Make your wedding location as memorable as the marriage. Come to our Pacific paradise and tie the knot in spectacular beachside style with everything taken care of by a team of professional planners which will ensure you and your guests not only get to celebrate your big day, but enjoy a holiday at the same time.

There are almost as many ways to get married as there are terms and definitions for getting hitched from cynical to sensitive – tying the knot, the number one cause of divorce, taking the plunge, jumping the broom, holy matrimony, dropping anchor, popping the question, wedlock, union and there are marriages of convenience, shotgun weddings, and on and on …

However you choose to describe your nuptials almost everyone hopes the match will be ‘made in heaven’.

We’ve found heaven on earth and it’s right here in the South Pacific. Memorable marriages are made in memorable places and our islands have plenty of these on offer. And once you’ve chosen the location you can opt for big and brassy to boutique and bijou, you can arrive by helicopter or boat or for something really discreet charter a Pacific Island Air ‘elopement package’.

Fiji and Vanuatu are the two hottest wedding locations and there are many hotels, resorts, private beachfront villas and islands that cater for every wedding whim and take care of all the details from hair and makeup to food and beverage, to table decoration, flowers, transport and photography (aerial too if you like). Professional wedding planning is a booming business.

We’ve come up with a few destinations that are sure to fit the bill – literally and figuratively. Just decide whether you want to be on the beach by the pool or on the lagoon, lots of friends to accommodate, children to consider, it’s all covered.

Fiji Festivities

On the Coral Coast of Fiji the Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa offer a service they describe as one you’ll enjoy “surrounded by the loved ones in a romantic beachside setting. With beautiful venue setting options to suit your needs, you can choose from a poolside chapel wedding overlooking the ocean, a beach wedding at Hideaway Point or an authentic Fijian Wedding at our quaint village church.” And they’ll provide a night in their luxurious Honeymoon Bure and a romantic breakfast for two as part of the package. They also have a dedicated wedding coordinator who will ensure “every last detail is taken care of and this comes with our promise that yours will be the only wedding of the day.” Contact: phone: +679 650 0177, email: reservations@hideaway.com.fj or www.hideawayfiji.com

Closer to Nadi is the new and very stylish Rhum-Ba which sits on the water at Denarau Marina overlooking the super-yachts and the mountains. They have an event space which can be customised to suit your particular taste and requirements, and an amazing selection of local rums to top off the party. Contact: phone: +679 770 7486 or email: reservations@Rhum-Ba.com or see www.Rhum-Ba.com

If arriving in style is part of the plan then you’ll need to talk to Pacific Island Air based at Nadi airport. They claim “seamless hassle free transfers to all resorts and islands in Fiji. We offer seaplane, helicopter and airplane transfers and scenic flights. Our twin engine squirrel helicopters offer safety and comfort, we get you there in the quickest possible time … Our seaplanes are amphibious taking off from the airport runway and the water. What better way to arrive at your resort wedding, right on the beach!” Apart from regular flights Pacific Island Air specialises in charter flights, exclusive private island day packages and the aforementioned ‘awe-inspiring’ elopement package. Phone: +679 672 5644, email: reservations@pacificislandair.com or see: www.pacificislandair.com

Vanuatu Votives

Cocomo Resort is a newly refurbished lagoon-side property which offers terrific value to betrothed couples. Just five minutes from Port Vila Cocomo can accommodate 2-100 guests for weddings and receptions. Their wedding coordinator will arrange the perfect beach wedding with the option of a Melanesian string band or custom warrior dance display with drinks and nibbles by the pool followed by a buffet or a la carte dinner in the thatched ‘nakamal’.

They’ll also throw in discount rates for friends and family and for the bride and groom there are honeymoon villas with overwater decks. They like to quote the Beach Boys … ‘get there fast, then take it slow … way down at Cocomo’ Sounds like a good way to start married life. Phone: +617 3158 9898, email: weddings@tropicalholidaydeals.com, web: www.cocomoresort.com

Erakor Island Resort has to be one of the most photographed islands in Vanuatu, sitting in the middle of Erakor Lagoon this little gem is reached by a four-minute ferry ride which runs back and forth to the ‘mainland’ every few minutes, or ‘on demand’. The resort can cater for 2-100 people and has the advantage of being picture perfect for those all important snaps of the big day. For good reason this has been Vanuatu’s most popular wedding venue for three years in a row, you can choose from a variety of soft white-sand beach locations, an open air chapel, a beach marquee reception or eat at Aqua on Erakor overwater restaurant. Talk to them about their ‘Tropical Dream – Complete Wedding Special’ and arrange a honeymoon deluxe spa villa at the same time. Phone: +617 3158 9898, email: weddings@tropicalholidaydeals.com, web: www.cocomoresort.com

Once again if your arrival is to be as memorable as your wedding then Vanuatu Helicopters are the people to supply a bit of aerial sophistication to the occasion and photographs from above too. But even if you’d rather just walk across the sand to the ceremony while you’re in Vanuatu you really must see its wonders from the air. Vanuatu Helicopters can be found at the seawall on Port Vila Harbour and offer scenic flights from as little as AU$99, or choose their ‘romantic’ package with lunch packed for day trips to remote beaches or a spectacular flight to the volcano on Ambrym. Phone: +678 25 022, email: info@vanuatuhelicopters.com website: www.vanuatuhelicopters.com

If something a little more private and exclusive is what you’re looking for then Paua Private Villas can arrange for the celebrations to take place in a private beachside villa on the spectacular Whitesands coastline just 20 minutes from Port Vila. They offer a range of luxurious villas with all facilities and able to cater for up to 60 guests either within the main house or in a marquee on the lawns beachside. The houses feature absolute private beach frontages, inground pools and across adjacent villas, accommodation for the bridal party and guests. Phone: +678 26 108 Email: info@paua.co Web: www.paua.co