"Aloha"... 3 sweet ideas for including a little bit of Hawaii in your wedding

And no, it isn't serving ham and pineapple pizzas and Hawaiian cocktails! Although that doesn't mean you can't (or shouldn't!) - there's a recipe, further down, in case you want to make your own Blue Hawaii.

You don't have to be in Hawaii to add some Hawaiian elements to your wedding ceremony.

Perhaps your proposal took place in Hawaii, or you are going on honeymoon there, maybe you loved the Hawaiian Elvis Presley films, (or was that just me?), or it could simply be that you are looking for something a little bit different for your wedding?

Blue Hawaii Cocktail

​The Hawaiian word 'Aloha' is perfect to describe a wedding as it means 'hello, good-bye and with love'.

When you get married, you are saying 'Aloha' to your single life forever. You are saying 'Aloha' to your married life and you are doing it all with love.

In Hawaii it is common for the wedding couple to have a circle of flowers, or petals, indicating where they will exchange their vows. The couple stand inside the circle and the Celebrant stands outside of it.

The circle, like a wedding ring, is symbolic of the couple's never ending love for one another and the eternal pledges that they will commit to each other.

Liverpool Celebrant, Lorraine Hull: circle of petals

Another tradition, in Hawaii, is the gifting of flower garlands, or leis. There are a variety of ways of incorporating this ancient tradition into a modern Western wedding, depending on what you would like the gift to represent.

Liverpool Celebrant, Lorraine Hull: wedding lei

One option is for the couple to exchange their leis, near the beginning of the ceremony. After the vows have been made, the two families can add their garlands - this can include one, or more, family member and lei(s), to symbolise that each partner has been accepted into the other's family.

These ideas would work really well for a festival wedding. I have conducted a festival wedding with a circle of petals, if you didn't want leis how about lanyards? That works too. Of course, if I'm your Celebrant, you know that I'm always available to bounce ideas off, or to help find the perfect elements for you and your ceremony.

Liverpool Celebrant, Lorraine Hull: wedding lanyards for a festival wedding

Leis can be made with fresh, paper or fabric flowers. Those made with artificial flowers come in a myriad of colours and colour combinations; they are relatively inexpensive and, if given as favours, can serve as a lasting reminder of your wedding.

Liverpool Celebrant, Lorraine Hull: wedding leis

And finally, 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World' performed by the world famous Hawaiian singer, Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole, is a beautiful song that would be perfect to walk down the aisle, or to your circle, to...

(Or how about Elvis Presley singing The Hawaiian Wedding Song, or Can't Help Falling in Love, from Blue Hawaii)


Lorraine Hull, Liverpool Celebrant

Hi, I am Lorraine Hull, an award-winning Celebrant, based in Liverpool.

I am most usually asked to conduct ceremonies in North-West England and North Wales but I am happy to travel anywhere within the U.K. or abroad.

At the risk of shouting (and sounding extremely cheesy) "I LOVE MY JOB!".

I really love getting to know the couples and families that ask me to be part of their special celebration, whether that is for a Wedding/Civil Partnership, Renewal/Reaffirmation of Vows, Naming/Welcoming, or Celebration of Life/Funeral

I love hearing, writing and telling love and life stories (and also finding out about hopes and dreams - which are the stories of the future!)

I love to create and conduct unique, meaningful, non-religious ceremonies that are perfect for each couple, individual, and/or family.

I love helping to create and celebrate happy and poignant moments, which form memories that will last a lifetime (that also includes the memories that I get to keep too - what's not to love?)

I believe that ALL people (and animals) should all be treated kindly, fairly and with respect.

We are all unique and we all matter. I think for myself and act for others. I advocate anti-racism, the appreciation and celebration of diversity, justice, equity and equality for ALL through everything that I say and do: Love is Love, Family is Family, Life is Life.

You may also like to know that I am accredited by Humanists UK and a recommended LGBTQ+ Equality Weddings supplier. I hold Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance, I adhere to a strict code of conduct and I am committed to developing and sharing best practice with my Independent and Humanist Celebrant colleagues, so that we can all be the best Celebrants that we can possibly be.

To contact me please email: or call: 0744 932 3988

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