(Closed) ideas to replace a reception for a small non traditional wedding in Maui

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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adbee :  An alternative reception is fine. No reception is not fine. You cannot invite people to bear all the expense of flying to Hawaii for your wedding and not even offer them refreshments following the ceremony. If your budget is causing the problem, elope.

A luau is a reception. There is nothing unusual about a luau following a wedding in Hawaii. Are you working with anyone in Hawaii? at the hotel or otherwise? They should be able to refer you to a caterer who could arrange a luau.

If you choose to substitute an excursion for the reception, the two of you should pick up the tab and also arrange for refreshments if the excursion happens over a normal meal time.

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Honey bee

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adbee :  A luau dinner sounds cool. Would you be at least willing to cut a small wedding cake? I think that would be cute to keep it low profile. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think a Lauau would be a fantastic idea!  

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

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adbee :  For some of your guests, just getting UP to Haleakala is going to be a challenge – especially first thing in the morning, biking down is a thing, but not really “safe.”  I went last year, and my motion sickness was a huge problem, I was so glad that we went up for sunset instead of sun rise, and that we didn’t have the biking thing – I’m sure your guests could meet you in Paia for breakfast/lunch.

We attended a Luau at one of the hotels in wailea and it was nice, but more buffet style, tables sat about 10? You are sat with your party, so that’s an option. the dancers were amazing.

What would be really cool is to do a boat ceremony with snorkeling after- rent out one of those big boats, do your ceremony, and then everyone jumps in to explore the reefs.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Yeah, I wouldn’t go with the Haleakala idea.  You need to get up very early (like 2am), and then bike down.  Some people might not want to do this, or feel comfortable.  It seems fun, but that road has no shoulders and you couldn’t pay me to bike down it.  I’d feel so unsafe (and I’m used to biking on roads).  Also, if you get a cloudy day (like we just did a couple weeks ago) it will be disappointing.

Go with the luau.  It’s fun and a very “Hawai’ian” thing.

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I went to one, and they did the luau thing.  They must have gotten the tables reserved since all the guests were placed together (but we were all still part of the larger luau- it wasn’t private).  But yes, we just did the luau and it was fun.  We also all stayed at the same hotel so saw each other and other guests plenty. 

I would say no to the biking idea.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

The old Lahaina luau is really amazing.  It always gets the best reviews.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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lahela017 :  YES! I was just going to suggest the Old Lahaina Luau! We just came back from our honeymoon in Maui and that luau was amazing! And they told you to be there by 5:30 but technically it didn’t start until like 6ish

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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Cheekie0077 :  Awesome!  We just got back from our honeymoon there a week ago too!!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Old Lahaina for sure!! The Marriott if you need fire dancers. Lol

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