Post # 1
looking for advance. My fiancé and I are funding or wedding and want to have someone nice, but not go in debt over. Would love to ask for any lessons/ best practices from other brides who may have done in Hawaii.
vendors you loved?
things you loved that you did?
wish you would not have done? Or maybe just wasn’t worth the money in the long run?
welcome all ideas.
Post # 3
Step one is to decide how formal of a wedding you want, and what your budget is. Do you want all the fancyness of a typical ceremony and reception, just with a smaller guest list and a tropical location? Do you want a casual barefoot ceremony in the sand, and then dinner at a good restaurant after?
Once you decide that, pick the island that best suits your needs. Think about what kind of location you want and google around for pictures. White sand beach? Rocky beach? Grass lawn overlooking the beach? Private? Resort? What kind of things do you want to do while you’re in Hawaii? Do you like nightlife and shopping? Or do you want tropical peace?
I hired a wedding planner, who organized my a small, but formal ceremony and reception at a private beach house in Maui. It was perfect for me, but it wasn’t a budget option. There are a ton of companies that offer beach wedding packages that range all over in price. If you find one that looks good, google the company for reviews. Or if you find a venue that you really like, ask them what vendors they recommend. There are also hotels that offer full packages.
Post # 4
Which island are you getting married on? I’m finishing up with my planning and am also interested in the responses to this!
Since we’re paying for the house/venue rental for everyone, we’re going very basic for the ceremony.
Post # 5
@RedzyO: We are getting married on the North Shore of Oahu… We have stayed very basic. ON the fence right now about chargers vs. placemats. We have a food truck and are having tables w/ linin tablecloths, cloth napkins etc… and just wondering wich one to select.
We want to have something nice, without paying a fortune. Really important for us to stay in a budget and not start our new life with wedding debt. We both know it is only one day.
Post # 6
@Jabberwocky: We are going the low-key route. We have a house and will do the ceremony on the beach, barefoot around sunset. We then plan to return to the lawn and have a reception. Our caterer has a food truck so we really lucked out with that – we can customize the menu and they will cahrge a flat fee for the truck and then per food option picked. We are planning to do costco for beer and wine.
We have done basic rentals from a local company and I ordered linins online. I also purchased some personalized napkins from another bee. And used ebay for lights and chinese lanterns. So trying to make it a nice reception with personal touches without goign over budget.
Post # 7
@JAS: Sounds like what we’re going for! How many are attending? We have 20 and no food trucks are will to come to the house for a lunch – if you don’t mind, I would love if you PM’d me with details about the food. We’re also going with Costco for cake, snacks for the house and liquor.
We weren’t planning to have linens or napkins or anything. I might purchase some paper lanters but I’m still deciding on that. Due to the permitting process/costs for a beach wedding, we’re going to get married on the property and then move to the beach for photos.