Tips for Planning Your Kauai Wedding

By Coco Zickos

Capturing the joy and wonder of a Kauai destination wedding. Photo shoot at Waimea Pier. Wedding photography by Kit Furderer.

The Garden Isle is the tropical embodiment of romance and boasts the perfect backdrop for tying the knot. Magical beachside sunsets, botanical gardens and picturesque waterfalls are just some of the many scenic options for those planning a destination wedding on Kaua‘i.

Decide if you want a simple barefoot ceremony or something more lavish.


The happy newly weds get their feet wet! Wedding photography by Kit Furderer.

Exchanging vows on the island can be as simple as a barefoot-in-the-sand ceremony at Hanalei Bay or Po‘ipu Beach with just a few close friends and family that only requires an inexpensive permit and an officiant. Or there are venues that provide more lavish possibilities at locations like the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Po‘ipu or Ha‘ena, Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens in Kilauea or Grove Farm’s Iliahi Estate in Lihu‘e, that can accommodate hundreds of guests.

Book a local wedding planner and make arrangements early.


Dreams come true in paradise. Wedding photography by Kit Furderer.

The best thing to do is contact a local wedding planner who knows the ins and outs of the island and can assist you in finding exactly what you’re looking for.

Make sure to plan well in advance because many of the venues, including those hosted by resorts, book quickly. Additionally, keep in mind that it will likely be a costly affair whether it’s for two or 200 people. Airline tickets and hotels can get pricey, especially during the busy seasons like summer, and they fill up fast so it’s best to start making reservations as soon as possible. You’ll also want to let your guests know about the event in a timely fashion as they will also need to plan and budget.

Acclimate to the elements.


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

Since most weddings on Kaua‘i are less traditional, make sure to prepare your guests for various elements like the possibility of rain if outdoors and to recommend less formal attire for the warmer Hawaiian climate and the chance of muddy or sandy terrain.

Enjoy your momentous moment.


With so many beautiful settings, you’re sure to find your very own romantic paradise. Wedding photography by Kit Furderer.

Make no mistake, with proper organization; you can have a destination wedding that will give you and your guests a lifetime of beautiful memories. And once the wedding festivities subside, you can breathe a salty air sigh of relief because you’re already in one of the most sought after honeymoon locations in the world; spend some time enjoying the astounding surroundings with your new spouse.

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