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Doing Paperwork Before Getting Hitched in Hawaii

There’s more to getting married than bouquets and cummerbunds. There’s that tedious process of obtaining a marriage license and waiting in lines, which is why going to any state department office will almost never be quick.

Because of this, a few Hawaii hotels have been taking matters into their own hands, by creating their own marriage license office. Sheraton Waikiki is the first for Oahu outside of a government building. The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa on the Big Island and the Four Seasons Resort on Lanai have offices as well.

This partnership with the state Department of Health has no doubt expedited the paperwork process for newlyweds – especially on those special dates, like 12/12/12. And with Hawaii as a top wedding destination and civil unions, the demand for marriage licenses has increased tremendously. Hopefully we’ll be seeing this program expand to more hotels and on more islands, too.

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know when applying for a marriage license at one of the Hawaii resorts:

  • Request a marriage license packet by phone (808-586-4544) or in writing (State of Hawaii Department of Health • Marriage License Section, P.O. Box 3378, Honolulu, HI 96801.)
  • Make an appointment (808-586-4544) to obtain the actual license. No sooner than 30 days before the wedding date. Both the bride and groom should be present.
  • Bring $60 in cash for license fee and a photo ID for both the bride and groom.
  • Anyone younger than 18 years old must also bring a birth certificate.

Posted by: Bruce Fisher on Feb 27, 2013