If a Hawaii destination wedding is your dream, you’re not alone! You picture you and your significant other saying your “I do’s” on the beach, in a tropical setting, or perhaps near a magnificent waterfall. When most people think of Hawaii, beautiful sunsets, sand, and water usually come to mind first. However, if you do plan to wed in Oahu, Maui, or anywhere else in Hawaii, it’s important to choose a venue! Simply deciding you want to get married in Hawaii isn’t enough. At Hawaii Weddings, we have a few pointers to help you determine a venue that will be part of the most memorable, precious day of your life.
Ask yourself (and your soon-to-be spouse) the following questions:
Is a resort or hotel wedding your preference, or would you rather marry off-premise?
How many guests do you intend to invite, and how many do you realistically expect will be able to attend (low end/high end)?
Do you and your spouse-to-be prefer the entire wedding/reception be held either indoors or outdoors, or a combination of both?
What is your total budget for the ceremony, reception, decor, music, and all other aspects of your wedding?
Is the wedding date flexible, or do you have a specific or meaningful date in mind? Is there a certain day of the week (or weekend) you prefer to be married?
How far in advance do you intend to start planning your Hawaiian wedding? Certain venues may be booked well in advance, so this is extremely important.
What is the atmosphere you prefer for your wedding? For instance, do you prefer an elegant wedding, tropical, rustic, minimalist, etc.? When in Hawaii, some prefer tropical surroundings, while others still want to preserve some of the more elegant traditions. You may want a barefoot wedding on the beach, or one near the waterfalls surrounded by greenery, candles, and other romantic decor.
Answering the above questions should help you narrow down the venue you prefer. You may know for certain you want to tie the knot at Pukalani Falls Garden in Oahu, but you may still be clueless about the number of guests or the exact wedding date.
The specific destination you choose (Oahu, Maui, etc.) will impact all other details. It’s important to have a good idea of what you can afford in terms of budget, and to be aware that all venues are different when it comes to booking guidelines, site fees, and other details.
Some highly popular venues require one year or more advance notice as they are booked up for months or longer, while others may be available in just weeks or a couple of months. Because it is the most important day of your life, you need to be prepared and aware of all of this early on!
At Hawaii Weddings, we offer a wide range of packages for any budget, and can arrange all of the details for you so that you can relax and enjoy a stress-free, beautiful wedding. Give us a call today!