Before your fairy tale destination Fiji wedding can come to fruition, there is of course forms to be completed, paperwork to be lodged and requirements to abide by. Here’s a snapshot of precisely what visitors to Fiji will need to know to ensure that when your partner finally “puts a ring on it” your wedding is legal and binding.
For starters, yes, a Fiji wedding is recognised in Australia as being legitimate when you follow the correct procedures. By law, couples will need to apply for a Special Licence to tie the knot, obtained from Fiji’s Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages in Suva, or Registrar Offices in Lautoka or Labasa at least 28 days before their wedding date.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates
- Decree Absolute document (if divorced)
- Decree Certificate (is spouse is deceased)
- Single Status certificate – ask me for details
Couples will require a minimum of two witnesses to be present during their ceremony. In the event of an elopement or if your wedding day is just you and your partner, typically your chosen resort will provide you with two witnesses.
There are also a list of Marriage Fees to take into account if you are doing your wedding by yourself, but if you are tying the knot at a resort, it is most likely these costs have been built into your wedding package already. They include:
- Special Licence – FJD20.70.
- Marriage performed at the registry – FJD23.
- Marriage performed by the Registrar outside normal working hours – FJD31.36.
- Masi (tapa) designed marriage certificate – FJD15.69
- Standard marriage certificate – FJD5.75