Hawaii Destination Weddings: Guide to the Islands
With 11 breathtaking properties in Hawaii, Starwood Hotels and Resorts is no stranger to the beauty of the islands and their romantic allure. Dotted throughout O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, and Hawai’i’s Big Island, Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ properties have served as “destinations within the ultimate destination,” helping guests discover the magic of the islands with their world-class experiences and comforts. In this series, we explore the Hawaiian Islands and feature beautiful venues perfect for destination weddings. Dreaming of tropical sunshine, sandy toes, and world-class beaches for your wedding day? As the ultimate destination, Hawaii is a vision of natural beauty, adventure, and romance. Getting married in Hawaii is all about gathering with your closest loved ones for an intimate, relaxing celebration in one of the most geographically diverse and beautifully scenic spots on the planet. If this sounds like your ideal wedding day, then the next step is to choose an island!
Luckily, no matter which island you pick, you can relish in the fact that every island is its own tropical paradise with some of the best sights in the world. To help you get an idea of what each island is like, we put together a little guide to the four major islands, featuring a few of our favorite Hawaii wedding venues from our friends at Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii. All of their venues are gorgeous and can host your entire wedding day, your guests, and even your honeymoon, so there’s less planning on your part!
Oahu Home to the world-famous Waikiki Beach, Oahu is perfect for couples who are looking for a fun, modern Hawaii experience on their wedding day. Boasting a diverse population along with the state capitol, Oahu offers a unique mix of cultural attractions and natural charms while showcasing its metropolitan side. Visiting the beach is a must on every Hawaiian island, but this is even more so on Oahu, the birthplace of big wave surfing! Explore historic sites like Pearl Harbor and scope out the surf scene at Waikiki for a truly iconic Hawaii experience. One extra perk of getting married on a well-populated island: better deals on airfare!
Maui Scenic valleys and stunning beaches make Maui a destination for romantics who want a mix of action and serenity. Known as the “Valley Isle,” Maui offers quaint art towns, the best spots to whale watch in the world, and of course, majestic, winding valleys. A destination wedding in Maui is not complete without a group outing to the historic whaling village and hot spot: Lahaina, or a romantic drive down Road to Hana, a scenic valley road featuring waterfalls.
Hawaii (Big Island) If you love adventure, exploring, and activities, the Big Island is the pick for you. Featuring an active volcano, waterfalls, rain forests, beaches, and snow-capped mountains, the Big Island has everything an adventurous pair could want for an action-packed destination wedding and honeymoon. The Big Island benefits from a distinctly tropical side and sunny side, so you can take your pick!
Kauai For a quiet, intimate, and rustic wedding, Kauai is the way to go. Known as the “Garden Isle,” Kauai is home to lush gardens, Waimea Canyon—the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”—cliffs, rivers, tropical rain forests, and valleys. The laid-back atmosphere and undeveloped beauty of Kauai make it the ultimate destination for couples looking for a relaxing retreat away from tourists. Dig your toes into the sand at Poipu Beach for your ceremony, and then snorkel in the water! Keep in mind, however, that you may have to pay a little more for airfare to get to this serene isle.
Convinced yet? We definitely are! The possibilities for romance and fun is endless when you have your wedding in Hawaii. To start planning the perfect Hawaii destination wedding on your favorite island, check out all of our top wedding venues in Hawaii, including more incredible Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii venues!