My husband and I eloped to Toberua - just the two of us, no family or guests at all. We purchased their basic wedding package and I was really impressed with what we received for it. We arrived on the Friday and sat down that afternoon with Mere to go over the details of what we wanted (rainy day options, what music we wanted the band to play - also the choice of island band or choir), what flowers I wanted, etc. and she was most accommodating - I asked for extra frangipanis for my hair and received a beautiful hairpiece - no extra charge.
On the day, the celebrant/minister came a couple of hours early to confirm the kind of ceremony we wanted - he does both secular and religious - and then one of the staff came to help me get dressed.
The staff had dressed the beach where the ceremony was held beautifully - the trunks of the palm trees were plaited with leaves and there were a dozen or more (no kidding) flower arrangements of tropical flowers lining the aisle - I was blown away.
The ceremony was short and sweet and a huge number of staff and most of the other guests turned up to watch the show!
It was a truly romantic day and a completely stress-free wedding.
If I had the money and the time (we did this all on three weeks' notice) I would have loved to have booked the whole island out for family and friends.
It's a beautiful spot and well worth a visit. We snorkeled the morning of our wedding and I also found time to fit in a massage before the event - I may have been the most relaxed bride ever!
My only regret is not engaging a professional photographer. We took a great quality, easy to use SLR camera with us and one of the staff happily took pictures for us but they were nearly all out of focus.
The other key feature of Toberua that I have to mention is the quality of the food - it was delicious. I'm a big seafood lover so chose that option nearly every meal and it was all excellent - lots of spicy Asian influence, ranging from Thai to Indian. My hubby is the steak eating manly-man type and he was impressed with his food choices too.
The staff on Toberua are numerous and very friendly and I'd definitely recommend it for a relaxing, chilled out holiday.
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