Maui Elopements

Posted by Teri S. on Oct 24, 2023 6:41:10 AM

Eloping in Maui is something many couples dream of, and we're here to tell you that it's easier and more affordable than you might think.

What could be better than an intimate wedding with your toes in the sand and the natural beauty surrounding you? Eloping is the perfect way to celebrate your special day.


Maui Elopement at Baldwin Beach

A toe-in-the-sand Maui elopement.

What to Know About Your Maui Elopement

It's easy to elope in Hawaii. Getting a Hawaii marriage license is an easy process. There are several beautiful Hawaii beach wedding locations, and there are many talented officiants, photographers, videographers, and musicians to help make your wedding day special and memorable.

We've been Hawaii wedding planners since 1978, and if you're looking for a Maui elopement package and a company that can make your perfect destination wedding ceremony a reality, then we're here to help with the planning process.

Here's what you need to elope in Maui:

  • A marriage license - You apply online and pick up your license together (bring a government-issued ID).

    • No witnesses are required.

    • No blood tests are required.

  • A registered marriage performer (officiant, pastor, celebrant, etc.) to perform your ceremony and file the license.


Eloping on DT Fleming Beach, Maui

An intimate elopement ceremony on a beach in Maui.

Maui Elopement Packages

Your first thought might be to consider how much a Maui elopement costs, and you'll be happy to find out that it's more affordable than you think.

All of our Maui wedding packages* are perfectly suited for elopements, and since the perfect Maui elopement venue is the beach, you have the option for a Hawaii elopement for less than the cost of a traditional wedding.

If your Maui elopement vision is the two of you, your wedding officiant, your wedding photographer (and maybe videographer), and a stress-free beach wedding, all of our Maui packages should suit your needs.

It's possible family or friends might try to join to watch you elope, which is perfectly fine. If they can't be there, you can always show them the photos and video later.

*If you're open to a wedding on Oahu, our Oahu wedding packages offer better value and more options than Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island, as well as more public and private Hawaii wedding venues.


Maui beach elopement

An elopement with some of Maui's iconic lava rocks.


Maui Elopement Locations

To elope in Maui, you'll need to choose your wedding ceremony location. Our Maui wedding locations are spread around the island, giving you options not too far from your hotel.

Beaches on Maui are a little less secluded than on Oahu, as there are usually tourists and locals, but your team will know the best spot to make your beach elopement special.

Your elopement location will undoubtedly be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beaches and swaying palm trees are just what your big day needs; you'll have the most amazing wedding photos to remember the day forever!


Elopement couple in Maui

Enjoying their elopement with a beautiful Maui sunset.


Maui Marriage License

Before saying your vows and becoming partners for life, you'll need to acquire a marriage license.

The process for obtaining a marriage license in Maui is straightforward and can be completed online or in person. Hawaii makes it easy to elope.

Applicants for a marriage license in Maui must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.

  • Provide valid identification documents such as a driver's license or passport.

  • Pay a license fee.

  • If either party has been previously married, they must provide the date of the divorce decree or the death of their previous spouse.

  • Hawaii does not require blood tests.

Additional Requirements:

The marriage license in Maui is valid for 30 days, including the day of issuance. It's important to plan accordingly to ensure that the wedding ceremony takes place within this period.

Upon your arrival to Hawaii, you pick up the document from an authorized marriage license agent.

After the ceremony, the marriage officiant must return the license to the Department of Health for recording within three days.

Please check with the State of Hawaii Marriage License Requirements.


Elopement at White Rocks Beach, Maui

Don't be afraid to play in the waves during your beach elopement.


Maui Elopement Ceremony

Your officiant will be there to make sure your elopement day is both memorable and as smooth as possible and is included in your Maui package.

Most ceremonies last around 15 minutes, give or take, and will include some Hawaiian elements, such as a sand ceremony, lei exchange, and other touches, depending on your officiant.

If you decide to have personal vows, please let your officiant know. You will likely do standard vows along with your personal vows, and you can relax knowing that your officiant will help you along the way.

Vow renewals work the same way, but if you have children you'd like to include, you can have them as part of the ceremony, too.


Maui Elopement ceremony at Baldwin Beach

The little Hawaii traditions make your elopement extra special.


What to Wear for Your Maui Elopement

We've seen it all as far as what couples wear to their Hawaii wedding. Your elopement attire could be a beautiful beach wedding dress along with a full suit, or it could be a simple dress accompanied by aloha wear.

What to wear to your Hawaii wedding is totally up to you. Just know that there are no wrongs or rights.


Maui elopement at Polo Beach

Eloping brides saying "I do" in front of Maui's lava rocks.


Where to Celebrate Your Maui Elopement

After your elopement, you'll likely want to celebrate. Most couples choose one of Maui's many fine dining experiences. You decided to elope in the Hawaiian islands for a reason, and part of that reason was to enjoy all Hawaii has to offer, including unique and fine dining.

Whether you choose an iconic restaurant like Mama's Fish House (book well in advance) or decide on one of your hotel's restaurants, it will be a special meal celebrating your marriage.

Another option is to celebrate with a Maui luau. What better way to celebrate your wedding day than with a memorable Hawaiian experience?


Maui elopement ceremony at Mokapu Beach

There's something special about feeling the nature surround you.


Final Thoughts on Eloping in Maui

Planning to elope in Maui might seem like only a dream at first, but after a little research, you'll soon discover it's not just easier and stress-free than a traditional wedding, but it can be more affordable as well. Sometimes, it just takes getting started in the planning process to discover just how fun and easy it can be.

We've been helping couples elope since 1978, so please contact us to start planning your dream elopement in Maui.

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