We eloped to Maui. Best decision ever.
We stayed in a condo at sugar beach with ocean view and got married at sunset at the secret cove. We had a wedding coordinator. Ancienthawaiianweddings.com. Arabelle was the best. I compared a lot of package deals and hers was the best imo. We chose Reverend Laki and he was great. Note that we had a non Christian wedding.
With a wedding coordinator you don’t have to worry about anything at all. You can pick a package and customize it to your wishes and desires. That’s what we did.
As far as photographers, officiants, flowers etc. it’s very individual. Some like this, some like that. I wanted natural pictures and a fun and light hearted ceremony and that’s what we got.
Literally I didn’t worry about anything at all. I picked a date about 7-8 month out, a couple of weeks later I decided on a photographer and the officiant. The date and the officiant were most important to me. Laki is very thought after so I grabbed him ASAP. Then I took my time to look at photographers. I had Jacky from HairAnywhere for my H&M. She stayed with me for the last two hours before the wedding, helped me into my dress and walked me to the parking lot where Arabelle picked me up to drive me to the beach. My husband left earlier, relaxed on the beach and waited so he was already there and could see me “walking down the aisle”. The flowers where the hardest and I picked them about 2 weeks before the wedding. I just couldn’t decide 🙂 The beach we picked the day of the wedding. We looked at the options we had 3 days before the wedding, picked two favorites. Arabelle got the beach permits and kept us I formed about the other “bookings” for the beaches (you need a permit and you can put down two beaches – then the coordinator can see how many people did the same thing and you can then switch from one beach to the other until the last minute) there was another wedding at “our” beach but we decided to gamble and got really lucky. We were the only ones on that beach that evening. Arabelle also made our reservations at Humuhumunukunukuapua’a. We had a great table and the food was delicious. She also made an appointment at the marriage license place and met us there to talk over our ceremony (as we had some changes made to it), told us how to stand for the best pictures, how the rings would be handled, how to step in the flower circle, when the musician would be playing, how the walking down the “aisle” would go down, how the Lei exchange works etc. I was so relaxed at the day of…. I had no worries in the world. We went to see the Maui Museum (where we found pictures of Reverend Laki’s mother, last queen of Maui) had a light lunch and bought the “just Maui’d” sign before going to the condo and getting ready.
It was the best day of my life!
There’s loads to do on Maui. We did the road to Hana on a scooter. We went to twin falls and swam in the lake, we went surfing, saw the sunrise on Haleakala (book tour wat in advance), went snorkeling (loads of Honus, they also came to our wedding as special guests), took a boat tour, went to the ocean museum, went to a luau, took a helicopter ride (amazing!!!) and much more!!!