(Closed) Thinking about Hawaii. Where do I even start?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Have you decided on which island you’d like to have the wedding on?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Jabberwocky:  Well thats where I’d start first. Are you looking for a more romantic/low key/cozy wedding or a more “busy”/large/plenty of things to do for guests type wedding?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Jabberwocky:  once you choose an island, that will help narrow things down. How big do you think your wedding will be? How do you picture your wedding?

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

A lot of the resorts have chapels/spaces for weddings so you might want to investigate those. Also maybe try looking for a private rental on VRBO. Not sure what you budget is but if you all use the house as accommodation as well then you could save some cash.

What about hiring a yatch or sailboat?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Jabberwocky:  Agreed with @j_jaye, there are a lot of large houses that you can rent where they have a large enough yard for a ceremony and you can stay there. Antonio Sabato Jr. did it recently 😉 I know a lot of companies specialize in small ceremonies on the beach; usually they offer a package deal but they tend to be a little cheesy.

http://secretbeachhouse.com/ is a gorgeous one but it’s extremely pricey. Have you decided on your budget?

All my knowledge comes from struggling to plan a wedding on Kauai but I heard Oahu has a lot of great options, Maui too.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Let me know if you have any questions! I’m getting married at the Olowalu Plantation House in Maui this June. Would love to help a fellow bee out!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

maui maui maui!! we went there for our honeymoon and are going back next week. it’s a beautiful island. the kaanapali area is where we stayed but the whole island is just amazing! there was a wedding at our hotel on our last day there. it was set up outside facing the ocean. i think once you narrow down which island you want, you’ll be able to find a venue that you love.

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Jabberwocky:  

Hello fellow bee.  Contratulations on your upcoming nuptuals! 

I am also planning a destination wedding in Hawaii and chose Maui, for many reasons when comparing other islands.  Location, venues, prices, etc.  We are having a small wedding as well and after extensive research we decided to book our wedding ceremony and reception at the Hyatt in Maui.  They have beautiful outdoor locations and have a very reasonable “Just the Two of Us” wedding package.  They also offered an extra discount for advanced bookings for destination weddings at the time we booked.  Maybe they will still provide discount if you consider this venue and do an advanced booking. 

One other thing that helped with our decision is they only allow one wedding (regardless of size) a day at the Hyatt, which is the same with the other large resort/hotels as well.  Note that we booked in October 2012 for our AUgust 2013 wedding, and some of the other hotels/resorts were already booked.  We originally had planned on doing everything ourselves and booking each vendor separately.  We wanted a sunset ceremony and were surprised to see the difference in price from individual vendors and venues.  Youtube is very helpful as well. You can see wedding ceremonies and who the officiant is, location, etc.  Keep in mind, if you are planning a late afternoon/sunset wedding, you will be charged $$$ by each individual vendor, as well as some estate plantation locations, which also didn’t work for our intinerary.  One other thing you should consider is logistics for travel to and from your accommdation to your wedding venue.  We booked our accommodation through VRBO and negotiated a very reasonable rate with a property management company.  We are staying at the Honua Kai Resort in Kaanapali, which is a 5 minute drive to the Hyatt. 

The resort hotel wedding packages includes a list of vendors you can choose from, as well as a wedding coordinator who will handle all of the details. 

Also, one other item I will share.  I stressed about how I was going to get my wedding dress to my destination location after reading the baggage allowance on the airline we were travelling with.  My wedding coordinator at the Hyatt had some great recommendations and was very helfpul in this area.  Hope you find this information helpful.  Feel free to email if you have any questions.  Happy to help out a fellow bee! 

 

 

 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

our pre-marital counselor (who also happens to be our friend’s dad) runs a wedding planning company in Hawaii – here is their website. even if you don’t need help with the actual planning, they do have some great resources on there!

 

http://dolphindreamweddings.com/about.htm

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