Hawaii Elopement Packages
Hawaii is one of the top elopement destinations in the world. Many of our couples want to elope there, but there are so many areas to pick from that many feel overwhelmed. Our comprehensive elopement package features the best places to elope, featured vendors, and tips for you to be aware of when you elope in Hawaii. From permit information to location ideas, we got you covered.
Are you recently engaged? Do you want to elope somewhere tropical, fun, and beautiful? Then you came to the right place to build your Hawaii Elopement Package.
What’s Included In My Hawaii Elopement Package?
- Experienced Hawaii vendors who specialize in micro weddings and adventure elopements in the different islands.
- Hawaii elopement resources and tips. We have location guides for some of Hawaii’s most popular places to elope.
- Permit information to ensure you and your partner follow leave no trace (LNT) principles and elopement stories to inspire you.
*While we don’t offer bundled elopement packages in Hawaii, we do provide you with all of the information and resources you will need to create your perfect elopement package. Our Wandering Weddings members are also amazing vendors to ask questions and help you plan. These members have plenty of experience curating awesome elopement experiences for couples.
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Vendors to Build the Perfect Hawaii Elopement Package
What does it cost to elope in Hawaii? Your elopement cost in Hawaii all depends on what you’re including during your day. When putting together your Hawaii elopement package, you want to consider your overall elopement budget. Whether you’re planning an elopement in one of Hawaii’s beautiful sandy beaches or a micro wedding near a resort, your budget is everything when planning!
Elopements have a pretty big range when it comes to an average price because it all depends on what vendors you decide to include on your wedding day. Please note that you are not required to include every vendor type in your package.
Are you ready to start planning your Hawaii elopement?
Check out our vendor categories to consider when thinking about your elopement package:
These vendors are where most of your elopement budget will be going towards, but for good reason. On average, our photographers will charge $2,500-$6,000 per elopement. This depends on how many hours of coverage (half-day versus full-day) a couple is looking for in their Hawaii elopement package.
Like elopement photographers, videographers are going to be a great investment for your elopement day to document your adventures together. On average, our videographers will charge $2,500-$6,000 per elopement. Keep in mind, this depends on how long you want your elopement footage to be. For example, a full-day video coverage would cost more versus covering just your elopement ceremony.
On average, our officiant members will charge $500-$800 per elopement. Officiants are great to orchestrate your favorite traditions and wedding vows. It’s also important to note that some other vendors are also officiants, so we recommend always asking.
You don’t necessarily always need a wedding planner for your elopement adventure, but having a planner does help if couples have a very clear elopement vision. The average price for our planner members is $1,000-$3,000. Planners are also great for couples who don’t want to DIY or worry about anything, or couples who live far from their elopement destination.
Since you’re planning an elopement, you’ll need less floral arrangements than your average traditional wedding in Hawaii. If you aren’t down to DIY your own bridal bouquet, then a florist in Hawaii can average $300 to $600.
Are you looking to elope in Big Island, Maui, Kauai, or Oahu? Even though there are plenty of public land options to consider eloping to in Hawaii, there are also some pretty neat private venues in Hawaii too to include in your elopement package. Our team loves private venues because they do offer you more privacy and flexibility when you two are going to elope. Private venues, on average, will charge $300 to $4,000, depending on the location.
Best Places To Elope In Hawaii
So you’re ready to start planning your elopement in Hawaii, but you aren’t sure where you should exchange your vows with your partner?
Check out these locations broken down into the four islands we recommend in Hawaii:
Keep in mind this resource features some of our favorite locations. We always recommend teaming up with one of our members. They can better assist you when it comes to permits and more remote locations not many people know about.
Big Island Elopement Locations
Being the largest of the Hawaiian islands, Big Island has extensive options for couples who love waterfalls, tropical greenery, and active volcanoes! The largest active volcano, Kilauea, can be found on this island. If you love beaches, then you will have multiple sand beaches to visit with white, black, and even green sand!
If you’re looking for a more in-depth elopement guide, then check out our Big Island Elopement guide.
If you love surfing and quiet towns, then Hilo Bay is your destination. This location can be gorgeous and intimate on one of its many stunning beaches. Since this is a very local spot, you will have an authentic Hawaiian experience.
Pine Trees Beach
Beaches in Hawaii are beyond spectacular. If you’re looking for a beach with plenty of sand, black rocks, and scenic trees, then Pine Trees Beach is for you. You can find an intimate spot on this beach and exchange your vows with a stunning view.
While planning your Hawaii elopement package, you may realize that you want something other than a beach ceremony. Hawaii also has plenty of green hills covered in misty fog. Waimea is a great option for you if you are looking for something a little different.
This black sand destination is surrounded by sea turtles and stunning blue waters. Kiholo has a little bit of everything, such as wildlife, tide pools, and rock formations. You can also find a mini-island at the heart of the bay made of lava rock, perfect for some epic pictures.
Captain Cook Bay
For adventurous and romantic couples, we suggest checking out Captain Cook Bay. There’s plenty of water activities to do here to celebrate your marriage, including swimming with dolphins and kayaking!
On the Big Island’s Kohala Coast is a small oceanfront community, Pukao. This is a secluded little community known for its clear blue waters and awesome snorkeling! If rain is your concern, then this area is perfect for you since this is the driest area on the Big Island, receiving about 10 inches of rain per year.
Maui Elopement Locations
After Big Island comes the second-largest, but equally beautiful Maui island. This island has beautiful tropical greenery and is known as The Valley Isle. From gorgeous coves to calming beaches, Maui is nothing short of spectacular.
If you’re looking for a more in-depth elopement guide, then check out our Maui Elopement guide.
If you aren’t comfortable having no bathroom or being in the middle of nowhere, then Baldwin Beach is a great option. This area has multiple amenities to enjoy your day out on the beach. With this convenience, however, comes a few onlookers that may stop and congratulate you after you say ‘I do’!
Sunset elopements are magical, so if the sunset is what you are after, then Paipu beach is your best bet! Since its stunning views are so popular, multiple people can usually be found here. However, we are sure you can find a spot to say ‘I do’!
If you’re looking for something tranquil and unique, then you should consider Makena Cove as your elopement destination to add to your Hawaii elopement package. This secret cave is also a beach that is surrounded by water and lava rock.
Palauea Beach (White Rock)
This beach is quiet and lovely with secluded areas and calming waters. Be warned there are no bathrooms here, but that shouldn’t stop you from picking Palauea beach, also known as White Rock, for your elopement.
Kauai Elopement Locations
Known as the Garden Island, Kauai is home to beautiful tropical rainforests and lush valleys. If you’re looking for a laidback atmosphere and a deep cultural experience for your elopement, then this island is your best bet.
If you’re looking for a more in-depth elopement guide, then check out our Kauai Elopement guide.
Surrounded by mountain views and two miles of beach, Hanalei Bay is a sight to see. This location is good for just about everything from sunsets, fishing, surfing, and swimming. The pier in Hanalei does not allow any elopement ceremonies, but you can obtain a photo session permit for your portraits here.
North Shore Falls
Imagine being surrounded by gorgeous greenery and having access to a private waterfall. A site fee comes with North Shore Falls, but it’s ideal for your Hawaii elopement dream.
If you’re looking for unique photographs for your Hawaii elopement, then you should check out this spot! The Waimea Canyon is 3,000 feet deep, and 10 miles long. Please keep in mind this location does not allow elopement ceremonies, so get with your photographer to acquire the proper permits if you would like to take some portraits in the area.
Puu Poa Beach
Located near two resorts, Puu Poa beach is perfect to transition into your honeymoon. The mountains of the bay line the shore and the sun sets perfectly into the water here.
Oahu Elopement Locations
If you and your partner love food, culture, and nightlife, then Oahu is the place for you both to elope. This island is ideal to elope at a beach resort, a sandy white beach, or a tropical forest.
Top inspiration: Gorgeous Green Mountain Elopement on the Island of O’ahu, Hawaii
If you’re looking for a more in-depth elopement guide, then check out our Oahu Elopement guide.
Waimanalo beach is about half an hour from Honolulu, and its beautiful clear waters and white sand is everything you imagined when you first thought about eloping in Hawaii.
Have you ever seen gorgeous green waters? Hale’iwa beach is known for its beautiful waters and turtles. The views are wonderful here if you are looking for a sunset destination in Oahu.
Yokohama Beach Park
This is the perfect spot for a private elopement ceremony. Tourists, despite this Yokohama beach’s beauty, rarely travel to the west side of Oahu. The hour drive from Waikiki, the more popular beach, makes this destination a journey to get to. We think, however, it’s worth the drive for privacy.
This is a popular destination for tourists, but Waikiki beach can also be fun and lively for your elopement! If you don’t mind the crowd, then this place is for you! There are also many great restaurants to hold a small ceremony after you two say, ‘I do’.
A lot of people visit this beach on the weekends, but it’s a breathtaking spot to say “I do”. Kahala Hotel & Resort is situated right by Waialea beach, which makes this spot ideal if you’re worried about where to get ready.
When to Elope in Hawaii
There is really no bad time in the year to elope in Hawaii. Known for its warm weather year-round, Hawaii is perfect for tropical elopements. The dry season is usually from April-October, and the wet season is from November to March.
The best time of year to go to Hawaii is between March and September. Keep in mind, peak season in Hawaii is from December to mid-April.
The time of year and time of day you plan your Hawaii elopement depends on what you want to do during your wedding day and where you want to elope in Hawaii. Depending on the answers to those two, you can discuss with your elopement vendors what they suggest.
Usually, you’ll always get the best lighting during sunrise and sunset for your elopement in any of the islands. Planning a sunrise or sunset elopement will also help you avoid some crowds at the most popular locations.
Permits and Marriage License for Hawaii Elopements
Do you need a permit to get married in Hawaii?
If you decide to have your wedding ceremony at one of the locations we mentioned above, then you should check to see if that location requires a permit to get married. Most locations in Hawaii do require a permit (average $100).
Beach elopements and weddings in Hawaii that take place on a shoreline, which is not occupied by a state or federal park, must have a state permit (Hawaii beach permit). You can obtain this permit on your own, but we suggest going through a Hawaii wedding planner/vendor instead. It’s also important to note that if the couple is going in the water at all, the Wiki Beach Permits will not suffice. Their photographer would need Standard Film Permit with a water safety officer to supervise activities.
Please note that photographers need permits for every location they go to in Hawaii. Photographers can obtain this permit through the Hawaii Film Office and/or County Film Offices. If a wedding is taking place off the beach (ex. a State Park), then in addition to commercial film permits, a Special Use Permit is also needed for the wedding ceremony.
If you don’t go with the planner, then you will need liability insurance to obtain the permit. For beach elopements, keep in mind no arches are allowed. It is illegal to get married on a beach in Hawaii or anywhere in Hawaii without a proper permit. It’s also important to double-check if the location you’re interested in is still a location you can visit to have your ceremony or take your portraits.
It’s our duty to leave no trace (LNT) when we visit public lands. Let’s all do our part and stay on the trail and respect the lands we are visiting.
Marriage License and Requirements in Hawaii
It’s important to note: Hawaii marriage license expires after 30 days, but the license is valid for a couple to get married at any of the islands, and you can get married right after you acquire your license (no waiting period). Just remember to bring your marriage license with you to your ceremony, so your officiant can complete it and file the license.
If I live in another country, can I legally get married in Hawaii?
If you live in a country outside of the US, then you’ll need an apostille, which is a document to authenticate your marriage license. Just let your elopement vendors know this, to make sure you have everything you need for your ceremony.
Top 5 Things to Remember When Planning an Elopement in Hawaii
- Hawaii has warm weather year-round!
- October through April sees the most rain on the Islands.
- Airfare and accommodations are more expensive from December through April.
- Remember to obtain permits and pay location fees.
- Have fun, and don’t forget your swimsuit and sunblock!
Best Places To Stay In Hawaii
So you have learned how to elope on your favorite Hawaiin island, found the perfect location, and hired the perfect vendors to make your dream become a reality. Now all you have to do is figure out where you and your family will stay during your time in Hawaii. We have included a list of where to stay in Hawaii. These locations would be perfect for just you and your partner, your entire family, or maybe even an epic honeymoon house after the wedding.
Where to Stay on The Big Island
Don’t feel overwhelmed if you’re planning your elopement on The Big Island. Here are some of our favorite options.
Where to Stay in Maui
Maui is perfect for your elopement and your honeymoon together. Check out our favorite places to stay in Maui.
Where to Stay in Kauai
Kauai is probably one of our favorite places in the world. If you are traveling to Kauai for your elopement, you need a place to stay. Explore our favorite homes and condos on Kauai that would be perfect for you and your family.
Where to stay in Oahu
Oahu has so much culture to appreciate. Here are the best places to stay as you take in everything the island has to offer.