Hawaii Honeymoon: Easy to Wed

Many of Hawaii's major hotels and resorts have in-house staff that can coordinate weddings on-site. Another option is to work with one of the numerous destination wedding companies throughout the islands. The following is a sampling.

Paradise Weddings Hawaii, the Big Island. The Paradise Plan includes an on-site wedding coordinator, assistance with license procedures, keepsake certificate, interdenominational minister to perform a religious or civil ceremony, two flower leis or champagne toast at ceremony. The plan is priced from $350 for a beach or hotel grounds site, from $825 for an estate or at sea, and from $595 for a sacred pond or chapel. Commissions are 10%. (800) 428-5844.

Island Weddings, Kauai. The Island Romance package at $885 includes consultation and license arrangements, marriage ceremony, tropical outdoor location, minister/wedding officiant, keepsake certificate, two flower leis, and 24 five by five pictures with album or edited video. The company negotiates its fees to agents. (800) 998-1548.

A Wedding in Hawaii, Oahu. The Paradise Package includes the ceremony at a beautiful island location, two double orchid leis, an album of 32 five-by-five-inch prints, custom-edited video, stretch limo service with champagne, on-site coordinator and filing of marriage license. The package is priced at $880. Commissions are 10%. (888) 452-5450.

A Dream Wedding: Maui Style, Maui. The Maui Style wedding package includes beach or park location, marriage license arrangements, minister, wedding certificate, witnesses, 16 five-by-five-inch photographs in a white album, bridal bouquet and groom's- boutonniere or lei and champagne and toasting glasses, priced at $795. The company pays agents a $50 referral fee. (800) 743-2777.

For more information

Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, 2270 Kalakaua Ave., Eighth Floor, Honolulu 96815; (808) 923-1811, (800) GO-HAWAII, fax (808) 924-0290; www.gohawaii.com.

Big Island Visitors Bureau, 250 Keawe St., Hilo 96720; (808) 961-5797, (800) 648-2441, fax (808) 961-2126; www.bigisland.org.

Kauai Visitors Bureau, 4334 Rice St., Suite 101, Lihue 96766; (808) 923-1811, (800) GO-HAWAII, fax (808) 924-0290; www.gohawaii.com.

Maui Visitors Bureau (includes Maui, Molokai, Lanai), 1127 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuki 96793; (808) 244-3530, (800) 525-MAUI, fax (808) 244-1337; www.visitmaui.com.

Oahu Visitors Bureau, 733 Bishop St., Suite 1872, Honolulu 96813; (808) 524-0722, (877) 525-OAHU, fax (808) 538-0314; www.visit-oahu.com.

Marriage License Requirements

Couples need a valid license to be married in Hawaii. Both applicants must be at least 18, there is no waiting period and the license is valid statewide for 30 days. The fee is $50.

A picture ID is required, such as a passport or driver's license. If the applicant is under 19, a certified birth certificate may be required. The license also requires the names of each partner's parents and where they were born.

If either partner was married before, he or she must state the date, country and state in which the divorce was finalized.

Licenses can be obtained at the State Department of Health, Marriage License Office, 1250 Punchbowl St., Honolulu 96813, (808) 586-4544 or at one of the marriage licensing agents on the Neighbor Islands.

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