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Getting Married in Hawaii, the Ultimate Guide

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

How To Plan A Wedding In Hawaii For The Most Beautiful Day Of Your Life!

Planning a wedding in Hawaii can be an amazing experience. This article will help you plan your perfect Hawaiian wedding!

This article will cover some of the best places to get married in Hawaii and share some tips for planning your own beautiful destination wedding.

Hawaii is a popular place for couples to get married because it offers so many incredible locations to choose from, as well as a wonderful climate that can make any day seem like the most beautiful one of your life!

You're Hawaii wedding questions answered, you asked the questions, I simply responded!

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Why Choose Hawaii?

Hawaii is the perfect destination for a wedding. The state offers beautiful beaches and breathtaking views, which are perfect for a destination wedding. Hawaii is the perfect destination for both the bride and groom. If you're looking for a place that has it all, then Hawaii is the right choice. From breathtaking scenery to tropical weather, there's no shortage of things to do and see.

Some of the reasons why people choose to get married in Hawaii are because it's a beautiful tropical destination, there are many stunning locations to hold the ceremony, and there is also a wide variety of hotels to host the reception party.


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How much does it cost to get married in Hawaii?

Hawaii destination wedding costs can be extremely hard to nail down. My couples can averagely spend anywhere between $3,000-$70,000 on their wedding day depending on their venue, vendors, time of year, and how many people are attending their wedding. On average, destination weddings in Hawaii cost $40,000. Considering that it is one of the most expensive states in America and an average wedding costs $33,000. It is really doable to do a destination wedding and not pay much more than you would if you were to be married in your home state.


How much do wedding photographers charge in Hawaii?

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Experienced wedding photographers in Hawaii often start off their packages at around $600 per hour. For a six-hour wedding, you can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000-$10,000 for a local Hawaiian photographer. If you are hiring a wedding photographer out of state expect to pay even more. The more creative, experienced, and established a photographer is the more it will cost per hour/wedding photography package. Typically the more hours you hire a photographer the more affordable the photographer's package is per hour. My photography packages start at $3000 which is $1,200 cheaper than my hourly package. I highly recommend getting a photographer that knows what they are doing in Hawaii, there can be a lot of hoops to jump through.


Where do people get married in Hawaii?

It is not legal to get married at certain beaches and locations in Hawaii. This is why it is important to have trusted vendors that are local in the area that can help you through decided which location is best for you.

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Below are some of the best wedding Venues in Hawaii by island.




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Can you get married on the beach in Hawaii?

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Short answer, yes! However, there are a few rules that you have to comply with to get married on the beach in Hawaii.

The easiest way to comply with these rules is to get photographers located in Hawaii and officiants that know how to properly apply for permits by the state so that you do not get hit with fines on your wedding day.

Hawaii Wedding and Photography permits can range from $20 - $200 depending on the location. Most Hawaiian vendors include this in their packages.

Legally weddings on the beach have to be under 20 people. Also, all vendors must be insured in the State of Hawaii. Having simple insurance is not enough it must cover the state of Hawaii and a lot of companies for some bizarre reason do not cover Hawaii.


Do you need a witness to get married in Hawaii?

Nope! A marriage in Hawaii is legally recognized almost all over the globe. A witness is not required in Hawaii. This is probably one of the reasons that Hawaii has the second-largest marriage rate in all of the United States. Getting Married in Hawaii could not be more straightforward.

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