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Tying the Knot in Hawaii

Getting married? Congratulations! Now it’s time to start planning. A wedding in Hawaii couldn’t be more picture perfect. Whether you’re a resident of the state or live in the lower 48 and want to plan a destination wedding, you can plan your wedding in Hawaii through research and preparation, just like any other wedding! Hawaii is special, though, and you’re sure to have the most scenic, breath taking nuptials yet.

Why are we writing this blog post? Because as a Hawaiian tour company we see honeymooners everyday. Some bring the entire family while others come with their immediate family (parents & siblings).

Technical Stuff

First, to make it legal, you’ll have to get a Hawaii marriage license. It costs about $60 and is valid for one month. Check out this link to apply and learn more: FYI, the legal age to get married in Hawaii is 18, so if you’re younger than that, you’ll need a parent’s permission.

Search for a Venue

The beach is a sure-fire way to have beautiful photos, but you could try something a little different. How about a picturesque water fall? There are plenty to choose from, such as Waimea Falls on Oahu’s north shore or Wailele Falls in Kalihiwai Valley on Kauai. Have a sunrise wedding on Alii Kula Lavender Farm on Maui – a beautiful lavender field atop a Maui mountain. Get sweet with each other and tie the knot at an old sugar mill which is now restored into a breath taking cathedral. The Haiku Mill on Maui will wow you with its traditional elegance highlighted by a stone-paved garden. You’ll also need a reception hall or outdoor venue to handle all your guests. Whether you have five or 50, finding the right place to hold the after-ceremony party and all your guests is key. This is where a wedding coordinator comes in handy. He or she can scout out the best places for the most affordable cost if you’re on a budget. The Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, for example, boasts 645 rooms, including the Coconut Club on the 21st floor that can hold parties of up to 120 for a scenic terrace ceremony and reception. Finding somewhere that can accommodate both the ceremony and reception will save you time, hassle and many times, money.

Decide When to Go

Going to Hawaii at any time of the year will result in gorgeous memories because there is never really a bad time to go. Hawaii does have some pretty distinguished weather patterns, but you can rely on temps being in the 70s and 80s consistently throughout the year. If you go in summer (May to Oct), you’ll hit the driest and warmest months, while in winter (Nov through Apr) you will hit the wet season. Most rainfall is brief, clearing up with breath taking rainbows sure to follow. But if you want to reduce your chances of getting rain while you’re there, book your wedding on the southwest part of the Hawaiian island you select. This is because the trade winds tend to come in from the northeast, resulting in rain.

Hawaii has BEAUTIFUL rainbows. There’s a chance you’ll see a double rainbow better than this one below! 🙂

Planning a wedding on Hawaii doesn’t have to be difficult. The only real challenge is if it is a destination wedding and you’re planning it from the lower 48. But it can be done through diligence, perseverance and research!