There is nothing like having a bar at your wedding.  It is an easy way to move from the marriage rites and ceremony to the celebratory activities.  Before you decide on alcohol:

  • Verify if the venue you are using has a cork charge (if so, you will want to include such costs in your overall budget).
  • If you are setting up the bar yourself, be sure to stock enough for your intended number of guests (the typical formula is 1 drink per person per hour).

There are several types of bar styles that we feature for rental.  Of course, each of them can be modified in thousands of ways to accommodate your décor, theme, and guest size.  While you are choosing your bar style, you’ll need to determine the way your bar functions.  Below are the three main ways that most couples set up their alcoholic bar.

Open Bar

If you have an open bar, your guests will love you!  It is the most generous bar approach, but it will raise the total cost of your wedding.  Open bars, if you don’t know, allow guests to order any drink they desire.  When there is an open bar, your guests will likely drink more than normal.  Hence, you may want to increase your overall alcohol budget.

Limited Bar

To relieve yourself of a huge alcohol bill, you could limit the number of drinks each guest can have for free.  Such an arrangement would be a limited bar.  In this setup, you would set not only the number of drinks but also the types that are available to your guests without cost.  To control bar access and to have things run smoothly, here are some strategies:

  • Have specific times for when alcoholic beverages are served.
  • Hire wait staff to distribute drinks so that guests do not overwhelm the bar.
  • Limit the amount of time the bar is open.
  • Give drink tickets each guest along with their invitations.

Cash Bar

The least expensive way to go is using a cash bar.  Every guest pays for their share of what they drink.

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Renewing vows has become a trending celebration in the 21st century.  As marriages continue to face unprecedented challenges, many couples who have endured trials are choosing to honor the strength of their union.  Our Hawaiian Style Event Rentals team has assisted married couples of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and belief systems.  Are you and your life partner thinking of celebrating your choice to spend your life together?  If so, why not do so on the beautiful islands of Hawaii.  We would love to help you to do so!

Wedding Renewal and Vacation

One of the great benefits of choosing to have your wedding renewal in Hawaii lies in the opportunity to make it a vacation as well.  Hawaii is a year-round vacation spot due to its beauty, weather, culture, events, and location.  We’ve seen couples create astoundingly unforgettable events/vacations due here in Hawaii.  Some of the ideas that we’ve seen in action include:

  • Themed Vow Renewals. Creating a theme, particularly one that encompasses ideas that are significant to your marriage makes for special memories.
  • Immersing Yourselves In Hawaiian Culture. Experiencing the differences within a different culture can serve as a backdrop of differences that two people in a marriage have.  Appreciating the beauty in another culture (along with all of its differences) can have a soothing effect as you continue to respect and love the differences in each other.
  • Exploring The Islands. Another avenue of creating memories involves exploring the natural scenery the islands have to offer.  We’ve heard from many couples who have found special places throughout the islands who simply loved navigating together.

Getting It Done

Desiring a great vow renewal is not the same as having one.  It takes concerted effort to get such an occasion off the ground.  Allow us to help.  Hawaiian Style Event Rentals is willing and available to assist you and your significant other to make your vow renewal special.

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Ready for some inspiration for your 2019 wedding? Get a glimpse of some of our favorite events highlighting our projects from this last year. Ceremonies and Receptions here in Hawaii are made ever so amazing with the gorgeous backdrop of the islands, ocean and greenery. With all the different arches, tables, chairs, lighting, decor and unique accents available at Hawaiian Style Event Rentals, we can make your special day a reality! Call us today to reserve your wish list.

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Your nuptial celebration should be a memorable event.  However, it shouldn’t be an event that causes you years of financial stress.  If left unplanned and unbudgeted, a wedding can become a financial monster.  Below are a few ways that you can avoid creating a money pit that could ruin the memory.

Never Absorb Wedding Debt

Breaking the bank for your special day may seem like the loving thing to do, but it really isn’t.  Going into debt to pay for the expenses of your wedding can have long-term consequences.  It is always the better option to save for the day if paying for it outright isn’t an option.

Some try to reason that they can pay for their wedding via credit cards.  This is a mistake if the debt is not paid off within the month.  The amount of interest on thousands of dollars is a quick way to burry newlyweds in debt.

Be Careful About the Extras

Everyone likes a beautiful wedding.  However, putting too much focus on the look of the wedding can be a budget pitfall.  There is such a thing as overdoing a wedding.  With all of the natural beauty in Hawaii, there is no need to go overboard on your wedding budget.  Plus, our team at Hawaiian Style Event Rentals has excellent options for everything you’ll need to beautify your wedding without breaking the bank.

Don’t Forget Your Budget

After you have settled upon a certain figure, stick within it.  Unless you are cutting expenses, resist the urge to spend more.  It is easy to underestimate expenses.  Therefore, a better approach to budgeting is to slightly overestimate in each part of your plan.  For instance, if you plan for 50 guests budget for 55.  Doing so will allow you to stay under within the black instead of the red.

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With hundreds of weddings under our belt, we’ve seen a multitude of wedding ideas and budget techniques.  Some are worth their weight in gold.  Others can cause more problems than they are worth.  The planning phase of your wedding is a vital part of making your wedding a memorable event.  To assist you, Hawaiian Style Event Rentals has curated a few ideas that we’ve seen couple pull off perfectly.  We’ll cover ideas to avoid in part 2 of this blog.

Welcome Bag

Having your guest travel to Hawaii for your wedding typically requires travel arrangements.  A neat way to thank them for their efforts is to create welcome bags for them.  Some items to include are:

  • A personal thank you note
  • An island itinerary
  • Helpful items for the trip
  • Keepsakes from Hawaii

Small touches like this can ingratiate your guests to you further and make your special day even more memorable.

Signage

Small to large signs that welcome guest or give personal messages can be a delightful way to spice up a wedding.  If you have a friend or family member that has an artistic flair, why not recruit them for this aspect of your wedding.

Guest Book Twist

Instead of a standard guest book, why not get your guest to print and sign their names to a digital device.  Next, have your professional photographer(s) capture a variety of pictures throughout your event.  When you are going through your wedding images you can send short digital image collages to your guest entitled their “Signature” moments which features their signature and a thank you for the memories.

Personalized Items

With today’s technology, there are so many ways to create personalized items that do not require a large amount of time to create.  With a little creativity, you make use of software that allows you to print personalize notes, cards, menus, and programs.  There are also a variety of DIY wedding item instructionals you can view on Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Whatever you are planning, it is important to never do everything yourself.  Having a team of professionals behind your efforts can help you to reduce stress and enjoy the special moments during your wedding.

 

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Among some of the most visually appealing weddings that we have seen are Mandap weddings.  In traditional Hindu and Jain ceremonies, a mandap is basically a covered structure that is similar to a gazebo.  They come in many designs, shapes, and styles as is almost always the centerpiece of the wedding.  At Hawaiian Style Event Rentals, we’ve found that Mandap weddings are a perfect match for the natural beauty found throughout Maui.

Mandap Ceremony

Along with its beauty, the mandap symbolizes much about the family of the two being joined in matrimony.  For instance, the four pillars are representative of the two sets of parents presenting their children to be wed.  Part of the ceremony includes the exchange of garlands (floral arrangements typically placed around the neck.  This exchange is a symbolization of acceptance by each party of the union.  Afterwards the couple is seated on lavish chairs and their parents sit beside them as religious rites are performed by a priest.

Mandap Decorations

A primary part of the décor is floral arrangements.  This is yet another perfect match for Hawaii.  Natural flowers of all varieties are available throughout Maui, making this part of the setup easy.  The Mandap is placed on an elevated stage which adds prominence to the structure as well as providing an easier visual point for all the guests.  The Mandap is beautified with a large selection of flowers, bells, pots, statues, and familial/sacred items.

Modern Mandaps

While traditional mandaps are stone structures that are immovable, modern mandaps can be constructed to meet the needs of Hawaiian destination weddings.  Our team can customize constructed mandaps with ground lights, chandeliers, curtains, mirrors, vibarant colors and numerous objects.

Are you imaging your Mandap wedding in Hawaii?  Give our team a call and tell us about what you are visualizing!  We’d love to help your dream wedding become a reality.

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There are a variety of wedding vendors.  Nevertheless, all wedding vendors are not truly skilled in the trade.  With the advent of the internet, it has become much easier to create a virtual storefront for business.  This makes it difficult for people to differentiate between wedding vendors.  If you are in the market for acquiring a wedding vendor, you’ll definitely want to know some of the signs of how to select a great vendor.

At Hawaiian Style Event Rental, we want you to be confident in your decision of wedding vendor.  Below are a few points of insider information about our industry.

Research Your Vendor

Some wedding vendors have lengthy “About Us” sections that sound convincing.  However, upon closer inspection, you may find that the information is boilerplate.  Why?  It is harder for vendors to go into depth about subjects that they are unfamiliar with.  Hence, they see similar content and copy it.

Still, researching a vendor goes beyond just looking at their About Us section.  Most weddings have significant costs, so you’ll need to check the references of the wedding vendor to protect your interests.  A thorough investigation could include:

  • Asking Questions. Most clients do not make a personal trip to Hawaii before the wedding to vet their chosen vendor.  If this is your situation, you can give your prospective vendor a call.  During that phone conversation ask plenty of questions.  Ask about their experience, their background, their specialties as well as their prices.  Write down what they tell you so that you can verify it later.  Additionally, ask for references that you can call (any respectable wedding vendor should have clients that would happily endorse them).
  • Verify References. Along with checking online review sites for specific information from customers, call the list of references the vendor provided.  When calling the references ask when they had their wedding, how they felt about the vendor’s usefulness, and if they think the vendor was worth the cost.
  • Business Organizations. Find out if your vendor is connected to any professional wedding planning associations.  Also, see if they are registered with the State of Hawaii.

Using these simple tips can help you to avoid hiring the wrong vendor, which could cost you time and money.

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In the first part of this two-part blog, we covered why chairs, tables, and dance floors are essential rental items for Hawaiian wedding and receptions.  Our team at Hawaiian Style Event Rentals has assisted hundreds of couples in realizing their perfect island wedding.  In this blog, we’ll cover 4 more items that you should check off your list months in advance of your wedding day.

Linens and Napkins

Most Hawaiian weddings have a certain décor and theme that runs throughout the chairs, tables, tents, and floral arrangements.  The linens and napkins can be a delightful continuation of that theme.  Consequently, you would not want to leave these as a last-minute secondary decision.  We offer an ever-growing range of linens of various types.  Additionally, we have:

  • Chair Ties
  • Napkins
  • Table Runners
  • Tablecloths
  • Tent linens

If you have a question about a particular style of linen or a different use you would like to employ for one, feel free to call us for details.

Lighting

If you are having a wedding or reception in the evening outdoors, renting the right lighting is critical.  Lighting canopies, tents, dance floors, walking paths, trees, and photography areas can change the entire aura of your event.  Lighting also works as its own décor when it is given the right amount of attention.  For instance, we’ve seen clients arrange lighting near fountains, mirrors, and linens that amazed their guests.  We’ve also setup overhead lighting inside tents, tree lines and dance floors that captured the imagination.  The right amount of lighting also helps your guest to remain safe as nightfall begins.

Specialty Decor

Sometimes a unique, eye-catching décor piece can enhance the feel of your wedding or reception.  This is particularly the case if you have a theme.  Such items add a personal touch to the identity of your wedding.  We offer several specialty items like tiki torches, wine barrels, vintage milk crates, Hawaiian outrigger canoes,

Bird cages, fire pits, lace votives and more.  Do you have an item in mind that isn’t on our list?  Give a call.  We may be able to secure what you have in mind.

Lounge Furniture

Giving your guests a place to lounge, relax, and enjoy the beauty of Hawaii is a gift in itself.  So be sure to secure lounge furnishings that accommodate the size of your wedding.  Take a look at our selection to see which furnishing would work best for your theme.

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Planning a wedding requires foresight.  Hence, we always encourage our clients to secure rental items at least two to three months beforehand.  If you want your wedding to run smoothly, you’d definatiely want to get the following particulars in order.  Hawaii Style Event Rentals features all of the items on this list that will be covered over the next two blogs.

Tents

If you are going to make use of the outdoor beauty Hawaii has to offer, you’ll need to protect your interest.  Although Hawaii is known to have great weather, anything can happen.  Even if it doesn’t rain, unusually hot weather is not unheard of in our era of global warming.  Keeping you’re your guest comfortable and protected from rain, blazing sun rays, and powerful wind gusts is a priority for any outdoor Hawaiian wedding.  We have an assortment of tents that are customizable for weddings of all types.  We also provide tent accessories that are useful to improving privacy, décor, wind protection, and stability.  Regardless of the size of your wedding, we have solutions that can help.

Tables and Chairs

Without question, chairs and tables are a staple need of any wedding and its associated ceremonies.  People need places to sit and areas to place things.  Still, much more is involved than just the utility of sitting and placment.  Décor plays a vital role in maintaining an aesthetic theme.  Since chairs and tables are a necessity, it only makes sense to make them a part of the décor.  To help you in that endeavor we ‘furnish’ (pun intended) a variety of chairs and tables for thematic purposes.  When browsing our selection be sure to take a look at our farm tables which are quite useful for large weddings.

Dance Floor

If your indoor venue does not furnish a dance floor, you still can enjoy a nice dance party.  Placing a dance floor outdoors gives a unique feel to your reception.  There’s nothing like dancing outdoors in the open beauty of Hawaii, especially if you have a beach view.  Some of the images that our clients have captured using outdoor dance floors are simply amazing.  Take a look at the dance floors we have to offer.

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If you are organizing plans for a corporate event, gala, wedding, product launch or some other occasion, you probably are looking for ideas to make the event stand out.  There are thousands of ideas available.  So to help you in your search, we’ve created a two-part summary of some unique ideas that work in a Hawaiian setting.  If you have questions, feel free to call us.  (808) 667-2625

Using Smart Phones To Their Potential

Every year people invest in the latest and greatest smartphones.  Many of them have capabilities that few get to utilize regularly.  You can change that by incorporating your guests’ smartphones into the occasion (let’s be honest, they are going to use them anyway).  With a little imagination and tech help, you can intertwine smartphone usage into your event.  Some ideas that may work well are:

  • Geo-caching for hidden event treasures
  • Hosting a trivia game playable via smartphones
  • Conducting a poll during the event via smartphones and having the results posted to a larger screen
  • Using apps like Crowd Mics can allow the audience to engage by turning their phones into microphones (great for Q&As and meetings)

Interactivity

Are you looking to engage your audience instead of having them sit and watch?  If so, you can easily make use of technology to captivate your attendees.  At Hawaiian Style Event Rentals, we’ve seen clients use holograms, digital videos games, VR experiences, and other high-tech approaches to liven up the event.

Using these strategies gives the audience a fresh approach, even when the subject matter is similar to things done in the past.  Another advantage of using technology during your event is that it encourages innovation.  Approaching your event from a technological interactive perspective can set a precedent and get your attendees excited for the next event.  You may even locate technology sponsors for your event if you think of effective ways to use their products.

Hawaiian Style Event Rentals helps you get special events off the ground.  Check out a few more ideas in part-two of this blog.

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