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Last updated: 20 December 2020
The information on this page is current as of the above date, but these regulations will change. We urge you to check with your County Clerk's Office for the most up-to-date information.

Online Wedding Ceremonies

To reduce in-person contact during the pandemic, online weddings are temporarily allowed in Hawaii. This means that the couple, minister, and witnesses can connect using an application like Zoom, Skype, or Facetime, and the ceremony can take place online. These policy changes are new and temporary, so research is essential before participating in an online wedding.

The Fifteenth Proclamation Related to the Covid-19 Emergency, the Governor's Order, has suspended certain in-person requirements for weddings. However, everyone participating in a wedding must be physically present in Hawaii and connected with both audio and video, and a marriage license is required. Contact the Hawaii Department of Health for the latest information.

COVID Restrictions for Couples & Ministers

From the ceremony to the paperwork, Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact on weddings - getting married is just different right now. Large gatherings are prohibited, for obvious public health reasons.

Marriage Licenses & the Department of Health

Recording a marriage in Hawaii can be done entirely online. Couples can apply for a marriage license using the Department of Health's online system, and officiants can use the same system to certify that the marriage took place.

Contact the Department of Health or your local marriage license processing office for more information.

Minister Registration & the Department of Health

Ministers are required to register with the Department of Health before performing marriage in Hawaii, which can be done entirely online. Hawaii's online system allows ministers to register their credentials and certify the marriages that they have performed. We have provided a link below.

Additional Information

The Governor's Order lifting in-person wedding requirements is temporary and tied to the Covid-19 pandemic, and at the moment we can not predict how long it will remain in effect.

For more information, contact the Hawaii Department of Health. You can review Hawaii's policy here:

The Fifteenth Proclamation Related to the Covid-19: Hawaii Electronic Marriage and Civil Union Registration System:

COVID-19, social distancing, travel bans, lockdowns… Many couples are being forced to downsize their wedding plans and for many guests, the only way to attend is with their computers and mobile phones.

If your guest list is shrinking to just the couple and officiant, or maybe just the couple, Hawaii marriage laws regulate who must be in attendance, and how the ceremony is conducted. Here are some options to help adapt your wedding plans in Hawaii to celebrate a COVID safe wedding.

Virtual Weddings vs. Livestream Ceremonies in Hawaii

Zoom Wedding

For the sake of clarity, we differentiate virtual wedding ceremonies (or Zoom/Skype ceremonies) from livestream ceremonies by who is in attendance. If the officiant is officiating the vows from another place via video, then we call that a virtual or Zoom ceremony, since the people involved in the ceremony are interacting over whatever video platform is chosen.

However, if the couple and the officiant are present, but guests are watching remotely, we call that a livestream wedding since the ceremony itself is happening in one physical place. You can read more about what distinguishes each option here.

How can we celebrate a legally valid live streamed ceremony in Hawaii

Directing a Zoom Wedding

You can livestream any activity or event, and it doesn't matter where you are in Hawaii, what you're doing or how many people are physically present with you. Some of the most popular platforms include Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Live, and Instagram Live

As long as you have a tripod and a phone with a good camera on it, your guests will be able to participate remotely. Many of these platforms even allow guests to comment, chat, and interact in other ways.

We realize that this is not always ideal, but ultimately, if couples choose to move forward with scaled down weddings and smaller guests lists, these communications platforms let friends and family around the world know that they are still being thought of.

For folks planning on livestreaming their nuptials, Here's How to Livestream Your Wedding.


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