Pictured: Mana Island Resort & Spa
Photography: Leanne Owen
I'm Leanne, lover of all things tropical island.
In 2006, I was Married in Fiji. Whilst planning my destination wedding, I searched high and low for recommendations from past brides. I wanted photos and hints & tips on all aspects of planning a destination wedding in Fiji. Information was scarce! I took a real leap of faith when making bookings.
I was meticulous throughout the planning process and thankfully, my wedding at Sonaisali Island Resort was beautiful. We had a beachfront ceremony surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Every detail was taken care of. We were able to enjoy the occasion with our guests, happy and relaxed - The way a destination wedding should be!
Afterwards, I really wanted to share the magic of my day with others who were considering and/or planning a Fijian wedding themselves. I set about creating the one-stop-shop that I had been looking for... And so in 2007, the 'I was Married in Fiji' group was born on Facebook. The aim was to connect brides-to-be with services and suppliers, and also to connect with other couples who had already had their dream wedding in Fiji. Unfortunately, the original group was lost in the Facebook group reformat in 2010. Forced to start over, the 'I was Married in Fiji' group came back stronger than ever, assisted by the growth in the Fijian wedding industry.
Over the past 10 years I have gained a strong insight into what brides are looking for when planning their Fijian destination wedding. I understand some of the challenges that arise when planning a destination wedding. As a result hundreds of brides have been able to benefit from the resources available through 'I was Married in Fiji'. Working in conjunction with Essence Tours, I now offer a complete Fijian Wedding Planning service. This allows me to utilise the long standing relationships held with leading providers in the industry, including but not limited to, resorts, photographers, hair and makeup artists, musicians etc. Sister group 'Holidaying in Fiji' was created to inspire brides and their guests to get out and see all that Fiji has to offer! My knowledge and passion for Fiji weddings, honeymoons & holidays will see that your dream wedding and/or holiday becomes a reality!
Based in Australia, I continue to visit Fiji annually and am emailed daily for information on all aspects of getting married in Fiji and holidaying in Fiji.
The 'I was Married in Fiji' website brings you all the resources from the popular Facebook groups, on a user-friendly platform. The complete guide to planning your Fijian wedding. I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved creating it.
I was Married in Fiji is dedicated to spreading our love of Fijian weddings, honeymoons and holidays.
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