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Bula Bride first edition arrives

Exciting News!  Today Fiji’s first Bridal magazine is being launched by the very talented Kylie Stewart, Founder & Editor of Bula Bride.

Here is a sneak peak of the 2014 Cover

Cover 2014 We were privileged to be asked to write an article for the magazine about setting the expectations for Brides and Grooms who choose to get married in Fiji.  This is the first thing we do here at Chelsea Jayne Weddings, we feel it’s really important to explain the process and how it all works and get everyone on Fiji Time now.

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Here is our full page Ad, a big thank you to our Bride & Groom Kylie & Ian for allowing us to use your amazing images and of course Laurence Beddoes from Nadi Bay Photography who took these beautiful shots.

CJW Ad 2014

This is very exciting for the Fiji wedding Industry, and it has been a real privilege to be a part of it all.

We look forward to edition two in 2015, which will be available in newsagents on the east Coast of Australia.

It’s all about the Bougainvillea

As we are coming into the low season for orchids in Fiji we have spent some time today looking at alternatives that will bring some colour into one of our upcoming weddings.  Bougainvillea’s were the first thing to come to mind and are definitely an understated flower.

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WhiteWe just love the bougainvilleas, they are such a pretty flower especially when they are put together in an arrangement. They are so delicate and soft looking and they are available in so many different colours, they are a really good option in Fiji.

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Pink We often get asked what is available in Fiji and most people do not know what Bougainvillea’s are, so hopefully this blog with give you all a great visual on what they look like and what you can do with them, and that they are a really good option for that delicate rose or peonies look a lot of brides are after.Buttonhole

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Taveuni Island

During the Fiji Tourism Exchange (FTE) we got to meet with all the representatives from the resorts on Taveuni Island.  It was fantastic to learn all about your beautiful Island and what it has to offer.

Taveuni is known throughout Fiji as the “Garden Island of Fiji”.  It has a beautiful blend of tropical rainforest, reefs, beaches, highlands, coconut plantations and mangroves in a paradise setting.   It is a volcanic island with plenty of fertile volcanic soil and is the third largest island in the Fijian group of 332 islands.

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There are 3 beautiful resorts situated on the island, Paradise Taveuni (Family Resort), Qamea Resort & Spa (Adults Only) and Taveuni Island Resort & Spa (Adults Only).  Perfect for a secluded honeymoon with or without kids.

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qamea Qamea Resort & Spa 

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Taveuni Island Resort & Spa

Taveuni Island has some of the best diving spots in the world, rated as one of the top 10 places to dive, and is known as “the soft coral capital of the world” and is home to the amazing Rainbow Reef. This beautiful reef is 30km long and boasts magnificent multi-coloured soft corals, as well as stunning hard corals.

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The stunning Taveuni Island can be reached by inter-island flights that depart daily from Nadi and Suva International Airports. The connecting flight takes approximately 90 minutes from Nadi or 60 minutes from Suva.

If you wanted to go to a more remote part of Fiji to experience the “Real Fiji” Taveuni is a must.

Flavours of Fiji Cooking School

In early May I attended the Fijian Tourism Expo (FTE) and got to meet with lots of wonderful suppliers. Over the next few weeks I will be featuring a few of these suppliers on the blog and today l’d like to introduce the newly opened Flavours of Fiji Cooking School.

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Since opening a year ago, Flavours of Fiji Cooking School has become hugely popular with holiday makers who are taught the art of cooking traditional Fijian cuisine. Classes feature a selection of Fijian Feasts, Indian Thali and Tropical Sweets.

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Classes include a Food Culture Presentation, cooking lesson, lunch, refreshments and take home receipes.

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Located on Denarau Island, Flavours of Fiji would be a great place to start a Hens Party and the school can organise the perfect package for your group!

To find out more have a look at their website http://www.flavoursoffiji.com

Tourism Fiji Wedding Workshop

This week we attended the Tourism Fiji wedding workshop at the beautiful Sheraton on the Park in Sydney.  It’s always a great night catching up with our contacts at the resorts and to see what new and exciting things are happing in Fiji.

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Probably the most exciting thing about the evening was our session with the Sheraton Fiji.  They exclusively released to us their new all inclusive wedding reception package for F$13,490 which includes the following for 30 guests

Lawn or beachfront dinner

Pre dinner canapés

Sheraton Reserve beverage package for 5 hours

Resort deluxe buffet

2 tier wedding cake with fresh flower topper

Beach Themed table settings, chair sashes, tea lights and hanging lanterns

Traditional Polynesian fire dancing show

DJ for 4 hours

Additional guest are F$250 per person up to a maximum of 50 people.  Your ceremony package is additional to this price.

What great value for money!!

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Following suit also was the Sofitel Fiji with their new all inclusive ceremony & reception package from F$8950 for 30 people.  If you would like further information on this particular package please contact me.

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The Hilton has also changed direction with their new wedding coordinator Jessica, she has extensive events experience.  They have also released their new all inclusive ceremony & reception package starting at F$8000 for 30 guests.  If you would like more information on this please contact me.

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We also had the pleasure of meeting Paul from the new and exciting Nanuku Resort & Spa, which is located in Pacific Harbour, which is a 2.5 hours drive from Nadi airport.  This new resort opened last week and it has 12 exclusive private Villas each with their own pools.  All villas include, butler, nanny service, daily table d’hote menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a return Chauffeur service from the airport.  I can’t wait to check this resort out.

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It was a great event, lots of exciting news coming out of Fiji for the wedding market.

Chelsea Jayne Weddings has also been invited by Tourism Fiji to attend their upcoming Tourism Fiji Exchange event at the Sheraton Fiji this May. It will be an intensive week, meeting many more of the resort, and wedding suppliers, we will also be attending the opening of the New Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island.

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Mainland V’s Islands

The first big decision you will make for your wedding (apart from choosing your wedding planner, of course) is your venue. When getting married in Fiji you have either the mainland resorts (Denarau or the Coral Coast are the most popular) or the Islands (the Mamanuca Islands are the favourites) to choose from.

There is a lot to consider when deciding on which location will best suit not only you but your guests as well.  You will need to think about the logistics of having up to 50-100 guests on average, and how your decisions will affect their ability to attend.  My clients often make the mistake of thinking many of their invitees won’t attend, yet around 90% are overwhelmed by the number of positive RSVP’s they receive. Everyone wants to go to a wedding in Fiji!

First, you need to consider the time it will take for guests to travel to your destination and the costs involved.  Traditionally getting to an island will take longer and cost more.  Also, depending on the time of your guests’ flight arrival, they may even need to stay on the mainland overnight, prior to transferring to an island.  Ferry transfers are an additional cost to flights, and can add another AUD$140 (approx.) return, and can take around 2 hours each way, depending on the distance of the island from the mainland, and ferry schedules. If considering an island destination, you need to consider the requirements and limitations of your guests.  Elderly guests and people with small children may have concerns with the remoteness of an island.  The Islands are generally more expensive than the mainland, as everything requires additional transport, increasing costs for most items, which is reflected in the quoted rates.

A major drawcard for having your wedding on an island are the beautiful white beaches, crystal clear water and marine life.  The islands are truly amazing and offer such a different experience to the mainland.  Some islands are available for exclusive hire for your wedding – how amazing would that be!   Island time is also very relaxing, children are so well catered for, and most islands have a meal package so guests need not reach for their wallet all the time. There’s nothing like getting away from everything to relax in such a beautiful environment.

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The mainland as a wedding destination has its own strengths and weaknesses. It’s easy to get to with no additional costs (apart from a Taxi fare from the airport).  If you want 5 star luxury with all the modern conveniences then the mainland is for you.  There are lots of different levels of accommodation available so that all your guests will be catered for, whether they be single, young couples or parents with young children. There are also a large number of dining out options on the mainland to suit everyone’s taste and budget.

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I often hear feedback from my brides that the mainland is certainly more Westernised, and that the real “Fiji” feel is more abundant on the islands, where traditional culture is strongly maintained.

I love both locations as wedding venues. Your decision which to go for really depends on what you are envisaging, your budget, and the number/requirements of guests you are inviting.

At the end of the day you also have to remember it is your day, so go with what your heart tells you.

Recent Press

Chelsea gives a glimpse of the world of weddings in Fiji in this in depth interview with Polka Dot Bride titeld ‘What Would They Know – Interviews with the Experts. Read the full article here. 

Bula Bride interviewed Chelsea for her expert opinion in their article on Mainland vs Island weddings in Fiji. Tough choice! Read the full article here. 

Bula Bride also featured Chelsea Jayne Weddings in their article on Fiji Wedding Packages. Read the full article here.