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Hi there, finally my fiance and I decided to get married in Hawaii (we’re back and forth between Banff and Hawaii). We will have a very simple ceremony with only couple guests. I have been searching for wedding packages on the internet and they are just so many websites out there. I really have no idea which one to choose or if it’s really good as I see on their websites. Anyone knows any good wedding websites that can recommend to me? Thanks! Also if any of you got married in Hawaii, it would be great if you can post pictures for us to see as well :-).
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I am having my wedding at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui. They have been great throughout the planning process and very flexible to fit my budget.
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@Nat_can: which island? I’m getting married in Maui and I’m using Merry maui weddings–they have great reviews and reasonable prices
We’re going to have a luau reception at the Feast at Lele–but if a private dinner at a restaurant is your thing Mama’s Fish House is amazing
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We’re getting married in Oahu. I don’t know much about Hawaii (was there more than 15 years ago and don’t really remember much). I just wonder what beach is a good one for getting married (more quiet and for nice pictures).
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I would recommend to contact Carrie from Cherished in Hawaii Weddings. We are using her for our wedding in Oahu in August, and she has been amazing. She believes planning a wedding should be stress free and fun, and she has done a fantastic job at doing just that. Very helpful and super friendly. I never hesitate to email her over even the silliest of questions, I just make sure to tell her not to rush and get back to me lol (I know she is a busy person with many weddings going on). Have a look at what packages they offer at least, and contact her if you have any questions.
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@MissTait: Thanks 🙂 I’ll check it out.
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Check out the Hilton resorts on Hawaii. They do a wonderful service and have different packages with different location options and settings.
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I had my heart set on the White Crystal Chapel at the Hilton, but the chapel alone was around $2500. We thought for a 15 to 20 min ceremony that was a lot of money. They have these fake flowers on the ends of the seating down the aisle that you have to pay extra for if you want it removed for your ceremony (if you are fine with the flowers it won’t really matter). Beautiful though. That amount (actually maybe a couple hundred more), paid for the private resort (we went with Lanikuhonua), where we are holding the ceremony and reception. We found food at the Hilton very expensive for what you actually get, and if you plan on having an open bar, that will be expensive as well. At a private resort you can buy all of the alcohol yourself, and hire a bartender for the night – I believe ours is $300 for the night. Also you can 100% choose your vendors. The only down side about it would be rentals, you have to rent everything. Also we have to commute about 40 mins out from Waikiki, so we are are hiring transportation for everyone. If you want something right in Waikiki with no commute Hilton would be a better option. I agree that they are worth looking into to consider all of your options at least.
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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!
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:)