If you've fallen in love with Hawaii, or your heart longs to visit, why not tie the knot there? (Long walks on the beach included). Whether you prefer tradition or something a bit off the beaten track, there’s an option that suits your unique relationship and personality. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your wedding in the Aloha state.
Classic Beach Weddings
There’s a lot more to the Hawaiian Islands than white sand and palm trees. However, for beach-loving couples, nothing beats the sound of the ocean lapping at the shore and the feeling of sand between your toes. The downwind, or leeward, side of each island has the benefit of shelter from the north-easterly trade winds. It also has a particularly spectacular view of the sun as it melts into the horizon. Applause-worthy on any day, a Hawaiian sunset is the perfect backdrop to your one-of-a-kind nuptials. Each island has a personality to match your style, from the high surf of the North Shore on Oahu to the seclusion of west Maui.
You might be enamoured by natural beauty and choose to say “I do” in its presence. Hawaii boasts 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones. All of these are found on the Big Island, making it the only place you can snowboard in the morning and swim in the afternoon. The Big Island is also home to three active volcanoes, lending it an air of magic that will permeate your wedding day. The dark volcanic rock that covers the island will form a stunning background against wedding attire.
If lush forests are more your style, you might choose to say your vows on Kauai, nicknamed the Garden Isle. Made famous in the opening sequence to the classic TV show Fantasy Island, Wailua Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the state. The nearby Fern Grotto is a popular spot for weddings. Its lava rock covered with tropical ferns forms a natural amphitheatre with incredible acoustics for your wedding march.
Maybe you prefer to be surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens for a resort wedding? Wailea, on the southern coast of Maui, is host to five luxury hotels including the Grand Wailea. Popular for weddings and vow renewals alike, a quaint chapel on the grounds awaits your bridal party. The chapel’s white decor is splashed with bright island colours in the custom-commissioned stained glass windows that simply glow in the setting sun.
An Island To Yourselves
If total seclusion is more your style, an intimate island getaway might be for you. The least populated of the islands, Molokai – nicknamed ‘The Friendly Isle’ – is the ultimate in serenity. Pristine beaches offer you and your guests – if you choose to have any – a chance to escape from it all and enjoy your special day. The unspoiled beauty here will enhance the authentic Hawaiian experience for the happy couple, and it serves as a perfect honeymoon destination as well.