Post # 1
We recently decided to have a wedding in hawaii! im so excited, and so stressed, and honestly dont know where to start.. For all my Hawaii wedding brides, would you like to share any tips, or suggestions? Did you guys have a wedding website? How did you handle the save the dates, and your guest stay, and the ceremony, Which iland did you pick?
Please share, i would like to know. I saw couple websites, for Oahu wedding and such.
How about the reception part and alcohol?
As you can tell, I am completely lost, and i dont even know where to start. haha
Post # 3
I was super overwhelmed when I first started planning too. There are so many options, it’s hard to find a good starting point. I’m going to copy paste my reply to another Hawaii wedding thread from a couple of hours ago:
Step one is to decide how formal of a wedding you want, and what your budget is. Do you want all the fancyness of a typical ceremony and reception, just with a smaller guest list and a tropical location? Do you want a casual barefoot ceremony in the sand, and then dinner at a good restaurant after?
Once you decide that, pick the island that best suits your needs. Think about what kind of location you want and google around for pictures. White sand beach? Rocky beach? Grass lawn overlooking the beach? Private? Resort? What kind of things do you want to do while you’re in Hawaii? Do you like nightlife and shopping? Or do you want tropical peace?
I hired a wedding planner, who organized my a small, but formal ceremony and reception at a private beach house in Maui. It was perfect for me, but it wasn’t a budget option. There are a ton of companies that offer beach wedding packages that range all over in price. If you find one that looks good, google the company for reviews. Or if you find a venue that you really like, ask them what vendors they recommend (this is what I ended up doing). There are also hotels that offer full packages.
Post # 4
I agree with @Jabberwocky‘s steps.
I’ve completely planned the wedding on my own with only one phone call to the manager of the house we rented for advice.
We’re getting married on North Shore Oahu at a private estate – looks like 18-20 people will be attending which is nearly our entire invite list. We’re experiencing a long engagement becuause we wanted to give our guests a year notice before the wedding. We chose Oahu based on the availability of rental houses and the fact that they have Sam’s club, Costco to buy food and alcohol. Oahu is also the only island with an official office for marriage certificate application.
We decided to pay for the lodging for everyone for 5 nights in a 22 person house. We called everyone we wanted to invite when we had the idea to take a poll of who would want to go. I sent out the initial save the dates electronically once the property was booked with the exact dates. I am getting ready to send out custom made invitations, mostly as keepsakes, but also as a final RSVP for those who have been “maybes”.
I booked the photographer more than 9 months in advance and just reserved hair/makeup. My brother who is traveling with us will be the officiant to make things easier.
The loose itinerary is as follows: Guests arrive on Monday (I’m providing welcome baskets with fun toys and games, maps, etc, and we’ll have a small supply of alcohol for everyone), Tuesday is group activity day which is optional but the activity will be paid for by us, Wed is wedding day – wedding at 10am, lunch and booze served by us after, the remainder of the stay, Wed afternoon through Saturday is for the guests to do whatever they would like.
The groom and I are then going to island hop to Maui for 4 days as our honeymoon.
Post # 4
RedzyO: This sounds just like my wedding! We rented a house on the North Shore that holds 20 people, just put out our save the dates. We decided to do the wedding towards the end of the stay because we want to leave for a honeymoon pretty soon after the wedding. Who did you use as a photographer? I already booked a videographer but have nothing else set (flowers, officiant, food, etc.).
Post # 5
Mstar: I’m using Adam A Palmer as my photographer. I still have to order my flowers. We’re using Kenekes for catering.
Post # 6
mimi.ziyu: I have done a ton of research. If you let me know what kind of wedding you are looking to have and idea of budget I can definitely help you out.