Post # 1
My Fiance and I are seriously thinking of scratching our traditional wedding planned in December and going for a destination wedding in Hawaii. Any advice? Where to start?? There are so many websites on wedding coordinating/planning and packages in Hawaii it’s mind boggling. Thanks bees!!
Post # 3
to start, i would just start by making a list of what’s important to the two of you: number of guests, married on the beach or a resort, DIY details or hiring a co-ordinator?
once you sort out what is important to you, then you can start fine tuning all those resources to what is going to fit for you!
i’ve attended and photographed a couple destination Maui weddings and they are a blast, but a lot of work!
Post # 4
I second the prioritization suggestion from @BirdofaFeather, but I would also ask if you have a favorite island or activity there. That’s a great starting point.
If you want a resort package, then you’ve got great options on every island. If you want a simple beach wedding, I know there are a lot of resources for finding great beaches on every island. (Just remember that every beach is technically public.)
For us, we loved hiking the lava and exploring VNP on the Big Island, so that’s what started by search for potential Hawaii options. On the other hand, my guy thinks it would be easier to plan something on Oahu, so I immediately looked up North Shore options since that was where we had the most fun. We’re also not fans of resorts and don’t actually like the idea of a sandy beach wedding, so that’s helping me to narrow things down.
Looking at your wedding date, you might have some issues with Hawaii, or you might find some deals. The holidays and winter are terrible times for trying to get out there. On the other hand, most places do seem to have a price drop in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, if you keep your date, definitely make sure it’s well before the Christmas rush starts. If you’re open to moving it up, then September to early November is a low season with better airfares and hotel rates.
Post # 5
@DaisyCakes: have you decided on an island? I’ve been to maui and it’s beautiful, and a lot of varied options for weddings
Molokai is supposed to be gorgeous, and secluded
I’m having a destination wedding in Maui in August–we’re having the ceremony at Kula Botanical Gardens and the reception will be a luau at the feast at lele–then we’re going to molokai for our honeymoon
I would look into packages for the ceremony– you can have the reception at a restaurant–they have a lot with really nice ocean front seating
Post # 5
DaisyCakes: What did you end up going with? I’m trying to start planning a destination wedding to Hawaii and don’t know where to start
Post # 6
The biggest thing is to find a place that is basically all inclusive and will minimize the planning process.
A friend of mine is looking at this amazing resort, Ko Olina. You can e-mail them directly to talk to a coordinator!
I have also heard amazing things about the Grande Wailea Resort in Maui
Get in touch with the coordinators at resorts and let them know what you need 😀
Post # 7
llussier: THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!