Hawaiian Wedding Traditions
Many couples who marry in Hawaii choose to incorporate elements of traditional Hawaiian weddings into their special day. Most couples in Hawaii get married on a beach or in a tropical garden, where the scenery is simply stunning.
The groom’s traditional Hawaiian wedding leis feature green maile leaves.
Traditional Hawaiian wedding leis
The bride and groom will often wear traditional Hawaiian wedding leis around their necks during the ceremony. Leis are a symbol of Aloha spirit, representing both love and respect. It is common for a traditional Hawaiian
Traditional Hawaiian wedding attire
It is a Hawaiian wedding tradition for brides to wear long flowing white dresses to the ceremony. They may also choose to wear a headdress made of flowers to match their garland.
Hawaiian wedding ceremony traditions
There are many Hawaiian wedding traditions which are incorporated into ceremonies today. The Koa wood and Ti leaf ring blessing is an important ritual to traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremonies. The Koa is a treasured hardwood which represents integrity and strength, two qualities which are valued as important in a marriage. The Ti leaf symbolises prosperity, health and the blessing of mind, body and spirit. The officiator of the ceremony will bless the
Another Hawaiian wedding tradition is the lava rock ceremony. Lava rock symbolises the moment the bride and groom made their commitment to each other. It is wrapped in a Ti leaf and left at the site of the wedding ceremony.
Other Hawaiian wedding traditions
Music plays an important role in Hawaiian wedding traditions. Romantic music is usually played on a slack key guitar or ukulele, which are both traditional Hawaiian instruments. Some couples choose to incorporate the traditional Hawaiian wedding song into their ceremony, which was made famous by Elvis Presley in the film Blue Hawaii.
Traditional Hawaiian wedding receptions include a huge feast for the guests to enjoy. Dishes include Poi, a paste is made from pounded taro root, Poke, a diced raw fish flavoured with seaweed and Kulolo which is a coconut based pudding.