Getting Married In Hawaii

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

• General: DIY / How-To • General: Educational

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.