Who hasn't dreamt of getting married in Hawaii? With beautiful, famous beaches, lush greenery and vibrant fauna, Hawaii is the definition of an ideal getaway. But it’s also a quintessential destination for weddings. Oahu weddings are often the stuff of fantasy; a beautiful, touching ceremony by the ocean at sunset that can melt any heart as whales breech in the background. While that is a big part of Hawaii’s charm, there’s certainly more to the island than white sandy beaches and luaus. There is a certain feel that you are entering a completely different world, one where time moves slower and makes you stop and enjoy the view. If you’re looking for a wedding location where the atmosphere is calmer, but the scenery is still breathtaking, then Oahu is the place for you.
Located on the island is the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu. There are famous beaches such as Waikiki and Ala Moana located near Honolulu, as well as Ford Island that hosts the USS Arizona Memorial in honor of those who perished in the attacks at Pearl Harbor. There is also the Diamond Head State Monument that overlooks Honolulu and Mamala Bay. Gorgeous sites and memorials aside, many of Oahu’s prime vendors and venues for weddings are located in and around the Honolulu metro area. Many beach resorts are dotted along the coastline, and some of the more prominent hotels can be found along Waikiki Beach. Many of the resorts and hotels located in Honolulu do offer wedding packages that include catering menus, reception options; they also offer honeymoon packages that you can purchase at the same time as a wedding package, if you also plan on staying in Oahu for your honeymoon.
There are other spots within Oahu that are also popular, aside from Honolulu and Waikiki, for weddings and general post-wedding activities. In Kaneohe, a town a few miles north of Honolulu, they have a few ranches that overlook the ocean and are a popular spot for Oahu weddings, receptions and stays for honeymooners. Natural, beautiful sites such as waterfalls and lagoons are dotted all along the island make for great backdrops for wedding photos, or for the actual wedding ceremony itself. Another thing for the history lovers, the Iolani Palace is located close to downtown Honolulu. The Iolani Palace used to house the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii before the islands became U.S. territory in 1893. Fun fact: The Iolani Palace is the only royal palace on U.S. soil.
Oahu is, essentially, one of the most perfect places to have your wedding and honeymoon all in one place. You have the option of having the dream-like beach ceremony, as well as the optimal couple’s getaway. There are plenty of activities to do during your honeymoon, such as surfing, going on hiking trails, dolphin watching, exploring nearby jungles, visiting historical sites and state parks, as well as national monuments throughout the islands. There is so much to do in Oahu that it warrants traveling there for your second and third honeymoon!
But these are just a small fraction of ideas of activities that you can do on Hawaii’s most popular island. Oahu is a wonder waiting to be discovered, and with Beautiful Bride Club, you can find the perfect location to have the Oahu wedding you always dreamed about!