How to Arrange a Wedding in a Judge's Chambers in Hawaii

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The Hawaiian islands are as close to paradise as it gets while staying on American soil. The beaches and balmy weather make Hawaii ideal for honeymoons or destination weddings. Arrange a wedding in a judge's chambers to save money and time better spent sipping drinks on a beach or exploring volcanoes.

Things You'll Need

  • Birth certificates
  • Proof of age and identification
  • Call the clerk of courts office in the county you plan to marry to get names of judges who perform weddings.

  • Gather important paperwork. In order to apply for a marriage license, you will need birth certificates and a second identification with proof of age --- a driver's license, passport or armed services identification --- for both the bride and the groom. The legal marrying age in Hawaii is 18; younger individuals need written consent from a parent or guardian.

  • Be prepared to provide a divorce decree or death certificate if either of you has been married before.

  • Consider who will witness the wedding. A marriage license requires the signature of a witness. Bring someone along to witness the wedding or ask if someone is available at the judge's office to witness.

  • Confirm your arrangements with the judge before making wedding and travel plans.

  • Obtain a marriage license application from a clerk of court office in the county you plan to marry or from the Hawaii Health Department at 1250 Punchbowl Street in Honolulu; the application is also available download from the Hawaii Health Department website. Note: It must be filled out by both the bride and groom in person. Once the application is approved, a wedding license will be issued.

  • Take your wedding license to the judge. Be prepared with rings and/or wedding attire.

  • Sign your marriage license after the ceremony. Have the witness and officiating judge sign. The judge will file the license with the proper authorities.

  • Enjoy your stay in beautiful, sunny Hawaii.

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Resources

  • Hawaii: About Marriage Licenses

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