A big draw to the islands are weddings. Many engaged couples want to get married in paradise and often choose Hawaii as a place to announce their vows. As a tourist trade, the marriage marketplace has blown up in the past decade. Of course there are many options when it comes to getting married in Hawaii, but the biggest concern to most is location. So here we have outlined a few of the top spots that visitors and locals alike choose to get married.
Remote and rich with scenery, Makena Cove tops the list for sunset weddings. A sheltered area with craggy rocks and tall palms with swaying leaves, the backdrop for photos is a bride’s wish and dream. The foamy water laps upon the shore with a myriad of blues to drink in while watching the ceremony. Kaholoowe and Molokini dot the horizon and the sunset provides the dramatic landscape to match the romantic occasion. It’s a joy for all visiting, with a few caveats. The site has limited parking and no restroom facilities. Also, multiple weddings are usually taking place, but most of the time, all are intimate groups each focused on their own wedding.
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Sugarman’s Estate (Honua Kai Lani) Whether daytime or nighttime, weddings at Sugarman’s Estate (Honua Kai Lanai) are outdoors, seaside. Sugarman’s Estate is another Makena destination. The beautiful lawn is level and overlooks the ocean. The beach area is minimal and good for pictures and the estate offers a house on site. Weddings up to 250 in attendance are possible here and there are plentiful areas for capturing photos.
Olowalu Plantation House
Grand banyan trees and lawns, vast ocean views, a wraparound lanai and a lovely home in which to get ready on the big day, the historic Olowalu Plantation House is another great spot for weddings with up to 200 guests. The estate in Lahaina offers a reflection of the culture and charm of the town.
Grand Wailea Seaside Chapel
While an indoor wedding at any of Maui’s fine resorts is guaranteed to be an incredible affair, an option for a spiritual, religious or romantic ceremony is possible at the Seaside Chapel on site at Grand Wailea. Bright sunlight warming a path, tranquil gardens and a lanai overlooking the beach by day and tiki torches at night are wedding options. Maui is home to many Catholic and Episcopal churches that meet the wishes of brides wanting a wedding near the sea. Incredible architectural interiors and nature’s beauty outdoors surpass expectations of couples seeking an idyllic Maui wedding. Another advantage for a wedding here are the many Wailea vacation rentals. You and your quest can stay nearby and have your pick for a wide selection of rentals that will suite most needs; From modest studios to grand villas.
Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens
The Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens at Iao Valley State Park in the mountains of Maui serve as another ideal wedding site for couples who want nature and culture, plus an affordable site (it’s free). Picnic tables, a Japanese temple and tea house, ancient house, Portuguese gardens, native Hawaiian plants—the wedding site is embraced by bare elegance. Moreover, the ponds, streams and serenity make this a great pick for an island wedding on Maui.
Ironwoods Beach in Kapalua is another stunning site for sunset weddings. Molokai serves as a distant backdrop and the wedding site also offers a remote spot with lava cliffs. Grand waves crash against the rugged terrain and Makaluapuna Point are highlights of this dramatic landscape.
It would be simple to say that any wedding on Maui will have all the grandeur that necessitates no additional décor. However, it would be more accurate to say that the sights are numerous and can offer gardens, waterfalls, mountains, sea, Hawaiian foliage and far-reaching views; moreover a Maui wedding can happen at any budget.