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Hawaii is a beautiful place and a marriage here is an ideal way for a couple to start life together. You may be a visitor to the Islands, drawn to our year-round warm and sunny weather, or you may be a resident wishing to celebrate a most cherished moment in a place that you call home. Whoever you are, we welcome you and hope that we can make your wedding day as free from worry as possible. Aloha and best wishes! When my (now) husband and I decided to get married, we didn't even know where to start. We didn't want to spend $5,000 for the wedding venue alone. So, we decided to elope (but where?). First place came to mind was Las Vegas (with an Elvis impersonator marrying us?, NO!!!). Then, Jamaica (wait a minute, what would happen to our legal marriage document, would it be in English or some foreign language?)... Then, we came up with Maui. Now, where do I find a minister to perform our ceremony on an island full of vacationers and timeshares? Since the internet was our friend, we started searching online. OMG, there are ten or so names popping up... If you are wondering what keywords we chose, we typed "getting married in Maui" and then "getting married in Hawaii". We chose one wedding planner who didn't charge an arm and a leg. They set up an appointment with a marriage license agent. Two months later, we showed up with our wedding rings and two valid driver licenses. We met with a marriage license agent in Kihei and spent fifteen minutes or so with her. We walked out with our marriage license. Two days later, we presented our license to our minister who performed our wedding and submitted it to the State of Hawaii. Just like that... For more information, please see below... For any person to lawfully marry in the State of Hawaii, a license for that purpose must be obtained from an authorized agent (Section 572-1.7, Hawaii Revised Statutes). Once the license has been issued, there is no waiting period before the marriage can take place. •Who is eligible to apply for a marriage license? •How to apply for a marriage license. A marriage license and marriage certificate are different documents. The marriage license permits a marriage to take place. The marriage certificate indicates that a legal marriage has been performed. The marriage certificate is prepared and filed by your licensed marriage officiant or performer with the Department of Health. A newly married couple receives one (1) certified copy of the marriage certificate at no extra charge, upon payment of the marriage license fee, which will be sent to the couple by mail (60-120 days) after the marriage has been performed. If a marriage certificate is needed sooner than this, you can apply for one or more additional certified copies. For a list of wedding ministers, please visit: http://destinationweddinghawaii.com/Hawaii_Ministers.aspx Please watch for our next blog coming up soon... Posted by www.destinationweddinghawaii.com at 5:29 PM

The best time to visit Hawaii: People often ask me when the best time to visit Hawaii. My recommended months are September and October. Although the weather is pleasant year-round in Hawaii, many airlines offer cheaper fares during these two months. The summer crowd left the islands and the holidays crowd haven't arrived yet. My next recommended months are January and February. The holidays crowd left the islands and Spring Break hasn't started yet. Don't forget that Valentine's Day is on February 14th. Many airlines and hotels also offer highly discounted pricing to attract more people to travel. How about the weather in January and February? No worries, Hawaii weather is pleasant year-round. The temperature never falls below 50's F. The lowest daytime temperature in Hawaii is 62 degrees Fahrenheit (the record is set in 2002; source: Staradvertiser.com). Posted by Catherine Wenzl on January 27, 2014 at 11:34a.m.

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My favorite Hawaiian island... People often ask me if I favor one island more than the rest. All Hawaiian islands are beautiful; however, if I must choose one island, I would say that Kauai is one of my most favorite island in Hawaii. Kauai is one of the most romantic islands, layered in lush vegetation where you can feel like you are in Bora Bora, Tahiti, while being far more affordable than Tahiti. It's also one of the best kept secrets, making it one of the less crowded islands. It does get more rain than Oahu and Maui. In fact, it is home to Mount Wai’ale’ale, the wettest spot on Earth; however, we appreciate the rain as much as we appreciate the green hillsides throughout the island. It's just like being in Jurassic Park minus the T-Rex. Posted by Catherine Wenzl with DestinationWeddingHawaii.com on January 28, 2014 at 10:44a.m

The best wedding sites on Oahu: Oahu (The Gathering Place) is where the capital city of Honolulu is located. It is the third largest island and supports 70% of the State’s population. Honolulu is a cosmopolitan city supporting a wide variety of ethnic groups resulting in a wide variety of entertainment and culinary offerings. Waikiki is the largest hotel district on the island and is located next to the world famous Diamond Head Crater landmark on the south side of the island. The west side contains the newer Ko’olina Resort area and the north shore has the Turtle Bay Resort. This island offers has excellent beach access around the entire island, excellent shopping and night life, restaurant and entertainment. With a good wedding planner, there are a numerous secluded, convenient and beautiful wedding sites such as Waimanalo, Kahala or Ko'olina. Posted by www.destinationweddinghawaii.com * One stop shopping for Island Destination Weddings in Hawaii * January 31, 2014 at 10:56a.m

Tips about getting married in Hawaii... Any advice/tips about getting married in Hawaii—the best seasons and the best locations for each island, etc.? The autumn months tend to offer the fewest visitors, lowest hotel rates and airfares. Many times, our clients getting married in Hawaii are concerned about the “rainy season”. Hawaii does not have a rainy season in the same sense some other locations around the world do. Hawaii does get more rain in the winter than in the summer and temperatures in winter are 5-10 degrees cooler than in summer, averaging in the low 80s year round. But due to the isolated location of the islands and the high elevations of the mountains, clouds are blown in daily by the northerly trade winds, trapped high up against the mountains where they build and result in rain deep in the valleys, providing the water to drive spectacular waterfalls. Most often, the beach areas of the islands are clear and sunny, resulting in frequent rainbows, sometimes double and triple rainbows. Visitors to the islands increase in summer months primarily due to school schedules, but so do hotel rates and airfare, while the autumn months tend to offer the fewest visitors, lowest hotel rates and airfares. Anytime of the year is the best time for Hawaii. Posted by Catherine Wenzl with destinationweddinghawaii.com on Feb 4, 2014 at 12:15p.m

Why is Hawaii such a great place for an island destination wedding? Hawaii is a great place to get married. Hawaiian islands have excellent year-round weather, spectacular scenery, world class accommodations and restaurants on all islands. Hawaii, being part of United States, requires no special documentation and marriage in Hawaii is legally recognized in all 50 states and the world. It's very safe, friendly and affordable and easy to have a destination wedding on any of the major Hawaiian islands. Our couples combine their wedding and honeymoon in one location. They can invite family and friends, or keep the ceremony intimate with a small group or just the Bride and Groom. Our company provides all of the services to realize that special day, without the stress and anxiety of planning the event yourself. Posted by Catherine Wenzl with Destination Hawaii Wedding, LLC "One Stop Shopping Destination for All Your Hawaiian Island Destination Wedding Needs" Call us to ask for our 15% Off & Spring Specials at (808) 990 3408

A Hawaiian island with an active volcano... How about having an Island Destination Wedding by an active volcano in Hawaii? Which island would you visit? Each of the Hawaiian Islands is unique in its topography and it legendary beauty. Formed from ancient volcanoes, each is one of a kind and all are considered to be among the most diverse and awe inspiring islands on the planet. Hawaii (The Big Island) is the largest and youngest of the islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. It’s also the only Hawaiian island with an active volcano. Three volcanoes have shaped the island. Mauna Kea being the largest volcano in the world measuring over 33,000 feet from its subterranean base, or nearly 14,000 from sea level. This island is larger than all of the other islands combined, with snow-capped mountains in the winter and 80 degree temperatures on its beaches. The windward (north) side of the island is enveloped with rich tropical rain forests, stunning waterfalls and the second largest city in Hawaii, Hilo. While the south side of the island, the Kona Coast is dryer with geologically recent lava flows. The size of the island and its diversity in climates and elevations provides of wealth of choices for accommodations. The Kona Coast is most frequented by visitors. It has the most night life in Kailua Town and hotels in the surrounding area. Distances between populated areas on the island can be significant and several hours should be planned for exploring each region of the island. Posted by www.destinationweddinghawaii.com with Destination Hawaii Wedding, LLC (808) 990 3408 “Your One Stop Shopping for all your island destination wedding needs in Hawaii”

My favorite Hawaii beach wedding sites, golf courses, gardens and resorts perfect for a destination wedding in Hawaii What are some of my favorite Hawaii beach wedding sites, golf courses, gardens and resorts for wedding ceremonies and for the party? Oahu (Please follow us to see more islands): - Kahala Hotel – Located in the Kahala region of Honolulu at Waialae Beach Park, 20 minutes from Waikiki, yet a world away in its seclusion. Waialae Beach is one of the best wedding photography sites on Oahu with a backdrop of a small island full of palm tree as the showcasing their wedding photos. It’s secluded, one of the best kept secrets on the island. Whether you choose to have a beach wedding under the palm trees with dolphins splashing nearby, or a gazebo wedding on the hotel grounds, Kahala is one of the most popular wedding destinations on Oahu. - Koolau Golf Course – Located on the windward side of Oahu, with majestic views of the picturesque Ko‘olau Mountains. The stunning lush emerald 2000-foot green cliffs are the backdrop for the 242 tropical acres of the Ko‘olau Ballrooms & Conference Center and golf course. A beautiful, elegant site for both indoor & outdoor weddings and receptions. - J.W Marriott in Ko’olina – Located on the beach next to the Secret Cove, offers a breathtaking sunset with tide pools and lava rocks providing a mirrored setting to reflect an array of colors. A quiet, private venue for a romantic wedding experience. - Kualoa Ranch: Home to several beautiful outdoor and indoor wedding venues, including a private beach and tropical gardens overlooking beautiful mountain and ocean vistas. There are three sites to choose from: Secret Island, Hale Moli’i and Paliku Gardens. All are steeped in Hawaiian history, private and unique. Posted by destinationwedddinghawaii.com "One stop shopping for Hawaii Beach Weddings, Resort Weddings, Garden Weddings and Golf Course Weddings" (808) 990 3408 on Feb 11, 2014 at 9:00a.m

Sample Destination Wedding Cost by examiner.com You can't afford David Tutera as your wedding planner, the latest wedding gown from the Vera Wang collection or to have roses flown in from Australia? Platinum Weddings can cost upwards of $200,000, plus. The average wedding in the US cost $26,989 according to USA Today-Money. There is one question that every bride needs to ask herself, before the wedding plan process begins. "Do I want my wedding to be romantic and special or to impress others?" Let's take half the cost of the average wedding, $13,494.50 and see what we can create. Still too much money? Okay, let's go with one-third of the average cost, $8,996. No good either? How about a quarter of the cost, $6,747.25. Wedding essentials, dress, guest, theme, venue location, reception and honeymoon. Yes, you can actually have a theme wedding and honeymoon in this price range. Provided neither the bride nor groom's parents are in a position to pay for the wedding? The out of pocket expenses incurred by parent/guest are small in comparison to footing the bill for the entire shin-dig. Let's start with the dress!. Classic, vintage or modern, in tea-length to full. I know where you can find many styles and a huge selection. When buying a wedding dress, buy it in one or two sizes larger than your size for alteration purposes. Have the dress altered two weeks before the wedding to avoid weight drama. A neighborhood tailor will do just fine. There are a number of websites that offer dresses sporting "the look" without "the price." Dream Prom.com, don't let the website name deceive you, this outfitter offers over 5,500 wedding dress selections, 6,500 special occasion dresses and over 4,000 wedding party dresses. The dresses are priced from $125 to $225. With literally, thousands of wedding dresses to choose from, you can find a real gem on this site. The guest list. Cap it at 35-40 guest, mostly relatives and very close friends. A great way to cutback on the overhead cost of a reception hall, is to have a sit down dinner, at a mid-range price restaurant, after a late afternoon ceremony. The key is to phone in the reservations in smaller groups to avoid service fees. The sit-down dinner theme allows the individual table groups to pay for their own dinner checks. For them the expense is nothing more than a night out for dinner, for you the collective cost is huge. Besides, this is your family and closest friends right? Sub-total: $200. Dress on average $200. Suit-Groom $150. Reception Dinner $60. Invitations To be continued... Please follow us on facebook: f: https://www.facebook.com/destinationweddinghawaii Posted by Catherine Wenzl with Destination Wedding Hawaii by Destination Hawaii Wedding, LLC on February 26, 2014 at 12:32p.m

Part 2: Sample Destination Wedding Cost by examiner.com Next-up is the wedding venue location, honeymoon combo and theme. The venue location and honeymoon is on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii and the theme is Island Romance. Hold the phone, we are still working with one-quarter of the average cost for a wedding. First airfare and hotel, for a three night's stay. Choose a September or October date, this time of year offers lower travel rates to Hawaii as it is a lull period after summer and before the holiday season. It's still 80-85 degrees as always, during these months. Don't even think about an Internet cheap tickets deal. For low group rates use a big box chain travel agency, best bet, Liberty Travel. If a Liberty office is not nearby, use Liberty online, the group option, and if you make the reservation far enough in advance, you can make partial payments over time VS paying upfront. Great deal for friends and relatives to remove any financial strain associated with upfront cost. Group travel cost, just under $500.00 per person, and paid over time is totally doable. Now let's add a upgraded room for the bride and groom. Sub-total: $1,300 Airfare and Hotel, three nights The wedding ceremony, on Oahu offers tons of Island wedding packages. Best price sites offer full packages or A la Carte services to pick and choose what you like. The packages include a romantic beach front location, marriage licence arrangements, bouquet, cake, wedding pictures floral-ring head-piece, an up-do hair style, make-up plus a mani-pedi for the bride, at a very upscale spa. You also receive the services of a wedding coordinator for the day, wedding singer, minister and limo service. Plus one more very cool feature, a live webcast of the wedding ceremony! This way your additional friends, family and acquaintances can share in the moment live, via the web. The Island wedding company offering this package is Destination Hawaii. The "Orchid" wedding package plus add-ons including all of the above; Sub-total: $3,400 Grand total, $5,210.00 This leaves a total of $1,537.25 for spending money and any extras. For your sit-down dinner, I suggest the Plumeria Beach House Restaurant (inside) at the Kahala Hotel, Honolulu. It's gorgeous, oceanfront, and has a spectacular view. There you have it, a romantic beach front wedding and honeymoon, without breaking the bank or going deep into debt. Shopping links: Dresses: Dream Prom http://www.idreamprom.com/wedding-dresses_c3000075 Wedding packages: Destination Hawaii Weddings http://destinationweddinghawaii.com/Hawaii_Wedding_Packages.aspx Please follow us on facebook: f: https://www.facebook.com/destinationweddinghawaii Posted by Catherine Wenzl with Destination Wedding Hawaii by Destination Hawaii Wedding, LLC on February 26, 2014 at 12:32p.m