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!

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.

Planning Your Hawaii Wedding Without Stress

November 21, 2015 by

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If you’ve just become engaged, that’s the exciting part – now comes all of the planning and details. If you don’t go about it in an organized fashion, planning your wedding can become a huge headache and extremely stressful. Whether you’re planning a beach, waterfall, or sunset wedding in Hawaii, we have a few ideas to help you stay organized and avoid becoming overwhelmed.

First of all, focus on staying organized. You may want to consider purchasing an organizer where you can keep ideas, dates, locations, receipts, contracts – literally everything having to do with your wedding.

Begin a checklist. Once the wedding date has been set, it’s time to start making a checklist. This list will include all of your “to-dos” on a month-by-month basis. It’s best to start your checklist early on and check off those to-dos, so they’re not all stacked up those last two or three months prior to the wedding date. This will prevent things from becoming too hectic as the wedding date gets closer.

Set aside some time each week to plan – and include the groom. Whether it’s a couple of hours two evenings each week, or a few minutes every day, planning your wedding together is key. You don’t want yourself and the groom duplicating tasks, and it’s a good way to communicate what each of you want to include in the wedding. During these weekly sessions, plan the venue, reception, menus, where the wedding party and guests will stay, music, photography, where you will honeymoon, every little detail you can think of.

Divide your “to-do” list. The easiest way to eliminate stress is to divide and conquer! While you take care of some of the details, your partner can take care of others. Be sure you clearly communicate, so that each of you know what tasks to tackle. For instance, as the bride you may want to take care of the flowers, what the bridesmaids will wear, and other details; the groom can take care of tuxedos, catering, or other items on the list. Of course there are things you’ll want to do together, just make sure you each know what the other is doing.

Spell it all out, and get a contract. Whether you’re dealing with the florist, photographer, caterer, or a wedding planner, be sure that all of the details are spelled out specifically such as dates, times, locations, etc. – and get it in writing! The last thing you want is for something to go wrong at the last minute, such as the photographer having the wrong date/time in his or her calendar.

Planning a wedding can be very involved, so you want to begin sooner rather than later. Good organization and getting an early start will ensure the weeks before your wedding are relaxed and filled with anticipation of your big day!

Is a Hawaii beach wedding your heart’s desire? At Hawaii Weddings, we specialize in not only beach weddings, but sunset and waterfall weddings, even romantic weddings at sea! Make your special day one you’ll reflect on fondly for years to come.

Hawaii Weddings: Guest List Organizing Tips Eliminate Stress

October 10, 2015 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flower Crowns – A Sweet Touch For A Hawaii Beach Wedding

October 8, 2015 by

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

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

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

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

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

Destination Weddings in Hawaii for Same-sex Couples

September 28, 2015 by

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

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

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

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

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

Considering an Adults-Only Hawaii Wedding? Inform Guests

September 20, 2015 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hawaii Destination Weddings – Wedding Inspiration Boards

September 12, 2015 by

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

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

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

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

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

Destination Hawaii Weddings – Planning Tips

September 4, 2015 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!