Post # 1
I’m new to the hive and hoping someone can help. We don’t want a traditional wedding and are planning on eloping to Hawaii. I have done tons of research but I am completely overwhelmed. None of us has ever been there before and everything looks awesome. We’d love to see crazy big waves and we’re hoping to stay at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore in the winter. If my Fi can’t get off work this winter we were thinking about Maui or Kaui in the spring/summer.
We want to have a non-religious Hawaiian style ceremony and found a ton of companies that offer elopement packages but I have no idea which one to choose. Has anyone used one of these coordination services? I’m wondering if I could plan the officiant, music and photo on my own?
Have you been to Hawaii? Which beaches are the nicest? Hotels? Any experiences with Hawaiian vendors?
Post # 3
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
So it has been a LONG time since I was doing research on destination weddings in Hawaii but will chip in what info I can.
The one person that we really liked was Captian Howie. From the reviews I have read he is really open to listening to what you want and the ceremonies are just beautiful and my favorite, private. The beach he uses is isolated and you won’t have a ton of people on it.
Post # 4
Thanks, I am googling right now!
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
i didn’t do any package deals, but our photog terra photography specializes in small, destination weddings and she did a wonderful job with our photos!
and north shore in winter is definitely the best time for huge waves! on the whole I think I like Oahu better in the winter, the water seems clearer and everything just looks greener, imo.
best of luck with your planning!
Post # 6
I just eloped in Hawaii (but I live in Hawaii). Let me tell you this much. Hawaii is the most difficult state to get married in.
You have to go to the department of health, in person, to get your marriage license (with IDs and $60 cash). Once you get the license signed by your officiant, it can take 120 days to get your certified marriage certificate–which you need in order to change your name on everything.
If you want the marriage certificate sooner, you need to pay (again, cash) to get certificates mailed to you. It can still take 6 to 8 weeks.
But it’s gorgeous here! And if you want restaurant recommendations on Oahu, let me know. I haven’t been to Maui.
Post # 7
hello, i currently live in hawaii and am planning a wedding here in Oahu. Big waves, North Shore for sure in the winter. It is beautiful in Turtle beach resort, they have a lot of sites to choose from too. Since you are eloping, just you too? Other beaches on Oahu that are great are Kailua/lanikai and there are some new beautiful places in ko o lina (i think disney is building something there, marriot, and lanikuhuna/joseph campbell’s estate). Waimanalo is secluded too. Kaui and Maui are both great places, and I heart the Big Island, just depends on what you want.
Post # 8
Thanks! It will just be the two of us. Right now we are still thinking Oahu or maybe Kauai in the spring/summer. So many choices. If we do Kauai I think we might look into renting a house.
Ellabee: Sorry to hear it was such a process. I hope it was worth it!
Post # 9
I was just in Maui in Sept and saw lots of weddings at our resort (Grand Wailea) as well as at the Four Seasons down the beach. Both are beautiful locations.
Post # 10
@gingerbreadgirl: I was just in Maui for my FI’s cousins wedding 2 weeks ago. She had her wedding at Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina Maui. It was absolutely beautiful and private. If you are thinking about getting married in Maui, check out this website: http://www.blueskyweddings.com/pages/heather.html. It gives other locations as well as wedding packages.
Post # 11
I’ve been to every island numerous times and Maui is the best. Check out Secret Beach for a sand ceremony or as a PP said, the Four Seasons is a great property (but pricey) Or the Ritz Carlton Kapalua is a great location (it can be a little rainy up there though). Good luck and have fun-you couldn’t have picked a better place to get married-it’s Heaven on Earth 🙂
Post # 12
On Kauai I stayed at both the St Regis and The Grand Hyatt – they were both amazing!! I actually saw a wedding going on at the Hyatt..looked very nice!
Post # 13