F.A.Q.

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Q: What would be better… a sunset wedding, midday or a morning wedding?

A: They are all beautiful so it really depends on the look you want and whether you are getting photography. The mornings gives a tropical look, we recommend the evening to give you the opportunity to have a Maui sunset in the background.

Q: Are weekends better for weddings?

A: If you are having your wedding ceremony on a public beach you may want to consider a week day vs. a weekend. On the weekends the beaches will have more people as our local residents as well as visitors will like to enjoy the beaches then.

Q: Do we need a permit to be married on the beach?

A: The State of Hawaii requires us to pay for a permit for all activities at public beaches and parks. Maui Aloha Weddings will gather the required paperwork. All beaches on Maui are public and the permit does not reserve a spot.

Q: Does Maui Aloha Weddings offer same sex weddings?

A: Of course! Same sex marriages are now fully recognized.

Q: Is Hawaiian marriage license legal and valid in other countries?

A: Yes, it is legal throughout the world.

Q: Are tips or gratuities accepted?

A: Gratuities are appreciated and gladly accepted by all of our service specialists.

Q: How long is the wedding ceremony?

A: That depends on the package you choose. The ceremony itself is approximately 12 – 20 minutes long depending on additional readings and vows. If you have a musician/singer, doves, or readings/blessings from family or friends it can last a bit longer.

Q: What can I do to help make sure things go smoothly?

A: Please make sure that you are on time to your wedding. The sun will set pretty fast. Once the sun goes down, there will not be enough light for the photographer or videographer to get the beautiful shots they need for you. You don't want to be rushed in order to get the shots you want.

Q: How can I be sure my wedding date will be available?

A: Many couples have a specific date that they want to be married. For this reason, we encourage you to book as soon as you decide on your Maui wedding. We do have couples that book last minute but the date is based on availability. If you want to assure that your time and date will be available, please book as early as possible.

Q: What is the best time of year to come to Hawaii?

Any time is an ideal time to have a wedding ceremony in Maui. The average temperature is 75 to 85 degrees year round.  Although the temperature may be the same year round, the humidity definitely changes being high in August. January and February tends to have a bit more rain. Humpback Whale season is December to April. For those of you thinking about a beach wedding during these months you just might have an extra guest out in the ocean!

Q: How do we get our Hawaii Marriage License?

A:  Maui Aloha Weddings arranges your Marriage License appointment for you. There is no blood testing required or waiting period. Your marriage license fee is a cash fee paid directly to the licensing agent. All you will need is a valid ID, such as a driver's license. You are then issued your license by the State licensing agent and this is the document you must bring with you on the day of your wedding. For more information from the State of Hawaii on this matter visit our License page

Q: What is the best Maui Wedding location?

A: All Maui beaches are beautiful.  If you have already looked at our Maui wedding locations page and don't know which location to choose, we can recommend one for you.  Just let us know what your ideal beach would include and we can tell you the closest match.

Q: Can we have our wedding on Kaanapali Beach?

A: The beach in Kaanapali has restricted weddings on the beach. We do suggest beaches available north and south of Kaanapali on our location page. The state can fine for conducting a wedding on the beach up to $5000.

Q: What size wedding do you recommend for a Maui beach wedding?

A:  We found that the absolute maximum guests for a BEACH wedding is around 40. Without chairs it makes it extremely difficult for a group of guests over 40 to hear and see your wedding. For larger groups, we are happy to help you create a beautiful venue wedding.

Q: How soon can we view our Maui Aloha Wedding Photos?

A: A link to your proof website will be sent to you via e-mail a few weeks after your wedding.  Turnaround time may be longer in peak season. You will have more photos on your website than what is included in your package. This will give you a chance to choose your favorite images. You can also choose to purchase additional images above what was included in your package.

Q: Do you offer color enhancement or black & white photo images?

A: Maui Aloha Weddings prefers the natural colors as photographed. If it is your preference to have the colors of your photos enhanced (example: the sky or ocean to be more blue) you can inquire with the photographer if this service can be provided. Black and white prints to your existing package if you wish.  The photographers are happy to help to get your pictures how you want them, a fee may be added for extra services.

Q: We are interested in having a video taken. When does the videographer begin?

A: Filming begins at the location of your wedding ceremony, capturing the groom, best man, guests and bridesmaids and of course the bride's arrival. Your videographer continues filming the events through to the appropriate finishing time, depending upon which video package you have chosen. The footage is then edited into a polished, final production. As with still photography the more guests you have at your wedding the more video coverage you will need.

Q: What happens if it rains on our wedding day?

A: We find that 99% of the time if it rains, it usually clears in minutes. It is good to allow yourself a few days by arranging your ceremony at the beginning of your trip rather than the end which gives us flexibility if needed. In the rare event of extremely bad weather for a wedding, we will assist you with options. We have the option of changing the time, the location or the day for BEACH ceremonies. Venue locations usually have site fees that are non-refundable.

Q: What do we wear?

A: A destination wedding allows you to make the rules. We have couples who go traditional with a gown & tuxedo and there are many who wear Hawaiian wedding wear. It is not uncommon for the bride to be in a gown and the groom to be in a Hawaiian style shirt & khakis. Maui Aloha Weddings can help you with your traditional or Hawaiian wear. It's your day to decide how you want it to be. High heels on the beach can be a challenge. It's good to wear sandals or bring a second pair to walk in.

Q: Do you know about special requirements for German & Chinese Couples?

A: We have married couples from Germany or China with no problems. You must file an Apostille when you return home, which legalizes your marriage in Germany and China. It is a simple process and you will receive the Apostille in 30 days. If you have questions, call the State Health Department in Honolulu at(808) 586-4544.