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How To Get Married In Hawaii

A Hawaiian wedding overlooking the pacific ocean.

Surf, sun, and fun.

On the islands of Hawaii comes aloha. Festive dances, cultural settings, and absolute wonders make this an amazing getaway for couples looking to get married in paradise. Getting married in this amazing US state is one of the best decisions you can ever make. Most of our clients that get married in Hawaii are from the mainland, making this a destination hotspot. Can you make this dream wedding become a reality? Don't worry, we're here to help. Here is a checklist on how to get married in Hawaii.

1. Location

First and foremost, we encourage you to visit one of the islands you wish to get married on. You'll find that you'd prefer one island over the other for various reasons but the greatest thing about getting married in Hawaii is that you can't go wrong. Without exaggerating, all islands are gorgeous, luscious, and magical. Just an FYI, you can't forecast the weather most of the time. But they do have a saying- it's wedding season all year round.

A wedding couple embracing each other on a rock pier on Waikiki beach.

2. Venue

From here, you'll want to visit a venue that can host your big day. Choose one that will accept your guest size, how loud your music can play, how late you can run the reception, if they provide tables/chairs if outside catering is allowed, if there is room to board your immediate family, and most importantly - if they are not booked for your wedding.

A swimming pool area in a North Shore wedding venue.

3. Vendors

The most important thing you need to know is that whomever you choose you should find one: that you can trust, be able to collaborate with, be able to answer all your questions, be able to take the lead, has wedding experience, and someone you can have a great time with. It's like the person you're going to marry. It has to be the right fit or else it won't work and you will be burning money away.

An arial view of a wedding venue near the beach on the Big Island.

Once you have all the moving pieces together and dates locked in, begin planning with your planner and all other media vendors. Create the most rock-solid timeline ever to minimize troubles on your big day and ensure everyone is on the same page so that you can enjoy the day rather than worry about what you need to do next.

4. Marriage Certificate

To obtain a marriage certificate in Hawaii, you can follow these general steps. Keep in mind that processes may change, so it's advisable to check with the Hawaii State Department of Health or the relevant county office for the most up-to-date information.

Marriage License Application: Both parties must appear in person to apply for a marriage license. Hawaii has an online system for marriage license applications, but both applicants still need to appear at a marriage license agent's office to complete the process.


  • Both parties must be at least 18 years old. If either party is 16 or 17 years old, they need written consent from both parents or legal guardians, as well as approval from a Family Court judge.

  • Proof of age and identity is required (e.g., a driver's license, state ID, or passport).

Application Fees:

  • There is a fee for obtaining a marriage license, payable in cash. Check with the local marriage license agent for the current fee.

Waiting Period:

  • There is no waiting period in Hawaii. Once you receive the marriage license, you can get married immediately.


  • The marriage must be solemnized by an authorized officiant, such as a minister, priest, or judge.

Return the Marriage License:

  • After the ceremony, the officiant and both parties must sign the marriage license. The officiant is responsible for returning the completed license to the marriage license agent from whom it was obtained.

Obtaining the Marriage Certificate:

  • The signed marriage license is then forwarded to the Department of Health. After processing, the Department of Health issues the marriage certificate.

Requesting a Copy:

  • To obtain a copy of the marriage certificate, you can contact the Hawaii State Department of Health. You can request it in person, by mail, or online. There is usually a fee associated with obtaining copies.

Remember that these steps provide a general overview, and the specific requirements and procedures may vary. It's advisable to contact the Hawaii State Department of Health or the local marriage license agent in the county where you plan to get married for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


Gabby + Kevin

June 2018

One of the most down-to-earth couples we have ever had a chance to work with. Gabby and Kevin are from the beautiful state of Virginia and they absolutely had the time of their lives getting married on the Big Island. The day started the day at the Kona Beach Bungalow. They had their first look with Gabby also twirling Kevin. Fun guy. The ceremony was held at Painted Church 14 away. The church was surreal. Painted with pastel colors from ceiling to floor. Then they ended the day with their first dance, speeches from family, and good old family fun at Kona Beach Bungalow.

A Sweet Message from Gabby + Kevin

"Capture Your Legacy produced a wedding video for our destination wedding in Hawaii. If we could give them more stars we would. We were so impressed, it was a one-of-a-kind, beautifully mastered work of art, and exactly what we wanted. So easy to work with and responsive to what we were looking to accomplish, we were so lucky to find them on Thumbtack. You only have one opportunity to preserve this event and he gets the highest marks in all areas, communication, fair pricing, top-notch video production, and editing. Our family loved the video he produced, we cannot thank you enough for preserving this cherished event for all of us. We were able to come home to Virginia and re-live all the happy tear-filled moments all over again. Mahalo"


Maui Lovers

A wedding couple pronounced as husband and wife as they kiss and their officiant blow a conch shell.

An elopement that was fun, adventurous, and humbling. When they originally booked with us, it was for video. Then when they understood the value of our photography, they instantly loved the idea of doing both. So we traveled out to Maui to meet with them. During the day, they were looking to us for guidance and that's what we did. They did not know what to expect, no coordinator, so we took the reign and had a blast with these two. One of our favorite elopements in all of our client history.


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