There has been much speculation and concern over a newly enforced Hawaii Sate Rule requiring that a beach wedding conducted anywhere in the state must have a permit. It’s true that a “Right of Entry” permit must be obtained from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources for any commercial activity to be conducted on State lands. State lands include all beaches “below the high water mark.” The purpose of this blog entry is to tell you that although it may seem like a daunting task for you to have to deal with this permit thing, it’s really no big deal.
For one thing, many brides and grooms don’t care whether their ceremony is in the sand or just above or next to it on the lawn or bluff, so long as beach pictures could be taken after the ceremony. If you are one of these, then you will not need to worry about a permit at all, as these areas are above the high water mark. Picture taking on the beach does not require a DLNR permit.
If you do wish to have your ceremony in the sand, then you will need a permit. The permit is not easy for an individual to obtain, because it requires that whoever is applying for the permit to carry insurance for over $300,000.00 and have the State of Hawaii named as an insurer. Most individuals do not meet this requirement.
We have heard from people who were worried, because they did not know how to get a permit and were concerned that it would be expensive. The good news is that it’s not expensive and your wedding company should be able to obtain the permit for you, at a nominal cost. You can compare how much the wedding companies you are considering are charging to process the permit. If you are paying over $60 for your permit, then you are probably being charged too much for the processing.
At Merry Maui Weddings, your permit will never cost over $60 for a group of 20 our under, because we want to do everything we can to make your wedding not only beautiful, but also as affordable as possible, while never comprimising quality. For instance, you can receive a complete, quality beach photo wedding from Merry Maui Weddings for under $400 plus tax.
Greg and Sarah were married Oct 9th, 2008, in a lovely ceremony, on a beautiful bluff overlooking Wailea Beach. I really enjoyed these lovebirds who fully employed the Hawaiian custom of kissing throughout the wedding ceremony.
When I asked the couple how they met, they both chimed in, enthusiastically, “Craigslist!” I said, “tell me more.” And, this is their story…
Greg needed a roommate for his home and put an ad in Craigslist. Sarah rented the room. They got to know each other as roommates. When the sparks began to fly, they decided it was best that Sarah have her own home. (They didn’t tell me why, but I would guess that dating would be a little awkward when you’d both return to the same house!)
The dating went well and Greg and Sarah decided to spend the rest of their lives together. So, the order of their courtship was unusual – first, they lived together, then they dated, then they married and lived together again, as man and wife. The situation seemed to have worked well for them, as they are as happy as can be.
At the beginning of Craig & Sarah’s ceremony, unusual dark clouds covered the sky, but they didn’t seem to notice. However, just when they began to recite their vows, the sun broke through the clouds and bathed them in golden light. They did notice that. Later, they had lots of fun, frolicking on the beach, while their photographer captured wonderful images.
“You never know”
Where will love find you?
A party, church, school or work?
Could be your kitchen!