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Outrigger Wedding 2012

Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:18 pm

After much research, particularly from this site, my partner and I are hoping to have our wedding at the Outrigger Fiji next year but the only time that suits us both is February. I would like to here from other brides that got married at the outrigger as I am worried that it will be too hot at this time of year. I am used to the heat as I live in Outback SA, but not sure about the humidity! Also, does anyone know how many people will fit into the chapel (as this is AC I believe) and we wouldnt have to worry so much about rain. Also are any of the reception venues airconditioned. Ideally I would love to have it on the lawn next to the beach as CMK suggested but need to know all the options. What sort of flowers are available, can you get roses in fiji? Did anyone have the outrigger arrange a photographer and can they decorate the cake for you. If anyone has any other tips for me to consider I would be very grateful.
 
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Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:17 pm

Hi Marianne, I am getting married at the Outrigger on the 25th so when I get back I can let you know about what a February wedding at the Outrigger is like. I am having my wedding in the chapel (because there is such a high chance of rain in the afternoons) and we are having 60 people attend. We have booked our reception in the level 6 terrace which is partially indoors but not sure about aircon.. I would also love to have the reception on the lawn (again not sure about the rain), I might have to wait until I get there and see if its worth a last minute change.
 
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Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:49 am

Thanks Lisa, Good luck for your upcoming wedding, I hope you have a great time. How far in advance did you have to book to secure a date? We wont have more than 60 attend i dont think, so hopefully we will fit in the chapel if that is how many you have, which is a relief. I look forward to hearing all about it and getting much needed advice! Has the planning been Ok? Cant wait to see photos.
 
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Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:06 pm

Congrats on your upcoming destination wedding. The great FIJI brides will be able to help with all their great knowledge :)
The outrigger is a gorgeous venue!
 
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Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:26 pm

Lisa250211 wrote:
Hi Marianne, I am getting married at the Outrigger on the 25th so when I get back I can let you know about what a February wedding at the Outrigger is like. I am having my wedding in the chapel (because there is such a high chance of rain in the afternoons) and we are having 60 people attend. We have booked our reception in the level 6 terrace which is partially indoors but not sure about aircon.. I would also love to have the reception on the lawn (again not sure about the rain), I might have to wait until I get there and see if its worth a last minute change.


Im getting married on 24 May 2011 and we are doing the beach and garden. If its raining we are going to Level 6 - did you get Sue at Essence Tours to do your wedding>
 
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Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:33 pm

We are still looking into everything at the mo. We went to a local travel agent that my FH has used many times before and he had stayed at the Warwick and recommended that but he said it was about 3 hours from Nadi. In the brochures they say 90 mins though. The outrigger is a little closer but it hadn't been built when he was there but he said that the location was good and he had only heard good things about it. I like the lush look of the Outrigger and the fact they have a chapel if it rains. I was a bit worried we would have too many people for the chapel to be an option but Lisa said she has 60 and that is where she is having her ceremony. The only thing is the beach does not look as nice as the warwick or the shangri-la and I hope we will able to go snorkling and kayaking as we have children coming. Where is Level 6, Lisa mentioned it also but I cant find any reference to it anywhere? Can you have receptions on the deck of the sundowner bar (is that the one on the beach)? I have seen Sue at essence tours recommended a few times on here so I think it would be worth contacting her as she will definately have more experience organising wedding stuff and group bookings etc than a normal travel agent. Does she actually help much with wedding plans or does the resort wedding planner do most of it? What extra things/costs did you include? - trying to get an idea of budget. Did you go for the $5000 package.
 
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Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:14 pm

I got the dream wedding package but we are now only having about 35 guests arrive so you deduct $50.00 per head i htink for each person less off that 50. I know the Level 6 (which is where we will have it if it rains i have a list of hte rooms from sue if you want me to PM you or email you the list. We have children going ranging from ages 6-17 so we are happy that they have something for all ages and will be out of our hair and if we want to be around them great and if we dont then we will head up to the bar adults only above the bebe spa. I think Sue is $500 for all the work she has done for me. Check with her but i am certain its $500 and i tell you worth more money (except i dont like to spend it) the work she has done. She did my invites for guests, place cards, flowers, itinaries, guests paying off the travel packages and everything would not have done it without her.
 
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Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:51 am

Thanks Sharmy, that would be great if you could PM me the level 6 details if you have time. Sue sounds great, will definately contact her.
 
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Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:18 pm

Hi Marianne, sorry I didnt reply to this earlier. I was in the thick of the wedding planning. I am now back from the Outrigger and I am full of information for you!!! I will try and upload some photos… if I can work out how to!

We just booked through a normal travel agent that specialised in Fiji. They confirmed for us the wedding date, wedding package and accommodation. For all of the wedding stuff I dealt directly with the functions co-ordinator at the Outrigger, Moreen, who is absolutely amazing. She can do everything you want and need. She also returned all my emails within hours which made the whole thing less stressful. We booked about 8 months in advance and even then we couldn’t get the first date we wanted. We wanted to get married on the Saturday but it was already booked so we went for the day before. When we were there, Moreen told us that there are 171 wedding confirmed for 2011!!!

It took us about 90 minutes from the airport down to the Outrigger. We were on a big coach and dropped off at The Fijian on the way down to the Coral Coast. We also stopped in Nadi for about 20 minutes for no reason. I am not sure how we ended up on the coach because all our wedding guests got a mini bus or private transfer straight to the Outrigger and it took them just under an hour. It was well worth the trip though. Your given a little preview of the Outrigger by the guy who operates the boom gate. He stretches his arms out above his head and yells BULA as loud as he can. As soon as you get into reception the Fijians are welcoming you home!

We went with the dream wedding package and we had 60 guests. This wedding package was well worth it. We got table service for all our drinks. Chair covers and sashes were included as well both for the ceremony in the chapel and the reception. I'm not sure what the traditional buffet is like because we upgraded to the BBQ buffet. All the food at the Outrigger was amazing though. There was way to much food for the number of people we had. The 2 tier cake included in the package is beautiful as well. It had vanilla icing and was decorated with frangipanis. I upgraded our flower arrangements to orchids and frangipanis and ordered a few more arrangements to use as our table centrepieces for the reception. Moreen sent me a couple of pictures of the traditional flower arrangements and they were beautiful as well. The only thing we really had to do ourselves were the place cards and the table seating chart. Moreen took these off me as soon as we got there and set everything up for us on the day. We hired the Ipod dock and we had access to it for the both the ceremony and reception.

We got married in the chapel which is stunning. All our guests had to be at the main reception area an hour before the ceremony starts and its because all the guests have to get the golf carts up to the chapel. The chapel is across the road and up a huge mountain and in the steaming hot weather no one would walk up there. I also organised a cart to pick up my nan from her room, so she didn’t have to make her way up to reception, which isn’t that far for most of us. All the staff are happy to help where they can so it was not a problem for them to organise. All our guests were up there for about half an hour before the wedding actually started and it was really hot in the chapel. Some of the guests went up to the Kalo Kalo bar to kill time. The ones with kids couldn’t go to the bar and there is not much to do up there. All of our 60 guests had a seat in the chapel. It was a bit of squeeze and would probably be close to the maximum number of people they could fit in the chapel. The trio of serenaders stand outside the Chapel and welcome the guests. I had the Fijian warriors walk down the isle in front of me which all the guests loved. I think they must have been dressed for one of the activities or a performance because I didn’t book them, they just turned up. I probably wouldn’t pay for them.

We had our reception in the level 5/6 terrace area. This area is located in the main building and when not set up for a function it looks a bit like a large empty foyer area, and there are walkways to the ocean view rooms on either side of this area. It doesn’t sound very appealing and I was a bit sceptical myself but they had it converted beautifully for the reception. They blocked off the entry ways so people staying in the rooms surrounding the terrace area had to use a different access. The terrace area is an L shape. Our tables of 10 and the bridal table were set up in one half of the L and the buffet and dance floor were on the other half. There are large windows that overlook the resort from the terrace area which was very nice, especially when the sun was going down. I think this area may have had a few ceiling fans but no aircon and it did get very hot and sweaty on the dance floor. We booked indoor ceremony and reception because it is wet season. It rained the afternoon before the wedding and for about an hour the day of the wedding, but cleared up for the wedding and photos and the weather perfect.

We booked the band for the last two hours of the reception and they were great. We didn’t have any other entertainment at the wedding but I think all the entertainment that you can book, like the traditional Meke dancing and fire dancing, can be seen for free during the week. Our band was performing the night after our wedding in the lounge. Also I know the fire dancing cannot be held in the terrace area, so if you had your reception there all your guests would have to go down to the lawn for the entertainment and then back up to the terrace.

I’m sorry I don’t really have information on the other ceremony or reception venues around the resort. Hopefully others can help fill in the gaps here! The beach was pretty dirty when we were there. There was a lot of dead seaweed along the beach and the tide came up pretty high. There was also a bit of slope heading down towards the water so I‘m not sure how they would set up a chairs for guests if you had a lot attending.
 
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Re: Outrigger Wedding 2012

Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:36 pm

Lisa, thanks SO much for the above info. I'm so glad to hear everything worked out well. What time did you have your ceremony and reception? I'm sure I'll have other questions later on, just cant think right now. Would love to see pics of the resort and your day if you would like to share?
 
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Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:35 pm

Thanks so much Lisa for all your information. Sounds like you had a fantastic day - thanks for sharing it in such detail, it really is helpful and greatly appreciated. The chapel sounds ideal, was it still hot for the ceremony or had the ac kicked in? Did you have your hair and makeup done by the resort and how was it? What photographer did you use & did the resort arrange it for you? Do you think it would be too hot for an outdoor reception (if the rain holds, that is!)? Can't wait to see your photos.

When are you getting married Helen?
 
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Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:38 am

Yes congrats! Oh im excited. Cant wait to see pictures
 
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Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:09 pm

Ceremony was at 3-315 and reception from 6-10. It probably would have been better to have the ceremony a bit later, about 4 or 415 start because we had a bit of time to kill after the photos. Sunset was about 530-630. After sunset the weather cools down a bit and it would be perfect for an outdoor reception.

The chapel really is amazing. We had a lot of people in there so the aircon was struggling a bit. It started to kick in once the ceremony started and the doors were closed. If you had 30 or 40 guests I think it would be fine. We had a rehearsal the day before the wedding and the chapel was very cool.

I was lucky that I had a wedding guest who is a hairdresser so she did my hair for me. It was spectacular! A friend did my makeup because I just wanted something very natural. A couple of my wedding guests got there hair done at the hairdressers. I think they can only do pretty basic stuff like braid, curl, twist and put it up in a bun.

We used Bula Shots. Its the same photographer that the resort uses which we didn't know until we got there. We paid 1500FJD for 4 hours, an album with 200 photos and the rest of the photos on disk. We had him booked from 230-630 but we invited him to have dinner at the reception and he stayed unti about 9. He took about 650 photos all up. Our family photos were taken on the deck at the front of the chapel which overlooks the resort and we also had some bridal party shots up there. Then down to the pool area for a few. We stayed in a beach front bure and our best photos were taken on the grass just in front of our bure and in our hammock. We didn't get any on the beach because it was so seaweedy.

I will try and get some photos up tomorrow
 
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:28 am

Wow sounds great. We are having ours at the beach wedding or lawn wedding and then the garden reception. Was the buffett ok>? We have upgraded to the BBQ for more choice that people will eat. Did you have any problems with anything? We get married at 4pm so will that be ok? Wow i cant wait to see your photos i go in 11 weeks. Did you go tot he spa at all while you were there?
 
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:53 am

Wow, that sounds just perfect. I bet you're getting excited, sharmy! When it rained, was it mainly in the afternoon - did it ever rain in the evening? What drinks were included in the Dream Wedding package Lisa - was alcohol included? Did you go snorkeling from the beach?
 
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:46 am

Just to chime in about the hair and make up, myself and my 3 bridesmaids had our hair and make up done at the salon at The Outrigger for my wedding, and they did a really good job. I had a 'brides package' which included hair, make up, manicure and pedicure. I absolutely loved my hair! They work with you, and if you have something specific in mind they will look at the pictures and copy them. The make up was lovely too. They don't do it too OTT, and it looks lovely. Only thing was that they were short staffed on the day, and we had to wait for someone to come down from the Bebe spa to do our make up and my manicure/pedicure, so we were there for a lot longer than we had planned to be. But the ladies there were absolutely lovely to deal with and spend time with.

Regarding the buffet, we had the BBQ buffet I'm pretty sure, and it was sensational. SO much food for the amount of people we had, and it was one of the best, if not THE best meal any of us had while we were over there.
 
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:24 pm

CMK - did you get married on the beach or in the chapel? Where did you have your honeymoon. I have my cousin how is a hairdresser and my friend who is a hair dresser doing my hair and makeup and the package we had included alcohol for 3 hours and we will add to that on the night if we need more time. Apparently it was wine, beer and soft drink. Did you have to do seating plan and table arrangements. Sue at Essence told me i wouldnt?? Looks above that we do.. what about vows did you use what the outrigger had ladies or your own?
 
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:37 pm

The only thing that wasn't right, and it is very minor, is that they spelt our last name wrong on the poster welcoming everyone to the reception. We thought it was funny because it happens all the time, everyone got a photo of it and it was no big deal. The wedding co-ordinator is amazing. She has everything under control.

Like CMK said, the BBQ is sensational. Fijians really know how to cook.. and eat! 3 hours of local beer, wine, champagne and soft drink is included in the dream wedding package, which also includes table service. We put money over the bar for the last hour.

No we didn't go snorkelling at the Outrigger but lots of our friends did and they said it was great.

It rained twice while we were there. Once was in the afternoon between 4 and 6, and then on the wedding day from 12-1. We had our honeymoon on Castaway Island and it rained a bit there as well.

I'm so excited for all the girls getting married at the Outrigger. They make you feel so special there. We had a couples massage the day after the wedding. We had a milk bath out on this private deck that looks over the resort and out into the ocean. It is just stunning.
 
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:03 pm

We're getting married on 13 march 2012.
Planning on chapel ceremony at 4pm and reception on the lawn at 6pm, upgrading to BBQ buffet (glad it was good), hair and make up at the spa, will prob stick to just the iPod (did anyone have the DJ? How was it, was it worth it?)

I was thinking of drinks and canapes while we do photos but from what Lisa said, kids aren't allowed in the bar near the chapel and if the buffet is as filling as you all say, then there's no point. What did your guests do whilst photos were being taken? I guess it will only be 1-1.5hrs so by the time they get golf carted back down, hopefully the won't have to wait that long.

Are you guys waiting until you get there to decide on flowers, vows etc?

Also, how many days before the wedding did you get taken to get the paperwork done? Our ceremony is on Tuesday and I was hoping to do Paperwork the day before (Monday) because I'm planning to arrive on sat or sun. Is that too late? Otherwise we'd have to arrive thurs so we can do papers on Friday which I'm not keen on
 
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:13 pm

Another Q - is everyone staying in the deluxe rooms included in the dream package?
I'm considering upgrading to the bures since it seems more spacious and looks like a nicer place to get ready and for pics on the day. Plus I have 3 kiddies as well. Any idea on prices?
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