Hawaii is one of America's top spots for destination weddings and for good reason: the gorgeous weather, sandy beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, towering mountains, luxury hotels and lush landscaping make for a dream romantic getaway.
Not sure where in Hawaii to tie the knot? Consider the following destination wedding spots in Hawaii. Or travel to various locations as part of your honeymoon strategy.
Destination Wedding Hawaii - Maui
The near-perfect weather, uncrowded beaches and views worthy of postcards make Maui a perfect wedding location. "The Valley Isle" is perfect for those who love golf, hiking, tennis, and water sports. Sun-loving couples and their guests won't want to leave.
Destination Wedding Hawaii - Oahu
Oahu offers the luxury of Pacific influences and high-end resorts contrasting with steep mountains and pristine beaches. The legendary Waikiki beach is a popular spot for exchanging vows; the local flowers provide a stunning natural décor that can't be duplicated elsewhere. Off the beach, you'll find great nightclubs where you can continue your island celebration.
Destination Wedding Hawaii - Kauai
Kauai is the island that lets you escape civilization. Wed barefoot, lei around your neck, with the majestic mountains in the background. Or canoe up to the chapel made famous by Elvis in "Blue Hawaii." Also known as "The Garden Isle," Kauai is considered Hawaii's most romantic island, and most tropical.
Destination Wedding Hawaii - Big Island
Wed on Hawaii's Big Island and use the rain forests and waterfalls as breathtaking backdrops for your unforgettable day. Here you'll find unspoiled nature, tranquil beaches and rich Polynesian culture. This remarkable island boasts volcanoes, black-lava fields, mountain peaks, underwater caves, meadows and glacial lakes; your gorgeous options are seemingly endless when it comes to planning your vow-exchanging spot.
Destination Wedding Hawaii - Moloka'I and Lana'I
Moloka'I is known as the "Friendly Isle." It's the least developed Hawaiian island and will appeal to outdoorsy couples looking for secluded spots. It's home of the state's longest white-sand beach, highest waterfall, and the world's tallest sea cliffs. Lana'I, the "Secluded Island," was the destination wedding choice of Bill and Melinda Gates. The slow pace and relaxing atmosphere allows you to escape the real world for a laidback paradise.
Destination Wedding Hawaii - Things to Know
The advantage to choosing a destination wedding within your home country is the ease with which you can obtain a marriage license. There's a $65 state fee, but no residency requirement, waiting period or blood work needed. Photo identification is needed, but the license-obtaining process is rather straightforward. Consult your travel agent or wedding planner to ensure that any necessary paperwork is in order.