Where to say "I Do" in Kauai

Some couples are early risers and favor the sunrise. Others prefer to toast the day away during the blazing sunset. Some are fans of the ocean and opt to hit the seas with a boat cruise. Where others prefer a private tropical waterfall rendezvous-for-two. The possibilities for wedding venues in Kauai are endless. Check out some of the island’s favorite spots for an island wedding.

Couples can exchange vows on the banks of a river at a 30-acrea tropical garden in east Kauai’s Coconut Coast. This tropical garden is on the banks of the 21-mile Wailua River, a silky-smooth waterway favored by Hawaiian royalty and now a scenic favorite of Hollywood filmmakers. Lined with hau trees filled with heart-shaped leaves, it is also a fitting spot for that first kiss as husband and wife.

Follow the river up and you will stumble upon Fern Grotto, another popular wedding site. This geological wonder is covered with ferns. Enjoy a short walk through the jungle garden with your closest family and friends to a deck at the entrance to the grotto. While a Hawaiian trio sings “The Hawaiian Wedding Song,” their voices wafting through the garden of bamboo, gingers and banana plants, take in the love of the island and the moment while you share your “I do’s”.

Gardens have always been a wedding favorite so Garden Isle seems like a natural fit when searching for a Kauai wedding venue. In the shadows of Mountain Makana, Limahuli Garden in Haena is a great spot to celebrate love. Don’t forget the south shore! Allerton Garden will bring a cocoon of beauty on your most beautiful day.

Also on the south shore, on a charming hilltop in Kalaheo, the Kukuiolono Park is hidden near the end of easy-to-miss Papalina Road. Legend has it that the local Hawaiians made fires of kukui nut and placed them on the hillside to guide Hawaiian mariners. Take after the locals and light up your aisle for that last walk.

Bonsai trees and a small footbridge are part of the Japanese rock garden, shaded in Zen-like tranquility by ironwoods, eucalyptus and Royal Poinciana trees. Butterflies flutter, and the air is perfumed with laua‘e ferns. Couples will find this is a romantic setting perfect for an intimate wedding before dark (do keep in mind the gates close at 6:30 p.m.)

Located on the north shore in Kilauea, Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens offers an array of romantic settings within its 240 acres: garden, waterfall lagoon, beach and meadow, and hardwood plantation. After the vows, get lost in the on-site maze with your guests.

These are just a few wedding suggestions. The island is filled with endless possibilities for a destination wedding. Take a pre-wedding visit to check it all out first-hand, or reach out to some of Kauai’s wedding professionals to start planning.

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