Getting Married In Hawaii

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Getting married in Hawaii? Don't know where to begin or what's needed? Read on.

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Many couples dream of getting married in Hawaii or to honeymoon on one of the islands. Getting married in Hawaii is easy for most, provided you have the necessary information. First, you should know that Hawaii laws are pretty lenient. You don't have to be a resident of the state to get married here. More importantly, the wedding industry in Hawaii is one of the finest in the world.

Marriage License

The first step to getting married in Hawaii is to get the license. You can visit a marriage license agent and talk about the requisites. The law states that you should be at least eighteen to get married. If you are younger then parental consent is required. You should bring your government issued photo identification or passport and the couple must be present in person. There is a fee of around $60 and the license is typically valid for a month and you can even apply online.

Want an interesting factoid? In Hawaii, cousins can get married but they cannot be any closer than being first cousins. Hopefully you've found a spouse a bit more outside of your family!

Ceremonies & Receptions

Once you are legally married you may want to host a wedding ceremony, reception, or both. This would depend on where you are. If you aren't a resident of the state then you should pick an island first and then get your license on that island. You probably won't want to get your license in Honolulu and then travel to Maui for a wedding ceremony and then to Oahu for your honeymoon.


Search for wedding planners, caterers, photographers, florists, and all other vendors that you may need. You may want to entrust one company or professional with the entire task. You will need to select a venue and then plan a wedding just as you would do anywhere else in the country.

Where To Get Married

Now, let us talk about the best places to get married in Hawaii. Popular choices include the Ko Olina Resort on Oahu, Makua Beach / Tunnels Beach on Kauai, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort on Oahu, Hanalei Beach Park (Black Pot Beach) on Kauai, Manele Bay Beach on Lanai, Puako Beach on Big Island, Kualoa Ranch on Oahu, Mauna Lani Beach on Big Island or the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on Big Island, Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui, Maunalua Bay Beach Park on Oahu, Ka'upulehu Beach on Big Island, Anini Beach Park on Kauai, The Modern Honolulu on Oahu, Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele on Lanai, and St. Benedict Painted Church on Big Island to name just a few.

If you'll also be spending your honeymoon in Hawaii you'll want to read Best Honeymoon Resorts On Maui, Hawaii, Best Honeymoon Resorts On Oahu, Hawaii, Best Honeymoon Resorts On Big Island, Hawaii, and/or Best Honeymoon Resorts On Kauai, Hawaii as well.

sabrina r
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 13
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My husband and I were married in Hawaii 13 years ago and it was the most wonderful thing we could have done. Besides for the fact that it was completely stress free, we had several family/friends join us despite the distances they were coming from. Of course there was a bit of whining but that stopped the second they got off the plane!

I hired a wedding planner that found the location (Nimitz Beach), the officiant, and took the pictures but getting the license was a couple hour event. I found a hairdresser (despite the fact that we were married on Thanksgiving) and found a restaurant all in a matter of 4 days once we got to the island! Best thing we ever did ... still wondering why people are still marrying the traditional way.
Brett D
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 56
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What better place on earth to get married to the one you love than on a Hawaiian Island. We have seen our share of weddings on the islands we have traveled to. The Fern Grotto was one that set out for me.

There are so many beaches that offer a beautiful setting for a wedding as we saw several being held. Please be considerate if you run across a wedding. We experienced some distressing things on the beach at Hanalei Bay Beach. A couple decided to get closer and take pictures and they had three young kids in tow which were not quiet and ran around too close. Yes, I know the beaches are public, but please be considerate as this is a special day for them. If I ever decide to get married, Hawaii might just be the place.
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 67
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We eloped in Maui. If you want perfect weather, a scenic backdrop, and simply stunning pictures then do it. Our wedding was simple, elegant, and all about us. We were looking to avoid all the planning, drama, and family feuds I feared would be part of wedding planning. If you're interested, call one of the many companies that make it happen. They plan everything, you pick what you want and simply show up. Anyone I've run into envy's how stress free our wedding was and I am beyond happy with our pictures. Wouldn't change a thing.
Debbie T
Joined: Oct 2016
Reviews: 24
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We chose Beach 69 for our sunset wedding. You could not pick a better place than Hawaii to get married.
Mike C
Joined: Aug 2016
Reviews: 2
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Looks like Molokai is left out again. It might be a little tougher to get married here due to the limited resources and remoteness of the island, but it is definitely the perfect spot for a honeymoon. Where else can you have no traffic, few people, and beautiful pristine beaches all to yourself? It is also much less expensive than most of the other islands. Do yourself a favor and if you are planning a Honeymoon in Hawaii at least check out Molokai, you won't regret it.
Lori S
Joined: Sep 2016
Reviews: 6
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I was married on the island of Kauai in beautiful Hanalei Bay in 2014. You cant possibly find a more beautiful backdrop than the Hawaiian islands. I contacted a wedding planner in Hanalei Bay and arrived on the island with every single detail looked after. These islands provide the fairytale weddings we dream of.
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
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My advice is if you have the chance, do it! Pick Hawaii, it is amazing and so very beautiful. A lot of people come to marry here, the islands are magnificent and backdrops are amazing. I see a lot of weddings on Oahu and if I was proposed too I would definitely be married here. Highly recommend you look into it. It can be expensive but also can be cheap depending on what you want. Lots of great places to do it without it being expensive. Look into it. It's a must.
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