@MademoiselleL: I’m so excited for you! For us it was a dream come true to get married on the beach. I did a lot of research beforehand, having never been to Hawaii, about hotels and beaches and where to get married. I’ll start with our hotel. We stayed at Makena Golf & Beach Resort, which we both really enjoyed. This hotel is the last one on the south shore strip of hotels, and it’s super relaxing and quiet there. We went in September so there were no kids and barely any people during the week. The beach that is next to the hotel (Makena Beach) is very nice. The hotel staff were super friendly, we got a free upgrade, they clean like all the time, and overall we are very satisfied with our experience there. However, we did not get married at this hotel. We did see a couple of weddings there and from what I could tell from the brides’ behavior, looked like they were happy brides. There are several beautiful locations where you could choose to have your ceremony and wedding reception, from what I saw. Keep in mind that if you have a sunset wedding, it gets really dark outside after the sun sets (~6:30 every night). So think about lighting if you want to do that. I can give you more info on this if you are considering them.
Now the wedding. Sounds like you already booked something, but I can just tell you that we did not go with any hotel, and said our vows on White Rock Beach, a small private beach which is a short drive from the Makena resort. So if you do end up on the south shore, I recommend you visit that beach. We booked with The Maui Marrying Man (Rev. Ron) and his wife, Dot, who is a photographer. They were great, easy to talk to and friendly, we are very happy we found them. I was very picky about finding a good photographer without spending a fortune, and did not find any better photographer for the price that Dot and Rev. Ron offered. Check them out: http://www.themauimarryingman.com/ So we kept it super simple in Maui, but we do plan to do a wedding celebration later in spring with all our friends and family. Where you are planning to get married in Maui?
As for Safeway flowers…We visited two Safeways and they had good flowers. I also checked out the flowers at Costco, and they were good too, just not exactly the color that I was looking for. What you should do is talk to the florist at Safeway beforehand and find out when their freshest roses get delivered. Make sure you ask at the exact Safeway where you plan to get them, because as I found out, each store is different. If you don’t see the flowers you like out, ask the florist if they have some in the back room and she’ll bring what they have out for you. If you go with Costco, I found out that they do special order. Call them and check out what that means, maybe they can get you the type of flowers that you want.
And just so you know, both Costco and Safeway sell leis. Costco had inexpensive leis, and the special cool looking leaf and nut leis for the guys (whatever those are called), and a selection of tropical flowers.
Let me know if you need anything else!