Imagine celebrating your special day in an exotic tropical setting; meeting your loved one on a white, sandy beach with a warm breeze stirring the air. On Turtle Island, weddings or renewing wedding vows are special events, and some of our guests' fondest memories are of the delightful Fijian wedding ceremonies held at sunset on the shores of the famous Blue Lagoon.
The bride and groom may dress in traditional Fijian wedding attire made especially for them by the Turtle Island staff members. All of the guests, along with the bride and groom, wear garlands of fresh, fragrant flowers around their necks.
The trumpeting of conch shells announces the bride's arrival on the wedding raft, called a “billibilli.” Drums beat ceremonial rhythms as the bride disembarks and is escorted to her groom by two Fijian attendants. As they approach the Fijian chapel, they are heralded by a Fijian choir.
After the ceremony, everyone participates in a Kava ceremony, an ancient tradition in honor of the bride and groom. The newlyweds are then carried onto the billibilli for their return to the wedding feast. Guests and staff alike raise their glasses in a toast to the happy couple and continue to celebrate with traditional Fijian festivities.
Turtle weddings aren't just for newly-weds. They're also a lovely way to renew vows. Our staff will make all the preparations, from the wedding clothes to the wedding feast.
To assure that everything proceeds smoothly, plan to arrive in Nadi on a weekday, at least three days before your wedding day. This allows time to obtain your license before coming to Turtle, time to get acquainted with staff members and fellow guests, and to plan the feast and wedding garments.
DVD, digital photography of the wedding, and Memory Book of your stay are presented to each bride and groom.
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