I meant to write up this review once I got back from our honeymoon.... but late is better then never?
Me and my husband decided to go to Fiji and get married and after lots of research we decided to get married at the Outrigger.
Moreen did such a wonderful job of organising our wedding, she made everything very easy! I wanted the wedding on the beach until I saw the beach and the hilltop chapel, the beach isn't a really nice beach and the chapel is just lovely! The chapel fit the 63 guests OK and the extra cost flower arch made the room look fantastic! All guests are transported to the chapel by golf cart so allow enough time between the end of the ceremony, the drinks after the ceremony and then the hour it takes to transport 63 guest's to the reception. Our wedding started at 4pm, the drinks and canapes came out at 5pm and the reception was set to start at 6pm, all guests were not seated in the reception until close to 7pm due to the transport time from the chapel and a very beautiful sunset that side tracked a few guests. The only problem with the overall wedding was there just wasn't enough time, the whole reception was rushed as the event needs to finish by 10pm. At 10pm the music goes off and everyone needs to leave. Since the reception started an hour late there was only 3hrs left for speeches, cake cutting, first dance - there was about 15mins of free dancing before the music stopped at 10pm. If I was to do this again I would start the wedding at 3pm, canapes at 4pm, start transporting guest's at 5pm, start reception at 6pm.
All of the wedding trimmings were beautiful, the flowers, buttonholes, cake. The reception guest placeholders, special cake cutting knife, guest book, and other stuff I brought from home for the tables were placed out by the staff. The bridesmaid and I had our hair and makeup done at the resort and it was really gr8! I don't think I have had makeup ever done so nicely, they really listened to what I wanted with the hair and makeup.
A Fijian band played as I walked down the chapel isle and they were great! I brought my minister to Fiji to perform the service and the resort accommodated this by organising an official celebrant to certify the marriage.
I had an unexpected guest (almost impossible in Fiji but it happened) and Moreen dealt with it with no issues and squeezed her onto an adult table, though I did suggest the kids table.... ;-)
The food was quite nice, all guests enjoyed it. We got 4 different canapes after the ceremony then just the basic dream wedding package food buffet.
We staying a total of 8nights at the Outrigger - 4 nights was included in the wedding package but the other 4 were not and I bought the basic cheap room for 4 of the nights. Just before the wedding I realised that I would be needing to change rooms on the morning of the wedding so I asked to upgrade my room for the night before. The response I received was that my room had already been upgraded for the entire stay.
About 50 guests stayed at the outrigger and they loved it! The kids activities, the pool, and everyone enjoyed breakfast. There were pretty much no complaints other then one guest had a bad run with his room - he paid for ocean view but did not get any view at all. There were a few extra charges on my bill and a few other guests at the end but these were resolved.
I am sure I have missed details out but I cannot put into words how perfect my special day was and how much all of the guest's enjoyed the wedding and the holiday.
Thank you Moreen and other fantastic Outrigger staff for making this special time run so well!!
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger On The Lagoon Fiji Hotel Sigatoka
- Outrigger Lagoon Fiji
- Outrigger Hotel Sigatoka
- Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Sigatoka
- Outrigger Resort Sigatoka
- Outrigger Sigatoka
- Fiji Outrigger
- Fiji Lagoon Outrigger
- Sigatoka Outrigger