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 beachnear 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!