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Koko Kai Garden, Our New Private Ceremony Venue

Posted by Lauren C. on Nov 8, 2018 11:55:40 PM

For the perfect private Hawaii wedding or vow renewal ceremony, Koko Kai Garden is a fantastic choice.

Hawaii's natural beauty is what brings so many couples to the islands, and many couples want the option of having a private Hawaii wedding ceremony.

Koko Kai Garden offers what many are looking for in a private venue. As you can see, it's surrounded by amazing Hawaiian elements. With lush foliage and Koko Head Crater in the background, it makes a wonderful setting all to your own.

 

Even the shade from the trees is pretty :)

 

The venue is perfect for groups up to 50 and is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 to 3:30.

It's inclusive of a  water station and private restrooms for just $395 (subject to change).

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Topics: Getting Married in Hawaii

Tipping on Your Hawaii Destination Wedding

Posted by Lauren C. on Oct 25, 2018 11:52:22 AM

Having a wedding or vow renewal is not something done often, so one of the questions that often comes up is, "Is tipping common? If so, how much?" 

The short answer: Yes, tipping is common in the wedding industry. As we like to say, "tipping isn't expected, but it's always appreciated."

If you Google this question, there are many articles about tipping vendors. Just remember that many of those are for large, traditional weddings. We're trying to make it easy with this article by letting you know what's common here in Hawaii.

 

Who to Tip

It's common to consider tipping anyone who performs a service on your special day. 

  • Officiant
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Musician/Dancer
  • Limo Driver
  • Hair and Makeup Artist

 

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Topics: Wedding Day Tips

How to Transport Your Wedding Attire to Hawaii

Posted by Lauren C. on Sep 13, 2018 11:50:39 PM

 

It's a question we often hear: How can I get my wedding dress to Hawaii? 

While it's easier for the groom, transporting your wedding attire is something you need to think about, especially for the dress. We generally have two options we recommend.

1. Carry Your Wedding Dress on the Plane

It's rare these days for the airlines to loose your luggage, but it's best to play it safe and not pack your wedding dress in your checked luggage.  We ALWAYS recommend bringing your dress on the airplane as carry-on luggage. The safest place for the dress is in your possession. 

By carrying it on the plane with you, you're responsible for it arriving safely and undamaged.

If you'd like to have your dress pressed and your hotel does not offer the service, you could use Marie Louise Cleaners (808-593-1110 ). They do same day pickup and drop off, so it's very convenient. Many of our brides use their services, so we feel confident recommending them. 

Make sure to schedule ahead of time to ensure they can accommodate you. 

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Topics: Wedding Day Tips, Getting Married in Hawaii

Wondering Where to Stay on Oahu? Start Here!

Posted by Lauren C. on Aug 23, 2018 1:12:00 PM

 

If you're coming to Hawaii for a wedding, honeymoon, or renewal ceremony, where you choose to stay can make all the difference. Whether you're looking for the beauty of the Hawaiian mountains and beaches or the energy of the Honolulu nightlife and shopping scene, the island of Oahu has plenty to offer.

We get asked all the time where we recommend staying. We usually say Waikiki, which is next to Honolulu on the island of Oahu, as that’s often the best fit for what our couples are looking for. However, the whole island is beautiful, as are the other islands of Hawaii.

Here are our thoughts on some areas you may want to consider.  :-)

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Topics: Getting Married in Hawaii

Hawaii Beach Weddings and Vow Renewals - Packages, Locations, and Tips!

Posted by Lauren C. on Jun 1, 2018 8:47:02 AM

Hawaii Beach Weddings and Vow Renewals

Hawaii offers more natural beauty than almost anywhere else in the world, and a beach wedding in Hawaii gives you the option for a stress-free ceremony in paradise all for a more affordable price than a traditional wedding at home.

Whether it’s a wedding or vow renewal, we offer everything you need to celebrate your love in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

 

Hawaii beach wedding at Waialae Beach.

Hawaii Beach Wedding Packages

Our Hawaii beach wedding packages and vow renewal packages start at just $249 (2018 pricing), making Hawaii surprisingly affordable! When considering the costs of a Hawaii destination wedding, many couples can’t believe how much cheaper it is to fly to Hawaii, stay seven nights in a hotel, and have a ceremony in paradise all for cheaper than a traditional marriage back home. Much, much cheaper!

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Topics: Wedding Day Tips, Getting Married in Hawaii

Getting Married in Hawaii - Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Lauren C. on Feb 22, 2018 6:51:26 PM

 

Getting married in Hawaii is easier, more affordable, and less stressful than many couples think. We know planning from a distance can seem tough, but with over 40 years of experience performing weddings, we know how to make your dream destination wedding absolutely amazing! As we like to say, “No stress...just get dressed, and we’ll do the rest.”

How to Get Married in Hawaii

 

1. Research the Hawaiian Islands

Oahu is the most popular island to visit, followed in order by Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. All islands offer the quintessential Hawaiian elements, yet they’re all unique in their own ways.

Oahu is known as "the gathering place." It’s home to Waikiki, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, and some of the state’s most beautiful beaches. Oahu also has an abundance of restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping centers, movie theaters, and other activities.

Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island are quieter and more relaxed. While there’s plenty to do as far as going to the beaches, hiking, shopping, and eating out, these islands have a more rural feel and are perfect for those looking for a chance to get away from it all.

 

Read more about things to do on Oahu

 

A beach wedding setup at Sherwood Forest Beach, Oahu.

 

2. Decide What Kind of Wedding You’d Like to Have

A Hawaii wedding can be a simple ceremony in the sand for a few hundred dollars, or it can be a large hotel wedding for tens of thousands of dollars.

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Topics: Hawaii Travel Tips, Wedding Day Tips, Getting Married in Hawaii

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