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A Hawaiian wedding mixes American culture with exotic, tropical beauty. The islands are easily accessible from the west coast of the United States, English is spoken, and you don't need a passport or visa to travel there. Hawaii also offers a wealth of dramatic wedding locales. Just a few of these are:
1. Fern Grotto on Kauai. There's a reason that Kauai is named the "Garden Isle" of Hawaii. The small, less commercial island is lush with tropical forests, flowers, and even a canyon that rivals the Grand Canyon. Kauai is also home to the fern grotto, a natural inland lagoon that has been a favorite of wedding couples for generations.
2. Waikiki Beach. Hawaii's most famous beach lines the waterfront in Honolulu. The wide expanse of white sand offers a romantic ocean view with Diamond Head peak in the background and the cityscape in the foreground. What's more: the nightlife and fine restaurants of Honolulu are just steps away.
3. Atop Mount Haleakala on Maui. Maui's inactive volcano, Mount Haleakala towers more than 10,000 feet over the beaches, golf courses, and tropical forests of Maui. Intrepid visitors rise before dawn and peddle down its slopes while enjoying the island sunrise. Wedding couples can incorporate this rugged beauty into their ceremony by planning their wedding on these same slopes.
4. On the black sand beach on the island of Hawaii. The big island of Hawaii is known for its black sand beaches, a remnant of centuries of lava flows. These dramatic sands make a spectacular setting for an island wedding.