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Hawaii Elopement

Sunrise Elopement in Oahu, Hawaii

Getting Married in Oahu Hawaii

When I eloped in Hawaii, I envisioned a breathtaking backdrop that captured both the majestic mountains and the serene beachside, perfect for sunrise photographs. I wanted my guests to enjoy our intimate Hawaii beach wedding without it taking over their entire vacation. I wanted my ceremony to be an authentic Hawaiian ceremony performed by the traditional Hawaiian people with their rituals, florals and customs, while also providing English translations for everyone to appreciate.

Personally eloping in Hawaii has made me an expert. When planning a Hawaii Elopement, these are the questions I asked myself and i thought it would be helpful to create a guide to help you with your Hawaii elopement.

So lets begin…

Where to get ready for your elopement?

The best place to get ready in Oahu, Hawaii, is at my favorite local hotel, the Queen Kapiolani. This charming hotel is situated at the end of Waikiki Beach, offering breathtaking views of Diamond Head Volcano and the pristine beaches of Waikiki. With its prime location and stunning surroundings, the Queen Kapiolani Hotel provides the perfect setting to prepare for any occasion.

bride getting ready at Queen Kapiolani hotel for their elopement in hawaii

Where to hold your ceremony?

Both options for your ceremony offer unique and beautiful experiences. The Queen Kapiolani Hotel, situated in Waikiki, provides an elegant indoor setting with a ballroom that offers stunning views of Diamond Head. This venue ensures convenience with on-site amenities such as catering, restrooms, and guest accommodations, making it ideal for a more formal event. Conversely, Sandy Beach, located approximately 45 minutes from the Queen Kapiolani, is renowned for its breathtaking ocean views and picturesque beach setting. This option offers a relaxed, natural atmosphere perfect for a casual beach wedding, though it requires logistical planning for transportation and a backup plan for weather conditions. Ultimately, your decision should reflect your vision for the ceremony, considering both the guest experience and the type of ambiance you wish to create on your special day.

Both options for your Hawaii elopement offer unique and breathtaking experiences. The Queen Kapiolani Hotel, situated in Waikiki, provides an elegant indoor setting with a ballroom that offers stunning views of Diamond Head. This venue ensures convenience with on-site amenities such as catering, restrooms, and guest accommodations, making it ideal for a more formal Hawaii elopement. Conversely, Sandy Beach, located approximately 45 minutes from the Queen Kapiolani, is renowned for its breathtaking ocean views and picturesque beach setting. This option offers a relaxed, natural atmosphere perfect for a casual Hawaii elopement, though it requires logistical planning for transportation and a backup plan for weather conditions. Ultimately, your decision should reflect your vision for the elopement ceremony, considering both the guest experience and the type of ambiance you wish to create on your special day.

sunrise or sunset? Which is best?

I personally love a sunrise elopement ceremony, personally because I love the start of a new day and because it offers a private and serene experience. Also, if you are planning on inviting your family this give everyone the opportunity to enjoy your ceremony at a once-in-a-lifetime-experience sunrise, but also gives your family the opportunity to continue enjoying the Hawaiian festivities that you may have planned for them.

“I’ve always been drawn to the magic of a sunrise elopement ceremony. There’s something about the fresh start of a new day that speaks to my soul, making it the perfect moment to say ‘I do’ in a setting that’s both private and serene. And let’s not forget the joy of sharing this intimate experience with our loved ones amidst the beauty of Hawaii.

Imagine the look on our family’s faces as they witness the sky come alive with hues of gold and pink, just like our love. Plus, starting our day with a sunrise ceremony means we have the whole day ahead of us to celebrate! From exploring the island to enjoying Hawaiian festivities, our wedding day will be filled with love, laughter, and memories to last a lifetime.”

Intimate Dinner Reception?

If you’re getting married at Queen Kapiolani then choosing their breakfast buffet catering service is a no-brainer. Since I am sure you and your guests, will be ready for breakfast after your dreamy sunrise ceremony.

If you’re considering a location like Sandy beach. Here are some options to consider:

House Without a Key at Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki Beach: Experience the epitome of Hawaii elopement romance at House Without a Key. Nestled within the prestigious Halekulani Hotel, this venue offers private group dinner options against the backdrop of Waikiki’s golden sunset. Indulge in Hawaiian cuisine while basking in the serenity of this oceanfront locale.

Azure, The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki Beach: Azure at The Royal Hawaiian is your quintessential destination for a Hawaii elopement celebration. With private dining options directly on the beach, you and your loved ones can savor gourmet cuisine amidst panoramic sunset views. Create unforgettable memories against the backdrop of Waikiki’s picturesque coastline.

Merriman’s, Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki Beach: Elevate your Hawaii elopement experience at Merriman’s, conveniently located on Kalakaua Avenue. Enjoy private dining rooms with breathtaking sunset vistas over Waikiki Beach. Immerse yourself in farm-to-table cuisine and unparalleled ambiance for an unforgettable celebration of love.

Must do things in Hawaii with family

Hike Diamond Head

A two-hour hike to do with your family, you get to see the views of the beach and city.

Snorkel at Hanauma Bay

Personally have done this one, it has breathtaking views above ground and under the clear waters. It feels like you are part of the most exotic beach screensaver.

Ka Moana Luau

It is located inside the iconic Sea Life Park, which was featured in 50 First Dates!

Vendors I recommend that have also worked

hotel: Queen Kapiʻolani Hotel Waikīkī Beach

officiant: Kelehua Kawai

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