Post # 1
I’m newly engaged (Oct. 26 at Club 33 @ Disneyland! Was also my FI’s birthday!) I’m in the beginning stages of planning my Destination Wedding on Oahu for November 13. I really want an outdoor ceremony and reception – preferably in Waikiki and am looking for suggestions! I’ve already looked into and am waiting on replies from Moana Surfrider, Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikiki and Outrigger Waikiki and Reef. I really love lawn ceremonies with Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head in the background, and am open to a ceremony on a lanai. My issue is finding a venue that can accommodate both. I’ve also looked into the Coconut Club at Aston Waikiki Beach for a reception, but I’m not too crazy about the decor and really wanted to have the ceremony and reception at the same locale.
Also, my budget is $15k and am expecting 50 guests or less. Is this doable?
Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
I have no advise on locations, but I wanted to Welcome you to the Hive!
Post # 4
Have you considered renting a house?
Post # 5
@kimdlc: $15,000? Not in this lifetime.
$30,000 is more doable.
Post # 6
Actually, I moved my wedding date up to October 3rd – we’re having it at the Beachfront Oasis Estate with a $20k budget so it is very doable if you do your homework.
Post # 7
When I went to Waikiki I saw a wedding ceremony then reception happening at the Halekulani Hotel.
I agree with irishgrim – your budget is way too low to have 50 guests – especially if you want to do it on Waikiki beach. Not that I’ve ever planned a wedding in Hawaii, but it is super expensive in general, and my friend is getting married in Maui and for a 50 person guestlist, she is having a lot of trouble staying within her 30K budgetl, as a lot of the quotes she received for venue alone came to 30K!
Post # 8
Like I mentioned in my previous post – I’m 4 months away from my wedding on Oahu and am pretty much finished planning it for under $25k. It’s at a private estate 15 minutes from Waikiki…which would’ve cost just as much as having it at one of the Outrigger properties on Waikiki Beach.
Post # 9
@kimdlc: I’m having my wedding at the Halekulani Hotel and my budget is $12,000 for about 50 guests, so yes, your budget is doable. We’ll be having an outdoor ceremony at the lanai and an indoor reception right next to it. I didn’t really research much about places that do both outdoor. The great thing about the Halekulani is that if you spend a minimum of $6,000 on food, then they will waive the $1,500 ceremony fee, give you a complimentary room for you & your husband for the wedding night (their rooms start at I believe $600 so this is amazing!), and a complimentary wedding cake! I’m also seeking oustide vendors because the ones that the venue prefers are too expensive. I’m also going work on as many DIY projects as I can to save, such as make my own bouquets, centerpieces, etc. Good luck with your planning!
Post # 10
@kimdlc: My wedding is this weekend at the Beachfront Oasis. Our budget was about $15k, with a guest count of 45. I can let you know how it goes after, if you like.