What could be more romantic than an elopement in Hawaii? The array of scenery is simply stunning, with a landscape featuring beaches, mountains, volcanoes and forests there is no shortage of amazing locations to hold your wedding ceremony. The seas can be crystal clear, and the tropical foliage offer vibrant greens to really stand out in your wedding photos.
You can get good weather all year-round, however the months of November to April are Hawaii’s rainy months. That doesn’t mean you can’t elope at those times, in fact many people prefer the cooler temperatures and having fewer tourists around. The Summer months offer more reliable weather and warmer temperatures, and with that comes more tourists so the islands will be much busier.
All states require a marriage license, so you need to ensure that you understand all of the requirements very early in the planning process. Luckily, it’s fairly straightforward in most cases as long as you meet the criteria and follow the state requirements.
Here is what you need to know about getting a marriage license in Hawaii.
Yes! Same sex marriage is recognized in all states, and at a federal level, under the Respect for Marriage Act which was signed into law in December 2022.
No. Blood tests have been abolished as part of marriage license applications in all 50 states, so don’t worry if you’re afraid of needles!
Once you’ve gotten the admin out of the way, you can get to the part you’ve been dreaming of: the wedding ceremony!
As you’d expect, each state has different requirements to make a marriage legal. Make sure you follow the guide below to get your marriage legally recognized.
In Hawaii, an officiant or solemnizer is known as a performer. You will require a performer for your ceremony, who must be ordained and licensed by the State. Those ordained online, through entities such as the Universal Life Church, are valid.
The performer must complete an application form and register with the State, even if they are only conducting one wedding there. Failure to do so will mean that the marriage is not legally recognized.
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