Intimate beach wedding in Hawaii

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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1787 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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.  There are also hotels that offer full packages.

Post # 4
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70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Which island are you getting married on? I’m finishing up with my planning and am also interested in the responses to this!

Since we’re paying for the house/venue rental for everyone, we’re going very basic for the ceremony.

Post # 7
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70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@JAS:  Sounds like what we’re going for! How many are attending? We have 20 and no food trucks are will to come to the house for a lunch – if you don’t mind, I would love if you PM’d me with details about the food. We’re also going with Costco for cake, snacks for the house and liquor.

We weren’t planning to have linens or napkins or anything. I might purchase some paper lanters but I’m still deciding on that. Due to the permitting process/costs for a beach wedding, we’re going to get married on the property and then move to the beach for photos. 

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