Get Married in Hawaii
Since I just finished a hub about having a honeymoon in Hawaii, I thought I would make sure that you will be ready just in case you decide to have your wedding here.
There are a few necessary things that must be taken care of before getting married in the aloha state.
To be lawfully wedded in Hawaii you must get a marriage license from the authorized agent.
The legal age for getting married is 18 years for both female and male. If you are younger than that, you will need consent from your parents.
No U.S. citizenship or Hawaii State residency are required. No proxy is allowed - both the husband and wife must physically appear in front of a marriage license agent in order to apply.
Photo Identifications are required. The fee for obtaining a license is $60 in cash. The license is good throughout the state of Hawaii. Licenses are only valid for thirty days.
You can apply for and obtain your marriage license at:
Department of Health 1250 Punchbowl Street
It may take two to three weeks for all the paperwork to be finished so keep that in mind.
The most popular wedding venue on Oahu is the Waialae Beach Park. Only a ten-minute drive from Waikiki, it is very secluded and private.
Other venues that are popular include The Turtle Bay Resort and Waimea Bay, both on the North Shore. The Paradise Cove is a private location for more than twenty guests.
Chapels can be scheduled at Central Union, First Christian, Princess Lagoon Chapel and Primarrie Church.
There are also several other locations that are perfect for your wedding on the others islands, including Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.
Most of the time, the weather is great in Hawaii, but there actually seasons - the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season is usually from April to October and the rainy season is usually from November to March. The best months for weather are generally in April, May September and October.
If you have a wedding during the holiday months (middle of December to Middle of April), you may find that the expenses for the wedding will be more expensive.
Summer is often very hot and humid and most people on the island head to the beaches to cool off. The temperature varies only about 15 degrees and usually stays within the 70 and 80 range.
Before heading off for Hawaii, you should decide how much money you need to budget for your wedding. Do you want just a wedding ceremony or do you want to treat guests to formal dining or a luau.
It is usually less expensive to have your wedding on Oahu since there is more competition. You could get hitched on Oahu and then escape to another island for your honeymoon.
Think of all the expenses that come with wedding, including the minister, photographer, limousine services, flowers, catering, wedding singer, tuxedos, etc. Many places offer wedding packages which can be quite a deal.
If budget is not a problem, you may want to avoid all the stress and hire a wedding planner in Hawaii. Many hotels offer this service to make your day extra special. Write down all the particulars you prefer before calling a wedding planner.
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