(Closed) Oahu Brides

posted 8 years ago in Hawaii
Post # 3
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96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

What kind of budget do you have for the vendors that you listed?

My fiance and I are keeping our wedding around $8k, and I can give you the vendors we went with.  We live in California, but he was born and raised in Oahu.

Hokulani Bake Shop – BEST red velvet!  Not cheap, but well worth it.  http://www.hokulanibakeshop.com

Kai Photo – Grace Kwok is the manager and she’s amazing at correspondence, met with the photographer Kyler and he addressed all of our concerns.  The pricing is also the best for what we were looking for.  http://www.kai-photo.com/blog

We visited outdoor reception areas, but we were also looking for a ceremony site combined.  There are some great areas on the east side of the island, like Shriner’s Beach Club, and Kualoa Ranch. 

Decided on Keneke’s for catering, because we’re having a luncheon wedding, and my fiance said they have the best local food!  They also have pricing and info on their website http://www.kenekes.net/

That’s just us though, there’s quite a bit to choose from, we spent two weeks driving around to a ton of places so if you have questions, I can answer to my best knowledge 🙂

Congratulations!

Post # 5
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

Two more awesome photographers to add to the bunch (they are a lil’ more pricier than Kai though):

Frank Amodo

Shawn Starr

I had my Hair & Make up done by May, she was amazing (and the most affordable)!!

Post # 7
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

I know May’s website is less to be desired, but she really does do a great job! I had contacted a few make-up artists in Hawaii (including the popular Dorys Foltin), and May was waaaay more affordable. About $80 for hair and make-up versus $130+.
You can see my before and after trial here (I had airbrush make up and fake lashes): http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/04/14/rockin-the-trial-out-on-the-town/

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

Opps, one more.
TONS of awesome officiants. I’ve heard good things about Bruce Kahu, but we went with Alice Inoue (she is the sweetest person you’ll ever meet).

Post # 9
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43 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Ceremony at the Lanikuhonua Phase II private estate, reception at a historic hotel in Waikiki

Hello and congrats!  Here’s my .02:

  • DOC: Gina from D’lish Catering and Special Event Co.  Gina was our DOC.  But I think her catering business is her bread and butter. 
  • Cupcakes: Tiers of Joy.  Gina’s sister, Leigh, was our cupcake vendor.  The cupcakes were delicious, but I know there are cheaper options out there (e.g., cake garden)
  • DJ: Tony So was the bomb!  We used his audio equipment for the ceremony, and his DJ services at the reception.  He constantly checked in to see how the planning was coming along, and was just a sweetie in general.
  • Videographer: Originally opted to do without, but last minute (the morning of the wedding), we booked them since none of our friends seems all that thrilled to play this role.  Don’t blame them.  It was a total splurge (much like everything else), and to me, it was worth it.  They’re a little slow w/ email and correspondence all together, but their work is phenomenal.
  • Photog: we flew someone from SF, but I echo Mrs Sushi’s recommendations.  Frank Amodo and Shawn Starr were on our list of considerations.
  • Dress Steaming/Cleaning: Keepsakes Wedding, for sure.  They pick-up and drop-off your dress/suit, etc.  There are a ton of errands to run when you’re having a destination wedding, and this is one less thing you have to worry about since she comes to you!

I’ll add more as I think of ’em.  Happy planning!

Post # 13
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43 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Ceremony at the Lanikuhonua Phase II private estate, reception at a historic hotel in Waikiki

The Mr rented 2 neighboring houses for his family.  He used vrbo like Sushi recommended, and also http://www.hawaii-beachhomes.com/.  Good luck!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Ceremony at the Lanikuhonua Phase II private estate, reception at a historic hotel in Waikiki

Sushi did all the legwork!  🙂  Luckily, I have tons of family in Hawaii, too.  We’re here for you if you have any questions!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would highly recommend Barry Maier Photography, words can’t express how satisfied we are with his services.  He took the time to get to know us and is very detail oriented. He’s just such an awesome character and very knowledgeable. I wouldn’t mind sharing some of our photos.

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