You’ve decided to do a destination wedding and you’re trying to decide where. You want something tropical, but easy to get to. Maybe you want to be able to invite a few close family members or friends and don’t want to make them all get passports.
Hawaii is a popular vacation destination and with good reason. There is a ton of natural beauty in the islands. Good weather almost year round and some of the friendliest and most relaxed people in world live here. Aloha means more than just "hello"—in Hawaii, the "Aloha Spirit" is a way of life that encompasses a friendly, welcoming attitude. This makes for a very appealing destination for a wedding.
While all of the islands are amazing places for both weddings and honeymoons, I think getting married on the Big Island (Hawaii Island), is one of the best choices. Well, maybe I’m prejudice, but getting married on the Big Island is amazing. There are many reasons for this thought.
The Big Island is Off the Beaten Path
A lot of people want to get married in Hawaii, over 18,000 last year alone,[i] with a majority of those marriages taking place on Oahu. I’ve personally gone to the beach on Oahu and seen several weddings taking place at the same time. To me, that’s just not a good thing. I firmly believe that your wedding day should be YOUR special day and YOUR special location. Sharing with other people at the same time isn’t unique or as special to me.
Out of the 8 main islands that make up the state of Hawaii (Hawaii/Big Island, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai and Niihau), 4 of them are the most common destinations (Hawaii, Oahu, Maui and Kauai). All but Kahoolawe are inhabited and Niihau is privately owned.
The Big Island (or Hawaii Island), is the largest of the Hawaii Island chain at 4,038 square miles. It is twice the size of all other Hawaiian Islands combined. However, most of Hawaii’s population of 1.43 million people are located on Oahu (with a whopping 953,207 people – almost 70% of the total population of the state). Honolulu is the nation’s 11th largest metropolitan area Why does that matter to you? Crowds . . . . traffic . . . . less places to be alone on your honeymoon. Big Island, on the other hand, has only 198,449 people living there, less than 14% of the total population. Can you say wide open spaces? If you’re anything like me, the lure of traveling the path less taken is strong.
The Big Island has Great Weather
All of Hawaii can proudly claim great weather. Weather is pretty much consistent average temperatures around 78-85 degrees. But Hawaii Island has the largest diversity of climates. The Big Island boasts 10 of the 13 climate zones, so whether you are looking for a tropical jungle like location or a mountain top – the Big Island has you covered.
There are tropical rainforests, arid deserts and where else in Hawaii does it snow?? Even better – where else in the world can you be tanning at the beach and see snow at the same time?
The Big Island is A Great Place for Adventure
Do you want a unique, adventurous location for your wedding or elopement? The Big Island is the place to be. Nowhere else is the world can you go up close and personal with the most active volcano in the world, Kilauea and on that same day visit Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the world (measured from its base on the ocean floor), to watch the sunset above the clouds or see the stars without light pollution. If you are the adventurous sort, the Big Island has something for you. Whether your idea of adventurous is a remote cliff by the ocean, a sunset beach , the lava flow, a mountain time or a lush valley with waterfalls, there is something for everyone. The choices are endless.
The Big Island has Beautiful Resorts
Not so adventurous? There are still options to satisfy your vision of a dream wedding. Anywhere from a high end resort like the Four Seasons Hualalai to an intimate house nestled next to it’s own private waterfall like The Falls at Reeds Island and everything in between. There is something for everyone.
Sounds great, right? And now the Big Island is on the top of your list for your destination wedding. But still there are so many choices to make and on top of all the other wedding plans, it can be overwhelming. All my wedding and elopement packages include unlimited consultations and planning assistance and customized location suggestions and styling to match your personality.
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 State of Hawaii Department of Health, http://health.hawaii.gov/vitalstatistics/preliminary-marriage-total-same-sex/