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Hawaii Destination Wedding Guide

Were you thinking about having your wedding in Hawaii? Use our handy wedding guide for the best resorts, activities, and places to eat. Planning made easy.

By Hannah Purvis

If you’ve ever dreamed of tying the knot on the beautiful sandy beaches of Hawaii, you aren’t alone! Rated one of the top spots for destination weddings, the beautiful islands of Hawaii offer stunning natural landscapes in a tropical climate.

Newly wed couple on the beach
Photo by Focus Photography Mauritius on Unsplash

Is this Location Good for a Honeymoon / Is it Romantic?

Planning a wedding can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. Using a wedding checklist and having the perfect location makes it a little easier.

Hawaii is perfect for those seeking a romantic and intimate ceremony, the island also comes with the added benefit of being an ideal spot for honeymooners! By planning an extended stay in the islands for a destination wedding, couples will have a chance to enjoy a stunning ceremony followed by a relaxing honeymoon in paradise.

Start the trip with activities geared towards the whole family such as tours of the cultural center, the dole plantation, and exploring the downtown shopping areas of Waikiki if staying on Oahu. Once the ceremony is over, part ways and island hop to Kauai or The Big Island for a more intimate experience for just the two of you to enjoy.

couple holding hands showing wedding ring set

When is the Best Time to Go?

The islands of Hawaii offer beautiful weather year-round, so travelers never have to worry about visiting at a bad time. In terms of crowds – the busiest months for tourism are the winter months of December through February, as many flock to the warm sandy beaches to escape cold weather back home.

Hawaiian Islands
Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

Beautiful Hawaii Wedding Venues

Whether you and your partner are in search of a tropical outdoor ceremony or would prefer the comfort and luxury of a waterside resort, Hawaii offers many types of venue to suit every type of for the perfect Hawaiian wedding ceremony! For more venue inspiration and booking help, visit The Venue Report!

Couple getting married in Hawaii with a waterfall in the background
Photo: Venue Report

Things To Do

There is no shortage of incredible cultural and scenic attractions to see and explore when visiting the islands of Hawaii. We’ve listed some unique activities that we encourage you to experience while visiting. Keep in mind, some are universal to all of the islands, while others are specific to individual locations.

  • Paddleboard Yoga
  • Hike Koko Head Crater (Oahu)
  • Couples Massage
  • Explore the North Shore (Oahu)
  • Take Part in an Outrigger Paddle

sea turtle
Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

  • Punalu’u ‘Black Sand’ Beach (Hawai’i - Big Island)
  • Enjoy a traditional Luau
  • Visit The Polynesian Cultural Center (Oahu)
  • Visit The Volcano National Park (Hawai’i - Big Island)

Hawaiian beach
Photo by Amanda Phung on Unsplash

Where to Stay

No matter what island you choose to explore, there is a luxurious stay waiting for you! Below, you can find some of our favorite stays on the islands, rated highly for their beauty, comfort, and top-notch customer service. We guarantee, you won’t want to leave!

Ko'a Kea Resort in Hawaii
Photo Credit: Ko’a Kea Resort


Take a deep dive into the flavors of Hawaii while enjoying fresh local cuisine at these popular dining establishments. Not only are they known for their fresh ingredients, bold flavors and cultural delicacies, but they will make you feel welcome from the second you step through the door.

Kona brew
Photo Credit: Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach

Book Your Destination Wedding Today!

Planning a destination wedding can be a lot of work, but we’re here to help make things easier. Start the planning process by setting up an online wedding registry and allow your closest loved ones to help make your dream wedding a reality!

Need help planning your trip? When you book with Celebration Wishes Travel, you can rest assured that every single detail of your trip will be handled with care. Fill out our interest form to learn more today!

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