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.

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.

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.

Hawaii Wedding? Consider Queen Emma Summer Palace

August 10, 2015 by

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

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

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

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