Post # 1
Hi ladies – my Fiance and I want to get married on the beach and Hawai’i is a very special place to me so it seemed ideal for our wedding. However, we live in New Orleans so I am looking at info online and trying to make decisions and it’s really hard! Mom and I are planning on taking a “planning tour” but I don’t know if that will happen before January and the wedding will be in August.
So what I want to know is have any of you had a wedding/ceremony in Hawai’i (especially on the beach). Where did you have it, how was the experience, etc. Any information and help is greatly appreciated!!
Post # 3
We got married in Hawaii, but not on the beach. We originally wanted to, but at the time we were booking, there were some uncertainties with getting married on the beach. (We were in Maui.) All the beaches there are public, and they had just started enforcing the permits that you had to get for the specific time and beach you wanted. I asked what would happen if it rained and we wanted to push back the time a little, and one of the coordinators told me we would have to get a new permit. At the time, it was also unclear about whether or not “props” (chairs, flowers, etc.) would be allowed at the beach for ceremonies. If we were having a really small wedding, it wouldn’t have been a big deal and we might have done it, but we had about 40 people and didn’t want to play it by ear with that many people and possibly not be able to have chairs! I don’t know what the current situation there is about beaches and permits, but if you’re looking there, you might want to check with a coordinator to see what their rules are. I’m not sure if they have the same rules on any of the other islands. The beaches at sunset are gorgeous though… can’t beat that.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
I’m getting married on Oahu, though not at the beach. Like Crayon said, you do need a permit to get married on the beach, but I don’t think it’s too expensive/hard to get. Also if you’re going for a sunset ceremony, there are better spots than others for good views. If you check the locations listed under many of the all-inclusive wedding planner packages, they usually list the different beach locations. Also, depending on what part of the island you’re on, the temperatures will be different as well (north shore is cooler/windier than honolulu, etc.).
I’m doing my planning trip this December! Hope you have fun with yours! 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks for the info, that’s really helpful 🙂
@penga thank you – have fun on yours too! I’m really looking forward to mine!
Post # 6
Do you know which island you are leaning towards ? I can recommend specific beaches on Oahu and Maui.
I wasn’t aware of the permit thing for beach weddings ……