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Many couples travel to the Hawaii islands for their destination wedding and to start their new married lives together in paradise. From simple weddings on the beach, adventure weddings to elaborate full blown weddings, Hawaii offers many options for every kind of wedding. If you have never planned an event this large or from a distance before, knowing how to access and book the resources that you need for your big day will be vital to pulling off a successful wedding event.


Get a Marriage License

Getting married in Hawaii is fairly easy.  First, you need to get a marriage license.  You don't need to be a U.S. citizen or resident of Hawaii to obtain one. As well, because of The Marriage Equality Act, any couple of any gender can obtain license to marry in Hawaii.

However, you must meet a few requirements to apply

  • You can legally marry if both you and your spouse-to-be are at least 18 years old.
  • If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must obtain written consent from both parents, legal guardian, or from the family court.
  • You must provide a valid I.D. or driver's license as proof of your age.
  • If you have been previously married, you must have proof of your divorce decree or a death certificate of your previous spouse to present to the marriage license agent within 30 days of applying for a marriage license.
  • Blood tests are not required. However, the blood relationship between you and your significant other cannot be closer than first cousins.

You can apply online for a Hawaii Marriage License HERE.    Leave the date and location on the application blank so your license will be good for a year after you applied.   This will allow for last minute changes if necessary.  There is a $65 fee to file your application. 

Once you are registered or have your marriage license application please setup an appointment with the Licensing Agent.  You can find a license agent near your location here.

Licensing Agents are located in various locations in Hawaii. They accept appointments at least one business day before the wedding date. Couples should be on Big Island of Hawaii at least one business day before marriage date.

You must both appear in person to get your marriage license even if you applied online.

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Find someone to perform your marriage ceremony. 

hey must be licensed by the State of Hawaii to perform. Hawaii's Department of Health offers a list of licensed officiants that can perform a variety of ceremony types.

There are many types of wedding officiants of various religious backgrounds.   This is a once in a lifetime event - you only get married once.   Choose the officiant that best suits your and your fiance’s beliefs and style.


Decide on a location

 The options for where to get married in Hawaii are endless.   Talk to your wedding officiant or photographer to find the perfect location to get married.   If you’re planning an elaborate wedding, I highly recommend having a wedding planner assist you.   They will know the best places and can help you coordinate a long distance wedding with a lot let stress.

Need some help finding an officiant, wedding planner or just need help with location ideas?   Beyond the Box Photography offers unlimited consultations and planning assistance with every wedding photography package.   Learn more by clicking the button below.

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