Congratulations! You and the love of your life have decided to get engaged. Now it is time to plan one of the first major undertakings as a couple – the exciting wedding day! Chances are you and your fiancé have an idea or a lifelong dream of how you want your special day to be.
Does your wedding dream include a tropical location, such as a warm sandy beach, a sunlit hidden cove, or the swaying of palm trees in an evening breeze? Does the sound of a destination wedding, where you have your honeymoon and wedding all in one, sound exciting? If it does, then maybe you should consider a wedding in Hawaii, where paradise perfectly frames your vows and love for each other.
Beautiful Hawaii Wedding Beaches
Regardless of which island you choose for your destination wedding Hawaii, the beaches are some of the most breathtaking in the world – ensuring that all of your invited guests are excited to attend your wedding in paradise.
Whether your Hawaii wedding plans are to take place on the beach, or you want to use the beach as a place to enjoy your honeymoon, there is so much paradise to enjoy.
Oahu is a popular destination for Hawaii weddings, especially with its tremendous amenities, luxurious resorts, and award-winning beaches. Lanikai Beach, which has won several “best beach” in the world awards, is a romantic backdrop for your Hawaii wedding. The sand is white and cashmere soft, making it perfect for barefoot weddings and a Hawaiian wedding dress sarong. The clear ocean is an unbelievable teal, creating contrasting colors that will complement your vows, as well as create a perfect backdrop for all of your wedding photography memories.
If Maui, the Valley Isle, is your island of choice, there are several beaches perfect for your destination wedding Hawaii. One is a beach of many names – Kaanapali/Black Rock/Keka’a/Canoe/Dig Me Beach. No matter what name you use, the beach is perfect for your exchange of lifetime vows – especially during the spectacular sunset dropping between the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai. The long stretch of white sand is perfect for your Hawaiian style wedding dress, as you walk up an aisle created from soft orchid and rose petals. Or, if you are looking for a quieter location on Maui, opt for “Secret Beach” in Kihei, which is a beach cove secluded by a forest of trees.
Kauai, known as an incredibly lush, romantic island, is also a great location for your destination wedding Hawaii. Hanalei Bay on the North Shore forms a perfect semi-circle of sand, with beautiful waterfalls and mountains set into the background. Its multicolored, soft sand beach looks stunning with a traditional Hawaiian wedding dress, and the photo opportunities on this beach are endless – capturing sand, sun, sea, and lush greenery.
On the Big Island, the varied topography provides the bride and groom with a wide array of backdrops for a Hawaii wedding. The Kohala Coast offers an abundance of gorgeous beaches for a wedding in Hawaii, especially Anaeho'omalu Beach. With white, soft sand and incredible sunsets, this former gathering ground for the Hawaiian royalty is a perfect place for your special day.
Beautiful Ceremonies for a Wedding in Hawaii
Once you have decided on the beach for your wedding or honeymoon, you can decide on the type of ceremony. Since Hawaii is such a popular place for lovers, there are many wedding consultants and officiates that can help you plan the perfect wedding. Choose from traditional religious ceremonies, beach weddings, and even Hawaiian ceremonies. You might decide to include traditional Hawaiian blessings, lei exchanges, and conch blowing in your ceremony. The bride can choose from traditional wedding gowns, Hawaiian sarongs, or even her swimsuit - and the groom can choose attire to match. Flowers often include the tropical beauties that are found throughout the islands.
Plenty for Your Guests to Enjoy During Your Destination Wedding Hawaii
If you are planning a destination wedding Hawaii, the islands are a perfect place for you and your guests to enjoy the splendor of nature. Your friends and family not only enjoy visiting Hawaii to celebrate your blessed union, but will appreciate an opportunity to vacation in paradise!
For instance, if there are children attending your wedding, there are plenty of options for families to enjoy. You can visit the Children’s Discovery Museum in Kauai, or learn about the Polynesian culture at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu. If marine life is an exciting topic, see the dolphin show at the Sea Life Park in Oahu, the ancient Hawaiian fishponds in Molokai, or the tide pools in Lanai. The Maui Ocean Center houses the largest tropical reef aquarium in the country, and the Kilauea Visitor Center on the Big Island will teach you all about volcanoes.
For the golfers in your group, Hawaii offers many championship golf courses where you can play a few rounds among beautiful tropical sceneries. Take a swing at the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club designed by legend Jack Nicklaus or the Experience at Koele on Lanai, designed by golf legend Greg Norman. Each of the major islands offers its own unique golfing experience.
Plus, there are always the traditional ports of call for your guests of your destination wedding Hawaii. This includes a visit to Pearl Harbor, where you can see the memorials of the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri. See the famous active Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island, or swim among the beautiful, clear waterfalls on the Road to Hana in Maui.
If your dream of the perfect wedding includes a tropical paradise, then a Hawaiian wedding should definitely be at the top of your list.