Getting married in Hawaii is one of those gestures that marks you as a genuine romantic. The tradewinds toss your hair just-so as you exchange vows while the palm trees darken against the sunset. Afterward, an aisle of tiki torches lights your way to the reception, where guests clink mai tais and a lone ukelele plinks out Hawaiian melodies.
Of course the most crucial part of the scenario is choosing the right spot for the evening to unfold. We’ve assembled a guide to eight Hawaiian resorts that do a superb job of orchestrating weddings, from two-person elopements to 200-person celebrations complete with hula shows. Some have been hosting ceremonies for 30-plus years; others since this summer. Some are as hip as it gets in the islands; others have a patina of elegance you’d be lucky to find anywhere in the tropics. While we’ve chosen each one for a particular kind of couple and gathering, the fact is that you wouldn’t go wrong at any of the lot.
Our additional guides to wedding resorts cover similarly stunning spots in two other enormously popular marriage locales: the Caribbean (we cover islands from Anguilla to Turks & Caicos) and California, where we hand-picked sites from wine country all the way south to the surfer beaches of Laguna. While these three destinations are wildly different from one another, we apply the same high standards to every hotel that appears in these guides, spotlighting each resort’s top party spaces for rehearsal dinners, receptions, and cocktail gatherings. You won’t find a more authoritative source on the web, and since nobody pays to be on our lists, so our impartiality is guaranteed.
Calling all Hawaii-bound couples: Let’s take a peak at paradise.
Want to know more about planning destination wedding travel to Hawaii’a top resorts? Our travel partners at Coastline Travel Advisors, a Virtuoso agency, are ready to help.