Follow Your Path Ministries

Things You Should Know About Us and Getting Married in Hawaii

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This page contains important information:  Please read carefully.

  • My wife and I were like many couples that we now meet who are searching for Kailua - Kona Hawaii wedding ministers and officiants - "Does it really have to be that expensive to get married in Hawaii?" We offer couples the opportunity to wed in "Paradise" even if on a tight budget, while still allowing us to provide a very personal and memorable experience.

  • We operate as a ministry first and foremost - not a wedding company. Follow Your Path Ministries is registered in the State of Hawaii as a non-profit charitable organization.  As such we will not try to "upsell" you on any services.  

  • We do not offer an "ala carte" menu.  Service/package items are non-substitutable.

  • "Can we write our own vows? What is the content of your vows?" Minister Doug provides the main ceremony vows, and strongly encourages all couples to write and exchange their own personal vows with one another during the ceremony.  His vows and sermon are spiritual, though not religious in nature, and are entirely written in Minister Doug's own words.

  • Big Island, Kailua Kona, Hawaii Beach Weddings - Ceremonies held on Hawaii's beaches, specifically "unencumbered" areas, require a ROE (Right of Entry) permit from the state of Hawaii.  You can apply for a permit on your own, however, you will be required to maintain liability insurance for your event.  If we must secure the permit, a fee of $50 will apply for up to 15 people,  with an added fee of $50 added for up to 25 guests in your wedding party. However, we do have knowledge of locations on the island with beautiful views where you can be united within a stone's throw of the beach, and a ROE Permit is not needed. When you submit your date availability inquiry, you will receive an email which contains a link to suggested ceremony locations, along with any applicable fees.

  • Do you perform LGBT marriage ceremonies? Yes.

  • All ceremonies with 10 or more in attendance will incur an additional fee of $50, without exception, and regardless of location.

  • Donations can be made online via cc, or echeck, with the full amount payable upon booking. Depending on the location you choose, travel and/or permit fees may be added.

  • While we would love to be able to serve everyone who contacts us, to provide the best experience possible for our couples, we perform only 1 ceremony per day. Please keep in mind that there will likely be other couples looking at your desired date, therefore we cannot guarantee dates without a donation.  

  • You are reminded to be respectful of Hawaii's beaches and land at all times. This means if you brought it, take it with you when you leave. "Take wonderful memories - leave only footprints in the sand."

  • Temporary marriage certificates are usually available to couples online 2-3 business days after the actual ceremony.

  • All photographic services are provided by Hawaii Life Photography & Media LLC

  • Once your event account is set up, please be sure to read and digitally sign the "Important Information for Couples" (contract) section before booking.

Mahalo for the taking the time to read!