USEFUL LINKS FOR COUPLES GETTING MARRIED, ELOPING, OR RENEWING VOWS IN HAWAII
If you will be having your ceremony and/or reception in Hawaii, especially the island of Oahu, below are links you will find useful!
Having a Sunrise, Sunset, or Beach Wedding? By Hawaiian Island: Time of High Tide and Low Tide, Sunrise time, and Sunset time
Information on applying for the permit to have your ceremony and/or reception at a State Beach Park or State Park:
Hawaii Marriage License Application: https://emrs.ehawaii.gov/emrs/public/home.html
Hawaii Civil Union License Application: https://civilunion.ehawaii.gov/emrs/public/home.html
Hawaii State Licensed Agents to acquire physical Marriage License are featured at
Oahu Botanical Gardens: There are beautiful botanical gardens around the island of of Oahu. They are filled with lush assortments of tropical plants, trees, and flowers which make a spectacular backdrop for weddings and vow renewals. There is a usage fee on some and some are free to use, you need to apply at the garden for a usage permit in advance.
Wahiawa Botanical Garden (Wahiawa) FREE
Foster Botanical Garden (Downtown Honolulu) FEE APPLIES
Lili’uokalani Botanical Gardens (Downtown Honolulu) Has a waterfall. Apply for permit at Foster Botanical Garden. FREE
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden (Kaneohe) Has a fresh water lake. FREE
Lyon Arboretum (Manoa) Has garden options for ceremonies as well as offers indoor facility rentals for ceremonies or receptions. FEE APPLIES
Senator Fong’s Plantation and Gardens (Kaneohe) FEE APPLIES
Honolulu Restaurants with private dining rooms are ideal for small intimate wedding receptions with only few guests. Click here for a listing.
Online invitation service Paperless Post is a free and modern way to send wedding and vow renewal invitations. Preprinted tropical themed wedding invitations or traditional wedding invitations are more affordable than having custom printed invitations.
Wedding rings are a daily reminder of the vows you exchange and your eternal love. You don’t have to go into debt for wedding rings with such beautiful and affordable Hawaiian style wedding rings, traditional wedding rings, and engagement rings if you know where to look.
Amazon has a large selection of wedding music in a wide variety of themes from traditional, to modern and ethnic including Hawaiian wedding music that can be downloaded or purchased as a cd to play at the ceremony and reception.
The internet makes getting wedding attire much less expensive prices than traditional bridal and tuxedo shops. For ladies there are many styles of traditional wedding gowns for under $100 that will make you look and feel like a princess! For more casual and beach weddings there are beautiful tropical styles wedding dresses also under $100. For men there are handsome tuxedos, formal suits, and more casual wedding attire available to buy, not rent, for under $100. If you will have a wedding party choose beautiful affordable dresses for the ladies, and for the men affordable shorts, pants, shirt or aloha shirt.
Fresh Wedding Flowers like fresh flower petals, fresh blooms, and fresh leis can be used to decorate the ceremony and the reception. Fresh bouquets from traditional flowers to tropical blooms are optional for brides and bridal party.
Tiki torches are a fun and easy way to add a tropical atmosphere for day or evening weddings.