Let’s be honest, planning a wedding is never going to be completely stress-free. But, having access to a bungalow over crystal-blue waters, with whitesand beaches and mesmerizing sunsets for a few days before the wedding would help any bride be at her best on her big day. If you plan a wedding in Vanuatu that could be exactly what you get.

In Vanuatu, the bride and groom have to arrive at least 3 days before the wedding as a part of their requirements. Think of it as an enforced holiday before the wedding and enjoy a small slice of your honeymoon before you even get to your vows. You could add a few finishing touches to those vows or simply soak up everything that’s on offer.

A daily massage, with or without your husband to be. Cocktails by the pool or in the pool. Lingering walks on beautiful beaches. Or even a bit of adventure if you need to get rid of a bit of adrenaline. However you like to relax, you can be sure there’s a way to do it in Vanuatu. How will I organise the wedding?

You won’t, that’s the beauty of it. If you’re reading this you’ve got your man, all you’ll need is your dress and a suitcase. Many of the resorts have wedding packages available. Whether you want to elope with your man or take everyone you know, there’s somewhere on Vanuatu that has the right package for you. A few conversations with the resort’s planner and there’ll be little else for you to do except write your vows. What better place to sit and reflect on your relationship so far and all the joys to come?

Where do I stay?

Vanuatu has 82 islands, 65 of them inhabited, so there’s a myriad of places to explore. Do Vanuatu your way. They have everything on offer. Luxury resorts have it all in one place.

But if you want to be a little more independent, there’s plenty of high-end boutique Vanuatu accommodation on offer. If you have a sense of adventure, you can choose from a range of island bungalows or, for a real taste of island life, a village homestay. The options are abundant, and you needn’t stick to one. The boys could party in bungalows before the wedding, while the girls pamper themselves at a top resort. You can book accommodation with its own private beach, or even go nuts and book a whole island to yourselves. Surely, we can’t afford that? Surprisingly, you probably can.

If you’re looking at a wedding in Auckland or Queenstown, chances are you could do the same thing in Vanuatu for a similar price. If you’re planning to honeymoon in the islands anyway, why not get married there. It’s true, not everyone can afford to get there but if you book it with a bit of notice, you’d be surprised how quickly some can save. It’s certainly one way to trim the guest list. Are there any optional extras? 

More than you can imagine.

If lying by the beach with the man of your dreams isn’t what you’re into, fine. How does a rope swing into a blue lagoon sound?

There are water sports galore. Snorkeling, diving, sailing. Learn to surf or waterski. Explore volcanoes or tropical gardens. Or you could just get a private bungalow on a secluded beach and really get to know your new husband.

This sounds incredible, I’m tired of planning my wedding

Then elope. Elopements are becoming more and more popular. You get married, but you don’t have to organise a wedding. If it’s all getting too much and you really just want to be with that man of your dreams, book your ticket to Vanuatu and escape the stress of a wedding as well as the stress of real life. What are you waiting for?

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