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.

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 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.

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.

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.