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Hawaii Destination Wedding? Foods To Enhance Bride’s Skin

November 6, 2015 by

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Every bride-to-be wants to have luminous, glowing skin on the most important day of her life! If you’re planning a Hawaii destination wedding, it’s important to get your skin in tip-top shape well ahead of the wedding date. Exposure to sun, eating not-so-healthy foods, not getting enough rest or sleep – there are many things that can take their toll on your skin. We have included some information below about “super foods” that will help ensure you have a gorgeous, glowing complexion when the big day arrives.

Carrots contain a large amount of vitamin A, great for preventing the overproduction of cells in the outer layer of skin and clearing up breakouts.

Green tea, when hot, contains antioxidants known as catechins, proven to help in the prevention of skin cancer. Antioxidants are essential for healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Almonds are packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects delicate skin cells from UV lights – and did you know that almonds aren’t actually a nut, but a seed?

Tomatoes, when cooked down release lycopene which works to eliminate free radicals caused by UV rays which age the skin.

Dark chocolate – and who doesn’t love chocolate – contain antioxidants that also protect against sun damage while reducing roughness of the skin.

Prickly pear is great when applied to the skin topically to shrink pores and keep your skin hydrated because it contains tocopherol (a form of vitamin E) and even more important, essential fatty acids. Omega-3s and Omega 6’s are the essentially fatty acids that hydrate the collagen below the skin’s surface, keeping it healthy, hydrated, and preventing huge pores. This relatively new “super food” can now be found in some facial products such as Abgur Organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil Cream.

Healthy, luminous skin is about more than what you put on your face; it’s also about what you put in your body. Prepare for your upcoming Hawaii beach or waterfall wedding by eating the right foods!

Need help with your Hawaii destination wedding? Trust Hawaii Weddings for the best packages, assistance with flowers, makeup, photography, and more! Our greatest desire is to make your wedding day the day you’ve always dreamed of.

Planning a Hawaii Beach Wedding? Etiquette Tips

October 30, 2015 by

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There is a lot more to a Hawaii beach wedding than choosing the dress, finding someone to officiate, and hopping on a plane. For instance, who pays the airfare for the bridesmaids, and are you obligated to pay for guests’ hotel rooms? There are many details involved, but you want to make sure you do the right thing and don’t offend any of your friends or family. We have a few etiquette tips we think you’ll find useful.

First of all, who pays for guests’ hotel rooms and airfare when your wedding is at a faraway location? There are no hard and fast rules here. While you can pay for those who can’t afford it if you can afford to, you’re not obligated to do so. Most whose budgets won’t support the costs will simply decline your invitation. However, you can help guests prepare for the costs in advance by sending out save-the-date cards well in advance (about six to eight months beforehand), or check around with airlines to see if some may offer a discount on large groups. You can do the same with hotels, and you’ll have more luck getting group discounts if you book the rooms well in advance when rooms are still available.

If you don’t intend to pay for guests’ hotel rooms, how can you tell them in a polite way? The wording you use can make your point, and help you avoid any misunderstanding or hurt feelings. Include hotel information on your wedding website, save-the-date cards, and with the invitations. You can politely inform guests by including wording such as, “A group of rooms offering various rates is being held under the Baker/King wedding” or similar wording.

Should invitations be sent to those who informed you after receiving a save-the-date card they couldn’t attend? In most cases, yes – especially close family and friends. Sometimes circumstances change between the time you send out save-the-date cards and invitations, and someone who first thought they wouldn’t be able to attend may be able to. However, if casual acquaintances or colleagues decline after receiving the save-the-date card, it really isn’t necessary to send a formal invitation.

You can find lots of information regarding wedding etiquette online so that you feel confident you’re doing the right thing in every aspect of your wedding.

At Hawaii Weddings, we offer a wide range of wedding packages for every budget whether you’re dream is to have a beach, waterfall, or sunset wedding or even a wedding at sea, or at the beautiful Queen Emma Summer Palace. Contact us today, and take the first step toward your dream wedding!

Hawaii Destination Wedding Skin & Hair Care Tips

October 23, 2015 by

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If you’ll soon be headed to Hawaii for a beach or waterfall wedding, it’s important to think about your hair and skin – after all, you want to be the most beautiful bride ever! Flying can dehydrate your skin, and the tropical weather in our magnificent state can be quite a change from what you’re used to, depending on where you’re from. Warm temperatures, lots of sun, wind, humidity – how can you make sure that your skin and hair are perfect despite the elements? The experts at Hawaii Weddings have a few tips.

First of all, prepare in advance. If your hair needs trimming or deep-conditioning, take care of it prior to departing for your destination. Invest in quality products designed to hydrate and fight frizz, particularly if your hair is curly or coarse. Use these products for a week or so before your wedding, and consider going to the salon for a professional treatment designed for your particular hair type.

Have curly hair? Don’t fight it, work with it. When you blow dry or flat iron your hair straight, it may look fantastic – for a while. However, if the weather is warm or even hot and humid on your wedding day, those first beads of sweat will have your hair kinking back up. To avoid the frustration and worry, let curly hair do its thing. You may want to wear it up if your hair is longer, allowing a few delicate tendrils to fall around neck and ears for a romantic look.

Fine, limp hair can be given new life in warm climates by using a volumizing mousse; look for one that offers strong hold.

Regardless of what type of hair you have, remember to pack travel size minis in the shampoo, conditioner, and hairspray that work best for you!

Now for a few gorgeous skin tips!

Be sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate in the days and weeks prior to your wedding! Drinking lots of water helps hydrate skin so it looks luminous. We know that planning a Hawaii destination wedding can be stressful – not to mention a long flight, exposure to heat and sun, etc. What you don’t want is blotchy, broken out, or sunburned skin.

Consider using a protective primer under your foundation to protect from the sun’s harsh rays. Primers also help makeup go on flawlessly, and last longer.

If you’re coming to the islands a day or two prior to the actual wedding day, be sure to wear sunscreen or sun block every time you will be exposed to the sun! Nothing is worse than lobster-red skin on your wedding day. If you do get sunburned, drink lots of water to hydrate your skin, and apply calming products to help alleviate the redness quicker such as aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, or other products specifically designed for this purpose.

Have skin that’s oily or prone to breakouts? Use sunscreen products and lotions designed specifically for your type of skin. You may want to consider a relaxing mask at the salon in the days before your wedding, one designed for your skin type. Again, water is important as it keeps you hydrated and helps flush out toxins. If worse comes to worse and you have blemishes/splotches on your face on your wedding day, use a concealer and foundation to give your skin a beautiful finish – you may want to use those that are long-lasting and sweat proof.

Now you know what it takes to prepare your hair and skin for your special day! If you’re thinking of a Hawaii beach or waterfall wedding or even a wedding at sea, contact Hawaii Weddings today to learn about all of the wonderful packages we have to offer.

Choosing the Dress for Your Hawaii Beach Wedding

October 19, 2015 by

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If you’re planning a beach wedding in Hawaii, you may intend to dress casually in a flowing floral sundress for comfort. However, many brides who “tie the knot” in the sand want a beautiful wedding gown, regardless of the location where their wedding will take place. If you’ve decided you want a gorgeous formal wedding gown, we have a few tips to help you choose the best dress for your body type.

Be aware that when shopping for a wedding dress, sizes run very small. For instance, if you normally wear a size 8, expect to find the dress of your dreams that fits best is a 12 or even larger. While this may be depressing at least for a moment, it’s the fit and look that matters – not what’s inside on the tag!

Now for a little help with choosing the bride’s dress for your Hawaii beach wedding:

Do you have a boyish figure with minimal curves? A ball gown may be a good choice, as the huge skirt and fitted bodice gives the appearance of more curves. If you’re on the short side, try another style as this one will swallow you up!

Want to highlight your great curves? Choose a mermaid style wedding dress that flares below the knee, cut slim and with a skirt that hugs your curves. Beware that this style can be somewhat constricting, but if you don’t mind there is no other style that accents your fabulous figure so well.

If you’re petite, you may want to consider a column or sheath dress to add length. This style is formfitting and flows naturally without any flaring or puffy skirts. This look is also amazing on brides with slim, sleek figures.

Are you fit and trim with a flat tummy? A drop-waist wedding gown may be ideal for your figure type. This dress gently hugs your waist and hips, flaring out slightly around the hip area below the waist. Girls with a boxy, less rounded figure may want to avoid this style.

A great look for nearly every figure is the A-line dress, shaped similar to the letter A. Because the body gradually extends out from the waist down, this type of dress hides every type of problem from large hips or thighs to less-than-flat abdomens. A sweet look, but maybe not the dress of your dreams if you’re going for a sexy look.

When you get ready to go dress shopping, give yourself plenty of time before the wedding – don’t wait until the last minute, or you’ll only end up frustrated. Go early in the day while you’re fresh, and wear full makeup similar to what you intend to wear when you get married so you can get the full effect. You might want to take along a friend or two whose opinions you value.

At Hawaii Weddings, our specialties are beach, waterfall, sunset weddings, and weddings at sea. When it comes to your special day, there is no more romantic a location than Hawaii! Contact us today for information on our packages, locations, planning, and other details.

Hawaii Weddings: Guest List Organizing Tips Eliminate Stress

October 10, 2015 by

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You’re engaged to be married, and excited about joining with your soulmate for eternity. Once the initial excitement over getting engaged calms a bit, it’s time to start working on your “to-do” list for the wedding, especially if you don’t intend to wait for two years to get hitched! Top priority? Deciding who the guests will be.

This can be a lot more stressful than you might think. You want to invite a close cousin, but will you have to invite all of your other cousins? It can become complicated, to say the least. If you’re planning a Hawaii beach, waterfall, or sunset wedding, we have a few tips to help make creating the guest list easier.

Consider your budget. Not all couples have unlimited financial resources – in fact, few do. Before you send out the wedding invitations or Save-the-Date notices, discuss your budget limits. Once you know what your budget is, you can create your guest list around the type of reception venue and meal you’ll have.

Will it be an intimate event or grand occasion? How many people you invite will depend on whether you and your fiancé are dreaming of a grandiose ballroom wedding, or an intimate event on the beach. Some couples invite everyone they know including co-workers and friends from high school, while others prefer only close friends and family. Again, when deciding on how big or small your guest list will be, consider budget.

As the bride, you don’t have to be in control of the guest list. Creating the list is stressful. While it used to be the case that the bride and her family were in charge of this task, things have changed. As a couple, you and your fiancé should work on it together, especially if you’re considering a Hawaii destination wedding or other location where guests will need to travel a significant distance.

Wedding location. It’s easier to pare down your guest list to only your closest family and friends when you plan to have a destination wedding. For many couples, exchanging their vows on the beach surrounded by only the closest friends and family members is a dream come true. This also cuts down on the time you’ll spend developing your guest list, and makes it possible for you to spend time with the guests you do invite, as you won’t be tied down socializing with guests you perhaps haven’t even seen for years. A great way to save time creating your guest list, while staying within budget!

At Hawaii Weddings, we know that a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, one you want to be perfect. These tips will help eliminate some of the stress of organizing a guest list, while saving you money so that you can enjoy life as newlyweds without facing financial hardship. If you’re dreaming of a Hawaii beach wedding, give us a call today!

Flower Crowns – A Sweet Touch For A Hawaii Beach Wedding

October 8, 2015 by

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Who says every bride has to wear a veil at her wedding? Considering Hawaii’s abundant supply of beautiful flowers, a flower crown (known as haku lei in Hawaii) is a beautiful and inspiring touch, perfect for a beach or waterfall wedding. Brides who are on a budget will find a haku lei not only affordable to make, but an addition to your wedding ensemble that’s perfect for all hair styles and types, even when you’re having a bad hair day – and they smell wonderful, an added bonus!

What supplies will you need to craft your own flower crown? Not much – scissors, floral tape, a bit of grapevine wire, garden shears, and of course the flowers of your choice. The beautiful thing about a haku lei is that you can make it as unique as you are, whether you want flowers surrounding your head like a crown, one simple “statement” flower, large flowers, small, dainty flowers, a mixture of both, wildly colorful, or delicate and subdued. Anything goes!

Want to make a bold statement? Mix fuchsia mokara orchids, craspedia, green cymbidium orchids, and bear grass for a truly untraditional look. If you prefer the more traditional white, combine white dendrobium orchids and lots of baby’s breath – gorgeous.

To make assembling your flower crown easier, choose flowers with long, sturdy stems. Some favorites include daisies, olive leaves, ranunculus, lily of the valley, and garden roses but you can use any flowers you like – after all, it is your wedding! If you’re going for a truly tropical look, mix in Italian Ruscus, anthuriums, white dendrobium orchids, and a few mokara orchids of any color(s) you choose including purple, red, fuchia, or orange. Colorful, and truly unique.

Exotic flower crowns are ideal for a Hawaii beach wedding. Whether you’re trying to keep the budget down or simply want to adorn your head with something that’s fresh and beautiful, Hawaii Weddings has lots of great ideas for the bride and groom. Learn about our wedding packages and all of the services we offer to make your beach or waterfall wedding the one of your dreams.

Destination Weddings in Hawaii for Same-sex Couples

September 28, 2015 by

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Gay marriage has been a hot topic of debate around the U.S. for several years now. At Hawaii Weddings, we’re happy to say that while same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states now, Hawaii was one of the original few to legalize weddings between gay partners when the bill was signed into law in November of 2013.

While marriage has traditionally been between a man and woman up until the last few years, much of society has come to accept the fact that many couples who are deeply in love and want to share their lives “until death do us part” are of the same gender. The Supreme Court ruled in June of this year that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, quite a victory for men and women who are life partners with someone of their same gender!

Just as any traditional couple would, same-sex couples desire a fabulous wedding and have all of the same decisions to makes, such as where to tie the knot, which guests to invite, theme, what to serve at the reception, etc. If your dream is to marry your partner on the beach at sunrise or sunset, under a waterfall, or in an elegant garden setting, we are a destination weddings provider specializing in making your special day one you will never forget!

We offer a wide array of Hawaii wedding packages for every budget, and make it possible for you to customize your ceremony by adding on a’la carte items such as limousine service, music, flowers and leis, videography, and other services if you wish to add one or more of these to a basic wedding package.

Weddings at sea, beautiful ceremonies at Queen Emma Summer Palace, a Pukalani Falls Garden ceremony – we offer the best Hawaii wedding locations you will find! At Hawaii Weddings, our destination weddings in Hawaii are designed for ALL who are deeply in love and want to make a life commitment, including same-sex couples.

Considering an Adults-Only Hawaii Wedding? Inform Guests

September 20, 2015 by

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Whether you’re having a beach or waterfall wedding in Hawaii or tying the knot onboard a boat or any other venue, many couples choose not to invite children – but how do you accomplish a child-free wedding without stepping on any toes? As Hawaii destination wedding professionals, we have a few ideas we think you’ll appreciate.

What you want to avoid. Never put “adults only” on wedding invitations! Kids are a sensitive subject, understandably. You don’t want to hurt friends’ and family members’ feelings by putting “adults only” on invitations, however you can take a more subtle approach by having your co-workers, friends, and family spread the word that you’re planning an adults-only affair so that those who intend to come to your wedding and reception will have ample time to get a babysitter.

Make sure you address the wedding invitation to only those who are invited. Some guests naturally assume the entire family is invited to the wedding – and putting “adults only” on the invitation may be insulting, or hurt feelings of close friends or family members. Address invitations to exactly those who are invited, and include their names on the response cards. Include only the names of those invited on the “will” or “will not attend” check boxes. In approaching your invitations this way, you make it clear who is invited so all your invitees have to do is check the box.

Don’t include “special” children in the wedding ceremony if kids are included in your wedding party. You may be including a small child who is a ring-bearer or who will scatter flowers down the isle, but this doesn’t mean you have to include children at the ceremony. What you really want to avoid is inviting certain close friends’ or family members’ children, as this won’t appear fair to others who attend your wedding. It will look as though you’re partial to certain people’s children.

Expect some unhappy feedback. Some family members won’t be happy that you haven’t included nieces, nephews, or young cousins to attend, however it IS your wedding. Stand firm on your decision to have an adults-only wedding, and don’t back down. You can explain to those who may be offended that children aren’t invited due to budget limits, or for any reason you choose.

Your wedding is YOUR special day, one that should be exactly as you prefer. Some may be offended, but most will not. Hopefully the suggestions above will help you enjoy an adults-only Hawaii wedding that is just as you envisioned, a day you and your spouse will remember fondly for the rest of your lives.

Hawaii Destination Weddings – Wedding Inspiration Boards

September 12, 2015 by

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Nothing is more romantic than Hawaii destination weddings; many couples choose to wed on the beach, near a waterfall, or in any of the other dozens of beautiful locations in our state. While you can choose a wedding package with most planners according to your desires and budget, you may also want to consider creating an inspiration board online, a place where you can keep all of your ideas, thoughts, and inspirations before your special day, and bring them to life.

There are many online inspiration boards where you can organize your ideas, whether you want to create a separate board for receptions ideas, honeymoon ideas, even ideas for creating your own invitations, wedding favors, flowers, and every other aspect of your wedding. Ultimately, the goal here is to have a place where you can actually bring your inspiration, thoughts, and creativity together, whether you find inspiration in wedding magazines, photos you find on the Internet, photos you take yourself of fabric, laces, crystals, and other “bling” or any other source of inspiration.

With all of the tools available today online, it’s fun to create your own inspiration board, filling it with everything that will make your wedding the event you dream of it being from wedding gowns, invitations, shoes, color swatches, fabrics, and other notions. A few of the places you can find inspiration for creating your own online inspiration board include Pinterest, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Modern Bride, and other magazines you come across either online, or in print.

Everything you need is available at your fingertips when you use an online board maker, most of which offer lots of photos, but also allow you to drag images saved on your computer to the board and resize them so they fit perfectly in a jiffy. With all of the useful tools and gorgeous images within your reach in seconds, why not create a board that will inspire you – and perhaps even others as you share on Pinterest, Facebook, or other social sites?

At Hawaii Weddings, we know you want your special day to be perfect. Months before your destination Hawaii wedding, create your own board and be inspired by all of the wonderful things you include! It’s also great fun, something you need in those stressful and anxious weeks and months prior to your wedding day.

Destination Hawaii Weddings – Planning Tips

September 4, 2015 by

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Many brides (and grooms) dream of destination Hawaii weddings. However, planning a wedding in a far-away location can be difficult and stressful, especially if you have never visited Hawaii before. At Hawaii Weddings, we have a few basic strategies that will help you ensure your dream becomes a reality, without all of the stress and headache.

Do you want to join together with your significant other on Oahu, in Maui, or some other location? Are you dreaming of a beach or waterfall wedding, or getting married at sea? If you’ve never been to our magnificent state, the choices can be overwhelming. Go online and perform a little research so that you know which island is best in terms of the amenities you want. If you have vacationed in Hawaii in the past, you may be familiar with various resorts, beaches, hotels, and other potential venues. Thorough research is essential to having your dream wedding become a reality!

Hire a wedding planner if it’s within your budget. Let’s face it – planning a wedding that will be held thousands of miles away from home is a huge undertaking. You may not be satisfied after contacting the initial resort, or you may wonder about the costs involved in having 50 or 75 close friends and family members attend your wedding. Many today choose a wedding package with their own budget in mind, from the most basic and simple to extravagant. You can also add on certain amenities to basic packages, so that you enjoy the wedding you’ve dreamed on without breaking your bank account.

Think about your guests. If possible, pick your wedding date well in advance (about a year) so that guests can budget for the trip. It’s also a good idea to set up a website for your wedding so that guests can have easy access to all of the details including the venue, date, tips for booking flights and hotels to save money, and any information you may get on group rates, lodging options, rental cars, etc. Guests really appreciate your efforts in keeping them informed, and helping them save as much as possible.

When choosing a wedding package or planner in Hawaii, be sure your priorities are understood. It’s impossible to have a sunset wedding on the beach if a particular beach doesn’t face to the west! Find out where the sun sets in relation to your venue, and also keep in mind that some months are rainier than others on certain islands. Also be aware of the fact that you may have an unwanted guest or two at a beach wedding, as the majority of beaches in Hawaii are open to the public. Many brides and grooms don’t mind the extra attention; however, if you’re set on complete privacy, keep this in mind.

Sure, it may be easier to simply get married in the town you live in – but will you enjoy a romantic setting; the wedding of your dreams that you and your partner will remember forever? Hawaii is the ideal location for a romantic sunset, beach, or waterfall wedding – and you CAN live your dream, as long as you plan in advance and choose a company that can help simplify your life. Learn more about our wedding packages for your wedding!