9 Best Wedding Venues on Kauai

By Coco Zickos

Photo courtesy of Kit Furderer of Kauai Wedding Photography. Please contact him for more information about this waterfall venue.

Exchanging vows on Kaua‘i is easy when nature is your guest. Whether you prefer sandy toes on a beach or the misty kiss of a waterfall in a lush garden, Kaua‘i will show off its tropical beauty in a number of places for one of the most cherished moments of your life.

1.  Keoneloa Bay (Shipwreck Beach)

Wedding photography courtesy of Kit Furderer.

Wedding photography courtesy of Kit Furderer.

Gorgeous white, sandy beaches are just the tip of the wedding venue iceberg. One of the most popular seaside locations is Keoneloa Bay (Shipwreck Beach) on the south shore.

2.  Hanalei Bay on the North Shore

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A picture perfect sunset provides a gorgeous backdrop. Wedding photography by Kit Furderer.

Hanalei Bay on the north shore is another popular seaside location. You really can’t get much better than a sunrise or sunset wedding at one of these spots where the ocean will play its music and the sky will be ablaze with festive hues. The only caveat for beach ceremonies is that a proper permit is required. When you hire a licensed officiant, however, they can acquire it for you. Also, 30 people is the max allowed at a beachside affair, and the state doesn’t authorize items like chairs or arches. Nonetheless, if you follow proper etiquette, this is the kind of intimate ceremony that most people only ever fanaticize about.

3.  Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa

Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa under moonlight. Photo: tdlucas5000.

Maybe you’d love a beachside wedding but would prefer something less casual. This is where resorts come in handy. The Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa, for example, offers wedding packages with venues overlooking the sea. They have the added bonus of including sophisticated décor and ample seating for your guests. While it’s certainly pricier than a simple ceremony on the beach, hotel wedding packages can put your mind at ease, as far as planning is concerned, and often include a celebration afterwards.

4.  Waimea Plantation Cottages

Photo: Waimea Plantation Cottages.

Low key hotel venues also abound, like the quaint Waimea Plantation Cottages situated on the west side.

5.  The Plantation Gardens

Plantation Gardens at Kiahuna Plantation. Photo: Ernest McGray, Jr..

The Plantation Gardens at the Kiahuna Plantation Resort on the south shore also offers lovely old-school Kaua‘i charm.

6.  National Tropical Botanical Garden in Lawai

National Tropical Botanical Garden in Lawai Bay, Kauai. Photo: Hawaii.com member Kathryn P.

Gorgeous tropical landscapes are another option for tying the knot. The National Tropical Botanical Garden in Lāwa‘i has a variety of locations for weddings including one nestled against a secret waterfall.

7.  Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens on the North Shore

Na ‘Āina Kai Botanical Gardens. Photo: Hawaii.com member Debbie Y.

Na ‘Āina Kai Botanical Gardens on the north shore offers another manicured setting where nature gets to embellish your marriage.

8.  Waioli Huiia Church, Hanalei

Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, Hanalei. Photo: Paul Schultz.

Finally, you can go the more traditional route and opt for a church. Swap vows inside a historic Kaua‘i chapel like the dainty Wai‘oli Hui‘ia Church in Hanalei.

9.  Lava Rock Church in Kilauea

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Old stone church. Photo courtesy of Jasperdo.

Or tie the knot in the lava rock church in the peaceful and quaint town of Kilauea.

Wherever you decide to devote your love, you can be sure Kaua‘i is ready to make the kind of fairy tale experience you only dreamed about before, come true.

Visit www.hawaii.com/weddings for more ideas and information.

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