Ariane & Damien’s Wedding Day
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Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort & Spa
8th May, 2017
IDFH: Why did you decide to have a destination wedding, and why Fiji?
Ariane: My husband and I both love to travel and I have always wanted to get married overseas. I love the sense of adventure of a destination wedding and the fact that you get to have a holiday with everyone, not just a single day. However, my mother is not a great traveller so I wanted to pick somewhere easy to get to. The Fijian people are the nicest I have met anywhere in the world, so it made Fiji a fairly easy choice.
IDFH: What clinched your decision to choose the Outrigger, and how many days did you stay there?
Ariane: Outrigger’s Dream Wedding package is excellent value & they clearly manage weddings well. After visiting in May last year we knew the day would go smoothly. We also LOVED the view from the chapel and the fact that there are other hotels nearby to give our guests a choice of where to stay and eat.
We stayed six nights, as did many of our guests, and we all had a fabulous holiday.
IDFH: What designer dress did you wear?
Ariane: A custom dress by Gold Coast designer Helena Couture Designs. Helena custom designs beautiful gowns to suit your shape and budget. I had seen a picture of the perfect dress on Pinterest and looked everywhere to find it but could not find anything quite like it. I looked into a few dressmakers and from my first session with Helena I knew she would do a fabulous job. The dress fit me perfectly and was so flattering and at $2,255 it was cheaper than most of the dresses I had tried on in stores. I would absolutely recommend her.
IDFH: Were there any funny moments from the day you can recount?
Ariane: There were lots of little things that didn’t quite go to plan but our guests didn’t notice. They still had a wonderful day and I just learned not to sweat the small stuff and embrace ‘Fiji Time’.
We got a fairly windy day which made our photos a bit difficult but did result in some hilarious shots of the girls holding down their dresses!
IDFH: Any tips or advice for future destination wedding brides?
Ariane: Fiji was a great choice for our wedding. Our guests all had such a wonderful holiday and loved the Fijian culture. It also provided us a large range of honeymoon choices just a boat ride away. We chose Tokoriki Island Resort & could not have been happier.
Everyone says the wedding day goes fast but I couldn’t have imagined just how fast. I was so glad we had a holiday with all our friends and family as well.
IDFH: Who was your photographer?
Ariane: We used a family friend, John Montague. He has years of experience in photography but is new to the wedding photography industry. It was great to have someone who has been a family friend for so long to share the day with us. We were really happy with all the beautiful memories that John captured and particularly the candid shots of everyone we love having a memorable time.