Fiji All-Inclusive Weddings

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Ceremony Times and Location
Guests will meet with the wedding coordinator and the team after they have checked into their bure. The team will show them the different locations on the property and work with you on all aspects of your special day. Ceremonies are generally held at sunset, unless a different time is requested. Weddings can take place at the location of your choosing. We do not offer weddings on a Sunday or public holidays.

Officiating Officer Performing the Ceremony
All ministers in Fiji belong to a certain church. There are no nondenominational ministers. While we will try to honor requests for a specific type of minister, who is available for the date requested will be the primary factor. Catholic weddings are held at the nearest Catholic church.

Wedding Certificate
The certificate only shows two names – that of the bride and groom before they get married.

Choir & Serenaders
It is the Methodist church choir and they sing religious Fijian hymns. The Fijians are well known for their melodic voices and songs in harmony. Their very special songs will add a unique character and an “island atmosphere” to your wedding ceremony. In lieu of the choir, we can also arrange for Fijian serenaders to be present on your special day.

Meals for Visiting Guests not Staying at Namale
Should there be guests staying at other resorts in Savusavu, they are able to travel on-site for the ceremony and any other functions during the time that the bride and groom are in-house.

Room Safe
Every Bure and Villa has a mini safe and we also have a safe in the Front Office.

Wedding Reception Options for Group Bookings
For partial group bookings that are after exclusivity whilst they are in-house with other guests, there are venue options that are available but this will be at cost. We recommend that you connect directly with our team for options, costs and themes that we are able to achieve for wedding venues. For groups that book the entire resort, they will also need to connect with our team in order to discuss reception options, entertainment, menus etc. as well as an extended itinerary with additional costs.

LEGAL INFORMATION

Registration
All weddings at Namale are pre-registered prior to the couple’s arrival into Fiji. Special circumstances may require personal registration by the couple, along with the Namale wedding coordinator, at the Savusavu Registry Office.

Documentation

  • Certified or original copy of Birth certificates
  • Current passport
  • If previously married, a copy of the divorce/annulment papers
  • Certificate of Single Status (or) Certificate of no legal impediment is required to be produced by the following marriage applicant:
    • Marriage applicants where one party is a local while the other is a foreigner
    • Marriage applicants who were former citizens of Fiji
    • Marriage applicants who are foreigners and residing in Fiji
    • Asians holding Fiji residential visa, permanent citizenship and work permit intending to marry in Fiji

Marriage applicants from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, and European countries are fully exempted from producing single status certificate (except those were previously married and have divorced three years ago – must produce single status in some form).

Marriage applicants from Japan must produce the Koseki – Shouhon, to certify their personal details. Tourists from Asia with sole intention to marry in Fiji may be exempted from the standard marriage requirements; this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Marriage applicants from Asian countries including: China, Philippines, Pakistan, India, Korea and etc. must apply one month in advance and produce police clearance together with other translated personal documents.

Additional Requirements

  • A copy of the above documents must be sent to us a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the wedding so we can forward them to the Registry office in Fiji for processing. The Bride & Groom must bring the originals with them.
  • Two witnesses are required during the wedding ceremony and if there are no guests present, our staff are more than happy to oblige.
  • Following the wedding ceremony, the wedding coordinator will organize your signed documents to be sent to the mainland for processing. The process would take a minimum of 2 weeks to complete & be mailed to the couple from the actual date of the wedding. Please ask our wedding coordinator for further details at the time of registration.
  • All weddings performed at Namale are legally binding in line with Fijian laws and are recognised in most international countries. Namale is also able to arrange for an embossing of the marriage certificate with an “Apostille Stamp” which will certify the document valid in all member countries of the Convention de La Hague du 5 October 1961.

Please consult your local registry office for any additional or specific requirements on International marriages.

 

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