1. Make a Splash
One of the few options as good as getting married on Maui is getting married offshore. (Just be sure no one in the wedding party is prone to motion sickness.) Trilogy Excursions offers a wedding at sea where you exchange vows while cruising Maui’s scenic western coastline. (888) 225-6284; www.sailtrilogy.com
2. Deeply Romantic
Yes, Virginia, you can get married under water on Maui. If you’re both SCUBA-certified, the Maui Ocean Center will let you perform your ceremony in a 750,000-gallon aquarium accompanied by (well-fed) sharks, stingrays, and thousands of tropical fish. Your guests witness the ceremony without getting wet in the exhibit’s fifty-four-foot-long acrylic tunnel. (808) 270-7000; www.mauioceancenter.com
3. The Secret Garden
With its crumbling, ivy-covered walls, lush gardens, and chandeliers, the historic Ha‘iku Mill is a magical setting for a fairytale wedding. The interior’s Victorian ambiance offers romantic, old-fashioned photo possibilities. It’s especially beautiful at night when the outdoor courtyard is illuminated with strategically located, subtle lighting. (808) 575-9994; www.haikumill.com
4. Fly Me To . . .
Well, if not the moon, how about a secluded beach or waterfall in a Maui rain forest? Isle helicopters can whisk you away to the ultimate private wedding site, but most seat a maximum of six passengers, so the reception will have to be elsewhere.
5. Make History
When Carolee Higashino got married, she and husband Peter made the ultimate old-fashioned choice, holding their reception at the Bailey House, a nineteenth-century missionary home that’s on the National Register of Historic Places. (808) 244-3326; www.mauimuseum.org