Style Guide for Your Big Island Elopement

Big Island Elopements

September 23, 2022

One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “What do we wear for our Big Island elopement?”  The easy answer is whatever suits your style.  Hawaii elopements tend to be more, which offers a wide variety of choices.  In our opinion the important thing to consider is will you be comfortable. What will you be most comfortable wearing? We have a warm climate, so layers can make you feel warmer in a hurry.

One of the best things about a Hawaii elopement is the more casual feel. A beach elopement already has the feeling of being non-traditional.  At Pink Pineapple we love to say that we have one rule when planning your elopement: there are no rules.  Whether you prefer to go formal or beach casual, it’s all up to you. 

Couple on beach after their Big Island Elopement
Couple on a white sand beach after their Big Island elopement. Photo by Dawn Eicher https://dawneicherphotography.com/ Planning by Pink Pineapple Weddings https://pinkpineappleweddingshi.com/

Big Island elopement guide to gowns, tuxedos and suits: 

For your beach wedding, some couples do opt to wear more formal attire.  Men have worn everything from tuxedos and three-piece suits to a more easygoing coat & tie.  Keep in mind, Hawaii is warm year around and typically humid.  Formal attire always looks great! Undoubtedly, you can never be overdressed for your wedding. However we know the more layers, the more uncomfortable may feel. The ceremony is a short period of time though, so if you want to be more formal, that is fine. Our advice is try to aim for comfort and breathable fabrics, if possible.

Couple on lava during sunset after their Big Island wedding.
Couple on lava during sunset after their Big Island wedding. Photo by Dawn Eicher https://dawneicherphotography.com/

Hawaii elopement semi-formal wear:  

Semi-formal attire is wonderful for a Hawaii elopement! Couples typically want to dress-up but may wish to more comfortable in khakis and casual wedding gowns.  This is a perfect approach for a Big Island elopement! More recently, there are so many styles, cuts, and fabrics to choose from; brides have more options that ever regarding what to wear down the aisle.  There are several choices for white and off-white dresses to choose from.  Gentleman may opt for khakis or slacks with a button-down or linen shirt and can dress up their look with a bow-tie or suspenders.  

Couple on the beach after their Big Island elopement. Photo by Dawn Eicher.
Couple on the beach after their Big Island elopement. Photo by Dawn Eicher, https://dawneicherphotography.com/ Planning by Mike Eicher https://bigislandofficiant.com/

Sundresses, shorts & khakis: 

Of course you don’t have dress up at all. If that isn’t your vibe, don’t feel like you MUST dress up! Feel free to go casual for your Big Island elopement! Casual apparel typically comes in cooler fabrics and materials. Sundresses come in a variety of styles, and with all of the new online sources, you have so many choices. You are bound to find something beach and wedding appropriate.  Grooms can typically find an aloha shirt to match any color scheme or perhaps all of the colors on the color spectrum.  We have had grooms wear khakis, linen pants and even shorts. 

Couple on the beach after their Big Island elopement. Photo by Dawn Eicher
Couple on the beach after their Big Island elopement. Photo by Dawn Eicher https://dawneicherphotography.com/ Planning by Pink Pineapple Weddings https://pinkpineappleweddingshi.com/

Footwear: 

I’m sure you will most likely choose footwear that matches your attire.  If you wish to wear heels, you may want to consider wedges.  Consider you are most likely going to be taking photos in the sand or near the water.  On the Big Island, you will most likely spend some time walking across hardened lava.  Flats and flip-flops will be more practical for the changing terrain.  Gentleman, if you are considering shoes, keep in mind you will most likely be walking through sand and perhaps close to the water. Please don’t ruin your favorite pair of expensive shoes. Flip flops are wonderful, and are usually hidden under a dress anyway. Though, some couple forgo shoes altogether and opt for toes-in-the-sand. Etsy has beautiful foot “jewelry” so you can go barefoot in style.

Barefoot wedding couple of lava rock after Big Island elopement. Photo by Dawn Eicher
Barefoot wedding couple of lava rock after Big Island elopement. Photo by Dawn Eicher https://dawneicherphotography.com/

Big Island elopement guide to guest attire:

Our couples planning Kona elopements have used the terms “Aloha casual”, “beach formal” and “dressy beach attire” on their invitations.  We suggest you guide your guests to the fashion and color of your preference.  Don’t forget to suggest footwear for them as well.  Let comfort be your guide.

Pro Tip:

For all Hawaii elopements, we encourage hats, sunscreen and even umbrella for your guests.  Even if your wedding ceremony is relatively short (15 minutes or less) that is plenty of time for your guests to overcook and get a sunburn. Water is also a great thing to tell guests to bring with them to the beach.

If you look good, you feel good.  Embrace your style, remember your comfort, there are no rules.  Have fun and celebrate love!      

Wedding celebration at Kohanaiki on the Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Dawn Eicher Pink Pineapple Weddings in Kona.
Wedding celebration at Kohanaiki on the Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Dawn Eicher of https://pinkpineappleweddingshi.com/ Planning by Pink Pineapple Weddings

Blog written by Mike Eicher, Big Island Officiant and Big Island Elopement planner in Hawaii for Pink Pineapple Weddings https://pinkpineappleweddingshi.com/

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