Post # 1
This is my first time posting one of these, so hopefully I’ve posted in the right place.
We are hoping to get married on the beach in Hawaii this March, with just immediate family as guests. We’ve looked at some of the packages at various resorts, but decided to try and steer clear of that (they seem great but a bit pricey).
Instead, we would like to simply hire someone who is ordained, can read the vows and make it official ❤️
Do do any of you have any advice on how to go about this? Any suggestions as to how to organize dinner for everyone afterward, what to do after that, etc?
Post # 2
So a few things – there are many islands in hawaii, you’ll need to narrow down what youre looking for. Maybe chat with your VIPs and see what they think (ie if everyone has already been to maui and want to check out kauai/big island, be open to doing it there).
All beaches in hawaii are public – so you can’t block off the beach for your wedding. People can/will still be walking by/stop to look, etc. If you are not ok with this you’ll want to look at booking a garden ceremony and just doing beach pics.
Depending on how many people are coming, you can easily book a restaurant close to whichever location you end up getting married at. Once you have the area decided you can post here or on trip advisor and ask for a great restaurant rec close by.
If you want to set up additional things for the people coming you can do things like a catamaran trip, or lava walk or jungle atv, etc for whereever you are.
Post # 3
Thank you so much! I forgot to mention that we plan to get married in Wailea in Maui. Tentatively we plan to stay at the Grand Wailea hotel 🙂 But, if anyone has any other area/resort suggestions, I’d love to hear (read them)
Post # 4
We got married at the Paradise Cove luau property (Oahu), and then had our “reception” at the luau! It was an absolute blast and I even got to shake my booty on stage in my gown.
The Old Lāhainā luau in Maui is fantastic, look into that if this idea appeals to you! You could do the ceremony on the beach nearby and head there afterward if they don’t have a location.
Post # 5
We got married in Jamaica and the resort and it was slightly stress free (it rained causing a delay and change in venue) but I would recommend using a service instead of figuring it our yourself
http://www.mauiweddingadventures.com/packages Cheapest option @$299
http://www.mauiweddingplanner.info/maui_wedding_pricing.html slightly higher @$495
http://simplemauiwedding.net/beach-wedding-packages pricer but I’m not sure what the budge is @$2200
Post # 6
dulcegrace : We investigated getting married in Hawaii and from memory you can’t just rock up to a beach on Maui and get married, there are only certain beaches and you need a permit.
The advice I recieved and read online is to get a planner as it can be difficult to organise from the mainland/overseas.
Post # 7
dulcegrace : which island? I eloped to maui this summer
Post # 8
dulcegrace : call Gannon’s. We got married on the wedding knoll then had dinner at their restaurant. Our officiant was Joseph Narrowe of distinctive weddings. You’ll love him. Anna Kim was our photography. our photos are incredible. Maui Makeup artistry really let me down for hair and makeup and was a complete rip offf. Bella Bloom was my florist. She’s right in Wailea by the Marriott.
Post # 9
Another who seconds getting a planner. It’s worth the money. We just got married last month in California, but considered Maui early on (we ended up honeymooning there instead). We got a planner in California (check out Dream Beach Wedding) for an idea of the services they offered us. It was very low stress; all we had to do was basically show up.
Another thing I’d recommend if it’s in your budget: rent a big house for people to stay at, and double up and use it as your reception location. We rented a 5 BR house with a killer indoor/outdoor space with amazing views of the ocean. My entire family stayed there, and we had our reception there. Everyone LOVED it. We got to spend the 4 days leading up to the wedding with our family, not limited to being in hotel rooms and in restaurants. For the reception, we just had to arrange catering, cake, and flowers. Super easy and it was actually fun to plan.
Post # 10
summerrain123 : hey. We plan on getting married on Wailea, Maui!
Post # 11
summerrain123 : Thank you so much – looking up Gannon’s now!
Post # 12
dulcegrace : keep in mind that the wailea/kaanapali areas are the most popular areas so if you just hire an officiant for a beach wedding you wont be alone. Ive counted up to a dozen weddings going on at once on the same beach at sunset. Permits don’t do a darn thing so don’t waste the time and money. If you want privacy find a venue/restaurant and pay.
Post # 13
My sister did that! Our immediate family and her husband’s all stayed in condo/townhouse type places in kaanapili (not far from Wailea) and she got married on Launiupoko and then we had reservations at a restaurant nearby.
We actually didn’t see anyone else on that beach at all – however the weather wasn’t great and it rained on and off. Hawaii gets a lot more rain and is more unpredictable weather than you’d think! It was still really beautiful though.
After dinner the siblings all went out to a fancy hotel for drinks and my sister and her husband stayed in the fancy hotel for the night.
Post # 14
As a note there was a law passed here in Hawaii a couple of years ago that the photographer needs a permit to take pictures on the beach, so make sure to book them a couple of months in advanced and provide the location of the wedding.
I don’t know if they do ceremonies on other islands, I am on Oahu, but a friend used beach weddings and where happy with the service and the price. https://beachwed.com/
Post # 14
dulcegrace : As others have stated beaches aren’t private and the permits don’t guarantee exclusivity. We opted for a more private feel and rented out the Haiku Mill for 3hrs, it’s and old restored sugar cane mill. They have some great elopement pricing for 10 guests + bride/groom. We will just do pictures on the beach after and dinner at a restaurant near by.