(Closed) Atheist Wedding in Maui

posted 6 years ago in Secular
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Have you called any of the local hotels in the area?  I would think that one of them would know who you could contact for a secular ceremony, I would think they do them all the time.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Can you not have a friend do the officiating? My mom did ours – completely secular. That was California, and i’m not sure what the specifics are with Hawaii, but basically everywhere allows some version of that.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

I was married in Maui and I do not have a religion. A Reverand officiated our ceremony but I wrote the whole thing and it was not religious. My marriage license is not religious either. Are you getting these answers from the actual officiant or the wedding planners? My wedding planner told me it would be a huge problem and he wouldn’t read something he didn’t write, but he had no problem and actually complemented me on a nice ceremony. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I was married in Maui and I am not religious.  There is no mention of religion on my marriage certificate.  Maybe the decorative marriage certificate they give you will have some sort of religious reference too it, but the official one from the state of Hawaii has no mention of any religious affiliation.

I don’t know for sure if the person who married was affiliated with any religion, but he had no problem customizing the ceremony for us.  He also did some singing/chanting in Hawaiian.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@sylvia.riggle:  I just so happened to need to bring my marriage certificate (issued by the State of Hawaii Department of Health) to work today and after looking over it, there is nothing religious about it.  It has your basic information (names, dob, birthplace, etc on it) and the only part of the ceremony that was mentioned was the date, location, county, and island.  I don’t know what that wedding planner was talking about.

The ceremony was your typical ceremony with typical vows.  The only customization we made was to have the part about who gives away the bride taken out.

I don’t have the contact information of the officiant who performed the ceremony, but I used Deanne from Precious Maui Weddings.  She found our officiant for us.  Just tell her that you’re looking for a Hawaiian officient who rides a Harley to the ceremony – there can’t be that many of those.

You can PM if you want to get my name to be more specifc in your email to Deanne.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@sylvia.riggle:  Tihs is from Deanne’s website:

Ministers 

Our ministers are non-denominational and perform a very heartfelt ceremony. They incorporate some of the Hawaiian tradition and language into their ceremonies.

Looking at the slide show of pictures, it looks like Adam Gomes was our officiant, and other officiants shown have the conch shell and leis to incorporate the hawaiian elements you wanted.

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