Frequently Asked Questions
Here's some of our Frequently Asked Questions - just in case you had any.
1. Can I book my date online?
Yes. If your date and time is available in our online calendar, you can book your wedding online. If your selected wedding date and time is not available online (no bookings are available with Deanna Higgs DiMichele), but you would still like to make a reservation with Kona Wedding Officiant, please contact us directly.
2. How do I choose my beach? Can you help me?
We have a recommended list of Beach Wedding Locations and showcase Real Wedding on our Blog. These are our recommended beach wedding locations. Feel free to call, text, or email Deanna with any questions or to ask for recommendations.
3. Can you help me with my Hawaii marriage license?
Yes. Deanna will send you all of the information you need to complete your online marriage license application. Once you do that, she will make your marriage license appointment for you so that when you arrive to Hawaii you can meet with an agent to pick it up. Then, after your wedding, she will file it electronically and also send you an E-Copy. Learn more about Marriage Licenses here.
4. I've been divorced, do I need my divorce decree?
You only need your divorce decree if your divorce was finalized in the last 30 days.
5. Do I need my birth certificate when I pick up my marriage license?
No, you only need a valid government issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or a valid passport with a photo.
6. Do we need a witness to be married in Hawaii?
No. Hawaii allows you to have a completely intimate elopement if you desire - just the couple and your officiant.
7. Do you supply the beach permit for us?
Yes, all weddings at Kona Wedding Officiant come with a DLNR Beach Permit unless you would like your wedding to take place at a National Park or a State Park. If your wedding has more than 25 people, please contact us and we can help you obtain a permit through the State of Hawaii for larger beach weddings.
8. Do you require a deposit? How is the balance paid?
All weddings require a 50% non-refundable deposit & signed wedding contract. Simple weddings require a $200 non-refundable deposit & signed wedding contract. This holds your wedding date and time. The balance is due ten days before your wedding ceremony.
9. What is the best time for a ceremony?
We recommend early in the day between 8-10am and in the evening between 4-6pm to avoid heat and crowds.
10. What should we wear?
The best dressed, most comfortable couples wear light, breathable wedding attire made of cotton and linen. Remember, it is hot in Hawaii all year long and you have come all the way here in enjoy your special day. The last thing you want to be is sweating!
11. What if it rains on my wedding day? Can we reschedule?
The chance of rain in Kona is highly unlikely. West Hawaii, Kona, is a desert. A light rain on your wedding day in Hawaii is considered a blessing. In the event of a downpour we can change locations to a drier area or reschedule your date based on availability.
12. What happens if you are sick? If there another officiant?
Deanna has performed over 200 weddings and vow renewals and has never missed one of them. In the unlikely event of her illness, we have another Officiant, James Higgs, who is able to hold weddings in her place.