(Closed) Hawaii Theme Reception – any suggestions?

posted 7 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I think a pig roast would be awesome.

Post # 4
241 posts
Helper bee

You can use orchids as decor but be careful because some orchids are cheap and some are super expensive. You can take less expensive ones like dendrobiums and float them in water.

Post # 5
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If I were you, I’d focus on vintage Hawaii to make it extra special. Muted neutrals with pops of color. I love vintage hawaiian fabric and it’s readily available if you look on ebay and etsy. There’s incredible imagery in the display cases at the hilton hotel in waikiki if you want ideas – see hotel website possibly for ideas.

For potted orchids – try trader joes – they have great prices and you could give them as favors afterwards.

Post # 7
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Orchids and Plumerias!!! ๐Ÿ™‚    Great idea…grass skirts.

Post # 8
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My first wedding was a Hawaiian theme.

Google Pacific Weddings – it’s a magazine/shop and I found a lot of inspiration there.

We had a pig roast buffet for dinner, tropical drinks, a steel drum player.

Instead of lots of flowers, I bought leis from a wholesaler and had them shipped in. 

Our ceremony included a lot of traditional Hawaiian readings and part of it was read in Hawaiian.

Our girls wore dresses from Hilo Hattie (at that time they had stores in lots of malls around the country) and the guys wore matching Hawaiian shirts.

I found kissing hula dancer cake toppers (whic I still have.  So damn cute I can’t get rid of them despite a divorce and cross country move!)

Wore plastic type plumerias in my hair and hawaiian jewelry.

We used hawaiian printed freezer mugs for a favor/placecard.

For my save the dates we bought vintage style postcards online and printed in vellum and attached with raffia

A lot of our decorations came from Oriental Trading.  There’s WAYYYY more Hawaiian stuff out there now compared to 2002 when we were shopping!

During our ceremony we stood in a circle of ohana – circle of family/love/friends… we made it using silk leis and flowers attached around the dock with twisty ties.  My favorite picture from the wedding is us standing in it.

I have no idea where the CD of photos from that wedding is, but if I find it I will post some for you!



Post # 9
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree with mwitter80 that a pig roasst would be totally awesome. I think you should look into having some hula dancers (try a school, they might be able to give you a discount on it) or maybe taking some lessons yourself and suprise everyone with it. My cousin surprised her husband with one at their wedding but she had taken lessons for years before that. I think you can probably learn a simple one in a couple of months. I  think you should tuck a flower behind your left ear as that is how married/taken women wear them in Hawaii (single gals put them on the right side).

As for decor/food, I think using plumerias, orchids, and hibiscus flowers would definitely give it a Hawaiian feel. Seashells around the flower arrangements would look really pretty. Maybe have the Blue Hawaiian be your signature drink for the night and have little umbrellas for all the glasses. Along with the kahlua pig, it goes well with rice, macaroni salad, and rice. They can be pricey, but bowls of macadamia nuts would be a nice appetizer on the table for guests to snack on.

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