What Type of Venue Should You Choose For Your Maui Wedding?

When you are thinking about planning a wedding on Maui there are a few things to consider. One of them being what is the best type of venue for you and your guests? Today’s post has a few guidelines that I hope will narrow down your options.

Hotels vs. Event Venues

Hotels are the first places most couples look when planning a destination wedding. Many hotels offer packages which include all that you need for a wedding, and your reception can be held in the hotel restaurant or ballroom. Since everything is on property, hotels are a great option if you are seeking ease of use.

Event venues are great places to consider as well. Most are right on the water, offer a private area to get ready, and you can bring your own wedding professionals. Check with the venue to see if you or your caterer will need to rent tables, chairs, and linens. Most venues offer packages so you can use their preferred vendors to make your wedding special.

Beach Permits

Nothing screams romantic more than a sunset wedding on a beach on Maui. Since all beaches are public property in Hawaii, the state has a few rules and regulations you need to follow.

Basic Requirements


The cost of a beach permit is ten cents ($.10) per square foot, with a $20 minimum which will secure 200 square feet of space on the beach.  If you require more than 200 square feet, enter the requested square footage on the permit and it will be automatically calculated.

Time Limits

The maximum length of any permit is two hours, including set-up and tear down.

Attendee Limits

The average number of participates for a beach wedding permit is nine. Most events professionals are not comfortable with an event that exceeds 25 people. This includes the photographer, officiant, and planner.

If you are planning or thinking about an event larger than 25-30 people, you should call the state at 808-587-0439 to discuss your plans prior to submitting an application.

Restricted Beaches

The following Maui beaches are restricted:

  • Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve/La Perouse Bay
  • Ka’anapali Coast (extending from Canoe Beach on the south, to Ka’anapali Shores on the north)

Visit these websites for more information:

General information: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/land/commercial-activities/
Terms: https://dlnr.ehawaii.gov/permits/terms.html
Beaches requiring permits: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/land/files/2013/07/WikiPermitLocations.pdf
FAQs from the Department of Land and Natural Resources: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/land/files/2013/07/Wiki-Permits-FAQs.pdf

Thank you to Luna Bella Events for the lovely images.

Wedding Venue Sheraton Maui.

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