If you are hoping to elope in Hawaii, then I’m SO EXCITED for you! The islands of Hawaii have countless incredible locations for small destination weddings and intimate elopements.
Whether you’re looking for something
beachfront and remote,
adventurous and epic,
mountaintop and intimate,
there’s something for every bride in Hawaii!
As a destination wedding & elopement photographer, I’ve seen some of the best places to elope in Hawaii. I’m here to help you find your dream location to tie the knot!
First and foremost, you should know the differences between the islands. The most popular islands for weddings and elopements are Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and the Big Island. Here’s a brief overview of each island;
When you’re deciding which island to get married on, it comes down to what experience you and your partner (and potential guests) want to have.
If you want lots of diverse landscapes and adventures, consider Maui.
For something more intimate and relaxed, check out Kauai.
Or, if you prefer city life as well as natural beauty, consider Oahu.
If you want a large island to spend lots of time exploring, consider the Big Island.
Now that you know the main differences between the islands, below are my favorite to get married on each Hawaiian island!
Maui offers incredible beaches, jungles, and volcanic views. Here are my top places to elope in Maui;
Kauai is amazing for intimate, relaxed weddings and elopements. Kauai also has some of my absolute favorite spots for ceremonies, here are a few of those:
Oahu offers so many picture-perfect spots for elopements that it’s hard to just pick a few! If I had to narrow it down, these would be my favorites;
Due to how big this island really is, there are several spots here where you can sneak away from the crowds and find a truly intimate, private place so say “I Do”;
If you will be inviting guests to your elopement but you do not want to rent out an entire wedding venue, I highly recommend reserving an AirBnB. You can rent our a larger AirBnB and set up your own dinner reception there! This is a great, affordable way to continue the celebration after the ceremony.
As I mentioned, many of these beaches and public locations on the islands require permits for weddings and elopements. Permits are fairly easy to obtain, just contact the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and inquire. Here is a link with more information on permits for Hawaii state property, and here is a link to the DNLR’s website so you can contact them directly for more information
Applying for a marriage license in Hawaii is also fairly easy. Go to this website to learn more about the marriage laws and apply for your marriage license.
To legally get married in Hawaii, you also need an official ‘marriage performer’ that is approved by the state. To search for marriage performers by area, check out this website.
Finally, just remember that you can always get a marriage license in your home state/city and complete it either before you leave for your Hawaiian elopement or after you return back home!
If you want to learn more personalized recommendations and advice for your own Hawaii elopement, let’s chat! Fill out my contact form and I’ll be in touch soon!
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I’m a destination wedding & elopement photographer for those who want a one-of-a-kind
celebration of their marriage.
I help couples plan fun, carefree wedding and elopement experiences that are unique to them,
Then I capture images that are natural, authentic, and honestly illustrate their affection for one another so that 50 years from now, they can look back and remember exactly why they fell in love.