Having a Hawaii Beach Wedding? Wedding Favor Ideas

September 3, 2015 by

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When those you invite to your wedding take the time to attend your Hawaii beach wedding (and also foot the bill for travel and lodging expenses), it’s nice to give out wedding favors to show your appreciation. Considering many of those who attend likely bought you a wedding gift or attended your wedding shower, wouldn’t it be nice to return the favor? Of course you don’t want to give out ink pens stamped with your wedding date – you should be a little more original than that. At Hawaii Weddings, we have a few wedding favor ideas we think you’ll appreciate.

Delicate jars of jam or honey, topped with cloth, burlap, or other material and tied around the lid using hemp or other natural materials makes a charming wedding favor. Consider unique labels that include your wedding date, names, and a whimsical message such as “Spread with Love.”

Tiny clay flower pots packed with soil, a little greenery, and a packet of wildflower seeds secured on a clear plastic stem such as those you find on flower arrangements at the florist. Not only do these make great favors, they also make adorable place settings at your rehearsal dinner or wedding feast!

Considering the warm (and sometimes hot) temperatures in Hawaii, a collapsible wooden fan, straw fans, or cute parasol would be a welcome gift – and help keep your guests cool during the ceremony.

What would be more suitable than flip flop bottle openers? Flip flops are definitely the shoe style of choice for the beach, and everyone needs a bottle opener. Perfect for destination and beach-themed weddings!

There are literally hundreds of wedding favors you could give your guests that won’t cost you a fortune, and that they will appreciate. Set up a candy stand with a wide assortment of hard candies, and include small bags the guests can fill with goodies to eat later. Be creative, or even make the favors yourself for a more unique, personal touch.

Considering a beach wedding this fall? Contact us at Hawaii Weddings today, and learn about all of the options available for every budget.

Planning an Oahu Beach Wedding? Tips for Vendor Tipping

August 25, 2015 by

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It’s important to consider tips for vendors when planning an Oahu beach wedding. When it comes to tipping, how much is proper and who actually deserves a little extra? At Hawaii Weddings, we have a few tips to help you decide which vendors actually deserve gratuity for exceptional service, and how much you should plan on tipping when planning your budget.

First of all, keep in mind that many companies today include gratuity or tips in the contract, so read it thoroughly and don’t be afraid to ask questions if the wording is not clear and you’re unsure whether gratuity is included.

Keep in mind it’s best to include tips in your budget initially when planning your Hawaii wedding. Chances are you’ve picked the vendors you find most suitable, and costs may be higher than what you expected before you began planning. By including tips in the budget from the get-go, you won’t face any unanticipated costs.

Have gratuities ready beforehand. When you’ve already chosen your vendors, it makes things easier to place tips in envelopes labeled with the vendor’s name. Once the service is completed to your satisfaction or at the end of the ceremony/event, you can hand out the envelopes in a discreet manner.

Remember that money isn’t the only way of showing your appreciation to vendors. In some cases, it may be more appropriate to send a small gift (for instance, if a good friend took wedding photos), or give a company with a website a stellar online review. Depending on the vendor/service provided, a personal thank-you note along with photos of the event may also be appropriate. Vendors with an online presence often appreciate a great review or publicity more than money, as this can help attract future clients and build the company’s brand.

Should you tip the owner of the company? In most cases, no – tip the employees who did the work. It’s also important to keep in mind that every vendor may not necessarily deserve a tip at all, particularly if the service provided was inadequate or not what was promised. Tip only those vendors who actually deserve it!

So, how much should you tip? It all depends on the service provided. For instance, caterers often are given a gratuity that equals 15% to 20% of the total bill. For the music or DJ, 15% of the total bill is standard. If you’ve hired a wedding planner or coordinator, it really depends on how extravagant your wedding is and the quality of work provided. Average tips vary from $50 up to $500, and most wedding planners appreciate photos to add to their portfolios to attract future clients.

At Hawaii Weddings, we want grooms and brides-to-be to be completely prepared for the costs of your Hawaii wedding, including tips. For a wide array of wedding packages and more information for a romantic, memorable wedding you’ll cherish forever, browse our website.

Getting Married in Hawaii? Things to Keep in Mind

August 14, 2015 by

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Planning on getting married in Hawaii? There are certain factors you should take into consideration when planning your wedding. At Hawaii Weddings, we understand why couples choose to unite in our gorgeous state where temperatures are nice year-round. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure your wedding is the ideal, perfect occasion you have always dreamed of.

First, keep the weather in mind. While the majority of the year offers sunny weather and nice temperatures, there are occasions on which it may be hot, humid, or raining. Summer months are usually the most humid, while spring and fall may bring more rain, although showers are typically more common in the Windward sections and over the mountains, and are usually short-lived. On the bright side, beautiful rainbows are very common in Hawaii!

Ceremonies are usually brief. There are hundreds of beaches scattered about Oahu, and most are crowded with residents and tourists year-round. Finding a beach that is truly “secluded” may be difficult, and many people prefer a wedding at sunset. Book early to secure a minister, and request recommendations so that your aren’t disappointed on your wedding day. Also keep in mind that the sun sets in the West, so a sunset wedding is not possible from every beach on the island. Here is a link to a chart that will help you determine the best beaches for a beautiful sunset.

Traffic and holidays. Considering the population and number of registered vehicles in Oahu, parking and traffic can be problematic. Head toward your destination early, and check out the preferred location of your wedding ahead of time. It’s also important to keep holidays in mind, as at these times traffic is even worse, and you may find it difficult to plan a wedding for Valentine’s Day considering it is the most popular date for weddings. Another popular wedding holiday is New Year’s Eve, so keep that in mind. In some cases, if you’re intending to have a large wedding that includes many guests, finding lodging may be difficult around certain holidays. The solution? Book well in advance of your wedding day.

At Hawaii Weddings, we understand why so many couples choose to become one in our gorgeous state with its beautiful beaches, amazing waterfalls, spectacular sunsets, and tropical weather. However, it’s important to plan far in advance so that your wedding day is just as you expected! Give us a call today, and experience the wedding of your dreams.

Hawaii Wedding? Consider Queen Emma Summer Palace

August 10, 2015 by

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At Hawaii Weddings, we offer many wedding packages for those who desire to tie the knot with their significant other in Oahu. One of our packages is the Queen Emma Summer Palace package, one that those who want to thoroughly enjoy the island beauty and historical charm will fall in love with.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, Queen Emma Summer Palace is where Queen Emma Kaleleonalani Rooke and her husband and son, Hawaii’s royal family, retreated to in summer months for nearly 30 years (from 1857 to 1885). One thing you can be sure of; a wedding at this magnificent location will be unforgettable not only to you as a couple, but for all of your guests as well. Located in lush Nu’uanu Valley, the wedding couple and all guests will relish in the charming setting and quaint ambiance, as the Palace offers outdoor and semi-outdoor options for those who want to join lives and hearts amidst the lush tropical greens of Nu’uanu Park.

For couples seeking a vintage outdoor ceremony or who want to marry in an historic location such as a garden that is also well-known as a museum and private estate, Queen Emma Summer Palace is the ideal venue. Guests are welcome to tour the palace; sip cocktails and enjoy an island wedding that is the most romantic of all locations on Oahu. With its colonial-style pillars and charming green shutters, Queen Emma Summer Palace is the perfect wedding venue for couples who desire more than anything else, a setting that is truly romantic and offers old-style charm.

Considering the exceptional photo opportunities, tropical gardens, and incredible views of our beautiful island, this is the perfect Hawaii wedding package for couples who are truly romantics at heart. At Hawaii Weddings, we offer a wide array of wedding packages for every budget! Contact us today, and make your wedding dreams come true.

Wedding on the Beach in Oahu? What to Do After

August 3, 2015 by

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At Hawaii Weddings, we understand your wedding day is the most important, special day of your life. However, most who come to Hawaii to get married want to make the most out of their trip to our beautiful islands. Perhaps you intend to stay for a few days or even a week following the ceremony. If you’re planning a wedding on the beach in Oahu, there is no shortage of things to do on the island! Here are a few of our suggestions.

Learn how to surf. Whether you’ve never surfed before or just want to learn a few new tricks, there are schools that offer qualified instructors who will help you accomplish your goals. The beautiful water is one of the things most loved by those who come to Hawaii; why not put yourself smack dab in the middle of it, and have a good time? No doubt you and your significant other will have a few laughs as well.

Visit the North Shore. Honolulu is a bustling city, and a major tourist destination. If you’re more into peace and solitude, the North Shore is just a short drive away, and offers mom-and-pop shops, secluded beaches where you can enjoy privacy, and some of the best cuisine on the island. Feel a little daring? Take a plunge off the famous Waimea Bay Beach rock!

Experience Koko Head Stairs. No need for a workout after you climb more than 1,000 steps to an amazing view of the sea and mountains. Located in Koko Head Park, this trail of stairs makes it possible for you to see Oahu’s East side, from Waimanalo all the way to the edge of Diamond Head. Amazing! Just be sure to apply sunscreen and a hat, and bring along water and sunglasses. Sunrise and sunset are ideal times to experience Koko Head Stairs.

These are just a few examples of the hundreds of things you can do during your stay on Oahu. Make the most of your Hawaii beach wedding trip, and see all you can fit in to your schedule to make your visit to Hawaii one that is filled with special memories!

Hawaii Weddings – Make it Truly Hawaiian with These Tips!

July 21, 2015 by

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If you’re planning a destination wedding in Hawaii, you may intend on having a reception if you’ve invited several guests. While people love weddings, they also love any excuse to visit the beautiful islands of Hawaii! A reception with a Hawaiian theme will make your special day a memorable and fun occasion for all who attend.

Whether you’re getting hitched on the beach, near a waterfall, or even at sea, the reception afterward should be a fun, special time for you and your guests. Here are a few tips that will help you throw a Hawaiian reception.

Have everyone dress in Hawaiian attire for the reception (and the ceremony, too, if you want)! Khaki shorts and Hawaiian shirts for the men, cotton or linen tropical print sundresses for the women. Attire should be cool, colorful, and fun! It’s all about casual and comfortable considering the warm tropical weather.

Make sure everyone has a lei. Hawaii wouldn’t be the same without leis, which are a symbol of love, appreciation, and respect. Leis can be crafted of fresh flowers, silk flowers, or even strung kukui nuts for any men who would rather not wear flowers. Whether you choose silk or fresh flower leis may depend on your budget.

What are your guests’ names in Hawaiian? You can easily find out online, then have place cards or tags printed up with each guest’s ‘Hawaiian’ name on it. This is really a fun way to strike up conversation among your guests.

Having your reception outdoors during evening hours? Tiki torches provide ambient light and are a festive way to celebrate your marriage.

Don’t forget the centerpieces for tables. Float tropical flowers such as orchids or plumeria in water in large glass bowls, or make arrangements using tropical fruit to place strategically on table tops.

Tables designed for guests to serve themselves finger foods, nuts, appetizers, etc. will take on a Hawaiian flair simply by wrapping grass skirts around the edges!

What food to have at the reception? Hawaiian luau foods, of course! Fresh papaya and pineapple, poi, teriyaki beef, mahi-mahi – there are countless local favorites. If you don’t want to go to the trouble to provide Hawaiian cuisine, there are plenty of caterers who will take care of the fare for your wedding reception.

A destination Hawaii wedding on the beach, near the magnificent waterfalls, or in the gorgeous botanical gardens should be a memorable, fun occasion. At Hawaii Weddings, we offer a wide array of wedding packages designed for any budget, and tips to help make yours the perfect day (or evening) you’ve always dreamed of!

Destination Wedding in Hawaii? Look Great in Your Photos

July 13, 2015 by

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Any couple who chooses a destination wedding in Hawaii expects the weather to be warm and tropical, especially in summer months. Your wedding photos will be something you cherish, and look at hundreds of times over the decades, sharing them with family, friends, and co-workers. How can the bride look fabulous despite warm and perhaps humid weather? Here are a few tips from Hawaii Weddings.

If you’re planning a summer wedding, prepare weeks ahead of time to make sure your look is sweat-proof. Choose make-up that’s designed for long wear, or those that control oil if you have oily skin. Also make sure to choose products that cover the pink or red tone should you be exposed to the sun for longer than you intended prior to your wedding. Have long or curly/frizzy hair? Consider an updo, and use products designed to tame frizz such as a calming crème prior to styling.

Avoid the sun as much as possible. Hitting the beach is natural when you visit Hawaii; if you’re planning a beach wedding, staying out of the sun can be difficult. Be sure to slather on plenty of sunscreen, and get to the shade whenever possible. A wide-brimmed hat will help keep your face from burning as well. If despite all of your efforts you end up with pink/red skin, apply a lightweight moisturizer that’s tinted over noticeable areas and blend to conceal.

Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated isn’t easy when you’re on the beach, exposed to the sun, or drinking cocktails that contain alcohol at your rehearsal dinner or pre-wedding parties and get-togethers. The combination of alcohol and sun exposure may leave your skin looking tired and dehydrated. How to combat looking older than your years? Drink flavored water, avoid the sun as much as possible, and try not to have too many margaritas (or other alcoholic drinks) on the day and evening prior to your wedding day.

Give every shot your best smile. Happiness is evident when you have a genuine smile. Trends come and go – in years’ past, it was considered sexy to have a pouty or moody look, but how will that come across in 10, 20, or 30 years? Smile from ear to ear, and use whitening strips a week or two prior to your wedding to ensure your brightest, whitest smile. Choosing the right shade of lipstick is also important, so choose vibrant pink shades with blue undertones to ensure your teeth look their brightest.

At Hawaii Weddings, we know every bride wants to look her most beautiful on her wedding day – and that she wants that happiness to convey in pictures. Trust our Hawaii destination wedding professionals to ensure every detail is perfect, down to the wedding photos!

Tips to Ensure Your Oahu Destination Wedding is Enjoyed

July 8, 2015 by

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A Hawaii destination wedding is the dream of many couples; when you do finally decide a beach or waterfall wedding in Oahu is the right choice for you, it’s important to consider your guests as well. Who doesn’t get excited at the opportunity to visit Hawaii? Some guests may decide to leave the day after your wedding, but many others will take this occasion to enjoy a short vacation for themselves. Here are a few tips to ensure all who are involved enjoy your special day, and the days that follow.

Romance, fine foods, gorgeous weather, sightseeing, taking in the beautiful surroundings of the beaches, mountains, and tropical terrain – there is so much to do in Hawaii, many couples and their guests decide to take advantage of the trip. Why not? It may be the only time you experience Oahu, so make the most of it!

Here are a few tips to help you avoid any potential disappointment:

Be sure to have a plan B. Getting married on the beach or near a beautiful waterfall is the dream of many couples, but what happens when the weather doesn’t cooperate? Should rain interrupt your plans, consider moving your ceremony indoors or rent a canopy to ensure everyone stays dry.

Provide advance notice to everyone who will be in attendance. From bridesmaids and groomsmen to guests, let everyone who plans to attend know about the details well in advance. When you’re planning a Hawaii destination wedding, there are lots of details involved considering flight plans, hotel accommodations, etc. The more time you give family and guests, the easier it will be to schedule time off from work, budgeting for the expense, child care, and other important details.

Think about how to entertain family and guests around your wedding. In the time prior to your wedding and the days that follow, what will guests do? While many will want to pursue their own interests and enjoy time with their own families, those who are single or who do not have children will appreciate your taking the time to find activities or events, or schedule outings/sightseeing trips. Your guests have made the effort to attend your wedding, and gone to the expense; consider their needs and wishes!

Will you want a DJ or live band, or other form of entertainment? What about catering or drinks? Well before your wedding, know exactly what staff you will need so that you can make sure any entertainment/service staff is available and booked in advance. The last thing you want is any unpleasant surprises.

When you decide on an Oahu destination wedding, you know it will be the most romantic, special, and memorable day of your life. Be sure every detail is taken care of in advance, and get married on the beach or near the gorgeous waterfalls in Oahu without the worry that “getting hitched” will involve a hitch!

Oahu Wedding – What To Book First

June 27, 2015 by

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Many couples who choose to have an Oahu wedding wonder which they should book first – the wedding package, airfare, or hotel accommodations? We want to help make things as easy as possible for your special day – and for yourself and your guests.

The fact is, if you’re flexible in terms of your actual wedding date, it could result in substantial money savings for you and your guests. In some cases, having your wedding a week earlier or a week later than you had originally planned can save everyone involved big bucks!

Next, do a little research around the date your desire for your Oahu beach or waterfall wedding. For example, if you want to get married on July 1, search airfare and hotel costs for that date. Then, browse around for costs of hotel accommodations and flights the month before, and the month after July. Peak seasons can affect how much you pay for either, as can specific days of the week. Look at these costs in detail in order to save money.

If possible, book everything on the same day (airfare, hotel, wedding package). Once you have determined the flight and hotel accommodations, book your wedding package the very same day – preferably before you book anything else. Why? You wouldn’t want to go to the trouble of booking your flight and hotel, only to find that during the time you’ve been doing all of this your desired wedding date has already been booked up!

Many couples choose Hawaii destination weddings, and dates can get booked quickly. This is why you want to book everything the same day, and make sure your wedding package is confirmed. By following these tips, you can save a bundle and ensure all the details are taken care of efficiently so that you aren’t disappointed, which could ultimately happen if you book your flight, hotel, and wedding package at different times.

Dreaming of a Hawaii beach or waterfall wedding? Hawaii Weddings has packages available for every budget and need. Make your dream come true, and leave the details to us.

Hawaii Destination Wedding in Your Future? Do’s and Don’ts

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Whether yours will be a Hawaii beach or sunset wedding, a wedding at sea, or at Pukalani Falls Garden or the Queen Emma Summer Palace, there are a few things you will need to know about Hawaii prior to your arrival and the arrival of your guests. At Hawaii Weddings, we want to make your wedding day and your stay as memorable and pleasant as possible! We’ve compiled a list of a few “do’s and don’ts” you may want to keep in mind.


Slow down and enjoy Hawaii. Hawaii is a state that isn’t as rushed as many other states in the mainland, one that moves at a bit of a slower place. Take it easy and enjoy yourself!

Learn simple Hawaiian words such as ‘Mahalo’ (thank you) and ‘Aloha’ (hello or goodbye).

Book flights between the islands ahead of time. If you decide you want to go to another island to shop, dine, or for entertainment, it isn’t as simple as jumping on a plane. Book inter-island flights ahead of time, and you’ll also enjoy cheaper rates.

Rent a car ahead of time for good rates, and to ensure you have a way to get around the island. Rent your car in a travel package, or discuss it with your travel agent.

Have children attending the wedding? Find calm, ‘kid friendly’ beaches such as Kamaole Beach in Kihei or Baby Beach in Lahaina.

Participate in some of the culture and activities in Hawaii. If you’re in Oahu, visit the Iolani Palace or Bishop Museum. Consider a trip to the top of Mauna Kea, try Hawaii regional cuisine, go SNUBA diving (no certification required).


See a red flag? Don’t go in the water; strong undertows and high waves are extremely dangerous.

Plan your wedding around a holiday, as Hawaii is generally crowded during these times. If you must come on a holiday, try to book a flight on the actual holiday, rather than on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, as weekdays are the best for flying.

Assume that public transportation is available on all of the islands. While there is a bus you can take almost anywhere in Oahu, the neighboring islands do not always provide public transportation. To ensure you can go anywhere you like, rent a car.

Forget to apply sunscreen! The last thing you want is a painful sunburn on your wedding day, or to be forced to stay out of the sun because of a severe burn. Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, preferably 50. The Hawaii sun is much stronger than on the mainland, and you may find yourself with a bad burn in half the time or less you would normally burn.

Leave your golf clubs behind. If you’re a golf enthusiast, you’ll want to enjoy some of the beautiful championship golf courses around the islands.

Assume you’ll spend your time laying on the beach. There is so much to take in and enjoy in Hawaii, laying on the beach may be what you do least. Make the most of your time on our gorgeous islands!

Bring bad driving habits with you. While honking may be a normal, everyday occurrence in the mainland, it’s considered rude in Hawaii. However, during a wedding procession honking is not frowned upon.

At Hawaii Weddings, we want to help you make the most of your Hawaii destination wedding. If you’re getting married in our gorgeous state, take a look at the wonderful wedding packages we have to offer!