Can you imagine anything more romantic than a Hawaii Wedding, tropical flowers surrounding you, the surf pounding in the background? The first thing to decide is which island you want the wedding to take place on. Every island has a little different flavor and if you choose to have the locals plan the wedding for you so much the better.
When you go with a local wedding planner you may buy a package that includes a minister, photographer, flowers, limousine service, and hair and make-up. Compared to an average wedding on the mainland, which can cost around $20,000, getting married in the islands is approximately $2,000.00. The savings is worth the cost of the airfare and hotels and you would have money left over. You would already be in paradise, no need to go elsewhere to honeymoon.
First select where you would like the ceremony to take place. It can be a hotel, a waterfall, or a beach. One favorite spot on the island of Oahu is Pukalani Falls in Angels Bay. This beach offers privacy with its white sands and 5 mile long stretch. The water is shallow providing a reflection off the bottom of the sea contrasting with the turquoise blue waters, and brilliant blue skies. A sunrise wedding would be spectacular.
Or if you prefer sunset there are secluded coves with large lava rocks as a backdrop against the deep blue sea and pounding surf. There is nothing more spectacular than Hawaiian sunsets to get the most artistic photographs of the ceremony.
How about a catamaran wedding? Imagine yourself on board a beautiful boat, listing in the breeze as you exchange your wedding vows against the spray of the ocean. For approximately $750.00 charter a 56 foot boat for 3 hours. An audio CD of the ceremony is provided along with a sparkling cider toast and a “Married at Sea in Hawaii” certificate. Takeoff would be about 2 hours before sunset and returning under a star filled sky. If you are lucky you might be joined by dolphins dancing in the sea around your craft. But the most special guests would appear between December and April when the humpback whales have their babies, you may see their pods in great numbers celebrating your wedding day with you.
Choose to wear a lei, carry a bouquet, or a garland of flowers on your head. The traditional wedding lei is made of Ti-Leaf Maile, a green foliage. Flowers to choose from include pikaki, plumeria, orchid, lilies, ginger, tuberose and roses. If you want to get a little “native” you could wear an ankle floral arrangement.
And then there is the cake, fresh tropical fruit adorned with flowers. Passion fruit, guava, and coconut are the most popular flavors and we can see why, yum. For about $79.00 you can get a cake that feeds up to 12 people.
Limousine service is another nice option accompanied by sparkling cider which always adds a touch of class and the views cannot be beat as they drive along the coastal routes back to your honeymoon suite.