Frequently Asked Questions
+What are the requirements to legally marry in Hawaii?
You will need a Hawaii Marriage License, a Minister licensed and commissioned by the State of Hawaii and a witness. Your witness may be any age as long as they are able to sign their name and understand the ceremony. There are no citizenship or residency requirements and your marriage is legal throughout the world. If you reside in Germany you will need to file an Apostille on your return home which will legalize your marriage.
+How long does it take to get a Marriage License?
A Fairy Tale Wedding will provide all the necessary license information in your wedding package which is sent to you upon booking our services. This information includes directions to your marriage license office from your hotel, condo or vacation home where your are staying. We provide you with phone numbers, office hours and all required paperwork. There is no waiting period and the Marriage License Agent will give you your license at the end of the appointment which usually takes 15 minutes or so. You must both attend the appointment and you must both bring a photo ID Drivers License or Passport (for International travelers). There are no residence or citizenship requirements.
+How much is the Marriage License and do we need any other paperwork?
You must bring $65 in cash to pay for the Marriage License, as only cash will be accepted by the Marriage License Agent. If either of you are 18 years of age or younger a birth certificate is required, under 18 years of age also requires written consent from parents, a legal guardian or a family court. If either of you have been married before, you will be asked the exact date (i.e. month, day, year), County and State of the divorce. If either of you have been divorced in the last month you will need to bring a copy of your final divorce decree.
+Do you perform Civil Union Wedding Ceremonies?
For LGBT couples a Civil Union License is obtained from the Department of Health and costs $65 in cash payable to the State/License Agent. You must both attend the appointment and you must both bring a photo ID Drivers License or Passport (for international travelers). The Civil Union License is valid only in the State of Hawaii and expires 30 days after the date of issue. Licenses may be obtained in Hawaii for
December 31st 2011 in order to be legally joined together. You will need a minister licensed and commisioned by the the State of Hawaii. There are no citizenship or residency requirements and your civil union is legal throughout the world. Once you reserve your wedding date with us, we will send you a wedding package, a copy of your wedding ceremony and the licensing paperwork via email. You must bring your license to the ceremony, your minister signs the license at the ceremony which then becomes the Civil Union Certificate and files the document with the State of Hawaii.
+How long is the Marriage License valid?
The Marriage License is valid only in the State of Hawaii and expires 30 days after the date of issue. You must bring your Marriage License to the ceremony. Your Minister signs the Marriage License at the ceremony which then becomes the Marriage Certificate and files the document with the State of Hawaii.
+When will I receive my Marriage Certificate?
The State of Hawaii mails you an official, computer generated copy of your Marriage Certificate 90 - 120 days after your wedding. If you need a Marriage Certificate sooner, ask your Marriage License Agent for a green request form for a certified copy. Refer to the request form for the correct fee and complete mailing address.
+What type of clergy and ceremony do you offer?
A Fairy Tale Wedding provides Christian and Non Denominational Ministers, licensed and commissioned by the State of Hawaii for people of all faiths. Once you are booked with us we will send you a copy of your wedding ceremony. You may alter or embellish this copy in any way you choose and send it back to us. You may write your own vows or include special poems, if you need ideas or help with any of the words you want to say to each other your Minister will gladly assist you.
+How long is the wedding ceremony?
Your ceremony will be approximately 20 minutes.
+Why are leis exchanged during the ceremony?
It is a beautiful, time honored Hawaiian tradition to present fresh flower leis to honor each other in a gesture of love, aloha and respect. The beautiful, fragrant fresh flower lei lends a tropical touch to your wedding.
+Can you arrange a wedding with only one or two weeks notice?
We can certainly coordinate a spontaneous, last minute wedding as long as you are flexible and are able to make quick, definite decisions on what you want. Full payment is due immediately upon booking any wedding within 45 days of your event.
+How do I book my wedding date with you?
To confirm your wedding date a non-refundable $200 deposit or 25% of the total wedding order (whichever is greater) is required. This allows us to begin to plan your wedding. Register online by ordering the wedding package of your choice from our Packages page and add on any other items or services you want from our A La Carte and Flower page. Next go to View Cart to check your total and to make sure your order is correct. Finish by going to Checkout, fill out the Contact Information and click on the Submit Form button. A wedding coordinator will call you within one business day to assist you with your wedding order or inquiry. You may also e-mail A Fairy Tale Wedding with your request at: firstname.lastname@example.org
+What happens after we have reserved our wedding date?
Once we receive your order and deposit we will make all the arrangements for your wedding day. We will send you a wedding package by email with a letter confirming all of your wedding arrangements, marriage license paperwork, directions and information for your nearest marriage license agent. You will also receive a personalized copy of your wedding ceremony which you may edit or embellish in any way. Upon booking cake/champagne service you will receive cake flavors and toppings from which to choose. Upon booking a singer/guitar player we will send you a song list with a great selection of popular romantic songs (Hawaiian and English) for you to choose from.
+What is the best time to call your office to speak with a wedding coordinator?
Our office hours are 9 - 5 Monday - Friday and Saturday 9 - 12 Hawaii Time. Hawaii Time is 2 hours earlier than the West Coast and 5 hours earlier than the East Coast during the winter. Hawaii Time is 3 hours earlier than the West Coast and 6 hours earlier than the East Coast in the summer, during Daylight Savings Time.
+Why do I need an on-site wedding coordinator?
To ensure that everything runs smoothly and to keep things on schedule.
+What is the best time of year to come to Hawaii?
Anytime! Hawaii has an ideal, year round climate averaging from 75 to 85 degrees from winter to summer. August and September are the hottest months. The quietest time is after Easter until June, then September to November.
+How many days before our wedding would you recommend arriving in Hawaii?
We recommend at least 2 days beforehand so you can relax from your flight and look and feel rested and refreshed for your special day.
+I have certain photo shots in mind that I would like taken at my wedding. When is the best time to discuss this with the photographer?
Consult with A Fairy Tale Wedding as to the type of shots you are hoping for and we will provide this information to the photographer prior to your wedding.
+We plan to have our wedding in Hawaii, what type of locations are available?
There are beautiful beach parks with palms and lush grassy areas and magnificent white tropical beaches with pristine aqua waters that are free for your wedding. We also offer private locations. A Fairy Tale Wedding will be happy to recommend the perfect location nearby to where you are staying.