Post # 1
We need some help on planning a $5-7K Wedding. Originally we thought $10K, but reality hit and the $5-7K is what we have. Our biggest challenge is finding an affordable quality venue to fit our budget and in keeping with our Thanksgiving theme. We would like something indoor as well as outdoor. The hotels here are beautiful and very expensive, even with food and beverage minimums. We won’t be able to have 100 guests that we initally wanted so we will have to scale down. For venue options, we are considering Oahu, Honolulu, and Pearl Country Clubs, Willows Restaurant, Manoa Grand Ballroom at the Japanese Cultural Center, Waterfront at Aloha Tower, and possibly bontical gardens throughout Oahu. We are having a Church ceremony. We thought we could afford a wedding planner,too, for the whole process, but we can’t even afford that. Our photographer is already about $3K and would love a videographer as well. We would really appreciate any helpful suggestions on venues as well as saving.
Post # 3
I spent muchhhh time on google and found a company called Maui Weddings From The Heart. Maybe contact her for recommendations on Oahu? Best of luck!
Post # 4
@macbookbee123: Thank you so much and have a wonderful wedding…it’s coming up soon
Post # 5
@giddybride808: Yes!! So excited. Bets of luck to you. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open while I’m there for you. Also, to save money, I posted an ad on Craigslist asking for student photographers that may interesting in photographing a wedding. We are getting an awesome girl who is super nice for a really great price (free but we are going to surprise her with $500!). Just an idea =)
Post # 6
I don’t know Oahu very well, but do you know anyone who is a member at the Outrigger Canoe Club? Last time I looked, their catering prices weren’t completely outrageous, but I don’t know what any venue fees would be like, if any. I think you have to have a member sponsor, at least that’s what my grandmother indicated a while ago.
Post # 7
Oh my gosh – I was in Oahu this summer and I found this location that would be PERFECT for a wedding reception! I just looked it up – It’s called Kalama beach in Kailua. . It is soooo gorgeous there – my favorite beach of all from my entire 2 week vacation. Its much more private than other beaches, so I’d imagine that its not quite as much money. There’s a big grassy shaded area and beautiful little paths to the water. There is a little clubhouse there I think it may be a yoga studio, and there may be somebody you can contact there about having a reception there. Here’s a link but the pics on there don’t do it any justice. Hope this helps!
Post # 8
I feel your pain; I am looking for a venue too and not coming up with much. Have you thought about doing a house rental for the day? Do you want indoor or out? North Shore, town, windward side? If I find something that seems promising I’ll let you know.
Post # 9
Aloha and Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! A Thanksgiving theme sounds lovely!
I can definitely sympathize with trying to plan a wedding on Oahu with a smaller budget, I currently have a non-existent budget 🙂
Here are some possible ideas, I’m not sure exactly how the costs break down for these venues but it looks like they might be somewhat affordable choices…
Queen Emma Summer Palace:
or the Laniakea YWCA:
or the Kokaki YWCA:
or Iolani Barracks:
Post # 10
@giddybride808: I can’t help with Oahu recommendations at all, but spending 50% of your budget on a photographer seems pretty far out of line and only leaves you with $4K for everything else.
Post # 11
@yelle418: Last time I checked, getting married on the beach was a flat fee regardless of how busy the specific spot you choose may be at the time.
Back to OP: I second the suggestion from a PP to check out vacation rentals that may also be available for rent as event venues. I have noticed that a number of the rentals I’ve looked at have that option, though you probably want to ask lots of questions about any vendor requirements if you go that route. If they have preferred vendors, that may put them out of your budget.