You and your Dearly Beloved are about to be married; when you close your eyes, where do you envision yourself standing when you say your vows?
Is it on a beach, with the sound of the waves crashing? Perhaps it’s on a mountain surrounded by chirping birds as the sun is setting. You may even see yourself in an old chapel, basking in the history of countless couples before you.
There are so many options to choose from, all equally as beautiful but which venue is the best suited for you?
You can narrow your choices down by focusing your wedding eyes on Hawaii. Hawaii is known for its magnificent beaches, stunning views, and peaceful culture; it is also home to some of the most romantic spots.
A recent report revealed that the average wedding in Hawaii can cost almost $33,000, which is $5,000 more than the average cost for a wedding elsewhere in the U.S. With these statistics in mind, why should you choose Hawaii for your special day?
For one thing, Hawaii has various types of venues to appeal to your specific taste and for another, it offers a unique cultural experience that is bound to make your day memorable.
Here are 12 of the best wedding venues in Hawaii to consider for your celebration:
Olowalu Plantation House
Since it’s Hawaii, you’re likely after an ocean view. This rustic venue can offer you just that, plus the surroundings of tall trees and lush green fields off the shore. The Olowalu Plantation House would be a perfect fit for both intimate and larger weddings, with its great open space
The old sugar plantation was built in 1922 and has since become one of the most popular wedding hotspots in Maui. If you want a touch of history on your big day, you will welcome the appearance of an old sugar mill that can be dated back to the 1870s!
Price Range: $12,000 – $14,000
Capacity: 200 guests.
If you would prefer a more private wedding venue, the Lahaina Loft will make your heart melt; with neutral tones, hardwood floors, and an ocean view, the space allows for your wedding theme to stand out; the venue is noted for being versatile.
Although the building can host up to 100 guests, it is recommended to keep to a 35-guest limit to enjoy the venue to the full. The price range covers a luxurious package that includes catering, staff, and even a wedding cake. This venue is perfect for a small, intimate wedding where you can easily enjoy the company of your guests.
Price Range: $395 per guest.
Capacity: 35 guests.
If you’re planning to go all out with a big wedding, Ko’olau can offer you a wide variety of venues from grand ballrooms to gardens with panoramic views of mountain ranges. You can bask in luxury as you say “I do” in front of an indoor waterfall and spend the evening in a glass ballroom that overlooks the lush green landscape.
The price range includes a customized menu and glamorous furniture to give you the stress-free wedding day you deserve.
This venue is also known for friendly and helpful staff members that will accommodate your wedding needs.
Price Range: $135 per person
Capacity: 750 guests.
Hawaii Vista Weddings Estate
Although we love Hawaii for its oceanic charm, it has other beautiful treasures to offer.
Hawaii Vista Weddings Estate captures the green fields and striking trees of the Island, making your small wedding feel like a fantasy – as it should.
You and your spouse-to-be can share your first betrothed kiss in a magic forest, in front of an old barn, or on the precipice of a breathtaking field, and enjoy a reception on a sheltered lanai with a mountain view.
The price does not include catering; however, it does include two wedding planners that will set the venue up for you, easing some of your pre-wedding anxiety.
Price Range: $2,995 – $4,795
Sugar Beach Events
Sugar Beach Events is Maui’s only private beachfront venue with full access to white-sand beaches!
This magical wedding venue lets you take full advantage of Hawaii’s oceanic paradise, with the island theme bursting from every corner of the estate. With the beach only a few steps away, you could even break tradition and combine your wedding with a beach party and trade the dress for a bikini!
The estate is situated on the west side of the Island, which means the beach is the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the sea and give your ceremony a golden glow.
No matter your preferences, this location has the potential to bring your dream Hawaii wedding to life!
Price Range: $6,000 – $7,000
Capacity: 300 guests.
With this next venue, we will trade sandy beaches for mountain peaks. Paliku Gardens is located at the base of the sacred 1000 ft high Kanehoalani mountain while overlooking the Kaneohe Bay.
Guests can enjoy the sights of the iconic Mokoli’i Island as well as the natural beauty of green gardens and rolling pastures. The open garden venue will provide you with ample picturesque moments to remember your special day.
Price Range: $3,895 – $4,495
Capacity: 250 guests.
Maui Beach Wedding
Of course, Hawaii has countless beach wedding options; however, Simple Maui Wedding adds a warm touch to your memorable day. If you want to avoid becoming a Bridezilla, we recommend this small venue for an intimate ceremony on Maui Beach.
Simple Maui Wedding can accommodate all your dream wedding needs, from flowers to a traditional Hawaiian Officiant; they also have a package that sends a video of your ceremony to family members and guests back home. This venue will give you the full cultural bliss that Maui has to offer. If peace and tranquility appeal to you, you’ll love this spot!
Price Range: $3,325
Capacity: 15 guests.
The Dillingham Estate House is one of the oldest and historically prominent wedding venues in Hawaii, and most people don’t even know about it.
This little secret spot dates back to 1895, so, if the idea of a modern wedding simple doesn’t appeal to you, this ranch will. However, old doesn’t have to be shabby; the Dillingham Ranch is teeming with luxury.
Depending on the package you select, this estate can also provide rooms for an overnight stay, giving you the full Old Hawaii experience.
Guests can enjoy the natural areas such as the Central Courtyard, the Hundred-Year-Old Banyan Trees, the Cocoanut Grove, and the Avenue of Royal Palms.
Price Range: $4,500 – $14,000
Capacity: 300 guests.
This hotspot is one of the most popular venues to visit in Hawaii; it has a unique fairytale landscape that adds even more romance to your wedding.
Haiku Gardens offers a variety of wedding backdrops, from old mills to ancient staircases; what’s more, you can have your reception in one of the spacious gardens.
If you want to feel like Alice, this venue is the perfect wedding Wonderland with bridges, groves, and vine-draped ruins.
Thankfully the venue offers a photographer for the big day as you wouldn’t want to pass up an opportunity to capture these moments of pure beauty.
Price Range: $3,600 – $10,500
Capacity: 80 guests.
Paradise Cove Crystal Chapel
What is a traditional wedding without a chapel?
At Paradise Cove Crystal Chapel, you can feel like a princess when you run down the stairs with your sweetheart after a beautiful ceremony. However, this venue gives the word “chapel” a new meaning; in this chapel, you can say your vows on a glass alter that overlooks the ocean.
As if a glass alter isn’t enough, there is also a stunning chandelier and beautiful marble floors. Don’t worry, the property still has an island-style; it’s just enhanced by elegant and fashionable features.
Price Range: $3,600 – $5,300
Capacity: 50 guests.
Queen Kapiolani Hotel: Waikiki Beach
You don’t have to belong to the Royal bloodline to have a Royal wedding! If you are an antique art fan, you will enjoy the paintings that line the walls of this hotel. Inspired by Queen Kapiolani, this Waikiki Beach venue screams romance with its Golden Age touches.
With a variety of packages to choose from, this dream wedding venue could accommodate both your ceremony and reception. You could have your first dance with your spouse under the starry sky on the huge balcony that overlooks Diamond Head.
P.S. the Queen Kapiolani Hotel is pet friendly so you can have your furry family present too!
Price Range: $2,690 – $4,900
Koko Crater Botanical Garden
We all know that love is explosive, why not tie the knot in a crater of a dormant volcano that is blooming with flora.
The Koko Crater Botanical Garden includes some beautiful trails through the plant life with an ocean view. With an open space, you can have your ceremony and reception under the nighttime sky.
The price is exclusively for admission to the venue; all furniture, food, décor, and extras are not included. Considering the exquisite location and scenery, this venue is still a bargain; if your budget is small, this could be the venue for you!
Price Range: $150
Capacity: 30 guests.