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June may be the traditional month for weddings, but July may be better for several reasons. If you had been thinking about a June wedding you may have found that everything was more expensive in June. Or, you may have discovered that the perfect place you had in mind was already booked. Could be that other friends or relatives were getting hitched in June which meant a combination of too much expense for your wedding guests or a time conflict or just simply too much going on to allow your special occasion to be as perfect as you wanted.

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If you're looking for a great time and place to have a wedding then look at this possibility - Fiji. That's right - Fiji. Yes, it is a long way from almost anywhere, but what could be more romantic than having a wedding on a beautiful tropical island in the South Pacific. Best of all, if you get married in Fiji you're already at your honeymoon destination so you'll actually end up saving a lot of money. Hard to believe, but true.

So what are the Fiji wedding possibilities. You could reserve the beautiful chapel on the grounds of the Sheraton. It sits right on the edge of the bay and is open to beautiful views all around. The Sheraton is a lovely hotel with beautiful grounds, delightful swimming pools, a nice beach and fun dining facilities so everything about your wedding can be all in one spot. If you invite only family and close friends they can celebrate your wedding and have a once-in-a-lifetime vacation at the same time.

A second alternative is to have a shipboard wedding on the Fiji Princess. You could, of course, charter the whole ship and have a grand affair with 34 cabins and about 60 guests, but that may be a bit beyond your budget. But, don't let that discourage you because you can still have the wedding on board the Fiji Princess. And, it will me a fabulous and memorable event. If your family and friends can't make it you can send them a video or invite them all over for a wedding celebration when you return and share a glass of champagne, a piece of wedding cake and an evening of fun as you regale them with photos of your South Pacific cruise through the Yasawa Islands of Fiji.

Imagine your small ship tying up to a palm tree on a beautiful beach and having the ship's captain perform the wedding ceremony with your fellow guests observing. You may be surprised to discover how excited they are about participating in your wedding, even though they have only known you for a couple of days. Small ship cruising develops friends rapidly and, following the ceremony, everyone on board will know you and will be congratulating you. Part of the wedding could be to have the crew sing a beautiful Fiji song for you. Trust me when I tell you that you will be amazed at the beautiful voices. One thing you can be sure of - all your friends back home will be overcome with jealousy when they see your video and photos of your fabulous wedding/honeymoon visit to the Fiji Islands.

Want to have a truly unique experience on your honeymoon? Consider volunteering with Vinaka Fiji. Read about it here.

Whether you choose a beautiful hotel like the Sheraton or decide on a shipboard wedding - and that can also be on shore under the palms as easily as on board - you can be certain that it will provide memories for a lifetime. A Fiji wedding in July? Think about it. Enjoy Fiji and . . . Keep on Traveling!

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Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, has been connecting the world with the South Pacific for 60 years, and has been awarded “Best Airline in the South Pacific” by readers of Global Traveler Magazine in 2013. Whether traveling in Business Class or Economy, the natural warmth of the cabin crew will ensure the journey to the destination begins with a smile. Fiji Airways flies the new A330 between Fiji (Nadi) and North America (Los Angeles.) Flights include checked baggage, complimentary in-flight entertainment and a range of meals and beverages. If flying to Australia or New Zealand a Fiji stopover is allowed. For more information, visit www.fijiairways.com or call 1-800-227-4446.

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