(Closed) Maui wedding ideas

posted 10 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 17
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@MademoiselleL:

Hi! My husband and I just got married in Maui (white orchid beach house in makena) approx 4 months ago. We used White Orchid Wedding for all our needs except our photography. They were absolutely great, the only draw back was the 20% fee for everything, but it was worth with. Our coordinator (bernadette) took care of everything. We have approx 20 guest, my max is 25.  Their website was very helpful and had tons of ideas and choices. We arrived in Maui the day when the Tsunami happened and we stayed in Westin Resort Maui and Spa.  Due to the chaos of the Tsunami the night before we were upgraded to the suite the day after.  Very friendly staff, but do not and i repeat do not try out their salon and spa, it was so horrible we demanded a refund. Our hotel booking also came with free breakfast, which was helpful due to breakfast was $30 a person. I too was scared of having a destination wedding due the distance and uncertainty, but my coordinator took care of everything to the last minute.  Actually, my husband did not want to go to Maui because he did not want to leave our babies (dogs), but after alot of convincing from our dependable petsitter and multiple home pet cam, he finally agree.  After 4 months, all I hear from his mouth is how he wants to live in Maui. I hope this helps.  You can email me if you have any other questions. Good luck and congratulations!

 

 

Post # 19
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301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If you’re looking for a photographer, my Fiance and I had our engagement pics taken in Maui on a beach in Wailea. Our photographers were great! Evonne and Darren Photography. They are a married couple who shoot together and super fun to work with. You can look at their website here: http://www.evonnedarren.com/

And if you want to check out their style feel free to look at the e-pics I posted in my gallery!

They have a house in Honolulu and Maui so no problem for them to hop on a plane and be in Maui for your big day! They also met with Fiance and I on a set up skype time to get to know us better and introduce themselves before we flew out there. They are wonderful with communication through email and very helpful if you have any questions at all about the island. They photograph at many of the hotels on Maui and I’m sure would have some great tips and pointers for your venue selection!

Good luck on your planning, Maui is a magical place to say “I Do!”

Post # 20
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61 posts
Worker bee

@MademoiselleL &

@chinvicky Hi guys!  We were looking into a wedding in Hawaii and considering Maui but we actually found that we liked Kona.  We are seriously thinking about booking with Konaweddings.com.  Good luck with your wedding planning and enjoy!  Maui is beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 21
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19 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Hi there! we’re getting married on Maui and I did a lot of planning, including a power wedding planning trip (thanks to my mom*), so we can chat!
We settled for my parents* (*not biologically related, long story) house as a venue, because site fees are outragious!

There are some that are relatively reasonable like Kula botanical garden, but it’s hard to find (we’d worry guests getting lost) and they don’t have a room to change into a dress (bathrooms, they told us)

I think Gannon’s (used to be Seawatch) is relatively reasonable if you keep # of the guests low.

I’ve seen Five Palms but there were multiple weddings going at the same time and I wasn’t sure about that.

 

Post # 22
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64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We got engaged at the Royal Kona Resort, which is Royal Lahaina Resort’s sister site. We plan to get married there and try to stay in the same room, then honeymoon at Royal Lahaina. The wedding packages look great and I’ve heard from several people that the customer service is great. The people at RKR were amazing. Always smiling and always going the extra mile. You can customize packages too. Please let me know what you find out. Good luck!

Post # 23
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486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We were originally going to get married at the Four Seasons Kapalua. Not sure if you’ve looked there but we visited last winter and its GORGEOUS!! Although we’re not getting married in Hawaii anymore, I definitely couldnt recommend it more highly. And the wedding people there are fabulous.

Also, if you’re looking for a Maui wedding photographer, this is who we were planning to use: http://annakimphotography.com/

shes seriously amazing. Im really sad that she’s not shooting our wedding. If we go back to Maui, I plan to get back in touch with her to do a shoot of us (and if we have a child by then, a shoot of us with our baby!!). Good luck!!

Post # 24
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Aloha!

We just had our Maui wedding and it was amazing! (*of course I’m biased.. but who isn’t) ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

I didn’t use a wedding planner, other that the event coordinator for our reception site at Hotel Wailea (*not to be confused with the Grand Wailea Hotel). 

All in all it was a magical day. We even had kids from a local hula school (halau) perform between cocktail hour and dinner and the show they put on was first class! 

 

So, here’s how we did it…

CeremonyKeawala’i Congregational Church (*small, church by the sea in south Maui; built more than 100 years ago.)

Flowers – Bouquets and Altar arrangemetns: Maui Blooms (Sandi is a gem!);

My mum and bridal party made window and pew arrangements ourselves the day before with orchids, roses and tuberose ordered through Safeway – floral dept. in Kihei.

MusicCeremony: Ron Kuala’au (*His fee was included inthe church fee and I can’t even believe that! I was familiar with Ron’s music as he plays with Hapa. I came to the ceremony with no preconceived notions or song requests and he played the most beautiful, hawaiian wedding music I could have hoped for!! In the link, he’s the fellow in the orange shirt. A true blessing to have him there!)

           Reception: Tarvin Makia (*Fantastic! Everyone felt and appreciated the Aloha spirit Tarvin brings with his music!)  

Reception – Hotel Wailea (*Anuhea room) This venue is a hidden gem on Maui! The reception room we used was spacious but felt very private and intimate. Rich wood floors and stone walls with huge windows front and back that can reveal an amazing panoramic vista of Maui on one side (*great for sunset viewing..) and in behind is a waterfall with koi pond. The water flows beneath the floor and pops out to another koi pond under the main windows facing out over the gardens and ocean.  The event coordinator there is America Salinas and she is an absolute delight to work with. It was hard planning a Maui wedding from far away (you can imagine the stress) but she made it painless, and when my husband and I arrived to the reception we were so pleased to see just how much care, artistry and effort she put in to make our special night so memorable!!

As for food, our food came from the hotel restaurant, Capische, and we heard nothing but compliments from our guests! From the hors d’ouerves in cocktail hour to the delicious dinner served, everything was entirely (and easily) **GLUTEN FREE**. 

Cake – Maui Cakes provided our cake (*sample pic below). AND it was **GLUTEN FREE**. (*we added a tier too). Cheryl worked with us on flavors and our request to add fresh raspberries. Sooo yummy!! )

 

Anyways.. Best of luck with your special day!! However your own dream unfolds.. I can think of no better place than Maui to start your life together as husband and wife!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Aloha! 

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