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Beach Weddings - Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Glory H. on Nov 23, 2020 11:51:00 AM

 

Beach weddings are in a class of their own when it comes to outdoor weddings. Gardens and wineries are beautiful, but there is something genuinely magical about an oceanfront ceremony. (Full disclosure, we have been doing Hawaii beach weddings since 1978, so we’re probably a little biased.)

 

Can you see your toes in the sand with the ocean as the majestic backdrop for your special day?

 

A romantic seaside dream for many, but with so many venue options, it can be hard to decide if it's right for both of you. Here’s everything we could think of to help couples determine whether a beach wedding is a good fit for them.

Choosing the Right Beach for Your Wedding

For most couples, a beach wedding means a destination wedding, but for the lucky few who live near a beach, you’ll have a slightly different approach as you may have a larger guest count. You may need first to decide if you’ll be planning a destination wedding vs. a traditional wedding.

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Elopement Packages - Choose What's Perfect for Your Special Day!

Posted by Lauren C. on Oct 29, 2020 9:15:00 AM

 

Elopement packages are an excellent option for couples looking for a stress-free way to plan their wedding, and with some of the most stunning beaches in the world, eloping in Hawaii is a no-brainer!

 

Can you picture yourself eloping in one of the most beautiful places in the world? 
 
 

Did we mention Hawaii has very affordable destination wedding options? But what’s “affordable,” you ask? Our Hawaii wedding packages range from $279 to $8,450, with most couples spending a small fraction the cost of a traditional wedding.

If this sounds like it could be a good fit for you, check out more of our elopement package details below.

*With any of these packages, you choose which stunning Hawaii wedding location will be the place you tie the knot (and all of our packages can be customized). 😁*

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Live Stream Your Hawaii Wedding

Posted by Glory H. on Sep 23, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Adding live stream to your Hawaii wedding is one way to include everyone in your special day. :) If you'll be eloping in Hawaii, this is a great way to allow family and friends from all over the world be there with you.

How Does Live Stream Work?

Our live stream process is always evolving. Our team is constantly looking for better solutions, so we expect the exact details to slightly change over time, but here is the basic information.

First, you can add the live stream to your wedding by calling or emailing us or by checking it on your information sheet.

Once you have this added to your package, we’ll set up a page for you on our website.

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Oahu Beach Weddings

Posted by Lauren C. on Sep 11, 2020 11:32:19 AM

Oahu beach weddings are one of the most popular and affordable ways to get married in Hawaii. While there are many beautiful beaches in the state, we believe Oahu is the best Hawaiian island for a destination wedding.

What You Need for a Beach Wedding on Oahu

Like all the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu requires a permit from the State of Hawaii to marry on a beach. We can apply for and pick up the permit for your event. At the time of writing, a Hawaii beach wedding or vow renewal permit costs $50.

Best Oahu Beach Wedding Locations

Since all beaches in Hawaii are public, most couples want to choose a beach that offers incredible beauty, some seclusion, and a certain amount of convenience. Our selection of beach wedding locations takes this into consideration.

Before going over each location, here’s a quick comparison to help you get started.

  • Most Beautiful: Sherwood Forest Beach, Waimanalo
  • Closest to Waikiki: Waialae Beach
  • Best Sunrise Location: Sandy Beach
  • If you’re staying on the North Shore: Kawela Bay
  • If you’re staying on the West Side: Paradise Cove Beach

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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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