Looking for adventurous Hawaiian elopement or honeymoon? The kind that’s off the beaten path of an all-inclusive resort? THEN YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!
Here are the stats for our Hawaiian elopement: 10 days | Oct 23-30th 2020 | $5,000 travel + marriage costs*
Google Flight alerts allow you to look a year out for your flights. We were able to book two flights on American for a total of $1,000. We booked our flights roughly 8 months out from our trip. Obviously the more flexible you can be when you leave i.e. a Tuesday over the weekend the cheaper you might be able to find your flight. If you aren’t flying from the West Coast, plan for at least a full day of travel with layovers + time change. I recommend booking early morning flight on the way out and a late night leaving Honolulu to help with jet-lag.
BONUS: American Airlines allows a carryon and personal item for no extra cost so if you can avoid bringing a checked bag – do it!
If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation away from the touristy resorts – you’ve gotta book an airbnb! There are tons of small getaways for two nestled all over the island! Plus you’re gonna want somewhere you keep groceries for small meals/snacks to save on eating out.
For our Hawaiian elopement, we booked an adorable airbnb in Laie. It was $1370 – we had a private entrance + parking, kingsized bed, and PRIVATE ACCESS TO A HIDDEN GEM OF A BEACH. Seriously almost no one was ever there. We watched the sunrise almost every morning (time change haha) and spent several mornings swimming in the ocean as the waves were gentle enough.
Two reasons to get one before your trip: food + rental car. The cost of food is higher on the island but Costco does a really good job of keeping their prices similar to mainland. PLUS YOU’RE PURCHASING BULK. So stock up on snacks, light meals you can eat at the airbnb and why not throw in some celebratory alcohol purchases.
You also get an discount on booking a rental car with your membership. We got an eco-friendly sedan for $165. We filled it up once and topped it off before we left and we drove everywhereeeeeeeee.
It cost $60 to apply for a Hawaiian marriage license and lasts 30 days from being issued. Since we landed on a Friday and we were getting married that Sunday, we also paid $10 for a virtual meeting with a private company that issued the license. We paid $300 for our officiant, Mark, which included the necessary beach permit. All you need is at least one other witness (Mark & our Photographer were ours since we were eloping) and you’re legally hitched!
Hawaii is SO diverse – there are beaches, jungles, coffee farms, volcanos, you name it they probably have it. So there are tons of free things you can do on all the islands. We spent most of the time at the beach or hiking. We stuck to a pretty good routine of eating out only once a day and chose local favorites to try out.
There are beautiful state parks and hidden gems around the island to visit and explore. Ill be sharing our favorite spots around the island soon.
So if you are on the fence of planning to elope in Hawaii – JUST DO IT. You won’t regret eloping and honeymooning together living your best island life <3
*does not include variables like dress, suit, rings, photographer, videographer, etc
November 12, 2020