An Aloha Affair -- How to Marry in Hawaii
For brides dreaming of a tropical wedding, Hawaii -- with its killer scenery, balmy weather and festive aloha culture -- has long been an idyllic choice. But while it may be easy to picture yourselves exchanging leis to the peaceful plinks of a ukulele, knowing just where to set that scene can be mind-boggling. To suit couples of every style, we narrow down the wealth of resort options to six of the best.
Perfect for Beach-loving urbanites.
Sprawled across 22 acres on Waikiki's widest stretch of beach, this mega-resort is a tropical oasis in the center of the action. Rich landscaping and a virtual playground of pools, shops and wildlife exhibits (including penguins!) are a party for your senses, while a whopping 2,860 guest rooms are equipped with big-city features like high-speed Internet and flat-screen TVs, plus Crabtree & Evelyn La Source bath amenities, signature Serenity Beds and private lanais.
You and your guests will be within easy walking distance of Honolulu's best, including loads of downtown shopping (the resort has its own mall too), hot nightspots like Waikiki Nei (a new Vegas-style show venue and club) and hip restaurants like Doraku Sushi (they have their own sake sommelier). Onsite, guests can take surfing lessons, learn how to make leis or get pampered at the Mandara Spa.
Outdoor weddings occur on the sand, in a gazebo or on a flowering lawn. Indoors, exchange vows in the elegant Ocean Crystal Chapel, which seats 60 and features a vaulted ceiling and dramatic windows that overlook a tranquil pond.
Keep things lively with a rehearsal dinner at Bali by the Sea, where the ocean views and fresh Pacific Rim cuisine are sure to wow your party. Then throw a reception they'll never forget on the Great Lawn, adjacent to the newly refurbished Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and Waikiki Beach, so your guests can easily wander onto the sand. Receptions can also take place among waterfalls, exotic plants and lava rocks at the main pool. Chapel rental from $4,500.