(Closed) $5-7K Budget Wedding On Oahu, Hawaii

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I spent muchhhh time on google and found a company called Maui Weddings From The Heart. Maybe contact her for recommendations on Oahu? Best of luck!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@giddybride808:  Yes!! So excited. Bets of luck to you. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open while I’m there for you. Also, to save money, I posted an ad on Craigslist asking for student photographers that may interesting in photographing a wedding. We are getting an awesome girl who is super nice for a really great price (free but we are going to surprise her with $500!). Just an idea =)

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I don’t know Oahu very well, but do you know anyone who is a member at the Outrigger Canoe Club? Last time I looked, their catering prices weren’t completely outrageous, but I don’t know what any venue fees would be like, if any.  I think you have to have a member sponsor, at least that’s what my grandmother indicated a while ago.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Oh my gosh – I was in Oahu this summer and I found this location that would be PERFECT for a wedding reception! I just looked it up – It’s called Kalama beach in Kailua. . It is soooo gorgeous there – my favorite beach of all from my entire 2 week vacation. Its much more private than other beaches, so I’d imagine that its not quite as much money. There’s a big grassy shaded area and beautiful little paths to the water. There is a little clubhouse there I think it may be a yoga studio, and there may be somebody you can contact there about having a reception there. Here’s a link but the pics on there don’t do it any justice. Hope this helps!

 

http://www.hawaiiweb.com/kalama-beach-oahu.html

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I feel your pain; I am looking for a venue too and not coming up with much. Have you thought about doing a house rental for the day?  Do you want indoor or out?  North Shore, town, windward side? If I find something that seems promising I’ll let you know.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Aloha and Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! A Thanksgiving theme sounds lovely!

I can definitely sympathize with trying to plan a wedding on Oahu with a smaller budget, I currently have a non-existent budget 🙂

Here are some possible ideas, I’m not sure exactly how the costs break down for these venues but it looks like they might be somewhat affordable choices…

Haiku Gardens

http://haikugardens.com/weddings.html

Queen Emma Summer Palace:

http://www.iolanipalace.org/index.php/service/host-an-event.html

 or the Laniakea YWCA:

http://www.ywca.org/site/pp.asp?c=9fLGJSOyHpE&b=269460

or the Kokaki YWCA:

http://www.ywca.org/site/pp.asp?c=9fLGJSOyHpE&b=302887

or Iolani Barracks:

http://www.iolanipalace.org/index.php/service/host-an-event.html

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@giddybride808:  I can’t help with Oahu recommendations at all, but spending 50% of your budget on a photographer seems pretty far out of line and only leaves you with $4K for everything else. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@yelle418:  Last time I checked, getting married on the beach was a flat fee regardless of how busy the specific spot you choose may be at the time.

Back to OP: I second the suggestion from a PP to check out vacation rentals that may also be available for rent as event venues.  I have noticed that a number of the rentals I’ve looked at have that option, though you probably want to ask lots of questions about any vendor requirements if you go that route.  If they have preferred vendors, that may put them out of your budget.

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