Category: Wedding Tips
If you’re having a Hawaii destination wedding which requires your bridal party to travel, you’ll want to give the bridesmaids a gift – a little token of appreciation for all they’ve done and the effort they’ve maid. What can you give that will truly be appreciated? You don’t want a gift your girls will put away in a closet, to be forgotten about forever. We have a few bridesmaid gift ideas we believe you’ll love!
Is one of your bridesmaid’s a beauty junkie? Get a small canvas bag and fill it with small size body lotion, a few hair products, even a lipstick or mascara. She’ll love it!
For those girls who take their daily horoscope seriously, a zodiac pendant is the ideal gift. Adorned with pave crystals, she’ll enjoy a little bling on her bauble.
All women have friends who are those true “girly girls.” How about a short robe with a feminine print, one that’s comfortable and that she’ll wear every night?
Is she a music fanatic? Many of us LOVE our favorite music, and for the girl who’s always listening to her favorite tunes, compact headphones in a fun color may be the perfect gift. You can find some great choices at BeatsbyDre.com.
If one of your best girls is the one who’s always busy and on the run, give her something to help her enjoy a little downtime such as a wine tasting kit. Considering they’re just about $25, it’s an affordable gift she’ll really appreciate.
One of the girls love everything fragrance? A miniature bottle of perfume, a great candle, an oil warmer paired with a bottle of scented oil – or a combination of all of the above will make her happy.
A friendship bracelet is a great idea for the bridesmaid who likes jewelry that’s more on the funky side than on the “bling” side. Braided and complete with colorful stones, these bracelets are highly popular and perfect when paired with casual attire.
It can be difficult to choose the perfect bridesmaid gift, especially if you plan to have six or eight in attendance. Hopefully these unique gift ideas will help spark even more ideas so you can enjoy knowing you’ll give a gift your girls will truly appreciate.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Getting married in Hawaii is the dream of many brides, who desire romantic, tropical surroundings. As one of Hawaii’s premier destination wedding providers, we understand that the groom often has trouble coming up with ideas for the perfect wedding day gift for the bride. Below we have a few ideas we think many of you grooms will find useful.
Jewelry that goes with everything. From a pair of diamond stud earrings to a slim gold/silver bracelet, every woman loves jewelry. A little bling can help finish off your bride’s wedding day ensemble, or be worn with something as casual as shorts and a t-shirt when you’re cruising around the islands after the wedding. Think about her style preferences – you don’t want to give anything too extravagant if she prefers simple and classic.
Monogrammed PJ’s or robe. Every new bride is proud of her new initials. For her dream Hawaii wedding day, consider a monogrammed robe, pajamas, or even bath towels or sheets.
How about a family heirloom? There is no better way to make your new bride truly feel a part of your family than to give a gift that has been treasured in your family for years, whether a brooch your grandmother cherished, or a ring passed down for generations. If you don’t have any heirlooms, a locket with a photo of the two of you inside is sweet and touching.
A simple note. Sometimes, it’s the things that are free or that you made yourself that are the most special. Write her a note to open up and read the morning of the wedding, telling her how much you love her, what makes her special, how you look forward to spending the rest of your life with her, etc. This personal note will be a keepsake she will have as the two of you grow old together!
Whether it’s framed tickets of a show the two of you went to see together, or elegant champagne glasses the two of you can use to toast at your wedding, your bride will love anything you give her on your wedding day – as long as it’s from the heart.
For many couples, a Hawaii destination wedding really does sound like a dream come true – a fairy tale, if you will. With the right planner, you can afford the wedding of your dreams! Most couples hope that their first wedding will be their one and only, one that will result in a lifetime of happiness, companionship, and true love. If your dream is to marry your soul mate in beautiful Hawaii, choosing the right planner is key to a wedding that is perfect, memorable, and stress-free.
At Hawaii Weddings, we understand that planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful tasks you ever encounter. Whether your dream is to have a casual beach wedding, or romantic wedding complete with the relaxing sounds and beautiful scenery of a waterfall, we make your dreams come true. In the weeks and months prior to your wedding, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and frustrated. Fortunately, there are professionals who can help make sure your wedding day is exactly as you have always envisioned!
There are lots of things to consider when planning a wedding in Hawaii. Schedule, budget, vendors, theme, venues, coordination of it all – the list seems endless. Before you book your Hawaii destination wedding, ask a few questions. These should include:
How much experience does your staff have, and how many weddings do they perform each year? This is important to ensure your nuptials go off without a hitch, and that your day is just as you have dreamed it would be.
What is the charge? You may be on a strict budget, however many planners offer various packages so that you can choose the one that best suits your budget. Ultimately, the cost will depend on the services you are purchasing, and the experience/reputation and expertise of the professionals you choose.
What is included in the total cost? Most young couples do not have an unlimited budget, so it’s important to clearly understand what services are included in the cost. Are decor, refreshments for guests, photos, flowers, and hair/makeup for the bride included? Be sure to learn about every service covered in various packages.
Is liability insurance available? While you never expect anything tragic to happen on your wedding day, it’s best to be on the safe side. Find out if the company offers liability insurance, so that you can relax knowing that if an unfortunate accident should happen on your special day, you are protected.
At Hawaii Weddings, you can expect nothing less than the best in every area of planning and carrying out your wedding. When you’re ready to begin preparing for the most special, precious day of your life, count on our team for results that go far beyond your expectations.
At Hawaii Weddings, we know that all couples are unique, and that applies to the style of wedding each desires as well. Your wedding day is one that you should remember with fondness for the rest of your life, one of those memories you cherish most. Not all couples want a traditional church wedding, which is why so many make Hawaii their wedding destination! So, what is your “wedding style?” We have a few tips that will help you and your partner answer this question.
Today, creative inspiration overload can be a real problem, giving all of the online sites that spot the latest trends and share the news via social media. Making a decision can be tough, and you want your special day to be perfect. How can you easily determine the perfect wedding style for your Hawaii beach or waterfall wedding? The answer is simple – choose three words that describe you and your partner as a couple. If you find this difficult, it’s almost certain that friends or family members won’t have any problems finding three words that describe the two of you together, as a couple!
Here are a few examples to show you what we mean.
Would the two of you be described as spirited, unconventional, and free-thinking? A Boho style wedding may be the perfect choice for you.
Are you both hard-working individuals who are creative or thrifty? A DIY approach may be the right choice. Create your own simple centerpiece for the reception table, make your own wedding cake, or even design a simple bride’s bouquet. There are lots of ways to put your own creativity to work in your wedding, without spending a fortune!
Would friends/family describe the two of you as relaxed, laid-back, and natural? A Hawaiian beach wedding is the most laid-back style of all, and it’s certainly relaxed! Your wedding can be as simple, natural, and comfortable as you like, without all of the pretense often found in a traditional wedding.
Passionate, caring, and affectionate are three words that describe a couple who would likely love a waterfall wedding; after all, what could be more romantic? With lush, enchanting gardens surrounding the wedding party and the sounds of trickling water, nothing is more seducing or romantic.
It’s your wedding, what style sounds most like you? Of course these are just a few examples to help you get inspired. At Hawaii Weddings, we provide Hawaii destination weddings that are truly like no other. When it comes to your wedding day, never settle!