White, sandy beaches… Sweeping views of the mountains and coastline… Endless blue beaches… Hawaii is one of the most beautiful states in the U.S. and the perfect spot for your breathtaking, adventurous, and intentional elopement.
There’s a reason why so many people call Hawaii heaven on earth. Hawaii has no shortage of magic nestled from island to island. Plus, from Hawaii, you can island-hop to multiple different islands in Hawaii and further south for your honeymoon. If you’re planning your perfect Hawaii elopement, look no further than this comprehensive guide.
I’ll be in Hawaii in December 2021 and have multiple days open for your elopement. Since I’ll already be there, I’m booking at my local West Coast rates. Full-day elopements start at $3,800. Learn more here.
Hawaii is made up of eight major islands and numerous smaller islets in the Pacific Ocean, all surrounded by deep blue waters. How do you know which places to elope in Hawaii? I have you covered.
Kauai, one of Hawaii’s eight major islands, is nicknamed the “Garden Isle” because of the tropical rainforest covering most of the island. The island has dramatic cliffs and pinnacles on the Na Pali Coast (which you’ve probably seen in movies!) and a long, winding canyon with plenty of mountaintop destinations. Adventure lovers will fall in LOVE with Kauai!
Here are some of my favorite spots in Kauai:
This small island in the Central Pacific is home to the capital of Oahu, Honolulu. Oahu has a bustling dining scene, beach area, and nightlife. You can check out some of the beautiful beaches, plus the historic Chinatown, and the Punchbowl, a crater-turned-cemetery.
Maui has more than 30 miles of beaches on its coastlines, including the golden-crescent Kapalua, with lava-rock promontories off the coast. The island’s highest peak is the stunning volcanic Haleakala, but you’ll love exploring the pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, too. There’s lots to love in Maui!
There is no shortage of things to do in Hawaii, no matter the island you pick! From open door helicopter tours to snorkeling with sea turtles to horseback riding on the beach, you can plan the most unforgettable elopement weekend in Hawaii and make lifelong memories. Here are some of the best things to do in Hawaii during your elopement:
Hawaii has SO much to offer! No matter what activities you pick, you won’t feel disappointed.
Hawaii may be a tropical destination, but it’s not always sunny in Hawaii. The islands have different sets of microclimates, depending on your island. That means that it might be raining on one part of the island, while it’s sunny on other parts of the island.
From December to March, you can expect rainy days and colder weather. The weather can make for moody-looking photos with dramatic lighting effects, but in my opinion, there’s a lot of toss up in terms of weather.
Starting in April until June, warmer weather will hit the islands with much more sun. Whale watching is in peak season and you can avoid some of the heavy summer tourism at this time of year.
July to August marks peak season in Hawaii, and these are some of the hottest months on the islands. You’ll have more warm days, it’s true, but there will still be pockets of rain.
At the end of the year, from September to November, you’ll get cooling weather (still warm, but not as hot) with much more rain. This chunk of time is probably the rainiest part of the year.
Hawaii’s set of islands have fast-changing weather, so no matter when you decide to book your elopement, it’s important to remember – you can never fully control the weather. Embracing the changing weather and the different swings will help you truly enjoy your wedding day. No matter the weather, I can capture the most memorable and beautiful photos to commemorate your special day.
You will need to bring a variety of shoes, different types of bags, rain equipment, and more. I’m going to help you plan it all out in the process, so don’t stress too much!
There is one more thing you will have to think about when eloping in Hawaii: your marriage license. Getting a marriage license, and planning the essentials, can be an overwhelming part about your elopement. However, don’t worry, I’m here to make sure it all happens smoothly, without a hitch.
When eloping in Hawaii, you have two options. If you prefer, you can get your marriage license in your hometown and get legally married while still at home. For many, this is a lower stress option so you can worry about your elopement ceremony without thinking about the legality.
However, if you want to get legally married in Hawaii, the state has an easy process to make it happen. You can use Hawaii’s Electronic Marriage and Civil Union Registration System by clicking here. The system accepts credit cards, too. It’s the fastest and easiest way to apply for your marriage license. You can also fill out the paper version in Hawaii and bring them to your marriage license appointment.
Your marriage license will expire 30 days from the date of issuance.
There is no shortage of amazing locations to stay in Hawaii. Whether you want floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views or jungle bungalows, these are some of the best spots in Hawaii, separated by island.
Your Hawaii elopement may need some additional permits, depending on the location. For some locations, you may need a permit from the Division of Land and Natural Resource.
In addition, as a Leave No Trace certified photographer, we will make sure we follow Leave No Trace principles to ensure we leave the land better than when we found it. It also shows our respect to the people who call Hawaii home.
There are so many ways to get to Hawaii. The best option is to fly into the island where you plan to elope. Many airlines will fly into Honolulu International Airport from different parts of the U.S., too, so you can always go island hopping to wherever you plan to elope.
If you’re coming from the west coast, or connecting through the west coast, there’s a good chance you can fly directly into Oahu, Kauai, or Maui. From there, I’d recommend renting a car to fully explore all Hawaii has to offer!
A Hawaii elopement can be an exotic and stunning spot to tie the knot in an intentional, intimate way. Hawaii is one of my favorite getaways, and I can’t wait to help you plan the perfect Hawaii elopement. If you’re looking to elope in Hawaii (or you want advice about other elopement options in Hawaii, or around the world), shoot me an email and we can talk about it!