How To Plan a Hawaiian Wedding and Things You Need To Know
Updated: Oct 10
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Why choose to get married in Hawaii?
Hawaii is absolutely one of the most beautiful places on earth, It is also a popular wedding destination for those who are planning to tie the knot. But, above all the beautiful things in Hawaii, you should be asking yourself, and your partner; will Hawai’i accommodate our interest???
There are lots of reasons why most couples choose Hawaii as their wedding destination. One of the main reasons is the combination of a wedding and honeymoon. Although it may be challenging for all family members and friends to attend a wedding in Hawaii, a lower headcount offers flexibility, freedom, and the option to upscale so your guest have the time of their life.
If you have yet to decide, here are some things you need to know for planning your destination Hawaiian Wedding:
Getting to Hawaii
Depending on where you are coming from, there are different ways of getting to Hawaii. The most convenient and fastest would be, of course, via plane. Flying to the beautiful island of O’ahu is the easiest way to get to the Aloha state. Travel time and flight schedule may vary based on your country or state of origin. If you are from the United States, either from the west coast or east coast, flight times vary between 5 to 12 hours. Daily direct flights are also available which you may also confirm with your airline of choice.
Once you’ve landed on the main island of O’ahu, you’ll have the option to fulfill your Hawaiian dream here or island hop to other Hawaiian Islands. Renting a car is the most efficient source of transportation. Public transportation also available. Uber and Lyft available on O’ahu, Kauai and Hawai’i island.
Weather in Hawaii
When is the best time to travel to Hawai’i? The weather in Hawaii is warm all year-round with gentle showers throughout the year. Winter brings more rain, but with rain comes waterfalls and rainbows. Winter is also the season to witness surfers riding waves the size of mountains. You’ll find these waves on Oahu’s North Shore. Summer is the complete opposite, all day sunshine with glassy calm ocean perfect for underwater explorations.
As for your dream Hawaiian wedding season, the best time is based on your preference .
To help you decide however, we have some tips for you.
If you prefer a less populated area on your wedding day, choose a weekday schedule as opposed to weekends. The islands, being it a dream destination, is always bustling with tourists especially during weekends. So, if you want some seclusion and solemnity on your wedding day and entire stay in Hawaii, consider a weekday wedding schedule, it’s also cheaper for many venues,
Avoid setting your wedding day schedule on a holiday. This is almost the same explanation as with the first tip. Not unless, of course, if you prefer to hold your wedding during a holiday in Hawaii. Major holidays usually inflate the cost, so consider this in your budget,
Sunny summer season is from May to October.
Best Wedding Venues in Hawaii
There are plenty of options for your wedding venue in Hawaii. From beach wedding, garden wedding, seaside and sunset wedding, to hilltop wedding venues, just name it. From Hawai’i Island’s volcanic fire to Kauai’s rain forest to O’ahu’s Kualoa Ranch, Hawai’i definitely has something special to make your wedding day memorable.
With so many beautiful options to choose from, I can only imagine the difficulty in looking for your dream Hawai’i wedding venue. Out of the eight main islands in the Aloha state, O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, and Hawai’i Island are the most popular destinations for wedding venues.
If you want a combination of ancient and contemporary, choose Oahu. There are plenty of venue options on Oahu. Although the island is home of the state’s capital, Honolulu, outside of the city are many beautiful places from coast to coast offering gardens, farms, private park pavilions, private estates, and ranch properties (Kualoa Ranch most famous) that’ll surely give your wedding a tropical-rustic Hawaiian vibe.
Maui offers lots of scenic and natural wedding venues. It is also one of the most popular islands in Hawai’i. Maui has dozens of breathtaking wedding venues from romantic hilltop overlooks to scenic beaches. The island’s amazing coast also offers whale watching and gorgeous sunsets. You’ll never run out of options for your wedding venues in Maui.
If you are an outdoorsy couple and you want to get married on a rocky beach or in front of a cascading waterfall, then Kauai is the best choice for you. Home to some of the best natural views, mountain backdrops, tropical forest, rivers and waterfalls. If you are a nature lover, you will definitely love Kaua’i. It is less developed than the other islands which preserve its stunning beauty.
Hire a Local Wedding and Event Planner/Coordinator
So, you already have a date for your big day, you have a couple of venue options, now what’s next? It will be easier if you have local connections that’ll do all of the talking, negotiating, coordinating and other essential needs for your wedding. Hiring a local wedding and event planners and coordinators in Hawaii would be a good option for you. Not only can they save a lot of time and effort for you but they can also help you keep everything within your desired budget.
Get Your Marriage License
Get your marriage license ready at least 2 weeks prior to your wedding day. You don’t necessarily need to be a Hawaiian resident to apply for a marriage license, you’ll just need to prepare some identification cards or legitimate proof of ID such as a certified birth certificate or driver's license. All your marriage license information can be found at the Dept. of Health Honolulu branch. You may also apply through marriage license agent offices in any of the main islands. You may visit this page to know more about how to apply for a marriage license in Hawaii.
I hope this helped you on how to plan a wedding and make your Hawaii wedding destination happen. Let us know if you are looking for a wedding or event planner, wedding catering services or bartending services in Hawaii. Feel free to contact us to discuss your dream Hawai’i wedding.