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Hawaii Resources and Online Island Gift Shop


If you will be having your ceremony and/or reception in Hawaii below are links you may find useful!

Having a Sunrise, Sunset, or Beach Wedding? By Hawaiian Island: Time of High Tide and Low Tide, Sunrise time, and Sunset time


Information on applying for the permit to have your ceremony and/or reception at a State Beach Park or State Park:


The State of Hawaii’s terms of use for State Parks and Beaches for weddings and events are featured at https://dlnr.ehawaii.gov/permits/terms.html


Hawaii Marriage License Application: https://emrs.ehawaii.gov/emrs/public/home.html


Hawaii Civil Union License Application: https://civilunion.ehawaii.gov/emrs/public/home.html

Hawaii State Licensed Agents to acquire physical Marriage License are featured at



Oahu Botanical Gardens: There are beautiful botanical gardens around the island of of Oahu. They are filled with lush assortments of tropical plants, trees, and flowers which make a spectacular backdrop for weddings and vow renewals. There is a usage fee on some and some are free to use, you need to apply at the garden for a usage permit in advance.

Wahiawa Botanical Garden (Wahiawa) FREE
Foster Botanical Garden (Downtown Honolulu) FEE APPLIES
Lili’uokalani Botanical Gardens (Downtown Honolulu) Has a waterfall. Apply for permit at Foster Botanical Garden. FREE
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden (Kaneohe) Has a fresh water lake. FREE
Lyon Arboretum (Manoa) Has garden options for ceremonies as well as offers indoor facility rentals for ceremonies or receptions.  FEE APPLIES
Senator Fong’s Plantation and Gardens (Kaneohe) FEE APPLIES


Honolulu Restaurants with private dining rooms are ideal for small intimate wedding receptions with only few guests.  Click here for a listing.


Online invitation service Paperless Post is a free and modern way to send wedding and vow renewal invitations.


Since 1956 Reyn Spooner has been creating beautiful Hawaiian print clothing. The high quality materials and unique Hawaiian print designs make their shirts the most popular among Hawaii's executives for Aloha Formal attire as well as for stylish every day wear. Reyn Spooner is perfect for Grooms and wedding attendants to wear at a Hawaiian theme wedding!

Beautiful Bridal and Bridesmaids Dresses featuring tropical and floral designs ideal for beach and garden weddings!