Destination weddings are the fairytale dream many women wish for. There is something idyllic about standing on a sandy shore with the ocean gently rolling a few feet away and palms swaying in the sunset. The stress of wedding planning often makes brides want to abandon ship. Cutting down guest lists, price negotiating with the caterer and writing dozens of place cards is enough to make someone wish they were far away, having a simple ceremony in paradise. The good news is Hawaii could provide the exact solution to the problem.
Consider the bonuses of having a destination wedding in Hawaii. A destination wedding allows you to simplify: combine the honeymoon and the wedding all in the same place. There is no additional stress of traveling after the wedding and no jetlag to recover from on the precious days of your honeymoon. And if you want to stay in a different hotel than your guests (or a on a different island for that matter), simply book another nearby resort or catch a short flight to another Hawaiian island. Destination weddings also allow you to cut down your guest list. People appreciate that usually weddings like these are just for close friends and family, and are much more understanding of not being invited. Lastly, Hawaii is an ideal destination wedding location, because it is still in America. There is no currency change, no passport required for you and your guests (assuming all live on the continental US or US territories), there will be no worries if you ever need medical attention and yet it is the picture of exotic, tropical bliss.
If you want to get married in Hawaii, but are not sure which island to choose, our below highlights should help you narrow down which island best fits you.
Having your wedding on Oahu is an option that is bound to be a success. First of all, you have innumerable world-class restaurants nearby and luxury resorts such as the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel or the glamorous JW Marriot Ihilani Ko Olina Resort and Spa. Everything you need is readily available, and the activities for your guests are infinite. When the wedding is over, the family vacation begins! Your guests will forever value your wedding as a timely retreat into one of Hawaii’s most beautiful islands. Whether they want to surf on the North Shore, go golfing on a 5 star course, visit famous war memorials or hike Diamond Head, they will have many things to look forward to on their trip to Hawaii. If they want nothing more than to lounge on the famous beach in Waikiki or explore the state capitol, then Oahu is the perfect place.
The locals have a phrase saying “Maui no ka oi” (i.e., is the best) for good reason. Have the rehearsal dinner in historic Lahaina at one of the charming restaurants or give an outdoor rehearsal dinner luau-style. Whether you want your wedding on a quiet beach or in the elaborate ballroom of a high-end resort, Maui provides the ultimate setting for whatever kind of wedding you desire. Then, once the wedding ceremony is over, the honeymoon fun begins! Get lost amid the bridal beauty of ancient waterfalls, hike to the remote red-sand beach with your new spouse, or take some risks and incorporate new adventures and activities in the water on your vacation in Maui.
Having a ceremony on the Big Island of Hawaii is sure to present you more options that you had considered. Beach-front weddings could involve an active volcano in the backdrop or you could say your vows on a black sand beach, or in one of the old Christian churches on the island. If you wanted something more unique, take a private boat out for a mid-sea ceremony or ride horses up through Waimea for a rustic setting. For a luxurious experience, the hotels on the Big Island will allow you to fully indulge and relax before your big day. Then once your honeymoon begins, snorkel off the Kona coast or hike up to Rainbow Falls for a romantic picnic for two and you will be happy you chose to get married on the Big Island.
Photography lovers may prefer Kauai to any other island, because nowhere else will you find such dynamic backdrops for the most important day of your life. Soaring green mountains and the clearest aqua shores make a wedding on the beach seem like the only real option. The resorts on Kauai are enough to ruin you for ordinary living, with the dozens of pools, luxurious chambers, restaurants, and plush honeymoon suites. Indulge in a full-body massage before the big day, or treat the bridal party to private in-room facials at places like the Grant Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. Once you are married, kayak down rivers together, bike through the verdant green hills and valleys or take a helicopter tour over iconic filming locations. Your Garden Isle wedding will be an experience that neither you nor your guests will ever forget.
Go back in time for the day everlasting love. Molokai does not have any resorts and only a few hotels, so it truly feels like an escape from the toils and trials of the modern world. With a much more simplistic approach, Molokai is a good match for couples who do not want materialism to crowd their lives. Molokai has the high cliffs, tall waterfalls and majestic mountains, making any wedding feel stress-free and nature centric. Imagine standing on the quiet shores of the most “Hawaiian” of the islands, while local fisherman bring their boats in at sunset and vowing to love your spouse for all time.
Your guests will always consider your wedding as the most exciting and memorable day and vacation. You will forever cherish the reality that dreams do come true and your wedding pictures are the envy of all you know. There will be no question about where you and your spouse will return for your 10 or 20 year anniversary getaway; you can go right back to the same resort where you first tied the knot! Out of all the places in the world to commit your life to someone, there is no place better than on one of the most beautiful islands on earth. Who wouldn’t want to get married in paradise?
Whether your guest list is small or large, Panda Travel ® can help you arrange all the travel details for you and your wedding party. All-inclusive travel packages generally includes airline tickets, hotel and resort arrangements, car rentals, food expenses and various other amenities. All inclusive wedding packages come with standard features, along with more lavish amenities that can be arranged specially for your wedding, such as photography, videography, wedding cake, flowers, hair, makeup and the ceremony location.
Panda Travel ® is happy to give recommendations about which local wedding planners/vendors are the best to employ. Whether you want to leave all the planning to the professionals, or do all the nitty-gritty designs yourself, we can point you in the right direction. Start with looking at our practical Travel Tips for details about getting a marriage license, and packing everything you need for a wonderful wedding and honeymoon in Hawaii. For any questions or inquiries, call us at (800) 303-6702.