A big part of destination weddings in Hawaii is trying to incorporate Hawaiian music into the wedding in some way. To some people this may be The Hawaiian Wedding Song or to others, the Iz Kamakawiwo’ole version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. There’s no real “right” way to do this and today’s video features award-winning singers Ben & Maila explaining how to create a nice balance for your day. On a separate note, Ben and Maila can both officiate weddings, so if you like to keep things nice and simple, they can sing couples down the aisle, perform the ceremony, and then have the guests up on their feet dancing the night away. I’m sad to say that this is the last video in the “Destination Weddings in Hawaii” series. I hope that you picked up some great tips along the way.
I don’t think there’s anyone out there that doesn’t associate Hawaii with the beach. It’s beautiful and people imagine themselves getting married, toes in the sand. Permits are required and there are restrictions. Today’s video features Lissa Crighton from Weddings with Lissa to give you all the details. I’m not sure if all the laws are the same for all of the islands, but this is the situation for the island of Oahu, where Honolulu is situated. If you prefer the transcript, you may read it here Permits for Beach Weddings Check back next week for the last video in the series. Aloha!
One of the key components in a wedding is your officiant. What makes Hawaii special is you can hire a kahu, or Hawaiian minister. Having a kahu for your ceremony can really infuse a nice Hawaiian touch to your ceremony. Today’s guest is Kahu Bruce Ah Leong who explains a little bit about what he does in his ceremonies so you can get an idea of how they would be different from a traditional minister and what they would be wearing. If you prefer to read about it, check out the transcript here What is a Kahu? See you next Thursday for another video. Aloha!
A big tradition here in Hawaii that goes along with any celebration is lei giving. Birthdays, graduations, retirements and of course, weddings, you will see a lot of beautiful leis. Today’s video features Sue Yamaguchi of Su-V Expressions to share what’s popular for brides, grooms, parents and guests. The video was shot in Chinatown which is pretty much the mecca of lei shops in Honolulu where you can find about a dozen lei shops within a three block radius. If you’d prefer the transcript, here it is What Leis to Buy A huge congratulations to Sue who just got inducted as CFD and AIFD in the American Institute of Floral Designers! Way to Go! Please check back next Thursday for another video!
There’s no doubt that Hawaii provides a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos, but of course there’s other factors to consider and that’s where a great photographer comes in. Today, Jennifer of Jennifer Brotchie Photography shares with us you can look even better here in beautiful Hawaii. Who wouldn’t want that? Check out the video or the transcript, Photo Lighting. Click back next week for another quick, video tip by a local expert. Aloha!
My audience here already knows that a planner is absolutely essential for a smooth wedding day so I don’t need to sell you on the idea. I love that with all the tips that DJ/Emcee KevO/Kevin Okutani of Bliss DJs could have given, this was the one that he decided to do. More times than not, destination clients have destination weddings because they want to have a scaled back affair and want to have something possibly more simple than if they were to have it in their hometown. What they really are saying is that they want to do it away from their hometown with less stress. In my experience because the couples think it will be a “simple” or small affair, they think DIY is the way to go. DIY is fine, with a professional planner leading the way. I asked Kevin why he decided to go with this tip and he said “when you have a good coordinator, the day just gets better for everyone.” TRUTH. If you’d like to read the video transcript, you can get it here: Work with a Wedding Planner. Check back next Thursday for another video and quick vendor tip!
When it comes to destination weddings, guests like to see the destination weaved into the ceremony and reception somehow not only by the ambiance, but through the food, drink and little touches. The first way that you would make that impression would be with arrival gift bags and the last way would be favors that guests may take home from the reception. There are so many unique items that guests may find in Hawaii. Each island has items that are unique and special whether they are food items or possibly other items like soaps, lotion or other gift-type of items. Today’s video features Sarah Aoyama of Engaging Moments on her take on reception favors. If you prefer to read about it, here’s the transcript: Wedding Favors Please tune in next Thursday for another video in the series! Aloha!
When I first started in the industry, there wasn’t much variety to weddings–most of them were the same from the ceremony to the reception and the bride pretty much took the groom’s name after marriage. Now, couples put their own spin on everything from the ceremony to the reception and even the names. Women keep their names, hyphenate their names and some couples blend their names. Enter now the legalization of gay marriages. Because there’s no precedence to this, couples like any other will need to really think about what they would like their names to be after marriage. Today’s video features Keane Akao of Perfectly Planned Hawaii to help guide you through this process. If you prefer a transcript, you may access it here: What Will Your Name Be Check back next Thursday for another video.
With the fantastic weather we have here in Hawaii, you can get married here year-round, but there are certain times of year with different things happening that you may wish to consider. Overall travel is busy during the summer and at year-end over Christmas and New Year’s which in general leads to higher occupancies and higher room rates. Especially over year-end periods, multiple-night stays will be required at most hotels. Parades or other celebrations are nice, and happen very frequently in Waikiki which often leads to road closures. If your guests are not all staying within walking distance of the venue, this could involve some extra planning. Another thing to consider would be floral pricing. Even if your wedding isn’t necessarily on the same day, if it’s close to an event, say Mother’s Day, floral pricing may be increased, so just be aware of that. With the Fourth of July right around the corner, I thought it was fitting to feature Taryn Magalianes of A Touch of You with her quick, tip of the day. For those of you who’d like the transcript , you’ll find it here: Consider Special Events & Floral Pricing Have a Happy Fourth and check back next Thursday for another video.
What I’ve noticed throughout the years is that many wedding parties of destination weddings, sometimes the bride and groom, show up to the wedding sun burnt! Most couples I know work really hard in getting their body just right for the wedding and then they are bright red! Depending on how much time is allotted and how badly the burn is, your make up professional can only do so much. In today’s video, Dhyana Leung of Face Art Beauty gives some tips on some gender-neutral products that can be purchased at any drugstore. For people not from Hawaii, if you see Longs Drugs–that’s a CVS store. For those of you who’d like a transcript: Destination Weddings in Hawaii: Great Skin Care Transcript Check back next Thursday for another new video. Aloha!
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