Post # 1
Fellow bees, I need some help!
Currently, we are booked to have our wedding reception at the Officer’s Club on the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base. The location has great views, but the service of our catering manager so far is horrible, and the pool area where we were hoping to have our cocktail hour is just.. busted up, to put it nicely. The deposit is only $200, and I’m not sure if I’m willing to give this place more money than that. The only reason we picked it is because of the price, and the FI’s connections he has there. In my book, not something I am going to rest my entire wedding reception on.
I’m completely willing to lose that $200 in exchange for a much more beautiful venue with better service. Does anyone have any suggestions?? I’ve already done a little research on the Ko’olau Ballrooms, but do we have any other choices?
Post # 3
Have you looked at the New Otani. When I lived in Hawaii I saw plenty of weddings there. That hotel is also off the beaten path from the main strip on Kalakaua so it may be affordable for a smaller wedding. Take a look at their website. All of their reception rooms look nice and not much more then you are already paying. The wedding menus look like thay start at 45 per person, but you do not have to have a traditonal meal. I am sure they will work with you. http://www.kaimana.com/banquets.htm
Post # 4
Don’t be afraid to look at the Westin Moana Surfrider. I thought I could never afford it there. Their service has been excellent but you have to put a lot the money upfront in increments so it’s not good if you might change your miind. Koolau GC is beautiful.
Post # 5
have you heard of the Haiku Gardens in Kailua? http://www.haikugardens.com
Post # 6
Hi! I don’t usually post on this site I just read the posts but your post caught my attention. I am getting married at the Kaneohe Marine Base on 11/7/09. But we are getting married on Klipper Golf Course with the reception to follow at the Officers’ Club. I searched for venues for several months before we decided to go with the Officers Club. It definitely is much more affordable than most other locations here on Oahu. Plus the cost of the food is much cheaper too. Have you met with the catering manager yet? Overall she has been pretty helpful to me. I usually email a ton of questions and she emails me back the same day. Let me know if you have any questions or need any advice.
Post # 7
Are you on PW too?? I think you found me on there too! Haha!
The only problem with the O Club is I used to work with the catering manager at the hotel I’m currently at, and I feel like she’s not being very professional with me. When she returns my emails the vibe I get is that I’m wasting her time or something. Also, we asked her to measure the chairs to see if our chair covers would fit, and she refused.
I’ve honestly almost had it with her..
Post # 8
We were hoping to stay on the East Side, as our ceremony is at St. Ann’s by Windward Mall. As for Haiku Gardens, we did look there, but they wouldn’t allow us to put a tent on the lawn, so we nixed that idea.
And.. I just called Ko’olau Ballrooms and they are completely booked for our date. This is so depressing
Post # 9
Yep I’m on PW too. Here I thought I was talking to 2 different ladies who were having their reception at O Club. haha
I would be pissed too if she told me she wouldn’t measure the chairs!! She shouldn’t be treating you like that at all!
Have you tried:
Luana Golf Club
Kahaluu Fishponds (I have seen photos of people who got married there but don’t know who to contact)?
Kualoa Ranch (they also have Secret Island or something like that)
Post # 10
I live in Kaneohe, and I would second aloweha‘s suggestion of Haiku Gardens – Haleiwa Joe’s is the name of the restaurant that does the catering for their wedding packages. We eat there frequently and love the food ~ and I’m a tough critic. The scenery is beautiful and their prices are afforable. We went back and forth between there and the Hale Koa (Waikiki) and decided on the Hale Koa. Good luck!
Post # 11
i’m not sure what their availability is but we are having ours at the hale koa hotel, which is affordable (no tax) and priced a lot cheaper than koolau, which we also seriously considered. it’s not AS nice, but we booked the luau gardens outside (min 200 ppl) and it’s very pretty, in my opinion. you just need to be military or have a sponsor that can get you in..
i also have heard wonderful things about haiku gardens.