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Lots of couples get married during the winter months and holidays; after all, what better time than when there’s so much good will and cheer floating through the air? It’s an exciting time of the year for many, but for some, tying the knot when it’s snowing or 40 degrees outside just doesn’t cut it.
With a new year just around the corner, why not begin your new life as man and wife by having a Hawaii beach wedding? If you live in the northern U.S. states or even Canada, conditions may not be ideal – unless you really enjoy cold weather, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. However, for those who prefer warm temps, lots of sunshine, and lush tropical surroundings, there’s simply nothing like getting “hitched” on the beach!
Whether you prefer to wed in the fresh air of the early morning, in the middle of the afternoon, or at sunset, there’s much to be said for ocean breezes, the island atmosphere, and the sounds of waves gently lapping the beach (or, in some instances, crashing on the beach). Many people dream all their lives of getting married in Hawaii, on the beach – and you can afford to by choosing one of our wonderful wedding packages.
Whether it’s just you and your significant other, or an intimate group of your favorite family and friends, you can enjoy a casual, relaxed environment without all the hoopla and fuss of an extravagant, traditional church wedding. It’s pretty nice when you can relax, be yourself, and have a good time on the most important day of your life! One of the biggest “perks” of a Hawaii beach wedding is that as far as the honeymoon destination goes, you’re already there! As soon as your ceremony is performed, go hang out with guests and party a little, have dinner, and let the honeymoon begin.
True, many couples choose to get married in June – but the winter season is a wonderful time to wed, especially if you choose an amazing destination where the weather’s always warm, the landscape beautiful, and romance is in the air. Contact Hawaii Weddings today, and make your dreams come true!
Many couples who choose a beach wedding in Hawaii look forward to treating their guests to a great time; after all, what could be better than tropical weather, a gorgeous beach, and a casual, relaxed environment? If you intend to serve “adult” beverages to your guests, we have a few tropical drink recipes we think everyone will find refreshing – and delicious.
Who doesn’t love a Hurricane? Made using fresh fruit juices and rum, here’s an easy recipe:
1 oz. each of light and dark rum
1 1/2 oz. each of fresh orange juice and pineapple juice
1/2 oz. each of fresh lime juice and passion fruit syrup
A dash of bitters
Just throw all of the ingredients along with cracked ice into a cocktail shaker, then strain into chilled wine glasses. Use fresh fruit as a garnish, if desired.
Here’s a great drink recipe that’s truly Hawaiian – the Passionate Mai Tai!
In a shaker glass with ice, include all ingredients listed below except the dark rum. Shake one time, then pour drink into a 14 oz. glass. Float the dark rum, then garnish with bamboo orchid and a maraschino cherry.
1/2 oz. each of simple syrup, amaretto, orange Curacao, and dark rum
2 oz. of fresh lilikoi juice
1 oz. lemon juice
1 1/2 oz. of gold rum
Delicious and refreshing!
Since you’re having a Hawaii beach wedding, the Beachcomber makes perfect sense, right? Here’s how you make it:
4 oz. each of pear nectar and banana liqueur
8 oz. of vodka
1/2 oz. lemon juice
thinly sliced and peeled fresh ginger, for garnish
Mix all ingredients listed above in a pitcher or cocktail shaker; pour over crushed ice, and enjoy. Serves four.
Of course you can always serve wine, champagne, or even beer, but these fruity drinks are the ideal complement to a tropical beach wedding!
Whether you intend to have a small wedding with only close family and friends, or a huge blow-out to celebrate your union, count on Hawaii Weddings for planning, budget-friendly packages, and all of the help you need making your Hawaii destination wedding exactly as you’ve always dreamed.
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.
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!
The Hawaii weddings industry is one that offers plenty of choices for couples who dream of getting married in our beautiful state! A wedding is a very special affair, something you hopefully do only once in your life. However, many young couples are worried they cannot afford the wedding of their dreams. The fact is, because it is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, you should make it as special and memorable as possible.
At Hawaii Weddings, we offer a wide array of wedding packages from simple to extravagant. Here are a few tips for choosing the one that is right for you – and keep in mind, you also have the choice of customizing your dream wedding!
Cost. Some packages cost far less than others, however the lower the cost, the fewer the amenities and services. If all you want is a simple ceremony in which the two of you say “I do,” a basic Hawaii wedding package may be perfect. However, keep in mind this is something you plan to do only once, so you want to make sure the package you purchase leaves you stress-free and anticipating the most exciting, memorable day of your life. It may cost a bit more, but it’s your wedding – and isn’t it worth it?
Location. Where you choose to “tie the knot” is key; it sets the mood for your entire wedding. Every location offers a unique experience, and Hawaii unquestionably has some of the most exquisite locations for couples with a vision that runs outside of the traditional wedding. When you choose one of our wedding packages, you are also choosing experts with enormous experience in the industry – and who live and breathe Hawaii. Some of our settings include:
- Angels Bay Beach (Waimanalo Beach) named Best Beach in the U.S. for 2015
- Pukalani Falls Garden – a true storybook wedding location with koi ponds, tropical botanicals, and a private garden surrounded by waterfalls
- Queen Emma Summer Palace – a charming estate surrounded by lush greenery, tropical gardens, and featuring an outdoor wedding terrace
- Pirate’s Cove on Oahu’s North Shore, ideal for an intimate sunset wedding
- Sunset Cruise Wedding upon a sailboat, departing from Honolulu’s Sand Island
Photography. Certainly your cousin Billy could come along to take photos with his digital camera, but who better to capture the moment than professional photographers who are experts in capturing the true essence of the moment, the water, beaches, tropical gardens, waterfalls, and more? When a professional handles the photography at your wedding, a picture truly is worth a thousand words.
At Hawaii Weddings, our wedding packages can be customized with any of the services and amenities offered a’la carte. Choose the package right for you, but also keep in mind this is a one-time event, one you’ll want to make as special and precious as possible!
Whether your dream Hawaii wedding is on a beach or near a waterfall, if you’re not familiar with Oahu you may be curious as to what there is to do on the island. It may be just you and your new spouse, a few close friends, or your entire family. Regardless of how big your wedding is, there is no shortage of things to do on Oahu, which boasts not only a beautiful coastline and green valleys but romantic waterfalls and much more.
A few ideas of how to spend the time following your Oahu beach wedding include a sunset cruise, horseback riding, swimming with dolphins, or even a helicopter tour.
A sunset cruise is ideal if you’re Hawaii wedding will be a private affair. Sail along the Oahu coastline on a romantic 90-minute cruise on a catamaran, including drinks to celebrate your new life as a couple. Or, if your wedding is a larger affair that includes friends and family, consider a cruise that provides accommodations including a nice dinner and champagne, accompanied by live entertainment.
Love horseback riding? Why not enjoy a romantic trail ride along the beach before taking in the magnificent Hawaiian sunset? Another option is to ride through the countryside as you enjoy the beautiful forests, mountains, and amazing views of the ocean.
Oahu offers you and your new husband/wife some amazing opportunities to swim with dolphins, whether you choose the 26,000 foot lagoon at Kahala Hotel & Resort or Sea Life Park Hawaii. Kayak, play with the dolphins or ride on their bellies or dorsal fins, and participate in a photo session that will provide you with pictures that will bring back wonderful memories decades from now.
Rather experience Oahu from above? Many newly wedded couples enjoy a helicopter tour that makes it possible to enjoy the waterfalls, rain forests, Turtle Bay, picturesque Keehi Lagoon, and Diamond Head, Hawaii’s extinct volcano. If you marry during winter months, Turtle Bay is where you can experience humpback whales.
Of course, you can always just lay on the beach and relax, or enjoy Oahu’s lively nightlife scene. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have a great time following your wedding.
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.
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!