged for those who love the magical maritime life.
Remote settings such as a private beach ensure complete privacy. Quaint wedding chapels and churches provide the perfect ambiance for a more formal wedding in tropical surroundings. Fijian choirs and warrior escorts offer a unique element that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Overseas visitors intending to get married in Fiji are required to obtain and sign a marriage license at the marriage registry at least 3 working days prior to their marriage ceremony. It is important that the couple comply with the required formal paperwork including:
- Original birth certificates for both the bride and the groom
- Passport with valid legal status of applicants
- Divorce papers (If divorce granted in the last 5 years – please confirm current marital status)
- Death certificate of deceased former spouse
A certificate of Single Status or certificate of no Legal Impediment must be produced ONLY 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 from Japan must produce the koseki-shouhon to
certify their personal details.
With the BDM Act that came into effect in Fiji on October 01st, 2018 states;
- All the marriage application form together with any necessary documents pertaining to conduct of marriage in Fiji must be signed and witnessed before a Justice of Peace, Commissioner of Oath/Notary Republic from their country of residence.
- Scanned copies of all documentation must be directed to BDM office well in advance, prior to their arrival date, for vetting purposes and authentication to ensure that nothing is missed out.
- Past practices where some local hotel employees and wedding coordinators are making application for the special license on behalf of the intended marriage parties will no longer be entertained by the BDM office.
- In ensuring that guidelines to Fiji’s marriage applications are met, all intended marriage parties must physically present themselves with their original documentation to a BDM office nearest to them for completion of their application of Special License.
Special arrangements can also be arranged to suit your travel plans. Should any of the couple arrive on the weekend, you are hereby requested to liaise directly and in advance to the: –