How do I confirm my wedding date will be available?
Because we specialize in destination services, we can typically accommodate short notice events. However, if you have a specific date in mind, we highly recommend completing your reservation as soon as possible to ensure availability.
What is the best time of year to come to Hawaii?
In our opinion ANYTIME is an ideal time to have a wedding ceremony in paradise. The average temperature is 75 to 85 degrees, year round. The seasonal change is minimal, February and March have a greater possibility of rain.
What happens if it rains on our wedding day?
Weather forecasts typically call for rain on the islands throughout the year. This does not mean it will be raining at your location. The forecast is typically referencing the valley regions, and the chance of rain at beach venues is fairly low. In the unlikely event of rain, we do have alternative locations. In many cases, it will be raining at a location on the South Shore yet beautiful on the East Shore. If requested, and available, we can also make arrangements at indoor chapel locations (additional fees will apply). If we see a storm is developing, we can also move the service to another day (subject to availability).
What is the best day of the week to plan my wedding?
Hawaii is a very active state, and the local community definitely takes advantage of the natural elements on weekends. If seclusion is important to you, we highly recommend choosing a weekday.
How long is the wedding?
That depends on the wedding package
you choose. The ceremony itself is typically 18-20 minutes, the remainder of the time is for photography purposes. If you have a musician, doves, readings or blessings from family or friends, it can last a bit longer. The time we allow for each package is as follows:
- Gardenia Package - 1 hour
- Maile Package - 1.25 hours
- Lehua Package - 1.5 hours
- Royal Ilima Package - 2 hours
- Monarch Elite Package - 2.5 Hours
- Kalani Ilima Package - 3-3.5 hours
What is the Hawaiian Lei Ceremony?
The lei ceremony is a time-honored Hawaiian blessing to present fresh flower leis
to honor each other as a gesture of love, aloha, and respect. The true meaning of what a lei means is explained during the ceremony which adds a touch of Hawaiian tradition to the event. It is also a perfect way to show your appreciation to your family and friends.
What is the Sand Ceremony?
The unity sand ceremony is much like a unity candle lighting ceremony. You are each given a small satchel of sand from the beach of which you are married on. You then pour the two bags of sand into one, signifying the two of you becoming one. The minister will elaborate in greater detail of the significance during the event. We provide decorative bags for easy transport home, and you are welcome to provide your own vases if you prefer.
What is the Children's Ceremony?
The Children's Ceremony can be included in marriages for blended families and renewal of vows ceremonies. Shortly after you share vows with each other, the children will be asked to come forward so you can share vows with them as well. It's a great way to include the children in the celebration.
How do I book my wedding date with you?
To reserve your wedding date, a non-refundable deposit is required. The deposit is deducted from the total cost of the wedding. This allows us to begin planning your wedding and secure the date and time. Start by filling out our online reservation form. Upon completion, a confirmation email will be sent to you with next steps. A standard invoice will be sent to you within two business days. This will be edited if you make any customizations to your package.
What happens after we have reserved our wedding date?
Once we receive your reservation, you will receive a personalized wedding confirmation. The confirmation arrives via email within 24-48 hours. In your confirmation, you will find a "Wedding Package Information Sheet." This sheet will allow you to customize the package based on your preferences. We request you return the completed information sheet at least one month prior to your event to ensure all requests can be accommodated.
How many days before our wedding would you recommend arriving in Hawaii?
We recommend at least two days prior to your ceremony. This is so you have enough time to get acclimated to the time change, meet with your wedding coordinator, and obtain all legal documentation. Please keep in mind that this is not a requirement. Many couples arrive the day before and even the day of. In these cases special arrangements will need to be made; however, we are happy to accommodate.
Can we meet prior to the event?
Absolutely! We recommend all couples schedule a few minutes to meet with a wedding coordinator at our Waikiki office upon your arrival. If timing does not permit an office visit, we request a phone consultation prior to your arrival to go over the final arrangements.
What do we wear?
The great part of a destination ceremony is it allows you to make the rules. There are no requirements on our end. Your wedding coordinator is happy to provide a variety of recommendations based on the style you choose. It is not uncommon for the bride to be in a gown and the groom to be in a "Tommy Bahama" style shirt and shorts! Everything works. Just a little advice on the shoes, high heels on the beach can be a challenge. It's good to wear flats or bring a second pair to walk in.
Is there a limit on how many guests we can bring?
Absolutely not. We would never limit the number of guests you invite to your special day. We do, however, need to know how many people are attending to obtain the appropriate permit. If your guest count exceeds 30, it will limit your location options. In addition, if your guest count exceeds 30, you will be required to purchase the high-resolution digital images (this applies to the Gardenia, Maile and Lehua packages).
What is the permit?
The State of Hawaii requires a permit for all commercial activity at public beaches and parks. The cost is $50.00. We obtain the permit on your behalf.
Can you assist us with travel & hotel accommodations for our entire party?
We offer a full, in-house concierge service
capable of arranging your airfare, lodging accommodations and activities for you and your friends and family. There is a small cost for this service. You have a personal travel coordinator to be the point of contact. Our couples find great value in having someone familiar with the specific details of each hotel to help family and friends make the perfect choice for their trip.
Can the wedding packages be customized?
Absolutely! You are welcome to customize any of the packages to accommodate your requests.
How long will it take to get my photographs and video?
For the Gardenia, Maile and Lehua packages, the images are typically available within 2-3 business days. The Royal, Monarch, and Kalani Ilima take between 6-8 business days. The video is available within 7-10 business days (does not apply to reception coverage). Once they are available, you will receive an email link to download the video and access your online photography gallery.
What are the requirements to legally marry in Hawaii?
All that's required is a Hawaii marriage license
. The majority of this process is done online; you simply pick up the license upon your arrival. After the event, we will file all legal documentation on your behalf. The only documentation required to obtain the license is a photo ID such as a drivers license or passport. There are no citizenship or residency requirements; your marriage is legal throughout the world. Some countries do require an Apostille, and you can apply for this document when obtaining the license. Your wedding confirmation will provide all necessary information to obtain the license.
How long does it take to get a Marriage License?
You can apply and obtain a marriage license the same day. You can pre-apply for the license within one year of the wedding date. Once the license is physically obtained, it is good for 30 days.
When will I receive my Marriage Certificate?
The State of Hawaii will issue a temporary copy of the marriage license which can be downloaded online within a few days of the ceremony. You will then receive a certified copy of your marriage license by mail within 120 days of your wedding. If you need a certified hard copy of your marriage license sooner, you can go online to request the copy or send the green form that is given to you when you apply for the license.
Can I provide my own vendors?
Yes, couples are welcome to provide their own Ministers, Photographers, Videographers, etc. However, if you provide your own Photographer or Videographer, you would be required to obtain your own permits. Wedding setups, such as chairs and arbors are only permitted by Weddings of Hawaii's design team.
Do I need a wedding rehearsal?
In many cases, a rehearsal is not necessary. We will go over the details pertaining to your service during your pre-wedding consultation scheduled via phone, Skype video or in our Waikiki office upon your arrival. On-site rehearsals are available for an additional fee (Waikiki locations). Please contact a wedding coordinator for details.