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June 11, 2024

Top 5 Oahu Wedding Venues with a Jungle Feel

Magical, enchanting, romantic—these are just a few words that perfectly describe a Hawaiian wedding. Picture exchanging vows in a venue surrounded by lush greenery, majestic mountains, and vibrant flowers. It’s the kind of setting that turns your special day into a treasured memory. If you’re dreaming of a wedding that combines natural beauty with a touch of paradise, a Hawaiian wedding is just what you need.

As a Hawaii wedding photographer who has captured countless love stories amidst the rich landscapes of Oahu, I can attest that the island offers some of the most enchanting jungle wedding venues you could imagine. Oahu’s jungle venues will exceed your expectations if you envision a wedding surrounded by tropical foliage, towering trees, and the sweet scent of hibiscus. Here are my top five picks, each providing a unique, verdant backdrop perfect for your special day.

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1. Haiku Gardens

Haiku Gardens is a hidden gem located in Kaneohe, offering a serene setting with vibrant greenery, a tranquil pond, and picturesque mountain views. This venue combines the beauty of a tropical rainforest with the tranquility of a secluded garden, making it an ideal location for an intimate wedding ceremony.

Haiku Gardens offers a variety of enchanting wedding packages to suit different needs and budgets. The Sweet and Simple package includes essentials like a romantic ceremony site, floral arrangements, and professional photography. The Our Love Story package enhances this with additional flowers and extended photography time. The Fairy Tales Do Exist package adds premium floral arrangements, hair and makeup services, and even more photography hours. For a truly extravagant celebration, the Love Without Limits package includes live musicians, videography, limousine service, and a professional DJ, for a magical and unforgettable wedding day.

For more details, visit Haiku Gardens Wedding Packages.

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2. Kualoa Ranch

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Known for its breathtaking scenery and Hollywood film sets, Kualoa Ranch offers several wedding sites that immerse you in nature. Spanning 4,000 acres of pristine landscapes, including verdant valleys, scenic gardens, and beachfront areas, the venue will not disappoint if you want a perfect jungle feel for your wedding. Paliku Gardens, one of the ranch’s premier locations, features expansive lawns, tropical gardens, and panoramic ocean views, while still being able to provide a lush jungle backdrop. Looking forward to a wedding here? Check out this wedding I captured at Paliku Gardens for some inspiration.

The venue includes essential amenities such as 150 white resin folding chairs, fifteen 66” round tables, and ten 6-foot banquet tables. Setup services are not offered through Kualoa but can be arranged through rental companies or coordinators. Paliku Gardens features an open-air pavilion with a capacity for 120 guests, two lawn areas for reception tents accommodating up to 250 guests, an air-conditioned bridal suite, restrooms, water, electricity, and a partial food prep area with a refrigerator and sink. With these offerings, Paliku Gardens provides an unforgettable ambiance with the scenic Ko’olau Mountains as your backdrop.

For more details, visit Paliku Gardens at Kualoa Ranch.

Contact Information

  • Website: Kualoa Ranch
  • Phone: (808) 237-7321
  • Email: reservation@kualoa.com

3. Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley offers a wedding experience enveloped in the natural beauty of Oahu’s sacred landscapes, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a jungle feel. With venues such as the Main Lawn, Palm Meadow, and the stunning Waterfall, your ceremony is set against a backdrop of lush greenery and serene water features. Each site exudes a unique charm, from expansive meadows surrounded by palm trees to intimate clearings amidst tropical gardens, ensuring a picturesque and memorable event.

Wedding packages at Waimea Valley include exclusive use of the chosen venue, essential amenities like tables and chairs, and on-site coordination to ensure a smooth, flawless event. A range of a-la-carte services such as wedding arches, photo sessions, and rehearsal arrangements are also available to tailor your special day to perfection. The scenic beauty of Waimea Valley, coupled with its comprehensive services, makes it an ideal choice for couples seeking a magical and unforgettable wedding experience.

For more details, visit Waimea Valley Weddings.

Contact Information

  • Website: Waimea Valley
  • Phone: (808) 638-7766
  • Email: info@waimeavalley.net

4. Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, located in Kaneohe, is a tranquil haven spread over 400 acres of lush, tropical landscapes. With its serene lakes, winding walking paths, and an abundance of exotic plants, it offers an idyllic jungle setting for your wedding. Imagine exchanging vows under a canopy of vibrant greenery, with the majestic Ko’olau Mountains providing a breathtaking backdrop. This garden’s natural beauty and peaceful ambiance make it an enchanting venue for a jungle-themed wedding, creating unforgettable memories of nature’s finest scenery. Want more inspo? Check out this wedding at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens to see what a ceremony looks like at this elegant venue!

To host a wedding at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, couples must secure a permit at least three weeks in advance. Permits are also required for commercial photography and video sessions. Essential amenities such as tables and chairs can be authorized with the permit, ensuring comfort for your special day. It is important to note that garden facilities must be respected and left undamaged, and collecting plant materials is not allowed. The garden offers various picturesque spots for ceremonies and photo opportunities, with a maximum of 50 guests allowed. Additionally, all activities must observe garden hours, and parking is limited, so be sure to consider that before your big day. Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is a great venue that can give you a beautiful wedding experience amidst Oahu’s natural scenery.

For more details, visit Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden.

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5. Sunset Ranch Oahu

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Sunset Ranch Oahu is an elegant thirty-acre estate on the North Shore, capturing the essence of Hawaii’s natural beauty with panoramic views of the ocean and mountains. This extremely private estate is nestled between two large nature preserves and offers a variety of stunning indoor and outdoor venues for any occasion. From intimate ceremonies to grand celebrations, Sunset Ranch provides a versatile setting for your special day.

Sunset Ranch offers thoughtfully designed, all-inclusive packages providing exclusive access to the estate. Facilities include six unique venues, such as the expansive Sunset Meadow, tranquil Charlie’s Pond, and the botanical Fern’s Garden. Indoor spaces like Sunset Stables and the Courtyard Chapel add rustic charm and elegance. The estate accommodates up to 200 guests, with amenities such as tables, chairs, and a full coordination team to ensure a seamless event. Onsite catering, setup, and tear-down services are also available, making Sunset Ranch one of the most desirable event locations with a jungle feel in Hawaii.

For more information, visit Sunset Ranch Events.

Contact Information

  • Website: Sunset Ranch Oahu
  • Phone: (855) 638 8333
  • Email: admin@sunsetranchhawaii.com

Final Thoughts

Each of these venues offers a unique jungle atmosphere, providing a romantic setting for your wedding. As a Hawaii wedding photographer, I am always inspired by the natural beauty of Oahu and these venues in particular. Their lush landscapes and tranquil settings make for stunning photographs that capture the essence of your special day.

If you’re planning a jungle-themed wedding in Oahu, I highly recommend visiting these venues to see their beauty firsthand. Each location provides not only a stunning backdrop but also exceptional service to ensure your day is as magical as you’ve always dreamed.

Remember to reach out to each venue for detailed information and to schedule a visit. Happy planning, and may your jungle wedding be filled with beautiful moments and cherished memories!

I’m Masha, a wedding, elopement and couples photographer based in sunny Hawaii, & often found serving couples worldwide.

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