FAQ - Vivaha Hawaii

FAQ

What is the cost of an Indian Wedding in Hawaii?

This is one of the first and most common questions for planning an Indian wedding in Hawaii. “How much will it cost”? The price range varies depending on the following factors.
What is the date of the wedding?
How many guests will attend?
What services would you like included?
Have you already selected an Island for the wedding?
What type of venue are you looking for? A beach resort, a private estate, a garden, etc.? Ask for our updated price brochure and well be happy discuss options with you. 

 

Do I need to bring anything to the ceremony?

We supply all the ingredients and paraphernalia to perform the yagna. However, depending on family traditions sometimes clients like to bring special items to be used in the yagna which we are happy to include as part of the ceremony. For example, sometime a valuable necklace or ornaments are offered to the bride or a special bindi is placed on the bride’s forehead. Sometimes a client may like to bring special sweets for the Anna Prashanam ceremony, or a special cloth to cover the bride before she is presented to her husband. Again, all of these are optional. If you would like us to include certain items we are happy to accommodate you.

The one thing you need to bring for the ceremony is two large flower garlands for the garland exchange. Beautiful lies can easily be purchased once you arrive in Hawaii. We can supply you a list of reputable florists or you can purchase directly from us.

Do I need to know my family lineage?

During the marriage ceremony, at the point of kanyadana (giving away the bride by her parents) the priest chants mantras on behalf of both families. During the moment of “sankalpah” (statement of time, place and intention) he proclaims the paternal (male) lineage of both the bride and groom. In order to perform this ritual properly we would like to gather the following information.

Groom’s Paternal Lineage:

Great Grandfather: ___________
Grandfather: ___________
Father: ___________
Groom: ___________

Bride’s Paternal Lineage:

Great Grandfather: ___________
Grandfather: ___________
Father: ___________
Bride: ___________

This is not absolutely required, but providing these names and their correct spelling will be very helpful.

What is the process for getting married in the State of Hawaii?

1. The first thing you need to do to get legally married in the state of Hawaii is apply online for a marriage license application. The State of Hawaii charges a one time filing fee of $65 dollars. This needs to be done before the wedding and can be done before you arrive in Hawaii. Click here to fill out your marriage license application.

Important: On page 4 of the online application, at the top of the page you will see an entry for “Name of Performer” Commissioned by the State of Hawaii. From the drop down menu select “CASTILLO, RONALD”.

2. The next step needs to be done in Hawaii and before the wedding ceremony. You and your spouse need to go in person to show your picture ID’s and documents to receive your marriage license application. This can be done with a license agent. Click here to view a list of license agents on all of the Hawaiian Islands.

Or if you are getting married on Oahu (Honolulu) you can go directly to the Health Dept. Room 101, 1st floor of the Health Department Building, 1250 Punchbowl St. (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets)

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, excluding holidays

If you come to Hawaii a day or two before the wedding then you have plenty of time to get it done and relax before your big day.

3. After the ceremony your priest will sign and submit your license to the State of Hawaii. You can access your certificate online within 5 days. You will be mailed your certificated copy in about 30 days

4. For more info on this process call 808-586-4545. Press option #4.

Am I required to live in Hawaii or be in Hawaii for a period of time before getting married.

Hawaii does not require state residency or citizenship requirements and there is no waiting period required after your license has been issued.

Will I need to get a blood tests before getting married in Hawaii?

Hawaii does NOT require blood testing.

Is there an age requirement to get married in the state of Hawaii?

The legal age to be married in the state of Hawaii is 18 without written consent from both parents or legal guardians. Proof of age documentation is required for those 19 and older. If you are 18 or younger, please review the Hawaii marriage licensing web site for age and documentation requirements.

What is the difference between a Hawaii Marriage License and a Hawaii Marriage Certificate?

Hawaii utilizes two different marriage documents serving two different purposes: The marriage license ‘permits’ you to get married in the state of Hawaii. The Hawaii marriage certificate is the document showing a legal marriage has taken place.