Wedding review submitted by Hayley Whelan
Our wedding was held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on 28/10/16.
The Sofitel was amazing for our wedding. It was the best choice for us as they had good packages, really good reviews from previous couples, it was on the mainland (so not far for our family and children to travel once they arrived) and they had no conditions of wedding guests having to stay there. This gave our family the freedom to stay at other resorts and holiday homes.
The staff went above and beyond to make our day perfect. All the staff were friendly and welcoming. We hired a Sofitel nanny to help with our children (2 and 5 years old) at the wedding and to settle to bed and she was amazing. Our children loved her and they don’t warm to people easily!
Our wedding coordinator as Selai. She was amazing. She did everything we asked and made the whole experience stress free and easy.
Package: we chose Sofitel’s ‘Magnifique‘ wedding package which included the ceremony and reception for 30 people.
Our wedding ceremony was on the north west lawn which had a lovely view of the sea in the background and not too much of an audience. We upgraded to the rustic theme for the ceremony which included the beautiful flower arch. It added an extra special touch.
Reception was in the lagoon Bure which was lovely and private. Grace Creations were our reception decorators and did an amazing job! They did the set up exactly how I had asked and it looked even better than I had imagined. The decorations looked magical in our photos.
Food: the meal was part of the Magnifique package and we chose the BBQ banquet. It was delicious and all our guests were commenting on how good it was.
Entertainment: Rhythm of Pacific were our entertainers we had a half an hour package of fire dancing and Pacific dancing, and they went well over the time. We were all blown away by how good they were and all thoroughly enjoyed them! I would highly recommend them.
Cake: Our cake was also part of the package and we loved it. We chose chocolate and gave them a cake topper and we loved both the look and taste.
Hair and Make up: Stanley Morrell (‘The Transformer’!!) did an amazing job! He and his team were friendly and professional. I can highly recommend Stanley.
Spray tans and nails: Done by Balance Fiji. Leshni was sooo lovely and did the best tan! We had the St Tropez tan and everyone was realy happy with them. They were done the day before the wedding and they looked amazing. Best tans ever! And I loved the shellac nails!
Photographer: Nadi Bay Photography. We were amazed with the quality and standard of our wedding photos. They are amazing and bring back the magic and emotion of the day with every picture. We are so proud to show our family and friends our photos. Lawrence was easy going and helped us relax and have fun in an environment I thought we might struggle with. Thank you sooo much.
Videography: Skyward Weddings were awesome! They filmed our ceremony and it is such a lovely thing to look back on! The filming was great we are very happy. Our only regret is that we didn’t have them film the reception too.
Making Memories: we used for a post wedding cruise the day after the wedding and it was amazing! It was a lovely way to spend our first day married with family.
We had our own boat and got to see the beautiful surroundings of Fiji. It included snorkelling at a sand bar which was incredible. Food and beverages were provided for the day and were delicious.
The visit to Cloud 9 was a little disappointing as it was really busy so we didn’t stay long. Although it was such a cool place, we enjoyed the space of the boat and did some more snorkelling instead. The Making Memories crew were lovely, helpful and accomodating. Everyone loved the day!
Overall our wedding was all we could have dreamed of, and more!
I can highly recommend all our vendors and Fiji as a place to get married.
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