We are going with Mr. Flower’s – PM me if you’d like their info. Was about half the price of Martin Roberts…I thought about the “DIY” approach, but was told tropicals do best when arranged day-of. I can’t imagine making the time for that and being under pressure…I talked to a florist and shopped for the individual pieces, but quickly realized that’s not something I want to chance. Plus, I have decided I want the rolled palm leaves and cascading bouqet, so I’m definitely going to hire them!
I am picking up my napkins and runners in down town Los Angeles, where the prices are absurdely cheap. Again, PM me if I can help out; it’s amazing what you can get here.
We haven’t eaten at PG, but I think it is a very safe gamble!
The cakes are beautiful. I was unable to find anyone else that did anything close in terms of appearance, so that is worth it even if it is very average in taste.
I’m leaning toward Relish since we’re getting married in Hanalei (hair and makeup). I think it’s going to be about $150 for me regardless – seems like the standard.
Did you get your marriage license stuff figured out? It’s a it archaic.
As for general Kauai advice, plan on early nights (people start shutting down as soon as the sun sets) and early mornings. There is so much to see and explore that you’ll want to be up and out early. Head west to the canyon and Kalalau lookout very early before the fog comes in. Alakai swamp trail is my favorite out there. Head north/east to Hanalei, Ke’e, and the Hanakapi’ai beach/falls as my favorite trail there. 2 or 4 miles. Please bring either real hiking shoes or a decent athletic shoe – you will thank yourself! The terrain in Kauai is rugged! A good backpack and water bottles are a must, as well as sunscreen. There aren’t so many bugs (unless you’re trudging through the rivers, which we’ve done) and no snakes…paradise!
For a reasonably priced dinner, Tom Kats in Koloa is fun. That’s the closest thing to nightlife you’ll find.
Island Tacos in Wailea (I think – west side) is amazing for such a little hut. Crowd favorite.
Puka Dogs is a must-do. MMM! There is now one in Hanalei…can’t wait!
Josselin’s is one of my favorites for fine dining. There is a gallery in that same plaza, Scott Hanft (Hamft?) as well that we really like.
There’s a “flea” market up in Kapaa that has some real steals.
Salty Wahine has a shop in…hmm, I forget…Hanapepe! Their stuff is great! We’re actually using them for our gifts. Let me know if you’d like more info.
Shipwrecks/Mahaulepu is a wonderful and quiet beach.
Polihale is a wonderful and quiet beach – also the only “big” beach on the island. For both of these two, the rental car companies say you can’t off road…but go for it! Don’t stay at Polihale after dark.
We’re doing the Capt Andy’s sunset cruise this time – will post back if it’s worth the cash.
Smith Family luau is a good tourist trap, if you’re going to do a luau. We are trying the Kilohana instead, so we can do the rum tour etc as well.
Poipu is actually just “average” in my mind but a great place to stay due to dining options and unbeatable weather. There are so many beautiful beaches. You are going to LOVE Kauai…we never want to come home! Please keep me in mind if you have any questions. 🙂 Congrats!