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I’m sure it’s no surprise to you: Maui is absolutely one of the most popular locations for wedding destinations in the world. Although it’s the second largest island of the Hawaiian islands, it’s certainly one of the most popular. While Oahu has the largest population, it can definitely have it’s downfalls- like feeling over crowded. For a destination wedding that feels intimate-even private at times- but also with amenities enough to make any wedding dream come true, you’re smart to go with Maui.
What You Need
If you’ve decided on marriage in Maui, there are only a few things you need to do to make it official. Because weddings are so popular here, the island is incredibly well prepared to make it swift and simple for you. You’ll need to obtain a Hawaii marriage license. It will cost you somewhere between $60-$75 as of 2022. You can actually start the application online, but you have to get the license in person once you’re there. You don’t have to wait for it to go into effect. It’s good for 30 days. For more info on getting your marriage license in Maui, check out this site here.
Other than making sure it’s all legal, you’ll need to set your plans in stone well in advance. Get your plane tickets about 3-6 months in advance, and depending on large of a party you’re looking to throw, get a planner a year in advance. Do you have to have a wedding planner? No. But since you don’t live there, it can definitely help to have someone over there who’s got your back.
Weather and Location
Picking your location is probably the hardest part of planning a Maui wedding, simply because there are so many great choices! Hey, not a bad problem to have. If you have a large guest count, I would look at the west side or south side of the island because it’s much easier to find accommodations for yourself and for guests. If you’re looking for a beach wedding, be aware that most of the beaches are public, and while you can expect a good deal of privacy (a.k.a. hopefully no wedding crashers), technically you could get some stubborn tourist unwilling to move their beach blanket for your special day. You also do need a permit for getting married on the beach, so talk with me or your planner to make sure you have checked this box.
The weather in Maui is pretty consistent all year around, but if you’re looking to get married in the summer, you’re going to pay much higher costs. If you’re on a tight budget, I highly recommend steering clear of holiday weekends, and if you want to lower your chances of rain, avoid the winter months.
Keep in mind when planning your wedding in Maui, that time of day is very important. Let’s face it, you’re at the beach, you’re going to be getting some sun. Be careful to wear lots of sunscreen, and watch out that you don’t get burned. No one wants a red stingy face at the alter.
And as nice as it may seem to sleep in on your wedding day, you’re best to get things going early in the day, or closer to the evening. Otherwise, you’re going to see A LOT of squinting in photos. And as far as wardrobe? Wear whatever you want! Truly, Hawaii is so flexible with dress code. You can get married in a bathing suit, and no one will bat an eye. Or go all out with a big fancy gown. Just don’t wear heels, there’s rarely good terrain for that at a Hawaii wedding.
Featured in this blog are Amy and Tomer who met at JFK getting ready to board for their journey to Israel with Birthright. It wasn’t until a “nature walk” which turned into a 5 mile hike in 110 degree heat that they actually had a chance to get to know each other. They instantly connected as friends and decided to sit next to each other on the bus every day.
After leaving Israel, Amy went back to Eugene, OR where she spent the summer before senior year enjoying an Oregon summer. Tomer surprised Amy for her 21st birthday after 2 months apart. They spent their senior year visiting each other every month and they’ve been inseparable ever since. After graduation, they both landed jobs in the Bay Area and have been enjoying their time exploring Nor Cal and all over the world!
On their 5 year anniversary Amy and Tomer traveled to San Diego for a fun weekend getaway. They had a romantic dinner at Hotel Del Coronado and walked down the beach at sunset. On their stroll, they saw a familiar face… me! Tomer surprised Amy with a fun photoshoot which ended with him on one knee. They ended the night with a private s’mores bonfire, champagne, and a new sparkly ring!
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