This South Pacific paradise is fast becoming a go-to for couples.
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How’s the serenity?
The beauty of this, well, beautiful destination is that it’s not as crowded as some of its South Pacific neighbours. You’ll still be treated to fabulous service and the help of highly experienced wedding professionals when you exchange vows in Vanuatu, but your special day can still have an incredible ‘wild romance’ vibe – something your guests will also love! Add to the mix a collection of dreamy, secluded resorts and island hideaways and you’ve got a destination that’s perfectly laid-back!
Overseas… but not too far
Forget jet-lag and long-haul journeys. Vanuatu is one of Australia’s closest neighbours, with flights from Brisbane to the capital Port Vila taking just 2.5 hours… Less travel time equals more island time, if you ask us!
Natural beauty and beaches
An enchanting archipelago of 83 islands, Vanuatu is a natural paradise. So much so that author James Michener penned his classic, Tales of the South Pacific, here. A tropical/subtropical climate provides the perfect conditions for exploring dramatic mountain scapes, hidden waterfalls, lush rainforest and secluded swimming holes. And of course, beautiful beaches!
Although the pace of life is chilled, there’s plenty of adventurous experiences to be had. Fun fact – bungee jumping was actually inspired by the ancient Vanuatu rite of passage, ‘land diving’ or ‘vine jumping’. Along with a dizzying array of water sports, you can visit one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes, Mt Yasur, on Tanna Island (the subject of Oscar-nominated 2015 film Tanna). This simmering cauldron has been consistently erupting for several hundred years — definitely check this out for a unique post-wedding photo session!
The Vanuatu locals are unbelievably lovely
Once topping the globe in the Happy Planet Index, Vanuatu currently sits in the top five ‘happiest places on Earth’, making the destination’s overall vibe totally welcoming. From the moment you step off the plane till when you leave, you’ll experience the spectacular hospitality of the ni-Vanuatu people – that’s sure to keep the atmosphere merry for your festivities!
A toes-in-the-sand kind of destination wedding
The sugar-white sands of Vanuatu seem made for romance, with local touches that will make your experience unforgettable and keep your guests enthralled. Gliding towards your wedding party in a traditional outrigger canoe, exchanging vows in a beachfront chapel, saying “I do” to the sound of crashing waves, enjoying a fire twirling display right on the oceanfront — however you choose to celebrate your special day, you’ll make memories that will last forever.
Honeymoon (and buddymoon) heaven
Whether you’re seeking a little white-knuckle action or you’re wanting to keep things relaxed, Vanuatu doesn’t disappoint as a sensational honeymoon destination. Enjoy the best of the islands as newlyweds or organise a few days of fun with your best mates. Abseil a waterfall, horse ride along the beach or navigate a mud-soaked, off-road buggy track for a thrilling adventure. Or, indulge in a spa day somewhere utterly lovely. Celebrate cocktail hour by the pool and a post-wedding brunch on the beach, or tick diving off your bucket-list on the shores of Espiritu Santo. However you envision your post-wedding escape, you’ll have a next-level amazing time!
Keeping your wedding Budget friendly
As well as not having to spend half your precious vacation time on a plane, your great escape won’t break the bank. When packaged together, an intimate ceremony and reception in Vanuatu can cost less than the reception alone at home. Plus, most hotels and resorts offer generous accommodation discounts for you and your guests.
Easy legal wedding requirements
If you’re daunted by the paperwork and logistics involved in a destination wedding, Vanuatu offers a reasonably straight-forward option. Just lodge your documents with the Vanuatu government 28 days prior to the wedding (your planner or resort contact will be able to help you organise this) and be in the country three days prior to the wedding. That’s the nitty-gritty taken care of, time to celebrate!
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