How to Get Married in Hawaii
7 Steps to Getting Married on the Islands
If you’re thinking of planning the wedding of your dreams, Hawaii just might be the perfect place to say “I do”. As home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and scenery, a laid-back vibe, and the true spirit of Aloha, Hawaii is often touted as the ideal place for a romantic destination wedding.
Best of all, its U.S. location means no complicated paperwork or unfamiliar territory when obtaining a marriage license. And as an added bonus, you have the convenience of having your wedding, reception, and honeymoon flow together, as you’re already in paradise—how perfect is that!
Now, this all sounds wonderful; but surely you have loads of questions: How do I get a Hawaii marriage license? Where do I find an officiant? Which Island should I get married on? When is the best time to get married in Hawaii? In this article, we’ll break things down for you in small steps and show you that you and your special someone can have an easy and (relatively) stress-free Hawaiian wedding.
1. Determine If You’re Eligible to Marry in Hawaii
Hawaii’s Department of Vital Records has set forth the following guidelines for obtaining a marriage license:
- You do not need to be a resident of Hawaii or a U.S. citizen to marry.
- No blood tests are needed.
- Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
- Applicants must present proof of age—Usually a state-issued I.D. or driver’s license.
- Applicants who have been previously married must present proof of the original divorce decree or death certificate to the marriage agent that the divorce or death was final within 30 days of applying for the marriage license.
- Blood relationships between applicants cannot be closer than first cousins.
- Please refer to the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health/Vital Records website for information regarding applicants under age 18.
2. Choose an Island
3. Select a Hawaii Wedding Planner
Many laid-back couples (and those on a budget) on the U.S. mainland choose to do most of their wedding planning themselves. This includes everything from selecting a venue, choosing the floral arrangements, sampling menu items, and more. And while doing so may take a lot of time, it is certainly possible to do this yourself. This all changes, however, when planning a wedding in Hawaii.
Pop on over to check out a new location? Taste some wedding cakes? Make sure the lighting is flattering? How are you going to do this when your wedding is in Maui, for example, and you’re in Connecticut? The answer lies in hiring a wedding planner who can take care of these details for you.
4. Choose an Officiant
5. Obtain Your Hawaii Marriage License
6. Get Married!
7. Head Off On Your Honeymoon
Because you’re in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, your honeymoon is bound to be simply spectacular. Whether you stay on the island where you celebrated your nuptials or decide to explore some of Hawaii’s other amazing destinations, enjoy this time to relax and celebrate your new life together.
As with your wedding, we do encourage you to plan your activities (or lack thereof!) well ahead of time. This is Hawaii, after all, and booking your tours and activities and accommodations well in advance will ensure you really do top off the wedding of your dreams with a honeymoon you’ll always cherish.