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Updated: Aug 10, 2021

The world is different from what we knew in February 2020. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our everyday lives to one of restrictions, social distancing, mask-wearing and hyper-hand sanitizing on a global scale. Opening up our communities has to be slow and has many restrictions and guidelines. One of the biggest affects has been how weddings, conferences, sport and concert events are being held. If you plan to hold a wedding on O`ahu, we want to help you understand how this will affect your upcoming wedding in the next few months.

Although the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not have a recommended limit or recommended number of attendees for events, it does recommend that organizers focus on limiting people’s contact with each other. In the State of Hawai`i, as of this writing, indoor and outdoor gatherings are allowed up to 10 people, except on the island of O`ahu. (See Kaua`i, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawai`i Island guidelines)

Because of the high number of COVID-19 cases, current restrictions are occurring, using a phased approach, and only allow up to 5 for a social gathering, under Tier 1.

What does this mean if you plan to hold gatherings and events on O`ahu?

It means that, based on the phased approach set forth by the Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu (O`ahu), 5, 10 and up to 25 people will be allowed for social gatherings. If you plan on holding a wedding, your best bet is to hold an elopement that includes: the bride and groom, an officiant, a photographer and a witness in Tier 1 and 2. Under Tier 3, besides those described in the elopement, 5 additional people may attend, including vendors. Under Tier 4, up to 15 additional people may attend, besides those described above.

Small is best. For now.

These are challenging times, but it doesn’t mean your wedding event can’t be special. It just means that, your wedding event will have to be intimate. An elopement would be a great option during this time.

What is an elopement?

According to, an elopement is simply running off secretly to be married.

If you plan to get married next year, or want to elope. Go to our website and Sign up to join our waiting list, and we will send your invitation when bookings become available. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and above all. Stay safe and healthy.

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