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5 Best Islands in Hawaii to Get Married

5 Best Islands in Hawaii to Get Married

5 best islands in Hawaii to marry

Exchanging rings Oahu

So, just what are the 5 best islands in Hawaii to get married? With so many options, it will leave you wondering which one to choose.  It’s not surprising that 25% of weddings in the United States are destination weddings with few guests. One of the primary reasons for this is that they are cheaper and easier to plan than a conventional or traditional wedding.  At the top of the list for a destination wedding are the Hawaiian Islands.  All it takes to make it a reality is finding the right wedding planner and booking just the right Hawaii wedding package that suits your desire.

As you plan to tie the nuptial knot, one crucial thing you should consider is your choice of Hawaii wedding venue and which Hawaii island should it be? Just read along.

Get Married on Oahu

One of the 5 best Islands

Oahu

The island of Oahu tops the list of the 5 best islands in Hawaii to get married.  Here you’ll find the home to the world famous destination resort of  Waikiki.  Here you’ll find beautiful beaches and gentle rolling waves among the many high rise buildings and fashion designer stores along Kalakaua Avenue.  Oahu means “Gathering Place”. You can call it the most urbanized Island of Hawaii with many restaurants, spas, hotels and all the fuss of New York.  There is no shortage of fun activities on Oahu.

Have you ever wondered why couples always dream about Honolulu beach weddings? Well, it’s because Oahu boasts of 125 beaches.  Honolulu is also the business hub for the State of Hawaii.  Downtown you’ll find important cultural sites like Iolani Palace where Hawaiian royalty lived.  Bishop Museum  is filled with art and cultural exhibits.  So if you’re planning to have a tropical Hawaii beach wedding and love shopping too, then you should probably consider Waikiki and one of its numerous Oahu beach wedding venues.

 

 Hawaii Island

Big Island of Hawaii, Bigger is best!

The Big Island of Hawaii

Hawaii Island is the biggest island in the state of Hawaii. It’s often referred to as the Big Island. You certainly should plan your Hawaii wedding package falls into this island if you’re thrilled by climatic wonders.  Having lived here before  for 6 years we recommend anywhere in the Kona or Kohala Districts for your stay.  The area is rich with Hawaiian history as well as home to the world reknown Kona Coffee.   There is also the quaint Kailua village in the heart of Kona with numerous restaurants and shops.  Here you can easily find a cafe serving some that good Kona Coffee.

The Big Island hosts 8 of earth’s 13 climatic zones.  The Big Island is perfect for a wedding destination for lovers that are fascinated about volcanos, mountains, weather dynamism, and mind-recalibrating air. If this defines you, then contact your Hawaii wedding planner to find you the best beach venue on Hawaii.

 

Get Married on Lanai

Before you book your tickets for an elopement in Hawaii, we suggest you take a long look at Lanai island.  Hawaii’s most secluded inhabited islands, Lanai is quite laid back with friendly and helpful locals. There are no traffic lights, three paved roads of 30 miles, and only a few hotels.  Nonetheless, it’s quite romantic. So, as long as you have a resourceful Hawaii wedding planner, your lanai wedding will be most memorable.

Lanai was once known as the “Pineapple Isle,  providing 75% of the worlds pineapples. But now it has now become the perfect getaway  for many looking to relax and re-energize.  When you go, be sure to check out one of Lanai’s favorite beaches at Hulopoe Beach by Four Seasons Resort.  The best scuba diving and snorkeling in all of Hawaii is found in this area.  For real, it’s a romantic and quiet destination wedding location for anyone who wants to get away from industrialization and its hurdles.  Plus, there are only about 3000 people living here.  You’ll make friends with everyone in no time!

 

 

Kauai, the Garden Isle

The Best Coastline

Kauai

Nowhere in the world is there an island as green, quiet, and peaceful as Kauai.  Popularly known as the ‘Garden Island’.  Kauai is surrounded by nature  97% of its landmass is covered with undeveloped mountains and rainforests.  

Yea, you guessed right. It rains a lot in Kauai. But lots of folks love it. It’s so serene and beautiful with waterfalls, lovely birds,  just teaming with lush natural beauty.  If you make it to Kauai plan a hike along Kalalau Trail or a boat ride along Na Pali Coast.  The coastline is simply breathtaking.  Kauai is an excellent destination for Hawaii elopement weddings, especially if you love everything green.  It provides the perfect balance between activity and relaxation.  Here you’ll find very little development in comparison to Oahu.

 

Maui, Some say it’s the best

Maui is one of the most popular islands for Hawaii destination weddings. Well, it’s not as popular as Oahu and Hawaii. However, but it’s got a plethora of beautiful beaches  that make it the choice of many couples.

We believe that’s one of the reasons why Fox chose it as a location for filming the romantic series, Temptation Island. Don’t scream if we tell you that it has 80 cool beaches. That’s more than enough options for finding an intimate beach wedding location.

Locals call it “No Ka Oi”, “the best” Island in Hawaii, and we couldn’t agree more. Its beauty comes with lots of attention that makes it the destination of many Hawaii wedding packages.

Well, that’s our list of the 5 best Hawaii islands to marry.  But if you are still not sure then you’ll just have to spend your honeymoon island hopping!  Flights between the islands are less than 45 minutes.  You’ll cover a lot of ground and eventually come to your own conclusion of which Hawaii Island is your best.

Maui locals say their island is the best

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Beach Wedding Wear

What to Wear to a Beach Wedding in Hawaii

How do you know just what to wear to a beach wedding in Hawaii”?  This is one of the first things that comes to mind once a couple decides to make the trip across the Pacific Ocean for a destination wedding in Hawaii.   There are many good reasons to have a beach wedding in Hawaii in the first place. But, then the question always comes up when planning,  preparing, and packing for a beach wedding, “What do you wear?”  Well, keep in mind you are coming to a warm tropical climate. So, comfort and function are key.

Bridal Beach Wedding Wear

Naturally, when thinking of a wedding, the first thing that will come to a bride’s mind might be a white wedding dress with a long train and sparkly high heels. This traditional fashion is beautiful and absolutely classic for traditional weddings.  But for a destination wedding in Hawaii,  a bride  may want to put a priority on something fun, stylish, and comfortable. For example, fabrics like cotton, linen, or chiffon instead of a heavy gown should be considered.   A light and flowing wedding dress in white, aquamarine, sunflower,  or a even light coral color will add a nice luxurious touch.  Another staple piece like comfortable sandals are a must.  Remember you will most likely be walking over sand!  Then add on some shell themed jewelry, and perhaps sunglasses for cute pictures as well!

Groom Beach Wedding Wear

Traditionally, a groom usually wears a shiny black tuxedo complete with bow tie. However, the black tux and white dress shirt elegance obviously is not  for everyone.  Plus black conducts heat which can make you hot.  Men should consider either cotton or linen material. Some examples of what the groom may wear to a beach wedding are: A casual Hawaiian aloha shirt made of comfortable cotton. Or any color button down linen shirt with a vest will look great with  khaki pants, and sandals.  Some guys prefer to wear their favorite sneakers too. A straw hat and definitely a pair of sunglasses will be stylish. So, there is usually one other primary reason why a bride and groom choose a beach for their special day, which might come as a surprise; the comfortable attire!

Guest Wear

As a friend or family member, if you are planning to attend a wedding in Hawaii,  then you will be happy to know your wedding attire is not a big concern or expense either. ​Wedding guest dress​ can follow the lead of the bride and groom. Those who like to relax, feel comfortable, and kick off their shoes will be pleased with attending a ​Hawaii wedding in casual beach wedding wear.  So there really aren’t a lot of requirements other than dress comfortably and you’ll be in style

A few other things to consider bringing besides what to wear to a wedding in Hawaii are things like a small cooler with water, sun hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and possibly an umbrella for any senior citizens attending.

So, whether the bride and groom decide to go sweet and simple or bold and brilliant with their beach wedding, there is no doubt that it will be a show stopper.

Beach Wedding Wear

Bride & Groom Hawaii Beach Wedding Wear

Bride & Groom Beach Wedding in Hawaii Wear

On the beach, shoes off is OK!

Beach Wedding Wear for Bride

Bridal Beach Wedding Wear

Groom Beach Wedding

Dress comfortable with style

Bride & Groom at Waimanalo Bay

Comfortable Bridal Dress and Groom with Aloha Shirt

Hawaii Wedding Packages

Bridal Wear for Hawaii Beach Wedding

Bridal Wear for Hawaii Beach Wedding

Bridal Dress for Hawaii Beach Wedding

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Traditional or Destination Wedding

Traditional or Hawaii Destination Wedding

Thinking about a Hawaii destination wedding?  Your mind is dancing with excitement after your recent engagement.  Are you feeling stressed about planning a big wedding? Between the oodles of ideas from loved ones and the sheer cost of hosting a wedding, your excitement can change to anxiety.  Then, consider a Hawaii destination wedding!  The average cost of a traditional wedding in the United States runs approximately $26,000.  Thus, leading many couples to seriously consider whether to get married at home or opt for something exciting like a Hawaii destination wedding.  Ultimately a destination wedding will keep costs down.  At the same time, it will make it will also make it more enjoyable because only the people closest to you will make the trip.

So, what makes a traditional local wedding vs a destination wedding right for you?

At the heart of your decision is whether you want a wedding that all your friends and family can attend.  Or, something definitely more fun and adventurous where only your closest family and friends make the trip.  Thus it can be tough to decide, here are the top reasons to choose a destination wedding. 

Hawaii weddings on a budget 

If you’re budget conscious and the deciding factor is cost then you will be excited to learn that a Hawaii beach wedding will cost less than your typical local wedding.  Destination weddings average $7,804 per couple. Research by Destination Weddings Travel Group:  the annual average of $26,000 in the U.S. That is a significant savings for you, imagine what you could do with $18,000!

Wedding Guest List 

If your parents suggest you to invite family and friends, then choosing a beach wedding venue such as a  Waimanalo Bay wedding, is a great idea.  It’s the longest stretch of beach on Oahu.  After your ceremony, you might be busy working with the photographer getting those great photos. That’s when everyone else can just enjoy themselves on the beach or by the ocean.  This ultimately helps to keep the costs down while making your wedding more enjoyable because only the people you love the most will make the trip.This ultimately helps to keep the costs down while making your wedding more enjoyable because only the people you love the most will make the trip.

Lifetime Memories

One of the absolute best things about planning a wedding that requires traveling to beautiful Hawaii  is that you will have more time to actually enjoy your friends and family.  Thus,  your wedding becomes a mini-vacation for everyone.   You can enjoy excursions together, quiet time at the beach, dinners, breakfast, nightlife and more.  A wedding in Hawaii provides an opportunity to create wonderful memories far beyond any wedding and reception at a local hometown venue.  So, if you’re worried about a big traditional wedding, a destination wedding is the answer!

Hawaii Wedding Packages

Just Married North Shore Oahu

Destination Wedding Hawaii

Vow Renewal at Waimanalo

Elopement in Hawaii

Waialae Beach

Elopement at Waimanalo

Sherwoods at Waimanalo Bay

Hawaii Destination Wedding

Kahala Beach

Hawaii Destination Wedding

Family Vacation / Vow Renewal

Hawaii Destination Wedding

Paradise Cove Beach Wedding

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All Inclusive Wedding in Hawaii

Why an all inclusive wedding in Hawaii?

Because it’s affordable!

It is said, “never start off your marriage in debt”.  Yet on average couples will spend up to $20,000. to $30,000. for a traditional wedding and start their new life strapped with paying off their big day.  A great idea is to consider an all inclusive wedding in Hawaii.  It’s much less expensive and thus less of a financial strain when just starting out. Also, you’re already in Hawaii for your honeymoon, how nice is that!

Whether it’s your first time to Hawaii or if you are returning, you’re in for a unique, special, and memorable experience.   Orchid flower leis, lush tropical landscapes, majestic mountains, and white sand beaches. Hawaii has it all. You’ll be surrounded with beautiful scenery and charming culture. “Aloha” is an often said warm expression everywhere you go. 

If a small group of friends and family are traveling with you, the convenience of limousine service sure takes the hassle out of having to drive.  Plus it’s way more fun!  Whether you need an 8 or 14 passenger limousine traveling in style to your beach wedding is worth it.

Beach Wedding Hawaii

Door to Door Limo Service

To plan for your trip to Hawaii is one thing.  Then, planning for your wedding is another.  You will want to take full advantage of the nice weather on your wedding day.  Because of the different opportunities for a location choosing a beautiful beach or lush tropical parkare two considerations.  Check out the best destination wedding locations.

Dress comfortably

The climate in Hawaii is warm and tropical. Dressing comfortable for your beach wedding is important to make your special day that much more enjoyable. Dresses with a train or lace trim can make getting around the beach difficult.  For instance, at Waimanalo Bay Beach there are many ironwood trees with pine needles just off the beach.  Therefore, a lengthy wedding dress will pick up unwanted pine needles and other debris.  So, a dress that is made of light fabric that is shorter is recommended.

In Hawaii we are blessed with sunshine and light wind most of the time.  Yet, there are times when the weather doesn’t always cooperate.  Typically when it rains it Hawaii it is only for a short time and often times if we just wait the weather will clear up.In case of light rain, we typically wait till it stop as it’s just a passing shower.  Because we are committed to providing the best service, we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

If you are looking for the ideal all inclusive wedding location, look no further.  You’ve found what you are looking for in booking your wedding in Hawaii.

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Sandy Beach Wedding

Tide Pools at Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach Photo Session

A Beach Wedding in Honolulu

Planning for a Sandy Beach Wedding in Honolulu on Oahu, is an excellent choice.  Located just 30 minutes from Waikiki Sandy Beach sits at the base of Koko Head Crater. It has beautiful golden sand and a colorful blue ocean for a backdrop. It also has  lava rock tide pools too. The natural setting at Sandy Beach make it perfect for beach wedding photos.

Like it’s nearby neighbor Makapu’u, Sandy Beach is a favorite beach for body surfing.  During the summer months the shore break waves are quite powerful and dangerous.  Only those with local knowledge venture out. Off in the distance the Blowhole at Halona Cove is quite spectacular to watch the big surf crashing into the black lava cliffs.  The blowhole can erupt shooting water up super high like a geyser! It is most spectacular when it’s high tide and windy. You’ll hear a hum noise  just before the blowhole erupts.  As a side note, Halona Cove Beach or Eternity Beach as it is also known was the setting of the famous scene where Burt Lancaster kisses Deborah Kerr in 1953’s “From Here To Eternity. The famous kiss considered very risque at that time in American film.

Most people come to Sandy Beach just to watch the waves, take photos, fly a kite, or just enjoy the day with friends and family. There is not much shade at Sandy Beach Park. That’s one reason why we prefer late afternoons close to sunset when the sun is not as hot and bright.   For an ideal beach wedding location on Oahu, Sandy Beach is a great choice.  You’ll want the best wedding planner in Honolulu to plan your premier Oahu Beach Wedding. So start organizing the wedding of your dreams in Hawaii!

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Beach Wedding Photo Shoot.

Oahu Beach Wedding Venue | Sandy Beach

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Sunset Wedding Oahu Hawaii

Sunset Wedding Oahu Hawaii Oahu

A sunset wedding in Hawaii is one of the most beautiful, stunning, and romantic moments for a wedding on the beach in Hawaii. If you are planning a destination wedding in Hawaii, you’ll be so glad.  Book those tickets and board you plane to paradise! What better way to start your new life together on the tropical island of Oahu with a wedding at sunset.

Best Advice:

Be sure to plan to meet up at the beach about 1 hour before the scheduled sunset time. That way your wedding photographer will be able to set up those gorgeous sunset photos.  On the island of Oahu Hawaii there are any number of beaches to choose from. Favorite locations include Papailoa Beach on North Shore. Then there’s Magic Island and Kapiolani Park on South Shore.  Also, Paradise Cove Beach at Koolina Resort on the west side of Oahu is ideal. The warm natural light at the beach with the sun setting over the ocean creates a moment in time that will make a lasting lifetime memory. The soft lighting with the variety of colors is a short time as the sun goes down. So be sure to take full advantage of that Hawaiian sunset.

Sunset Wedding Koolina Resort

Sunset Wedding Papailoa Beach

Sunset Wedding North Shore

Sunset Wedding Planner

 

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Oahu Wedding Venues | Waimanalo Bay

Oahu Wedding Venues | Waimanalo Bay

Oahu’s Favorite East Side Beach

Waimanalo Bay Beach is without a doubt one of the top Oahu beach wedding venues.  It should also be noted that back in 2015  it was voted the #1 beach in the USA.  This beach is the longest stretch of white sand beach on Oahu, at about 3 miles.  This beach is also a favorite choice for many couples desiring a totally natural beach setting for their Oahu beach wedding venue.  The beach is a totally wide open area with only a few homes nearby. It’s located at 41-1062 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795.  Also, it is part of the State Recreation Area where people come to camp on the weekends and holiday. Hands down Oahu beach location is an easy choice when planning a beach wedding in Hawaii.  Weekdays are always best because there are so few people at the beach.  

Sherwoods Beach

Rarely visited by tourists, this beach is an uncrowded and uncommercialized tropical beach setting. The turquoise blue ocean, white sand, and majestic mountain range in the background is simply stunning.  Additionally,  there’s the wooded area known as Sherwoods.  It adds a nice contrast to the beach and ocean with it’s many Ironwood trees creating a forest.

For fantastic, stunning beach wedding photography, look no more.  Our Oahu wedding photographers are top notch professionals and will make your wedding photo session fun and memorable.  Capturing those joyful, fun, and romantic moments between you and the one you love is the goal.  

Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area is a 45 minute drive from Waikiki.  Located on the southeast countryside of Oahu, the drive is beautiful. You will pass Koko Head Crater, Hanauma Bay, Blow Hole, Sandy Beach, Makapuu Lookout, and Sea Life Park.   As soon as you make your way past Makapu’u the full view of the huge bay comes into view and that’s when you start to get really excited for what’s about to happen. 

You’re about take off  on a lifetime together.  Choosing this beach venue is a great idea for one of the top wedding venues on Oahu.

Oahu Wedding Venues

Beautiful couple….in the water!

Oahu Wedding Venues

Majestic cliffs of Makapuu in the background

Oahu Wedding Venues

Sharing a special moment with good friends

Oahu Wedding Venues

A special moment

Oahu Wedding Venues

Sharing a laugh by Sherwoods Beach

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How to Get Married in Hawaii

Getting Married in Hawaii

Getting married in Hawaii

How to Get Married in Hawaii: A simple process

Knowing how to get married in Hawaii it is a fairly simple and straight forward process.  Whether it’s your first time to get married or second, to obtain a legal marriage license with the State of Hawaii is easy and  stress free.  It’s also made quite simple,  just start the process by filling out an application online with the State Of Hawaii, Department of Health.

Follow these steps:

 1) Fill out the Hawaii Online Marriage License Application

Begin by filling out a marriage license worksheet within one year of your wedding date.  Pay $65 to the State of Hawaii. Keep in mind, your application is good for one full year from the date you submit it online. So, to begin the application, you will need to apply online with the State of Hawaii Dept of Health Marriage License Office.

2) Meet a License Agent

Then, the next step to get married in Hawaii, you have to meet with a Licensing Agent.  No appointment is necessary, just show up during normal business hours. Location: State of Hawaii Department of Health Marriage License Office, 1250 Punchbowl St. Honolulu.  Bride and Groom need to be present and have photo identification like a passport or driver license. Hours of Operation are 8:00am-3:30pm Monday thru Friday. Perhaps time is short or you need to meet with a marriage license agent on the weekend or after normal business hours.  Then, please contact the License Office at 808-586-4544 to schedule a meeting at a different location.  For couples planning to stay on the North Shore of Oahu call this number: 808-293-6020.  For couples at Ko’olina Resort, call 808-679-3270.

3) Sign your name on the Marriage License!

So, on your wedding day, before leaving your hotel, don’t forget to bring your Marriage License Worksheet (and your wedding rings too!) with you to your ceremony. You both will have to sign it together with your wedding officiant. The officiant will take it after the ceremony and efile it later that day online. Once your license is filed, thats it!  If you need a copy of your license soon, you can receive a temporary copy from the State of Hawaii online.  Just remember your license locator ID number.  If in Hawaii for any length of time, just go back to the License Office and pick up it up.  Or, wait 4-6 weeks to receive it by US Postal Service. For specific questions, call 808-586-4544.

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Hawaii Sunset Wedding

Start Planning!

A sunset wedding in Hawaii is one of the most beautiful, stunning, and romantic moments for a wedding at any number of beaches or parks.  Any sunset always has have the potential to be colorful, but in Hawaii they even more special.  Volcanic dust and vog (volcanic fog) from the Big Island in the atmosphere gives it a real charge. Thus, the sun sinking into the Pacific Ocean, far from anywhere else doesn’t disturb the atmosphere or horizon.

If you are planning a destination wedding in Hawaii, you’ll be so glad once you book your tickets and board you plane to paradise! What better way to start your new life together on the tropical island of Oahu?  Best Advice: Be sure to plan to meet up at the beach about 1 hour before the scheduled sunset time. That way your Hawaii wedding photographer will have enough time to be able to set up those beautiful sunset photos.

Hawaii Beach Wedding Locations

On the island of Oahu there are any number of beaches to choose from. Favorite locations include Papailoa Beach on North Shore, Magic Island on South Shore, and Paradise Cove Beach at Ko’olina Resort. The warm natural light at the beach with the sun setting over the ocean horizon creates a moment in time that will make a lasting lifetime memory. The soft lighting with the variety of colors is a short time as the sun goes down. So be sure to take full advantage of that Hawaiian sunset. Contact

Sunset Wedding North Shore

Sunset Wedding North Shore

Sunset Wedding North Shore

Papailoa Beach

Waikiki Wedding

Waikiki Beach

Vow Renewal Hawaii

Paradise Cove Beach Ko’olina

Hawaii Sunset Wedding

Hilton Beach at Sunset

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Hawaii Elopement Packages

Hawaii Elopement Packages:  What a great idea!

Finding the right Hawaii Elopement Packages has never been easier.  You’ll find there are many package deals out there. Hawaii is the perfect romantic getaway location for an elopement wedding for two. The Island of Oahu affords some the most picturesque natural beauty found anywhere in the world.  So, book your trip to paradise today!  It’s close enough to home but far away enough to know you are in an enchanting land. Not to mention you won’t have to travel anywhere else once your wedding is complete!  You can have your wedding ceremony and honeymoon at the same place.  In this age of information, the internet has made it easy and stress free to plan.   Hawaii affords some the most picturesque natural beauty found anywhere in the world.

Find the right Package

The cost for hotel stays and airfare to Hawaii adds up quickly.  That’s why a Hawaii Elopement Package will help you stick to your budget for your wedding in Hawaii.  There are simple elopement packages as well as more extravagant ones.  It all depends on just what you want and what is within your budget.  But for the best wedding package value, definitely consider one that includes professional photography.   Getting good, professional photos of your special day will make for a lifetime memory.

There are many easy to get to beach wedding locations as well as tropical parks and gardens. Avoid the high cost of a big wedding and start planning your dream Hawaii elopement wedding. What makes Hawaii a great location for a destination wedding is that you can have your honeymoon on Oahu or any of the other Hawaiian islands. Elopement in Hawaii:  Is there a more romantic place to start your new life together than this tropical paradise? Book your Hawaii elopement package and come stick your feet in the warm Hawaiian sand. Paradise waits!

Hawaii Elopement Packages

Elopement in Hawaii

Hawaii Elopement Packages

Eloping at Waimanalo Bay

Hawaii Elopement Packages

Sunset Wedding on North Shore of Oahu

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