Post # 1
I was just searching though boards and found one where brides are getting married in Hawaii, went on Google and looked it up. I totally want to do that, since me and the Fiance arent getting married for another year or 2, so we can save up. Have a Wedding and Honeymoon in the same place!
But my question is…for the Hawaii brides, how did you book your wedding so far away? There are so many sites out there and I want to pick a safe site. So can anyone tell me how they did it, because I’m really interested.
Please & thank you
Post # 3
What kind of wedding do you want? A resort wedding on their property? That’s easy, call the resort. If you want a simple beach wedding, then look up officiants and work out with them who will take care of the permit. If you want someone else out there to largely handle it, then hire a coordinator who should be able to pull together what you want within budget.
I don’t quite know what you mean by safe site, so I can’t really give you any advice on that front. The only crime related issues you really run into in Hawaii is property crime, and that’s only solved with smart traveling. When it comes to problems in nature, Hawaii is normally great weather. If you mean in terms of a business that might go out of business, that’s nearly impossible to predict, especially so far out. All you can do is focus on research online – reviews, asking about specific vendors, etc.
My suggestion is that you explore several different options online. Put together a loose budget for a variety of ideas so you know how much you need to save and have an idea of when you can start the real planning process. After that, you’ll have to rely on phone calls or emails.
Post # 4
A lot of resorts have wedding sections on their websites. I just looked at a few and then e-mailed the one I liked best. We picked a date and time for the wedding. They drew up a contract. We signed it, scanned it, and e-mailed it back with credit card information for the deposit money. The resort then sent us a questionarre to fill out about what sort of things we wanted (chair covers, music, etc.) and we went from there.
Honestly I’ve done the whole thing through e-mail. The coordinator asks what kind of centerpieces I want. I send him a picture I found online. He sends it off to the florist for a price quote and then gets back to me. It’s been pretty easy and straight forward and since everything’s through the resort I don’t have to worry about contacting a bunch of vendors. That’s their job.
Post # 5
I’m getting married on Kauai. i think first you need to ask herself which isle you want to get married on. And each island has something different to offer. I would start by researching online which island you and Fiance like best. Then you can research wedding coordinators or if you want something small and simple, even officiants have packages for photography, flowers, etc. Just be careful you research good. i gave someone a 300 dollar deposit and we emailed back and forth a few times then suddenly she never returned by emails or phone calls. But i did fine someone else that is very honest. Needless to say, i have reported her to the BBB, Kauai wedding professional site, and other websites with reviews. Look at their facebook accounts and Wedding wire for reviews. Good luck!
Post # 6
We’re getting married in Hawaii and we just picked one website out. We looked at their pictures and some of their reviews. I did talk to their staff in person and she seems very sweet and we need to give them only $100 for a deposit. I paid it by bank draft because I don’t want to fax my credit card information. We can revise our wedding package until a month before the wedding and whatever I requested to change, she seems to be okay and no fuss. We will have a very simple wedding just me, my Fiance, and our son.
Post # 7
We booked our wedding through the resort that we are staying at. They offer wedding packages so it was perfect for us. I was very comfortable going with a big name resort that had 5 stars and great reviews so the decision was easy.
Edit: We have a wedding planner and we signed a contract as well. We mostly communicate via email because that is what I prefer. We have a more expensive wedding (than the usual intimate wedding) at a popular resort so it cost us $1,000 deposit to reserve our wedding date and to start planning with them. We get to pick everything as you would a regular wedding (depending on wedding package) so it is just as fun and stressful!
Post # 8
My now-husband went online and researched a few wedding planners. Based on reviews and such, we picked one and I corresponded with the planner purely through email and phone calls. Darling Husband picked the location based off research again with lots of images of the beaches, and all I had to do was deposit 50% of what I owed the planner to book the date 🙂
I can give you the website of the planner we used – she was amazing and everything went so smoothly on the day.
Post # 9
We booked our wedding through the resort we are stayng at…but I used to live there, so I knew which island I wanted and knew who to trust and what not.
I would suggest going through an accredited wedding planner if you have not visited prior to your wedding.
Post # 10
For a Hawaii wedding, it’s best to decide which island you would like to get married on first. I was picking between Oahu (more densely populated) and the Big Island (because I’ve never been and its the largest of the islands). I actually based my venue on how helpful the coordinator at the venue was in terms of being responsive. Hawaii is super relaxed and I feel like they’re not as rushed to respond which makes me a little anxious because we’re trying to plan a wedding thousands of miles away!