Rachel H.

Rachel is a wedding coordinator at Weddings of Hawaii. She was born and raised on Oahu.

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Our Favorite Hawaii Wedding Location: Sherwood Forest Beach

Posted by Rachel H. on Aug 27, 2020 8:28:00 AM

 

Everything You Need to Know About Sherwood Forest Beach

 

Sherwood Forest Beach (aka Waimanalo Bay) is one of our most popular Hawaii beach wedding locations. Not only is it a great beach for a wedding, but it’s also a personal favorite of many of us here at Weddings of Hawaii. Although we have descriptions and photos of all our wedding locations, we wanted to share more details that may help you in choosing the perfect beach for the big day!

 

Sherwood Forest Beach is our favorite part of beautiful Waimanalo Bay.
 

 

Details:

  • Location: East shore, 40 minutes from Waikiki.
  • Available: 7 days a week, 8:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Recommended for up to 50 guests.
  • Decor: Arches and Chairs Mon-Fri (non-holidays). Runways 7 days a week.
  • Limousine: Requires one additional hour ($110). Not permitted on weekends and major holidays.
  • Recommendation: Lighting is best for the best water color is usually from 10:00am-4:00pm. Later in the afternoon offers softer, less vibrant colors.

As you probably have seen in the pictures, this location features soft white sand, clear turquoise blue water, and the striking ironwood tree forest. We often get requests for a Waimanalo beach wedding, likely because it's attention as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and Sherwood Forest Beach is the best Waimanalo has to offer.

 

Sherwood's offers amazing views in all directions.

 

The stark contrast between the beach and forest gives couples a "two-in-one-location” photo opportunity. Because of its logistics, it is also our most secluded beach location.

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A Hawaii Destination Wedding - How Much Does It Cost?

Posted by Rachel H. on Aug 7, 2020 4:15:00 PM

 

What does it cost to get married in Hawaii?

 

We get asked this question a lot, and it’s a tough one to answer because it all depends on you! The good news? It's cheaper than most traditional weddings by far. 

Before writing this article, we did our research and came across an article by The Knot. While The Knot is a good website (we check it out ourselves), its cost breakdown is misleading.

The image below gives you a basic idea of what it'd cost to fly to Hawaii, stay six nights at a hotel in Waikiki, and get married with Weddings of Hawaii.

 

*Fights and hotel are not included in our packages. Hawaii wedding costs are examples based on our packages and research. (Prices based on 2020 packages and are subject to change.)  

 

The chart above is only an estimate, but we found that most of our couples spend between $4000-$6000 on their Hawaii wedding, flight, and hotel. 

  • Average Hawaii destination wedding package cost: $1500 (Our packages range from $279 to $8450. Prices vary as there are many possible customizations.)
  • Flight to Hawaii per person from the US mainland: $300-$800 (estimate and not included in packages)
  • 7 nights hotel in Waikiki: $2000 (estimate and not included in packages)

We find that most couples can have a destination Hawaii wedding for around $5000, which includes the wedding, flight, and hotel, an enormous savings over the cost of a traditional wedding, which is currently over $30,000. 

NOTE: Hawaii wedding packages do not include flight and hotel, and Hawaii does not have all-inclusive resorts. Once you visit Hawaii, it's easy to see why you wouldn't want to spend all your time and eat all your meals at the same place. Hawaii has much more to offer than just your resort. Also, outer island weddings, such as a Maui wedding, are more expensive. Compare our packages for details.

 

Is the Knot's Cost Estimate Accurate?

 

Before you look at these numbers, please know their estimates look astronomically high to us. This is not to say they’re wrong, but these estimates must be for traditional weddings with high guest counts.

In comparison, most of our weddings are beach, park, or private venues with guest counts from 0-50. Very different.

You can see on our wedding packages page that we have seven packages running from $249 to $8,275, with our most popular package at $1,525 (we'll look more at that later). 

Let’s take a look at their cost estimates and then compare them to ours. As a spoiler, we estimate most our couples spend between $4,500 and $7,000 on their wedding package, flight, and hotel. We'll have our breakdown below.

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Micro Weddings - Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Rachel H. on Jun 24, 2020 9:02:26 AM

Introduction to Micro Weddings

Micro weddings are rising in popularity, and now more than ever is a great time to consider if it may be right for you. Here at Weddings of Hawaii, we’ve been specializing in destination weddings of all sizes for over 40 years.

Thousands of couples have benefitted from the happy-medium of a micro wedding, and we’d love to help you determine if you could be one of them!

 

Small, intimate beach weddings are the perfect kind of micro wedding.

 

What Is a Micro Wedding?

A micro wedding is a small wedding, usually with around 20 and no more than 50 guests. Generally, it is more streamlined but similar to a traditional wedding, with everything on a smaller scale. Aside from the guest count, the biggest difference is that the reception is more casual and less structured than a traditional wedding reception.

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Beach Wedding Dresses - Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Rachel H. on May 4, 2020 2:34:40 PM

 

Beach wedding dresses aren’t really different from other types of wedding dresses. Anything goes for a destination wedding, so what you wear is entirely up to you!

There are, however, certain dress styles and materials that work better for a beach wedding.

After planning Hawaii beach weddings for more than 40 years, we have seen what works and what doesn’t. We’ve put together all the information you need to pick out the beach wedding dress that’s right for you!

 

A beautiful example of a great beach wedding dress!
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Tips for Eloping: 9 Dos and Don'ts for Your Destination Wedding

Posted by Rachel H. on Apr 20, 2020 3:22:15 PM

9 Tips for Planning Your Destination Elopement

 

We’ve been helping couples plan their Hawaii elopement for over 40 years, and we’ve seen the term “elopement” change over time.

“Eloping” used to mean the couple getting married in secret, then telling family and friends they were married after the wedding took place.

Nowadays, “eloping” typically means having a destination wedding, but it's just the couple celebrating their special day together. For some, it could even be a small wedding with family and closest friends to witness your vows!

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Small Hawaii Weddings

Posted by Rachel H. on Apr 15, 2020 1:39:56 PM

A Small Hawaii Wedding - Easy and Affordable

 

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