Post # 1
We have two options for our wedding reception dinner. We are really trying to do our entire wedding on a budget so I”m curious if any other brides out there have been to a luau for their reception?
My dream scenario would be to have a nice dinner at Merriman’s (fine dining) for 18 people and having the luau be our rehearsal dinner/welcome dinner. However, we can’t afford to do both. I think a luau is a must for people traveling to Hawaii but I’m not sure it’s what I envision for our reception dinner. My concerns about a luau are that it may feel a bit “casual” for a wedding dress… having a wedding cake on our table etc. in the middle of a hundred other people…. I would do the luau for budget reasons and think it would be casual and fun…but I do love the idea of Merriman’s more. The price difference is about $1200.
So your opinions please…. would you do the luau and relax about it…
splurge the extra to have the elegant dinner??
Thanks for you input!
Post # 3
Both options are great options! I would love to do the same for my wedding (have a luau for a rehearsal) but like you we can not afford both options. The pros of a luau are that you are providing your guests with entertainment and an experience. I think a luau is a little too informal since it will not allow our guests to mingle much. We will be having a nice dinner at a restaurant for our ‘reception’. I don’t think you can go wrong with either option, it just depends on your group and your wants.
Post # 4
Have you looked into the Feast at Lele? It’s a bit more expensive than a traditional luau, but it’s a sit down dinner with servers….so no long lines. Also, you and your guests will have your own table and entertainment is included too.
Post # 5
Thanks so much for your input! I think we will go with the restaurant idea. I think the focal point at a luau would be the show and we want to celebrate our wedding. I think we will just add the luau as an “optional” experience for guests a la carte.
Post # 6
I just replied to another of your posts as well! My florist/wedding planner just told me about his new idea of private luaus- so bummed this wasn’t available for my wedding. I saw you are a budget bride- it looks like this includes everything- private ocenfront luau, plated dinner, cocktails, entertainment, photography etc! Darren is amazing- you can email him and he replies so quickly and was the most helpful vendor we dealt with by far. The price on website is for 50 ppl, so should be less for your sized group? This will be the closest to all-inclusive package on Maui you can get:
Good luck- I would love to see pics if you go with this option- looks incredible! I got married at this location- Kukahiko Estate- was incredibly gorgeous, definitely one of the most breath-taking spots on Maui:)
Post # 7
I agree to do the dinner; a luau is quite informal, noisy and crowded and you would definitely not be the center of attention!