Number of Participants
Our "simple beach weddings" are just that, simple beach weddings! All of our packages are priced for that and include a basic number of total participants in keeping with our simple beach wedding philosophy and prices. With that said, no worries, you can of course, add extra participants and we do charge additionally for more.
Why? Simply because, the more people you have, the less it's a "simple beach wedding" and our prices don't reflect that. Yes, it's partly because of the DNLR permit requirements and the extra permit cost for more people but, it's just as much because, having extra guests complicates the performance of our on-site vendors i.e. it's just more difficult.
Simply, if you want to have 30 or 40 or 50 guests or more at a public beach, it's no longer a simple beach wedding at our simple beach wedding prices, and we're going to charge you additional for that. And let's be honest about it, once you start getting over 20 participants, it's just more, and if that's what you're planning, you already know exactly what we're talking about! Leave those people at home! LOL.
We've done weddings with 60+ people at our public beach sites and it works out but, as you probably suspect, there are only a couple of locations that can handle it and there are other limitations that may affect your options. We'll let you know. FYI: If you're thinking of having 80-100+ people, we'll consider (and we'll charge you for it) but, in our experience, it's just not appropriate at a public beach or park. Don't try to "cheap out"! Either invite them to the reception only or pay for a nice private site with nice bathrooms, a comfortable area for your guests, easy parking, and all those extra amenities you won't have at the beach! You're guests will appreciate it and regard you highly for it :)
IMPORTANT: Please be as accurate as possible estimating the number of participants. Our location recommendations are based upon the number of participants and we don't want to have problems for a inaccurate permit. We will not accept liability for a grossly incorrect estimate and if need be, we will charge you after the fact. If you are expecting more people than originally thought, please let us know.
DNLR Beach Wedding Permits
We include a basic DNLR permit for our weddings as indicated in our packages and on your contract for a specific amount of guests. Extra guests can be added.
A beach wedding DNLR permit is required for all beach weddings in the State of Hawaii, on all islands including beaches fronting hotels, private estates, or other venues. Permits are issued through the the State of Hawaii, Dept. of Land and Natural Resources and/or City & County of Honolulu (for C&C parks).
Why this requirement? Simply, all beaches in Hawaii are public, there are no private beaches. Note: Beaches fronting military bases and other sensitive Federal government facilities are restricted from public use.
DNLR permit applications require a liability insurance certificate requiring $1 million in liability coverage and must also meet other stringent specific language requirements (i.e. not all insurance companies can fulfill the requirements).
Additionally, we have been told by the DNLR that, couples and even individual ministers cannot apply for and receive permits because, they cannot qualify for the insurance language requirement. FYI: We believe that this administrative application of the law is wrong and runs contrary to the intent of the law and the good of the people. We suggest you make a complaint to the Governor and the Insurance Commissioner!
FYI: Set-ups like chairs, arches, Chuppah's, etc. are only allowed along the tree-line vegetation line and set back from the waterline OR on the grounds of a City & County park. They are illegal on the sand, next to the water irrespective what you've seen on other websites showing set-ups at Waimanalo, Makapuu, North Shore, and other beaches. Some websites charge $2000+ for set-up's and it's worth it to them to take the risk of doing it illegally and hoping to not get busted. Not bad unless, it's your wedding that get's ruined!