The Perfect Hawaii Wedding Planning Tips
While the appeal of a beach wedding in Hawaii is undeniable, don't forget that it has one little complication - you're going to find yourself dealing with all of the wedding planning from a distance. But, while this may be frustrating and require a little lateral thinking, the spectacular backdrop, such as the Garden Isle of Kauai or Oahu's Paradise Cove, against which you will make your vows will surely make up for the hassle!
Finding the Perfect Hawaii Location
Your first challenge for a Hawaiian wedding is to find a location. With so many amazing places to choose from in the great state, this is actually the fun part of the planning! Try a local book, such as the "From the Skies of Paradise" series to help you make your decision.
Keep in mind that many venues offer resort packages that can make your planning easier. For a constrained budget, a small resort package will help with ensuring the costs of the ceremony, reception, lodging, catering, the cake and flowers and any other services do not run out of control.
Getting Help with the Planning Process
If you aren't interested in a resort package, you might want to consider finding a local wedding planner to assist you in the planning. The planner will help you pull together every aspect of your special day, including recommending vendors and reassuring you that everything looks as wonderful in reality as it does in the brochure.
The planner will also help you sift through the details, such as where to seat guests or how to transport everyone from the hotel to the ceremony site. Your planner can also help you with your wedding license, though Hawaii does make this an easy process. There are no blood tests required to get married. Similarly, there are no waiting periods for obtaining a license.
It is important to do a thorough search when looking for a planner. Choosing the wrong one could have a very negative impact on the whole process. Recommendations from other newlyweds are best when searching for someone to help with the planning.
Considering Your Guests
An important aspect of planning a budget for your Hawaiian wedding is whether or not you are going to pay for close family and friends to attend your wedding. If funds are rather stretched, one option is to have a small gathering on the island and a larger celebration at home later.
Choosing lodgings for your guests will be fun, but don't forget to send them details of airfares too. Tickets will be cheaper if booked in advance and you can use money saving tactics, such as flying in on a weekday and staying over on a Saturday night, to help your guests save even more money.
Remember, the charm of a destination wedding lies in being able to just relax and enjoy your day, which is something you will be able to do if you have a trusted resort package or wedding planner who can guide you through the process to your perfect day.
Wedding Planning Tips and Ideas
Beach Permits?Be sure to check with local authorities to see if any permits are needed to use the public beach. This should only be necessary if you are having a large beach wedding and you want to block off a portion of the beach exclusively for your ceremony and reception.