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A Guide to Getting Married in Hawaii

Getting married in Hawaii is one of the most popular activities on the islands – after all, there are over 20,000 weddings in Hawaii every year.

The islands are one of the most popular destinations for weddings in the world thanks to their natural beauty and luxurious accommodations.

Whatever your taste, it’s possible to find the perfect wedding location in Hawaii. And here’s our guide to what you can and can’t do, and where you can do it…

Can I Get Married on the Beach?

It is possible to hold your ceremony on a beach in Hawaii. Most resorts and large hotels will have beach access to some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. However, these beaches are all public and so it is not possible to hold a reception here in most cases and some beaches will not allow you to have chairs in the sand. It’s a good idea to check that the beach allows receptions/ceremonies, and has public showers and toilets for your guests before you start planning.

Where Are the Best Places for Getting Married in Hawaii?

If you really want to get married on a beach, then it’s possible.

But if you are coming from somewhere further away and want a packaged wedding plan, then it’s best to choose one of Hawaii’s five-star resorts or hotels. You can always enjoy the beach afterwards, or use them for photo opportunities.

There are so many possibilities to make your wedding day special on each island, but if you’re getting married in Hawaii, it pays to learn about some of the islands’ top wedding destinations.

Here are a few top wedding locations from each island to inspire you:

Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Kauai

Kauai may not be your first thought when it comes to getting married in Hawaii.

But the “Garden Isle” is one of Hawaii’s most naturally beautiful islands…and where better to get married than in a stunning botanical garden?

Holding your wedding at Na Aina Kai Botantical Gardens is also not as expensive as some of the other larger hotel chains and luxury resorts. The venue offers indoors or outdoors locations, incredible gardens for guests to explore, waterfalls, beaches, and meadows close by.

There’s so much possibility at this venue, which also has a resident caterer in house.

Puakea Ranch, Big Island

Adventurers out there may wish to have an explosive wedding on the volcanic Big Island.

Known for its stunning beaches, volcanoes, and ranches, the island’s Puakea Ranch is one of the most authentically “Hawaiian” places to get married in Hawaii.

Located on the Kohala Coast, the plantation features old historic guest houses, which have all been lovingly restored, and are surrounded by unusual lava rock walls. Photos of your unforgettable day can be taken in the houses, on the well-kept lawns, ocean views, and in the pretty gardens.

Kukahiko Estate, Maui

Maui is one of the most popular islands for getting married and has plenty of options.

There are churches, great hotels, and a number of breathtaking resorts on sandy beaches. However, Kukahiko Estate will add a touch of class to your day and allow you to have your wedding and reception right on the water.

The family-owned house has an outdoor patio area that can be used for your reception. And the landscape surrounding the two-bedroom house is exotic and dramatic, it’s great for photos. You can get married on the rocky beach or on the grassy lawn here, and you may even see some giant guests pop up to say congratulations (that is, humpback whales).

The Dillingham Ranch, Oahu

Oahu is one of the largest islands in Hawaii in terms of people, Oahu has a number of options for wedding venues.

The Dillingham Ranch, however, is definitely one of the most beautiful. Located on the north shore of Oahu in Mokuleia, the ranch has 19 acres of oceanfront land, giving you and your guests plenty of spots to enjoy the views.

The ranch is also close to the stunning Mokuleia Forest Reserve and Waianae Mountains, and offers great views of the famous Kaena Point and other impressive surf beaches.


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