Hawaii Destination Wedding Etiquette Tips

January 29, 2016 by

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Planning a Hawaii destination wedding.  When you’re tying the knot at a faraway location, it’s hard to know what’s the proper thing to do as far as etiquette is concerned. What about the kids, your budget, invitations – and even your spouse? There are lots of issues to address. We have etiquette tips you’ll appreciate below.

Even if you know certain guests can’t attend, send an invitation anyway. It’s important to make your closest friends and family feel included, even if they can’t attend because of work, budget, or other reasons. Considering today’s advanced technology, no one will feel left out if you create a video or photographs and share them via social media or your own wedding website.

Give potential guests plenty of time to plan. When you’re getting married in Hawaii or any other far-off destination, it’s important to let everyone know well in advance. Send out invites 8 to 12 months before your wedding day if possible, so guests have plenty of time to save up and plan for the trip.

Don’t neglect your spouse-to-be! It’s easy to get caught up in all of the excitement, especially when you’re getting “hitched” in an exotic or tropical location. Keep your soon-to-be spouse first and foremost! Take a walk on the beach at sunrise or sunset, go together to get pampered at a spa, enjoy a long and leisurely breakfast in bed. Take the time to pamper your soulmate!

If kids are invited, make sure they’re entertained. Does the destination have access to water parks or camps? Find out what there is for the kiddos to do, and have board games available. You might also want to plan a scavenger hunt, or have a member of your group (or a babysitter in the area) take care of the kids during critical times.

Only invite guests to pre-wedding parties and events who will be invited to the actual wedding. Mixing guests is a recipe for hurt feelings. Don’t do it!

Know what your budget is, and plan accordingly. Going way over budget will leave you stressed after the wedding, when you should be enjoying your role as a newlywed.

If it’s within your means, guests will be thrilled with the gift of an all-inclusive (lodging, transportation, airfare, etc.). If it’s not within your budget, don’t stress about it. Do make sure to have a block of rooms reserved for your guests, and find out about all of the transportation options so guests won’t feel completely lost when they arrive.

Planning a Hawaii destination wedding? If getting married on the beach, at sunset, or even at sea is your idea of a dream wedding, Hawaii Weddings offers all this and more, along with wedding packages suitable for every desire and budget.

Hidden Wedding Costs You May Not Have Considered

January 23, 2016 by

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As providers of Hawaii wedding packages that make it possible for couples to enjoy their dream beach or waterfall wedding, we know there are lots of “hidden” wedding costs you may not have considered when planning your special day. Most brides and grooms (and their parents) don’t have a bottomless budget, and it’s important to be frugal. We’ve included a few hidden costs you should be aware of, so that you don’t experience “sticker shock” when determining the total cost of your wedding.

Postage for sending out invites. Most stationers don’t make the shipping costs of sending out wedding invitations readily available. The fact is, extra large or bulky invitations could cost you substantially more to mail – in fact, as much as $2 each! You may want to go with simpler (cheaper) invitations.

Overtime costs. Maybe you’ve decided to hire a DJ or band, a photographer, caterer, or other professional for your wedding and/or reception. Overtime costs can be hidden, and if you’ve blocked off a specific time limit for services and things go a little later than you anticipated, you will likely face overtime charged by the hour. Get overtime rates in writing, and do what you can to be ready before the time starts ticking for the wedding photographer or videographer.

Gratuities and taxes. Nearly everything is taxed today, and rates vary from one state to the next. Taxes on hotel accommodations, gratuities for limo or taxi drivers, servers at your reception, taxes on equipment rental (tables, chairs, etc.) – all of this can add up to a great deal more than you think. Consider this when planning the budget for your wedding; you could be spending hundreds more in taxes and gratuities alone!

Cleanup and breakdown. Have you ever considered the costs of cleaning up after a wedding – breaking down of decorations, garbage removal, etc.? Most couples don’t. Full service venues don’t typically charge for cleaning, removing trash, etc., however if you’re only renting a space without the full-service benefits, be prepared to pay extra for these services unless you’re willing to do it yourself.

These are just a few of the hidden costs you may not have considered – there are also costs if your wedding dress needs to be altered, transportation for rentals, even costs for cutting the cake, supplying your guests with wine, and cleaning all the dishes if you choose to use services outside those provided by your reception site. Be smart, and think of every little detail so you won’t be unpleasantly surprised when you tally up the total cost of your wedding.

At Hawaii Weddings, we offer wedding packages for every budget and preference, helping you save a bundle while still enjoying a spectacular wedding day!

Winter – Ideal for a Romantic Hawaii Beach Wedding

January 9, 2016 by

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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!

Planning a Hawaii Destination Wedding? A Few Do’s & Don’ts

December 22, 2015 by

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If you’re planning a Hawaii destination wedding and intend to tie the knot on the beach, at sea, at sunset, or even under a romantic waterfall, there are a few do’s and don’ts you’ll need to be aware of to make sure everything turns out perfect for your dream wedding.

First of all, the Do’s

DO choose a wedding package or a planner. Planning a wedding from a distance isn’t easy; choosing a package or hiring a planner with experience in the area who can work with vendors on your behalf makes it much easier.

Mail invitations well in advance. When your wedding will be held at a remote location, guests need time to book flights and accommodations. Send out your “Save the Date” cards or invitations three months in advance, so your guests will have ample time to make plans.

Make plans for guests for the weekend. Many Hawaii beach weddings take place over a long weekend, and you don’t want your guests to get bored – after all, if it’s their first time to the locale, they won’t be familiar with the area. Plan a fun event or two so your guests are entertained and have a good time.

Leave a unique welcome at the hotel. Sunscreen and bug spray are two good ideas for a beach wedding and warm weather – but ditch the Evian bottled water, as the hotel will likely have water in the rooms. Or, simply leave a personally hand-written note for each guest to enjoy as he/she arrives, it will make your guests feel welcome.

Now for the Don’ts

Invite hundreds of people. One of the things that makes a Hawaii destination wedding so special is the intimacy; the fewer people you invite, the more everyone who DOES come can enjoy excursions and other events. Most couples simply can’t afford to entertain 200 or 300 people, and having a smaller group of 30 or 40 makes it possible for everyone to mingle, engage in conversation, and generally have a good time.

Spend a small fortune on flowers. The beach is a natural setting, providing its own beauty. While a small bouquet of native flowers or leis are fine, leave the elaborate floral arrangements for more formal or fancy church weddings.

Leave guests to figure out how to get around. You wouldn’t want to be left in an unfamiliar city without transportation; left to your own devices to figure out where the celebrations and events are. Don’t do that to your guests, either. Whether they’ll get around via shuttle or car, create a schedule of events and give it to the hotel to hand out to your guests, along with transportation (shuttle, bus, car, etc.) pick-up and drop-off times.

Ignore an indoor location if the weather’s volatile. When getting married on the beach, you never know what the weather might bring. Have a backup plan for an indoor venue so your special day won’t be spoiled should the weather not cooperate.

At Hawaii Weddings, we offer a wide array of wedding packages for those who dream of a Hawaii beach, sunset, or waterfall wedding. Make your life easier, and enjoy the wedding of your dreams! Contact us today.

In Search of Hawaii Wedding Packages?

December 13, 2015 by

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Whether your dream wedding is one on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, at sunset, next to a breathtaking waterfall, or even a wedding at sea, we have a wide assortment of Hawaii wedding packages designed for every couple and budget.

At Hawaii Weddings, we understand not every couple has an unlimited budget or tens of thousands of dollars to spend. You have your future to think of, perhaps a home to buy, and other needs. Our wedding packages are priced affordably, and range from the most basic to the most extravagant. Here’s a taste of what we have to offer!

Priced at just over $300, our Barefoot Beach wedding package is ideal for those who just want a simple, fuss-free wedding without all the hoopla. This includes the ceremony, and two white orchid wedding leis.

At mid-range is our Sunset Package at Pirate’s Cove, priced at $1,573. This is the ideal package for those who desire plenty of photos on Oahu’s westerly facing North Shore, a bridal bouquet, photo album, digital files of the photos, a custom lei designed to match the bouquet, and more. This cost also covers the ceremony and permit fees, and travel fees for the crew. A highly popular package!

At the high end of the spectrum is our Treasure Chest Package at Pukalani Falls Garden & Angel’s Bay, still an amazing deal at just over $3,300. Wedding cake, photos with digital files and album, videography of the entire ceremony, hair/makeup for the bride, bridal bouquet, Hawaiian music – it’s all here! Ceremony and garden rental fees covered.

Of course we have other great packages as well at prices in between the ones mentioned above, depending on your budget and whether you want other amenities added to customize and tailor your wedding to your exact specifications.

At Hawaii Weddings, our wedding packages make “tying the knot” easy and less stressful for you. You make arrangements for transportation, lodging, and a reception if you choose, we handle the rest. Contact us today to learn more about our packages and a’la carte pricing.

Having a Hawaii Beach Wedding? Tropical Drink Ideas

December 5, 2015 by

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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.

Hawaii Destination Wedding – Bridesmaids Gifts

November 28, 2015 by

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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.

Love to travel to Hawaii for a romantic beach or sunset wedding? At Hawaii Weddings, we offer a wide array of wedding packages designed for every budget. Browse our website, or contact us today!

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.