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THE ROMANCE OF HAWAIIAN WEDDINGS

Posted on July 29, 2013. Filed under: Wedding planner, weddings | Tags: , , , , |

Imagine yourself walking down the aisle, barefoot under the majestic skies, and stepping on unadulterated, fine sand. If you are bride and planning a beach wedding, why not look into getting married in Hawaii?

coleen1aFor some couples, getting married in Hawaii is the ultimate wedding. Indeed, Hawaiian weddings are very romantic, exotic, and most importantly, unforgettable. Contrary to popular belief, Hawaiian weddings are not as expensive as you think they are. In fact, if you are a getting married on a budget, flying to Hawaii to tie the knot can be cheaper than planning a lavish ceremony in your locality.

Because Hawaii is made up of several islands, it can be very confusing where to hold the ceremony. Your choices would include Oahu, Maui, Kauai or “The Garden Isle”, Lanai, and Molokai. Oahu is the popular choice because this is the island with the biggest population, thereby making it the busiest and liveliest among the five islands. It’s also the reason why Oahu earned the nickname, “Gathering Place,” being home to around a million locals and expats who found happiness in the island.  Located in Oahu is one of the world’s famous beaches – the Waikiki Beach. Another world famous city, Honolulu, the state’s capital, is also situated in Oahu.

Now, if you are planning to get married in Oahu, expect to choose from over 70 hotels, 30 condominiums, and 20 bed and breakfast inns. Also, don’t be surprised if the island is filled with hundreds of thousands of tourists who want to experience the “Gathering Place” in all its glory just like you do. Once you start planning your very own Hawaiian wedding, you will uncover the best things about Oahu.

Of course, Hawaiian weddings need preparations and one of the most important elements of planning the ultimate ceremony is to pick an extraordinary Oahu wedding photographer. Hiring a professional Oahu wedding photographer can make or break your wedding. The right Oahu wedding photographer is crucial because that would be the person to record every detail of what’s supposed to be the most romantic day of your life. Don’t be fooled by “photographers” who try to sell themselves by marketing “unlimited photos.” You don’t need unlimited photos. What you need are memories captured in film and video. Always remember what people say about quantity versus quality. What’s the use of having thousands of photos if none of them capture the emotions and moments that really matter the most?

pstevens Before choosing an Oahu wedding photographer, do preliminary research first. Know what kinds of photos you want and in what format. They may be the experts but it is your wedding and it is your day. Don’t let them dictate how you want it done. Hawaiian weddings are perfect so don’t let anyone ruin it for you. After the ceremony, enjoy the rest of the island. There are plenty of captivating beaches, celebrated restaurants, and exciting activities to explore. Let the beauty of Oahu be forever etched in your memories. It’s not every day you get to celebrate a romantic ceremony with the partner of your dreams.

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How To Get A Marriage License In Hawaii

Posted on July 22, 2013. Filed under: Wedding planner, weddings | Tags: , |

This article discusses how to get a Hawaii marriage license for beach weddings

Getting married is just about any girl’s dream and what better way to enjoy your wedding than to head into one of the most romantic wedding places in the world – Hawaii. Just imagine – long stretches of fine soft sand, with calm turquoise waters splashing silently in the background set against a backdrop of clear blue sky, the perfect place to become one in the sight of God and men.

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To ensure that you get those perfect Hawaii beach weddings that most couples do get to enjoy, it is important to know all about Hawaii marriage license. Although most beaches in Hawaii are free, it is still necessary to get your marriage license to be considered legally married.  Here are some things to ensure that you are eligible to get married in Hawaii.

Eligibility Requirements:

First, one should be of legal age to get married legally in Hawaii. It does not matter whether you are a local or a foreigner; you must be 18 years of age to get married. If you are sixteen or seventeen and want to get married, then you need to obtain parental or legal guardian consent to get married.

Secondly, a proof of age is required by the Department of Health to ensure that you are really of legal age. You can present certificate of live birth, driver’s license or any other government issued IDs to get your license.

If you have been married previously and are divorced or your former spouse is already deceased, you have to show documents such as the original death certificate of your spouse or the certificate that proves that you are already divorced.

How To Apply:

Applying for a marriage certificate is fast and easy. The first step is contacting a licensed minister or a performer as they call them in Hawaii, to officiate your marriage. This is required when you apply for a marriage license. You can choose a religious performer such as a priest or minister or a judge performer such as a magistrate or a retired justice to officiate your marriage.  You will find registered performers at the Department’s official site as well as the type of ceremony that they perform and the city where they are located.

The second step is getting your marriage form. You can easily download an application form from the Department of Health’s official website. There are two types of application form to choose from – marriage and civil union.

Save print and together with your supporting documents and payment fee, head to the marriage license office, which you can find in the State Health Department. Remember that both parties should personally appear before a marriage agent. No emails or mailed applications are entertained and proxies are definitely not allowed.

home2 Third, choose the place where you would like to get married. The license  is valid for thirty days (30) so you can find one that suits you or check out one of the professional wedding planners that cater to Hawaiian weddings. As the Hawaiian weather can change drastically, it is easier to book one wedding planner that knows how to make the day look amazing despite cloudy skies and thunderstorms. You might want to try out the services of Steve Young from DreamWeddingHawaii.com.

All weddings done in Hawaii are legal. If you are a foreigner, inform the registrar of the country where you are a resident and they will send all the legal documents to you so you can file it when you get back home.

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