(Closed) We want a Hawaii wedding but have no idea where to start! Help!

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

I would do some internet research on which Island you wanted to get married on. Each one is different and has different pros and cons 🙂

The next step would be to define a spot- hotel beach, public beach etc etc

The offical tourist site is gohawaii.com and they have a few pages on getting married on the various Islands.

If I had my pick I would probably get married on Kauai.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I know I mention this website alot but Style Me Pretty has a Destination Hawaii blog just dedicated to Hawaiian weddings!  I would browse here.  See something you like?  The venue (which then you can figure the island) is listed at the bottom of each wedding.

 

http://www.stylemepretty.com/destination-weddings/hawaii-weddings/

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Honestly I would pick the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu or The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea on Maui have great wedding packages and make it pretty simple. 

 

I am getting married in Waikiki at The Royal Hawaiian on Oahu. I picked the “touristy” area because I am having a lot of out of town guests and wanted a lot of hotel choice for them since I know not everyone wants to spend the resort price for a hotel.

 

The Hilton Hawaiian also has a great wedding package. 

 

There is tons to do in Waikiki and Honolulu and you wouldn’t need a car for your first time. I used to live there, so my FI and I always love to venture around the island in a car. 

 

Good luck! 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

1. Pick the Island

2. Pick a planner (I used http://www.arainbowinparadise.com on Oahu – Kalona is amazing) or a hotel package.

3. Pick a location

2 and 3 may be interchangeable.

4. Everything else falls into place for you to nitpick about the details.

If you’re not planning to venture outside the Waikiki area on Oahu, I agree you don’t need a car, but my DH and I got a rental to drive other places like North Shore and our wedding location.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

theknot.com is super helpful because most of their community posts are about planning and vendors. Most of the people on that site tend to get married on Maui though… 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are getting married in Makena (south of Wailea on Maui) at Kukahiko Estate. Our party will be about 11 guests (including 5 children/infants). We are using Tropical Maui Weddings- Lori and Jackie are so great and patient (I am very indecisive!). Lori’s hubby Jamie Lawrence will sing at our ceremony and reception, which will be held at Capische restaurant in Waliea. Check them out if you like: http://www.tropicalmauiweddings.com/index.aspx I have a friend on Maui who recommended them, so I didn’t call around to different companies. They are very happy to work with whatever budget!

I’m using Cheryl fromhttp://www.mauiweddingcakes.com/    and Darren at http://www.kuolanifloral.com/  Everything to do with planning has been fun and easy so far. A great team of people, I feel, is really important when planning from far away!

For photography, Anna Kim was the best!

http://www.annakimphotography.com/

We are renting a 3 bdrm condo in Wailea Beach Villas so that most of our family doesn’t have to pay for separate accommodations. Kind of pricey ($900/night for a penthouse), but cheaper than renting 3 separate hotel rooms, and more fun that we are all under the same roof (we each have ensuite bathrooms). The property looks amazing, and right next to Shops at Wailea, beachfront.

Good luck and feel free to PM if you have any questions:)

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are getting married in Maui on April 13th!  I highly recommend staying in West Maui (Lahaina/Kaanapali area) rather than South Maui (Wailea/Kihei areas).  We have stayed on both but there is more to do on the West side.

Not sure if you’ve already found a place but Honua Kai Resort is GREAT!  We aren’t getting married there (although you can) but we are staying there.  We stayed there once before and the property is so nice and the condos are beautiful and really big. Lots of pools and a slide, walking distance to the beach, barbecues, Duke’s Beach House is on the Property, Aina Market is on the property.   Its one of my favorite spots!  You can find really good deals on VRBO.com

Let me know if you have any questions.  I’m happy to help.  I know what you’re going through because my Fiance and I didnt know where to begin either and we have definitely learned alot since we started planning.

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