We eloped to Maui and it was so wonderful! I loved everything about it!!!
We did a kind of wedding-moon. We arrived 3 days before the wedding to acclimate, get our marriage license, pick out the beach, get married and then stayed for another 10 days or so.
I had a wedding planner/coordinator with a whole package. I choose her because it was the best deal in my eyes including everything I wanted, adding some extras I wished for. And she did an amazing job! We had a mashup of a traditional Hawaiian wedding, traditional American wedding with some Jewish details thrown in. It was just the two of us but the ceremony lasted for about 35 min which I loved. (we saw at least 4 weddings live and some only lasted 10 min or less)
And before that I didn’t have a care in the world. From home I chose the photographer, officiant and flowers. On the day of, we just had to show up. The H&M girl came to our condo and was my pal for the last two hours of being single, listen to me babble and helping me into the dress. Then the coordinator picked me up to drive me to the beach so that my husband could be at the beach waiting for me making the “walking down the aisle” moment possible. We didn’t opt for a videographer so she filmed the whole ceremony with my cell phone and she did an amazing job.
We booked the wedding about 7 months in advance but she penciled me in about 2 months earlier (time between the decision to go to Hawaii and the official engagement) as I was very set on the date. A couple of weeks later we booked the flights and a condo
In our case, the package included the officiant, h&m, beach permit, photographer, bouquet, leis, flower circle, musician, conch shell blower, drinks. She made reservations for our dinner after the wedding (great place, amazing table), helped us pick out the beach, drove me to the wedding and met with us beforehand to talk about the ceremony; told us how the walking down the aisle would work, how to stand and generally to explain how it would go down.
gratitudes and license were extra.
And Maui is a dream!