Four Easy Steps for Planning a Hawaii Elopement

So, you have made the decision to elope in Hawaii – congratulations!  Deciding to skip the traditional route for the path less traveled might seem overwhelming. Hawaii is the perfect place to host your elopement, and in a few easy steps, we will get your day planned and perfect. We are here to walk you through planning your Hawaii elopement in four easy steps!

Stunning sunset after Hawaiian elopement on the Big Island of Hawaii
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Step One: Hawaii elopement location, location, location!

There are many beautiful places in the world to plan an elopement.  Our favorite is Hawaii!  We actually planned a Hawaiian elopement for our own wedding, and fell in love with the ease and beauty of the island.  Every island is beautiful, but the Big Island is our favorite! The Big Island, also called Hawaii Island, offers sweeping views with lava rock cliffs, sandy beaches, and lots of room which means more privacy.  One of the reasons we love the Big Island SO much – it’s big and perfect for your Hawaii elopement! You also have so much variety on the Big Island; from coffee farms, to ranches, to private estates with views for days, and of course beautiful beaches and coastlines. The Big Island is an amazing place to elope in Hawaii!

Bride and groom at sunset after Hawaii elopement
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Step Two: Who to invite to your Hawaii elopement

Traditionally, Hawaiian elopements consist of fewer than twenty-six guests.  We are allowed to have up to thirty total individuals for the beach for a permit, so you can invite up to twenty-six guests (plus us and you two). If you choose to make it just the two of you, that is wonderful! We love to be your “guests” at your witnesses. You can also choose to invite fewer guests physically, but can live stream and invite as many as you want, so best of both worlds. Our rule is there are NO rules, so you can make your elopement in Hawaii exactly what YOU want, so invite those that best suit your vision. Remember, you chose this route for less stress and headache, so plan accordingly!

Family celebrates with couple after Hawaii elopement
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Step Three: Choose which upgrades mean the most to you

We include leis for the lei exchange portion your Hawaiian elopement, but you may want to add more personal touches or upgrades to your day. Items such as flowers (bouquet, boutonniere, flower circle, etc…), a musician, a sand ceremony, cake by the ocean, flower circle, personal vow exchange, a private picnic for two on the beach can set the tone for your wedding. We are here to bring your vision to life!  Let us know what you want to add, and we will make it happen. You can read more on our Big Island Elopement Packages and a la carte additions here: 

As your officiant, I will also help you customize your ceremony, so it’s perfect for your big day. Again, it’s your day and your rules, so make it exactly what you have envisioned. We are here to bring your ideas to life!

Bride and Groom cut wedding cake by the ocean after Hawaii elopement

Step Four: Book a dinner or brunch reservation after your Hawaii elopement

Time to celebrate! You could plan a private dinner under the stars for just the two of you. Another option is a celebration for the guests who have attended. We can help you find the perfect place to celebrate. This could be a good portion of your budget. If you estimate $150 per person, that is a good place to start. We can help you find semi-private locations, or help set you up with a catering company for your private estate. The options are endless!

That is the short and sweet recipe for a successful Hawaiian elopement. When you book with Big Island Officiant, we help you with each step, every step of the way. Our goal is for you to just show up, look amazing, and get married! Our Hawaii elopement packages are just the beginning of the resources we offer. Contact us to start planning the Hawaii elopement of your dreams. We can help you craft your perfectly customized Hawaii Elopement.

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