What are the best wedding venues in Oahu?

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Catherine E. Toth
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It's hard to find a bad place to get married in Hawaii, and Oahu offers the most variety of venues of any other island.

Where you get married all depends on what kind of wedding you want. Here are some suggestions:


The creme de la creme of hotels — the kind that hosts weddings brides dream about as young girls — is the posh Halekulani (shown above). This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel has long been considered one of the most romantice wedding sites in Hawaii, but it comes with a hefty price tag. Weddings here aren't cheap, but you pay for stellar service, world-class accomodations, and perfect spots to get married — a lush garden courtyard, an elegant ballroom, a tropical lanai — in Waikiki.


Located on Oahu's North Shore, the renewed Turtle Bay Resort offers miles of pristine beaches and secluded spots perfect for a wedding getaway. This is the kind of place where you don't just get married — you book your honeymoon, too. Every year more than 350 weddings are held on the resort's lawns and beaches. And it's the only hotel in the state that guarantees a couple a private beach wedding with a ceremony decoarted with arches and chairs.


If you're looking for an uber-chic wedding that exudes cool, consider the hip Modern Honolulu just outside Waikiki. It offers sleek, contemporary spaces that are both modern and luxe. You can exchange vows poolside or in one of the largest ballrooms on Oahu. And the hotel's executive chef will personally construct a menu for your big day.


One of the most unique wedding venues — and one that's gaining popularity — is the Waikiki Aquarium in Waikiki. Founded in 1904, it is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States and one of the coolest places to exchange vows and host your wedding reception. When you book the aquarium for an event, it's cloesd to the general public, but your guests can still view the exhibits and see the more than 3,500 marine animals it houses, including the endangered Hawaiian monk seals.

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