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There are just a few steps you need to follow to ensure that your marriage is legal. Whether you're a resident of Hawai'i, another US State, or Canada, the process is the same.

If you're international please check with your local laws and regulations as there may be a few extra steps!

You don't need a minister

We do this, because we believe you don't need someone to tell you that you are married, you can tell each other and the world that yourselves. No one understands your promise like you and your partner do. You are married because you say you are married.... not someone else.

Alternatively, if you did want a religious ceremony or more traditional officiant we can recommend some other vendors. You would book them separately, and our cost is the same regardless. Essentially, we want to offer another service for our couples that might not want to include a third vendor for their intimate elopement.

You don't need someone to tell you that you are married, you can tell each other and the world that yourselves. Of course, you can have your pastor, best friend, or family member marry you (scroll below to see the process!).

We specialize in helping couples create their own unique self-uniting ceremonies, rehearse them and then direct them in a minimal way, all while taking photos or video. Kelsi is ordained and licensed in Hawai'i. So, we are able to complete any documentation as your "officiant".

Hawai’i legally requires that an ordained officiant that’s registered with the state “solemnize the marriage.” Basically, someone needs to legally pronounce you married. If you're having Kelsi marry you, this can be a super simple “congrats your married” [OPTION 1] out of shot of Patrick’s camera OR we can help you craft a small ceremony and act as a more traditional officiant [OPTION 2]. If you wanted the latter, you wouldn’t have two angles for those moments as Kelsi would be officiating and just Patrick would be shooting. If you do want us to officiate we send you a guide (check your portal) and will help you work a bit more on the ceremony then if we’re just photographers.

It's actually a lot easier and more relaxed than having someone that is there whose only purpose is to preside over the experience! No one understands your promise like you and your partner do. You are married because you say you are married.... not someone else (but details for how to actually make it legal are below).

Steps to make your marriage legal

APPLY FOR YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE

Marriage licenses are issued through the Hawai'i Department of Health (DOH), and both of you need to go in person to pick up your license, within 30 days of the wedding date. Licenses cost $65 dollars, including online fees. If you're planning a destination wedding we recommend arriving on the islands two days before the elopement so you have plenty of time to pick up your license. The DOH recommended that couples complete the online application with payment by credit card before their appointment.

 

If we are marrying you please search for “Kelsi Howard” from the performers list (verify it's by checking that the listed phone number is (808) 388-7256.

APPLY FOR LICENSE

MAKE AN APPOITNEMTN WITH AN AGENT

Once you've applied for your license online, you will need to make an appointment with a marriage license agent. You are required to go in person to verify that the names on your marriage license application match the names on your identification (STATE ID OR PASSPORT). 

 

Follow the link below for a list of license agents that you can make an appointment with. Please note that your license can be picked up on a different island than you plan to get married on.

 

Alternatively, you don't need an appointment if you go in person to the O'ahu Department of Health located atRoom 101 (1st floor) of the Health Department Building, 1250 Punchbowl St. (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets), Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

license agent list

BRING YOUR LICENSE TO YOUR ELOPEMENT

After you leave the DOH, they'll give you paperwork that both of you and your registered officiant need to sign. You bring the license to your ceremony and sign it after you're pronounced married. Your officiant (whether us or someone else) will submit all the paperwork afterward on your behalf and the marriage license is sent to your home address, typically within 30 days of the elopement date.

THAT'S IT, YOU'RE MARRIED!

Your marriage license will be sent to your home. You need the official paperwork if you're changing your names,

If you're having a friend or family member marry you, see the extra steps for the below.

Steps to make your marriage legal

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Make an appointment with the Hawai'i Department of Health.

Marriage licenses are issued through the Hawai'i Department of Health (DOH), and both of you need to go in person to pick up your license, within 30 days of the wedding date. Licenses cost $65 dollars, including online fees. If you're planning a destination wedding we recommend arriving on the islands two days before the elopement so you have plenty of time to pick up your license. The DOH recommended that couples complete the online application with payment by credit card before their appointment.

If we are marrying you please search for "Kelsi Howard" from the performers list (verify it's by checking that the listed phone number is (808) 388-7256.

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Bring your paperwork to the elopement (please don't forget this)!

After you leave the DOH, they'll give you paperwork that both of you and your registered officiant need to sign. You bring the license to your ceremony and sign it after you're pronounced married. Your officiant (whether us or someone else) will submit all the paperwork afterward on your behalf and the marriage license is sent to your home address, typically within 30 days of the elopement date.

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That's it, your married!

Your marriage license will be sent to your home. You need the official paperwork if you're changing your names,

If you're having a friend or family member marry you, see the extra steps for the below.

Steps to license your friend or family member

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Apply for ordination with the Universal Life Church

Register with the State of Hawai'i

Choose the performer when filling out your license

Sounds religious, but it doesn't need to be! It's just one of the biggest platforms that offers online ordination.

Please register at least two weeks prior to the ceremony date, as it could take up to two weeks for approval.

You'll need to enter who will be performing yhe ceremony when filling out your paperwork. Do a search of the database beforehand using the link below.

CHECK REGISTRATION STATUS

APPLY FOR PERFORMER LICENSE

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