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The Top 10 Reasons for Getting Married on Oahu

Here’s why “The Heart of Hawaii” is the perfect spot for the ultimate romantic destination wedding and honeymoon.

Easy to Reach and Navigate

Oahu’s accessibility makes the island an ideal destination wedding location. Travel to Oahu is a breeze with loads of daily flights — many direct — from the U.S. mainland. Once on Oahu, getting around is easy. Excellent local companies can transport guests between locations for your wedding festivities. When your guests are on their own, they can explore Waikiki and Honolulu on foot, by bike, cab, and the Waikiki Trolley. Renting a car is an easy way to explore the island and most points on Oahu are accessible in under an hour. Finally, U.S. citizens do not need a passport to travel to Oahu.

Picture Perfect – Ideal Year-Round Weather

Oahu’s excellent year-round weather means you can plan your wedding for the month that best suits your needs. Sunny days, star filled nights, and refreshing trade winds make Oahu ideal for your wedding festivities. Oahu’s Windward (East) Coast is green, lush, and wetter in comparison to the more arid Leeward (West) Coast.

Breathtaking Natural Beauty

Oahu is the idyllic romantic backdrop for your wedding with infinite picture-perfect photo opportunities and Instagrammable moments. Aqua Pacific waters lap gently on soft sandy shores or crash dramatically on windswept beaches. The emerald Koolau Mountains rise along the Windward Coast while the Leeward Coast’s Waianae Range slopes down to endless deserted beaches. Tropical flowers blaze in a riot of colors. Majestic valleys and rainforests are filled with hiking trails and incredible vistas. Magnificent sunrises, sunsets, and double rainbows take your breath away.

The Unique Hawaiian Culture

An Oahu wedding’s magic comes from the extraordinary Hawaiian culture – The Aloha Spirit. Incorporating Hawaiian cultural elements into your wedding can create that sense of place. A rehearsal dinner might be a luau with a hula dancer and ukulele music. Consider being married by a kahu, a non-denominational Hawaiian wedding performer. Serve Hawaiian inspired cocktails and foods that reflect Oahu’s diverse culinary trends and farm to table movement. Plan wedding festivities for your guests like a trip to Pearl Harbor, a hike up Diamond Head, or a food tour of hole-in-the-wall eateries.

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The Food Scene

Couple enjoying an island treat called shave ice

Weddings are all about the food and you will have the most delicious festivities on Oahu. The island is a serious culinary destination overflowing with chef driven eateries serving a diverse array of Hawaiian, local ethnic, and international cuisines all prepared with locally sourced ingredients. From rehearsal dinner, to wedding, to morning-after brunch, you and your guests will feast on fresh and delicious foods inspired by the bounty of Oahu’s farms and seas.

Town and Country Settings

Oahu is the only island in Hawaii with a unique combination town and country experiences. Your wedding can combine the energy and excitement of Honolulu and Waikiki with the laid-back charms and majestic surroundings of the beaches, mountains, and valleys. Tour Chinatown, a historic immigrant gateway and art and dining hub. Head to Kakaako for the colorful outdoor murals, brew pubs, and boutiques. Visit the North Shore beaches, backcountry, and charming Haleiwa. Travel to the Leeward Coast to swim with dolphins, golf, and hike. Meander along the Windward Coast’s stunning shoreline.

Endless Venue Options

Oahu’s diverse wedding venues and price points means you can have the wedding of your dreams. Do you envision a sunset beach wedding, a magnificent resort, or a botanical garden? Have you considered a private oceanfront estate, an aquarium, or even a palace? Oahu’s romantic venues also include boutique hotels, dreamy ranches, private yachts, historic churches, and museums.

Related: Location, Location, Location: Oahu’s Extraordinary Wedding Venues


Multiple Wedding Vendor Choices

Oahu’s wide variety of wedding vendors can turn your wedding dreams into a reality. Top notch wedding planners, photographers, videographers, caterers, florists, make up/hair experts, musicians/entertainment companies/DJs, wedding officiants, and transportation companies are ready to serve you.

Honeymoon Heaven

Since you’re already on heavenly Oahu, there’s really no need to plan a different honeymoon destination. Come a few days early to Oahu before the wedding festivities begin. Move to a different resort after the wedding to enhance the honeymoon experience. You’ll also save by staying on the island and eliminating the extra flights. With so much to see and do, Oahu is the ideal wedding and honeymoon destination.

Related: Oahu Honeymoons: Inspired 4- to 8-Day Itineraries

Everyone Will Want to Come

Last, but not least, everyone will want to come to your Oahu wedding. Most importantly, your loved ones will want to celebrate with you. Oahu is a bucket list destination and your wedding gives family and friends the best reason for traveling to this special island. With a bit of planning, you can make your wedding a memorable vacation for all.

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