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Your Ultimate Hawaii Destination Wedding Guide

Love is always in the air on the islands of Hawaii.

Thousands of people get married here each year, with almost 18,000 occurring in 2019 alone. Perhaps it’s the sunshine, the friendly locals, or simply because this tropical destination feels like heaven on earth.

Keep reading to find out how to make your dream of a Hawaii destination wedding into a reality.

Start With a Little Research

Before you start running towards the nearest airport, take some time to sit and think about what type of wedding you want.

Make calls to businesses in Hawaii, do some internet tourism, and chat with your partner to figure out what the most ideal event would look like.

Here’s a guide to get you thinking in the right direction.

The Costs of a Hawaii Destination Wedding

Roughly 28% of couples go into debt to pay for their special day.

You don’t have to follow in their footsteps if you plan accordingly.

Read our guide on wedding planning on a budget to help you cut costs.

Otherwise, think about the various expenses involved in a wedding, including:

  • The venue
  • Furniture (e.g. arches, canopies, and so on)
  • Tables and chairs
  • Dance floors
  • Lighting and electronics
  • Bars
  • Decor
  • Linens
  • Flowers
  • Catering

Prices vary based on the number of guests who are able to attend, which is why many people choose to have more intimate weddings when choosing the destination of Hawaii.

Location, Location

While it’s known as Hawaii collectively, the state consists of various islands and landscapes.

Choose a location that fulfills your needs for travel, a venue, and other accommodations. Then, decide on whether you want to be near beaches, deserts, mountains, or rainforests.

It might also help to choose an island that has attractions for the wedding party before and after the event.

If you want a picturesque sunset, try to find a west-facing location so you can get the best view.

Once you decide on a spot, try to reserve accommodations at a venue far enough in advance to ensure you get what you’re looking for.

Luckily, the weather in Hawaii is pretty steady and easy to navigate, so you can have a wedding at any time of the year.

Incorporating the Aloha Feel

While you don’t have to add Hawaiian culture to your wedding, it would make sense to do so since you’ll be celebrating there.

You can create a blend of culture, adding Hawaiian flowers, instruments, and foods, while decorating in a way that is more traditional to your home state. Local businesses and venues should be able to help you achieve this.

In doing so, you’ll be able to honor the islands and people there in a memorable and unique way.

Take Advantage of a Beautiful Location

Beyond normal wedding planning, you can also plan smaller events surrounding your big day.

Consider having a welcome dinner for guests, a post-wedding brunch, group activities, and, of course, rehearsal dinner.

The options are endless and depend entirely upon what you want out of the experience.

Enlist the help of the venue you choose for rentals, planning, and beyond.

Dream Big

Dreaming big doesn’t necessarily mean spending big.

It simply means planning out the little details so that they come together in a beautiful and memorable way. Choose the right location and take the rest one step at a time.

Contact us so we can help make your dream of a Hawaiian destination wedding come true.