Post # 1
any brides married in Hawaii? I am considering doing a small ceremony there and a reception party back home. I don’t know where to start so if anyone has any advice or experiences please let me know 🙂
Post # 3
@loveerin: I am getting married on the Big Island of Hawaii. My sister is a wedding planner for the Big Island, Maui and Oahu. It helps to have a wedding planner because they can get the beach permits and marriage license and know the good spots for ceremony, flowers, and food.
Let me know what you want to know and I will try to help. 🙂
Post # 4
I’m getting married in Kauai. Definitely get a co-ordinator. It’s less expensive than you think and they take all the stress out!
Post # 5
I’m doing the same thing. It will just be Fiance and me on the Big Island, then a nice dinner with our families at Roy’s (to tie in the Hawaiian theme) when we get back. If you have the ceremony at a hotel, they pretty much all have wedding coordinators. Have you looked into the White Orchid Beach House? That would be my second choice if we had decided on Maui.
Post # 6
I got married on Maui at the Royal Lahaina Resort and I would really recommend it. I had a ceremony and a full reception there, but they have small packages that can be really customized. They were very helpful, low stress, and it was really beautiful.
Post # 7
We’re pretty sure were doing a Hawaii wedding – not sure which island, will ultimately depend on housing as we’re going to rent a vacation home for the 22-25 people attending.
I’m going to subscribe to this post as I could use any help as well! I think we’re just going to rent the house and try to find something with a beautiful yard area to have the wedding in to cut down on costs.
We would like to host a small pig roast the day of the wedding but I haven’t had much luck finding anyone that caters to that (at least on the big island).
Any tips are appreciated!
Post # 8
I got married at Kukahiko Estate- a private oceanfront estate in Makena (southern Maui). If you need any ideas, PM me and I will try to help! Also, I highly recommend Darren Keala of Bliss Maui and Kuolani Florals.
He was an invaluable florist, wedding planner…basically he does everything! He has the best team of vendors on Maui and amazing ideas…he can work with any budget. He is the nicest person- you won’t be disappointed! Maui was gorgeous and Kukahiko Estate was an incredible location and ceremony venue. Good luck!
Post # 9
I am getting married in Maui. I am planning everything without the help of a coordinator (except enlisting someone for the beach permit for the beach ceremony.) The most helpful thing for me has been internet research and asking people for vendor recommendations. We booked a handful of our vendors because of the great word of mouth reviews we received.
Post # 10
@RedzyO: I would definitely recommend contacting Darren Keala at Bliss Maui- he makes awesome suggestions for venues, ceremonies, transportation etc etc on Maui (he might do other islands as well). His family owns Kukahiko Estate, which is where we got married. It’s oceanfront and gorgeous! He just started a new line of private wedding luaus, which might be what you are looking for? http://www.blissmauiweddings.com/#!private-wedding-luau/c1bqg
You can ask about cost for smaller group. He’s super quick at email- I seriously would have been lost without him. He was by far the most talented, kind and creative vendor we worked with, and was sensitive to budget concerns. He is the best!! He’s a Maui native so he knows all the best spots and vendors..plus he’s the most incredible florist:)
Good luck and here is his contact info- [email protected]
Post # 11
We got married on Makapuu beach over on the east side of Oahu. It was gorgeous and only cost $50 for the officiant and the permit (he got it). You can go through a company but because we were both living there (and from there), we were fine putting it together.
Post # 12
@little_d: Thank you! I’ll definitely look into it! I haven’t been on much because we found a house on North Shore Oahu that we sent the rental agreement on today!