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If you're going to have your wedding in Hawaii then you should definitely include some Hawaiian wedding customs in your plans.  You know what they say....”When in Rome...”  If you just want to get married on a beach you can do that anywhere.  But people chose Hawaii for their destination wedding because of it's romantic and picturesque settings.  And part of that romance has to do with the people of the Islands and their customs.  Hawaiians are a very spiritual people and isn't that what weddings are all about.  Here are some customs to add to your ceremony when you have your wedding in Hawaii:

Your Dress – It's customary that the bride wear a long, white, flowing dress, similar to a muu-muu or caftan  (but NOT similar to what Mrs. Roper always wore on Three's Company!  Ugh!) because it moves so beautifully in the ocean breezes.  And she traditionally wears a haku lei, a ring of fragrant Hawaiian flowers, in her hair.  

The groom also wears white, usually a soft, flowing shirt and slacks and he wears a bright colored sash around his waist and a green maile lei around his neck. 

Lei – Lei symbolize love, respect and all-around aloha.  (Friendship)  It's customary for the wedding to start with the bride and groom exchanging lei and you can either start with the bride wearing the groom's lei and the groom wearing the bride's or you can have your flower girl present them at the appropriate time.  And in a traditional wedding in Hawaii the holy man would bind the couple's hands together with a maile lei. 

Conch Shell – Blowing the conch shell three times before the start of the ceremony symbolizes inviting the Lord into your presence and asking his blessing upon your union. 

 
 
Planning to get married in Hawaii? You will need to devote a lot of time and effort to prepare for your dream destination wedding. Of course, you want a perfect wedding in a perfect location. The following are several things to consider before you say your “I do” in Hawaii.

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Weather. Summer months are preferred by many couples for Hawaii weddings. However, the sunny weather tends to be humid, which can be uncomfortable if the bride is dressed in a long gown and the groom in a tuxedo. A late afternoon wedding ceremony during summer months is the ideal weather for a Hawaii wedding.

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View of sunset in Oahu. What makes an Oahu wedding very memorable is the charming backdrop of sunset, making Oahu a great wedding location in Hawaii. You get the best view of the sunset during winter months. If you schedule your wedding in summer, the beach location should face the West so that the sun can be seen setting over water.

 ·         Legal requirements. You will need to meet certain legal requirements before you can get a marriage license. Know these requirements before you get married to avoid legal problems in the future.

·         Wedding packages. Choose a great Hawaii wedding package that best suits your taste and needs. Look for extra features or offerings that will make your dream wedding a reality.

·         Unusual ceremony. What’s the use of going to Hawaii if you’re going to be wed in a traditional chapel? Oahu weddings can be held at exotic yet lovely locations such as a hilltop with a view of the Pacific Ocean or a rainforest under a waterfall.

For many, to get married in Hawaii is a dream come true! 
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