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Romantic Hawaii Wedding Destinations on a Budget

When you think about getting married do you envision the ceremony on a white sandy beach on a tropical island, but feel it would just be too expensive?

Good news! As a tourist destination it is not difficult to find a wedding planner specializing in Hawaii Weddings who will offer the perfect choice from a wide variety of packages, services, and ceremonies to fit your budget.

Transportation costs and lodging will probably be the largest part of your expenses, especially if you are taking family members. With some creativity and flexibility with regards to departure times and dates, you can save quite a lot of money by searching for specials and booking far in advance.

Another avenue to look into, if you or your beloved work for a large corporation, is the possibility that the company has an agreement with an airline or hotel chain for packages at discount rates. After you’ve solved transportation and lodging, the fun part of planning begins.

Six Hawaiian Island Wedding Destinations

Map of Hawaiian Island ChainThe first step is to choose your perfect island destination. The Hawaiian islands are an archipelago of dozens of islands in the center of the Pacific ocean. There are six main islands:

  1. Oahu (Where Honolulu is located)
  2. Hawaii (the Big Island with an active volcano)
  3. Maui (world famous for fun)
  4. Kauai (exceptionally beautiful and laid back)
  5. Molokai (closest to an “old Hawaii” experience)
  6. Lanai (secluded, isolated and timeless)

Each of these islands has what you might call a “personality,” so it’s possible to match the mood you envision for the wedding with the island. Don’t forget to make an appointment to get a marriage license at least 30 days ahead of time. You and your future spouse must be at the appointment in person with driver’s license, passport and/or birth certificate. The cost is $60 cash, payable to the marriage license agent.

Better yet, your wedding coordinator can help you make arragements for the license to ensure you have the proper paperwork prepared prior to your wedding day.

But, if you do not have a coordinator taking care of this for you, here’s the information you need:

Where to Apply for a Marriage License

Getting Your Hawaii Marriage LicenseIn Honolulu – Room 101 (1st floor) of the Health Department building, 1250 Punchbowl St. (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets) Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oahu: For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents in the rural and suburban areas of Oahu – call (808) 586-4544

Other Islands as follows: For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents on the neighbor islands – call the local office of the Department of Health:

  • Hawaii (Big Island) – (808) 974-6008
  • Kauai – (808) 241-3498
  • Maui – (808) 984-8210
  • Molokai – (808) 553-3663
  • Lanai – (808) 565-6411

To download your application, click here >  Marriage License Application in Hawaii.


About the Author

Curtis McCoscoCurtis McCosco lives on the island of Kauai, Hawaii with his wife of over 20 years, KatRama Brooks. Together they own and operate Rainbow Weddings on Kauai. A professional wedding photographer for over 15 years, he is also a video documentarian, writer, and masseur. A practicing Buddhist, he also does Qigong on a daily basis.View all posts by Curtis McCosco

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