Mixed Faith Marriages

pink-turbans.jpgThe Wedding Planner Ireland advises: You’ll know long before you start the wedding plans if your faiths are different from one another so this shouldn’t be a shock. And you may have already begun how you want to deal with this. It doesn’t have to be a problem; rather, it can be a great way to create a new ceremony for the both of you. 

Deciding to convert 

Before deciding to convert to one religion or another, you want to take your time to discover why you’re doing it. Do you truly want to convert to another religion or do you just want to make your spouse and his or her family happy? This is a very honest discussion to have with your self and there aren’t any good answers, except for the ones that are true. 

If you feel that converting is a good decision for you, then by all means, go ahead and take the steps needed. Many times, you’ll have to take classes and speak with the religious head well in advance of any wedding plans.

The trick is not to feel pressured into converting. And with all of the emotions attached with a wedding, some families may have trouble accepting someone of a different faith. If you believe that you want to remain the faith that you are, you should do so. And if your spouse is trying to coax you into converting, you may want to hold off on the wedding as well. This is a very personal choice, and it needs to be made by the individual, not everyone else. 

A dual faith wedding It’s actually very easy to have a wedding that incorporates two different faiths. Sit down and see what each faith requires at the wedding and then talk about how you can compromise to make sure all is proper. You may want to have the wedding in a non-denominational setting so that you don’t have the ‘home court advantage’ for one faith or another. You may also decide to have two different ceremonies weaving in and out of one another, combing elements of both faiths. This really shows the commitment to each other and to the separate faiths. 

You may also want to have two different ministers or one denominational or have a civil ceremony that is legally binding without the emotion attached to either denomination.

Fiji Wedding Facts

The Wedding Planner Ireland advises on SOME BONUSES TO GETTING MARRIED IN FIJI

as-the-sun-goes-down-in-fiji.jpgLOWER COSTS (once you get there) Many of the resorts don’t charge for venue hire lowering your costs significantly. All you pay for is the food and drinks you consume.

EVERYTHING ORGANISED FOR YOU – Resorts will happily organise all details including arranging all legal requirements and many have a wedding coordinator – you just relax.

A CHOICE OF CEREMONIES – With option of integrating traditional ceremonies for something unique the many cultural influences that make up Fiji allow ceremonies to be blended for your choice of ceremony.

NOT HAVING TO TRAVEL FOR YOUR HONEYMOON – what better way to start your honeymoon than simply walking up the beach!

GROUP TRAVEL DISCOUNT – wedding parties will frequently qualify for group travel discounts. Your guests will be able to enjoy a holiday at a much better rate than they could buy on their own as this provides a fantastic excuse for your guests to indulge in a holiday break.

HAVE AN ENTIRE RESORT TO YOURSELF – In Fiji, wedding parties are often able to take over whole resorts allowing total privacy.

 HASSLE FREE DOCUMENTATION – Any official documents you need are exactly the same as getting married in any part of the world. 

A CHOICE OF ISLANDS – with over 330 different islands you can choose how remote or busy you want your wedding location to be.

ACCOMMODATION – The majority of the resorts cater for weddings, including obtaining the license.  Room rates are quoted per night, but often tour operators can offer special deals.  

FACT FILE

 

Wedding Facts – The ceremony can still be arranged in a single day!

Documentation required:

1. Original or certified copy of birth certificates

2.  Passports (with valid visitors permit)

3. Decree Absolute documents (divorce papers) if relevant

4. Officially witnessed consent of your father if you are under 21 (or mother if father is deceased)

5. Death certificate of deceased former spouse (if relevant)

6. To present yourself together at the Registry Office when applying for the licence which can be obtained within one working day. This must be done in Fiji. Registry offices are in Suva and Lautoka, while District Offices throughout Fiji also facilitate this.

7. Registration offices are open between 9.00am and 3.00pm Monday through Friday. Registration formalities take about 15 minutes.

8. The fee is €10.00 and the license is valid for 21 days.

9. Confirmatory letter on current satus to be obtained from marriage Registry where the applicant resides or statutory declaration signed by a Justice of Peace or Notary Public or Solicitor to prove that he/she has not entered into a marriage before (this declaration applies to first or second marriage).

10. Applicants from Asian Nationals who are named herein: Chinese/Phillipines/Pakistan/India) are to apply one (1) month in advance for their marriage licence

Mailing Address:
Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages
PO Box 2236, Government Buildings
Suva
Fiji

Office Hours:
Registrar General’s Office (Suva): 8.30am to 3.30pm Mon to Fri- Phone: (679) 3315280
Divisional Registrar Lautoka- 9.00am to 3.00pm Mon to Fri- Phone (679) 6665132
Divisional Registrar Labasa- 9.00am to 3.00pm Mon to Fri- Phone (679) 8812477