(Closed) Need help!! Destination Wedding in Hawaii…

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Glitterella:  

Kauai is the honeymoon island, I can tell you if you want night life, there isn’t any, everything pretty much closes at 10pm and opens at 9am, very laid back and great for amourous activities. Try to stay towards Poipu beach, it’s sunnier and less rain than the north side. Septembers weather is really nice too.  For a wedding location I must recommend Smith Family Ranch, they have a beautiful tropical garden there and they have one of the best luaus I’ve been to.

The beaches on Kauai are all beautiful. I’ve been to spouting horn, poipu beach, tunnle beach, all great places.
Kauai also has great adventures. Kauai has a ton of outdoor activities like Kauai ATV tours, picnicing and swimming at a waterfall (take the long tour, only with Kauai ATV, they are the best), or riding an innertube down the old sugar cane troughs in the hills, zip-lining, horse back riding on the beach, plus endless water sports, just so much to there.
Check this site out for ideas http://www.101thingstodo.com/kauai/

Also when you arrive in the airport, when you are in baggage claim, make sure to pick up all the brochures you can, great ideas and coupons.

check this site out http://www.kauaiislandweddings.com/Pages-New/Locations.html

This will give you links to affordable places to stay on Kauai under the Honeymoon Lodging tab

FYI: Don’t bother with the Fern Grotto location, they don’t let people get close anymore because of falling boulders. Also Hanalei Bay (the north side of the island) gets the most rain, but when it’s sunny it’s gorgeous.

You might look into staying in a time share where you can save money by cooking your own food, I always stay at the Waiohai Marriott Resort.  Most I can’t offer any advice for Maui, I’ve never been there, but I do know that is a party island. Maybe get married on Maui and island hop to Kauai for a honeymoon adventure.

Post # 4
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369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We’re getting married at Na Aina Kai Botanical Garden on the North Shore; it’s gorgeous!!! It’s a tiny island — population of about 65,000 people so no, not a ton of night life. Definitely more about relaxing, outdoor adventure, and natural beauty.

The TripAdvisor forums have been wonderful and informative http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g29218-i304-Kauai_Hawaii.html

For your own flowers, I heard Costco in Kapa’a is a good option. For a small beach option, there’s a number of beaches on the south shore that would work. If you google, there are a lot of companies tha specialize in tiny weddings.

If you’re on a budget, I highly recommend looking for a vacation rental on VRBO.com or homeaway.com where the rates are a bit more reasonable; its very popular for someone to buy a room at a resort and rent it out. We got a room at the Islander on the Beach for $75/night. But definitely book early as it’s a small island and August is still high season. Our first time to Kauai, we stayed in Kapa’a as it’s half way between the most north point and the most west/south. That proved to be super helpful in exploring the island which we did multiple times a day.

Activities in Hawaii, in general, are not cheap, regardless of the island. Snorkeling and hiking are free though and there is amazing hiking if that’s what you’re into. Snorkeling gear is cheap to rent or even to buy at Costco. If you want to splurge, the helicopter tour is something I will never forget! I heard boat tours are amazing as well.

I’ve never been to MauI so I can’t comment on that but I assume its a bit more touristy than Kauai but less so than Oahu.

Let me know if you end up going with Kauai! Not a toN of Kauai brides on the Internet! 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are getting married in Makena (south of Wailea on Maui) at Kukahiko Estate. The south side is known for the most beautiful beaches and gets very little rain each year-much less that the north or west side of the island.

Our party will be about 11 guests (including 5 children/infants). We are using Tropical Maui Weddings- Lori and Jackie are so great and patient (I am very indecisive!). Lori’s hubby Jamie Lawrence will sing at our ceremony and reception, which will be held at Capische restaurant in Waliea. Check them out if you like: http://www.tropicalmauiweddings.com/index.aspx I have a friend on Maui who recommended them, so I didn’t call around to different companies. They are very happy to work with whatever budget!

I’m using Cheryl fromhttp://www.mauiweddingcakes.com/    and Darren at http://www.kuolanifloral.com/  There is a Whole Foods in Kahului by the airport that will do flowers very inexpensively. Everything to do with planning has been fun and easy so far. A great team of people, I feel, is really important when planning from far away!

For photography, Anna Kim was the best!

http://www.annakimphotography.com/

We are renting a 3 bdrm condo in Wailea Beach Villas so that most of our family doesn’t have to pay for separate accommodations. Kind of pricey ($900/night for a penthouse), but cheaper than renting 3 separate hotel rooms, and more fun that we are all under the same roof (we each have ensuite bathrooms). The property looks amazing, and right next to Shops at Wailea, beachfront. VRBO is awesome for finding accommodation deals- $100/night can be done if you hunt around.

Good luck and feel free to PM if you have any questions:)

Post # 6
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Newbee

 

@Glitterella:

Hi Glitterella!

I just PMed you regarding your Hawaii Destination Wedding 🙂  Please let me know if you didn’t receive it 🙂  I hope you are having a lovely day!

 

~Caitlin 

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