Sun soaked and surreal, a destination wedding in Hawaii is like getting married where the end of the world meets heaven. Nestled in-between paradise and the Pacific, couples have discovered the Polynesian epicenter for perfect weather, lush greenery, and topographical splendor. No matter if you choose to wed on the bustling Big Island or on the sliver isle of Maui’s Lanai, a destination wedding here is designed to evoke romance and ritual.
Unique Hawaiian Destination Wedding Spots
Kauai: The oldest island in the Hawaiian chain, some of Kauai’s most spectacular destination wedding locations are only accessible on foot. For a unique wedding experience, consider the Napali Coast. Kayaks, catamarans, and private helicopters can bring guests to the secluded spot of your choice one that is rich with dramatic cliff faces and fern grottos. A near untouched ridge of velvet mountains and cerulean shores, the Napali coast is perfect for the couple who wants to do something outside of the typical Hawaiian beach-wedding box.
The Big Island: If you love beachfront for your wedding locale, but want something more unusual than gold or white sand, the Big Island has a geographically young coastline. Couples can choose between several black and salt-and-pepper beaches along the Kona Coast (stay at the Four Seasons Hualalai). And since this is the biggest of all the islands, there are several hotels that offer beachfront wedding options like the Fairmont Orchid, which has their own private cove, or the more affordable Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Kohala Coast where dolphins swim in the lagoon.
Traditional Hawaiian Destination Wedding Spots
Maui: There are approximately 30,000 weddings a year that take place on Maui. One of the main reasons for this is the sheer amount of gorgeous locales for tying the knot. However, if you plan to stay on the island itself, you can’t beat Makena Beach, which is grand in size and able to fit any amount of destination wedding guests. However, South Maluaka Beach is one of the most popular since it has manicured grounds, golf courses, and mountains lending itself to amazing photography.
Oahu: Whether you choose the city of Honolulu or the sister-city of Waikiki for your wedding destination, both are idyllic for beach bliss. Honolulu, however, is one of the most easily accessible islands in the chain. Since it has its own airport, several resorts, and beaches close to the airstrip, a wedding here is better for guests who are traveling from afar. But if you want natural beauty and four-star service, the world-famous Turtle Bay Resort on the most northern tip of the island is superb (movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall were filmed here).
Hawaiian Destination Wedding Need-to-Know Info
Fees: It will cost $60 to get married in Hawaii (this must be in cash). No matter what island you chose to wed on, as long as you register and receive the marriage license in the state of Hawaii by the state of Hawaii, it will apply to all of them.
Requirements: You must be at least 19 years of age and will be required to show proof of this. And while there is no waiting period or residency requirements for US citizens, the officiant who performs the ceremony must be certified by the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health to qualify as legal.