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Themes for Hawaii Weddings

Posted by Guest Blogger on Fri, Dec 12, 2008 @ 11:26 AM

Allison writes a series of posts on Hawaii Weddings, explaining why they have been popular for decades. 

There are so many theme and style aspects of a wedding that can add to the overall feel and ambience of your special day, especially if you are eager to have one of the best Hawaii weddings. For example, you can have a Hawaiian-themed wedding ceremony, wedding vows, and wedding invitations as well as wear Hawaii wedding attire and even eat traditional Hawaiian foods. Best of all, Hawaii weddings can be themed in any setting or location, such as in a botanical garden, an intimate park or garden setting, at a resort, or near a volcano. You do not have to necessarily be married on the beach.

Here are some suggestions that I think will allow you and your fiancé to create one of the most stylish themes for Hawaii weddings that I have ever seen. By the way, I really wished someone had of offered me these pointers when I got married, you lucky bride-to-be!

  • Invitations for Hawaii Weddings: Send Hawaiian-themed wedding invitations to your wedding guests. You can use Hawaiian words and phrases, translate your guest's names, and include the Lord's Prayer in Hawaiian on your invitations.
  • Attire for Hawaii Weddings: You can encourage your guests to wear Hawaii wedding attire to your special event as well as find Hawaii wedding clothing for yourself and your wedding party.
  • Music for Hawaii Weddings: Have traditional Hawaiian music playing when you walk during your ceremony and throughout the whole event.
  • Ceremonies for Hawaii Weddings: Have a traditional Hawaiian-styled ‘Unity Ceremony' and follow Hawaiian customs, such as conch shell blowing and a lei exchange during your ceremony.

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Hawaii Weddings and the Photographer

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Dec 09, 2008 @ 11:19 AM

Allison writes a series of posts on Hawaii Weddings, explaining why they have been popular for decades. 

When it comes to capturing your wedding memories, you undoubtedly want to enlist the services of a professional.  Most resorts that cater to Hawaii Weddings will have a photographer that they recommend, which satisfies the needs of most couples.

Finding a photographer for Hawaii weddings who is able to capture you and your husband or wife to-be in the poses that you desire as well as in the perfect location can sometimes be challenging. Therefore, it is important that you review the professional photographer's portfolio of past clients prior to working with them. This way, you are to able to not only find a style of photography that you both like, but you are also able to give your photographer valuable insights into exactly what you and your husband or wife are hoping to achieve.

Hey, don't laugh! While most of my Hawaii wedding photos were great, I found the odd one where Aunt Mavis wasn't concentrating or my husband and I managed to have a palm tree appear to be a part of our appendages. However, this did add a little light entertainment when family and friends gathered at our home to see our wedding album.

So, to avoid the same problems, see if you can talk to a photographer of Hawaii weddings prior to working with them, so that you get a feel for them and their work and vice versa. When you first arrive at your destination and check into the resort, ask your wedding coordinator if you and your fiancé are able to view the photographer's wedding album as most resorts have several of these that you can browse through in order to gain inspiration.

If your wedding photographer is part of a package deal and you are not 100% sure of the person or company at the resort, ask whoever is arranging the package for you for more information about your photographer.  This way, you can be rest assured that you are comfortable with your selection and that you are getting exactly what you desire.

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Hawaii Weddings on a Budget

Posted by Guest Blogger on Fri, Dec 05, 2008 @ 03:06 PM

Allison writes a series of posts on Hawaii Weddings, explaining why they have been popular for decades. 

It is true, Hawaii is not the cheapest destination out there, but there are ways to get your Hawaii Wedding on a budget.  Of course, if you want to get married in the most glamorous resort and treat your wedding guests to a lavish reception with complementary cocktails, then I doubt that inexpensive will be a word that is in your vocabulary. However, for those of you who want to indulge yourselves without burning a hole in your piggy bank, then Hawaii weddings on a budget may be exactly what you are searching for.

There are many package deals available for Hawaii weddings that range from the simple to the elaborate, and all of the wedding packages offer you a beautiful destination wedding in an absolutely gorgeous location and setting.

Budget ceremony packages for Hawaii weddings usually consist of the essentials, such as two leis to exchange during the wedding ceremony, a wedding certificate, and celebrant services. Many Hawaii weddings are performed in a beach setting. However, if you and your fiancé desire something else, such as a botanical garden, a mountain setting, or even near a waterfall, then be sure to mention this when booking your package deal so that whoever is planning your wedding can cater to your requirements.

One of the benefits of selecting inexpensive packages for Hawaii weddings is that you can then build upon the basic package, depending on the amount that you wish to spend and the type of customization that you require for your wedding. For example, you may want to have a video and photos taken of your special event or have a three-tiered wedding cake included in your ceremony.

The additions that brides and grooms can include in their Hawaii weddings are many and include professional photography, sparkling apple cider or champagne, an ornate wedding certificate, bouquets of flowers, a wedding cake, a make-up artist and a hair stylist, videographer, a Hawaiian musician, limousine service to and from your wedding location, and a reception dinner for you and your spouse at a special romantic location.

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Fun Favors for Hawaii Weddings

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Dec 02, 2008 @ 08:56 AM

Allison writes a series of posts on Hawaii Weddings, explaining why they have been popular for decades. 

I simply adore wedding favors as they always leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling and a smile on your face no matter how simple or complex. Plus, I have also discovered that many wedding favors center on the theme of the wedding as well as personify the bride and groom's style and taste. Therefore, it is not unusual to find favors for Hawaii weddings that are tropical and centered on the warmth of the islands as well as the charisma of the wedding couple.

Favors for Hawaii weddings often include handmade chocolates, flower sets, resin tropical fruit place card holders, candles, soaps and nuts, and beautiful flower boxes.

For those of you who like to think outside-of-the-box, there are more specific favors for Hawaii weddings that you can purchase, such as coconut shell candles, tropical orchid favor boxes, and floral-scented candles in a ceramic holder.

Of course, if you seek the wild and wacky, which many of us do, then there are the eccentric favors for Hawaii weddings that are sure to make you and your guests giggle. These favors for Hawaii weddings include flip-flop tropical flower coasters, mini wooden tropical flair clips, ‘Let's Hula Baby' tropical vases, and floral-themed beach sandals.

Whatever your theme or your personality, there is sure to be a wedding favor or two that accentuates what you are seeking as well as lets you express yourself to your friends and your family.

Some of the cutest favors for Hawaii weddings that I have come across are the Hawaiian shirt place card holders, the royal pineapple wedding soaps, orchid candles, and the twisted Martini glass candleholders.

Typically, favors for Hawaii weddings range from a couple of dollars each in price through to approximately $30, though I have seen favors for over $75 each on some occasions for the more elegant affairs.

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Hawaii Weddings - Three Location Ideas

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sun, Nov 30, 2008 @ 12:57 PM

Allison writes a series of posts on Hawaii Weddings, explaining why they have been popular for decades. 

When you elect to marry in a tropical location, many people automatically assume that you are having your ceremony on the beach. However, there are many settings to select from to have for Hawaii weddings, and all locations can have that traditional Hawaiian ambience, if you so desire.

Off the top of my head, Hawaii weddings have many location variations that you can select from if you do not wish to have a beach wedding. These include:

1) The Wedding Chapel or Church - There are many beautiful chapels for Hawaii weddings to be held and churches by the ocean in Hawaii that offer a romantic, yet traditional, location for your wedding ceremony. And, best of all, you can still hear those waves rolling in and catch the rustle of palm leaves outside. Plus, many chapels and churches where Hawaii weddings are held have beautiful stained glass windows and lava wall backdrops.

2) The Yacht or Boat - There are many Hawaii weddings held at sea. If you consider yourself to be a water baby and your fiancé is what many would refer to as a sea-farer, then it is possible that you might be more comfortable holding your ceremony on the gorgeous Hawaiian ocean. You may elect to have your event on a yacht or dinner cruise boat or even in a canoe if you are feeling adventurous. Or maybe have a cocktail catamaran cruise instead of a rehearsal dinner.

Personally, I am a land lover and like my feet planted firmly on the earth, so no rocking the boat and tipping it over for me.

3) Botanical Gardens - For those of you who love nature and sophistication, the botanical garden setting, complete with waterfall, offers many Hawaii weddings the exact setting that they have been searching for -- the fairy-tale setting. You and your fiancé may be equally as charmed by this magical location for your Hawaii wedding.

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Customs of Hawaii Weddings

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sun, Nov 30, 2008 @ 11:27 AM

Allison writes a series of posts on Hawaii Weddings, explaining why they have been popular for decades. 

I think one of the most endearing qualities of Hawaii is its welcoming traits, such as the use of the words aloha and ho'ao, which are commonly used during wedding ceremonies. Aloha is a word that has several meanings, such as hello, loved person, respect, and sweetness, whereas ho'ao means marriage and stay until daybreak.

Another custom that is commonly used throughout Hawaii, especially during a wedding ceremony, are the leis, which are Hawaiian flower necklaces that symbolizes love. This tradition originated in Tahiti and was thought to have been brought by canoe to the islands. Leis are used in many Hawaii weddings and add a touch of nostalgia and a hint of romance to the occasion. You may also find leis made of leaves, feathers, shells, and bones, though the most typically used during a wedding is the jasmine flower lei, which a bride will wear on her head like a crown.

Two of the biggest things to remember when in Hawaii are to always except a lei when it is offered to you and always leave a lei on while the person who gave it to you is still present. To violate these customs is considered an offence and the last thing you want to do is upset anyone on your wedding day.

For those of you who seek traditional Hawaii weddings, this ceremony contains Christian elements and is often conducted in Hawaiian and English. Usually a conch shell is blown three times to signal the beginning of the ceremony. Each blow represents the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Families will then exchange leis with the bride and groom, placing a lei around each other's necks to signify continuous harmony. Then, rings engraved with the bride and groom's names are exchanged, along with wedding vows, before the minister proclaims the couple as husband and wife.

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The cake of Hawaii Weddings

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Nov 27, 2008 @ 06:08 PM

Allison writes a series of posts on Hawaii Weddings, explaining why they have been popular for decades. 

If you are marrying in Hawaii, then you cannot go past cakes made for Hawaii weddings, which many describe as simply delicious.

Typically, cakes made for Hawaii weddings consist of tropical fruits and flavoring, such as Haipia or coconut, guava, Kona cream or Hawaiian coffee, passion fruit, and strawberries, and are decorated with orchids, frangipanes and other beautiful native flowers.

In fact, there are some specialty bakeries in Hawaii that have outstanding reputations for making the most incredible wedding cake designs that anyone has ever seen. Mind you, I have received information from a reliable source that these bakeries may be copyrighting their cakes.

Do you know why?

Legend states that the wedding cake with its traditional layers, or tiers, dates back to medieval times where every guest was required to bring a cake to the wedding ceremony. These layers were then placed on top of each other on a special table, and the bride and groom had to try and kiss each other over the top of the cakes. If the couple were successful, then this was considered to be lucky and signified a prosperous relationship. Some time later, these individual cake layers changed into a single, multi-layered cake.

I am now curious as to whether or not anyone actually patented this concept. I may have to investigate further before finding out if there has been a legal breach of intellectual rights here or not.

Regardless of this, the overall beauty of cakes made for Hawaii weddings lies in the unique blend of tropical flavors which are said to delight even the most fastidious of guests. Therefore, if you are considering a wedding in Hawaii, then you may want to discuss your wedding cake requirements with your wedding coordinator prior to your wedding, so that you can arrange for one of the many special cakes made for Hawaii weddings to be made for you. And, I am sure that this special cake will embellish you and your fiancé's desires as well as personify the ambience of your wedding ceremony.

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Celebrity Hawaii Weddings

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 @ 10:50 AM

Allison writes a series of posts on Hawaii Weddings, explaining why they have been popular for decades. 

I adore celebrity Hawaii weddings and I am always searching through online articles, newspapers and tabloid magazines to find out who married whom and in what Hawaiian location when.

Don't ask me why I have this obsession and definitely don't ask me to recall when it began because I honestly can't remember. I just woke up one morning and was obsessed with celebrities, and I have always loved Hawaii.  So I guess it's a good fit.

One of the most significant celebrity Hawaii weddings that I can recall was Dwayne ‘Dog' Chapman and Beth Smith's wedding because the couple arrived in a canoe for a sunset wedding ceremony at the Big Island's Hilton Waikoloa Village.

‘Dog,' for those of you who are not familiar with the actor, is the star of A&E's "Dog the Bounty Hunter." This is why he donned a pair of white jeans, a white leather vest and Native American jewelry for the ceremony while the bride selected a gorgeous ivory lace gown from an L.A.-based designer.

Whereas one of the most endearing celebrity Hawaii weddings that I can recall is that of Rasha Spindel and Edwin Chapmen of the NBC series, "The Biggest Loser." No, the couple did not win the series, but they sure did find love amongst all that sweat and exercise.

The determined couple wed at the Wai`oli` Tea Room in Manoa Valley in Honolulu, which is situated on eight acres of the most stunning natural gardens you will find in the region.

Last, but not least, of the most memorable celebrity Hawaii weddings that I can recall was the Hawaii wedding of NBC's correspondent Chip Reid. Chip reports for MSNBC's "The Today Show" and "NBC Nightly News" on political interests.

Chip married his long-time love, Nina Block, early in 2006 and it was said the couple had a truly magnificent wedding surrounded by close friends and family members.

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Hawaii Weddings on the Beach

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sat, Nov 22, 2008 @ 10:45 AM

Allison writes a series of posts about Hawaii weddings, and explains why they have remained a popular destination for several decades.

The ‘islands of romance' are how a friend of mine, Alexandria, describes Hawaii as she glances into the distance with this lustful look on her face. I have never really delved into why she gets such a look, though I can guess that it has something to do with her love of Hawaii weddings after her beach wedding.

Just between you and me, I think that some things are best left unsaid, if you know what I mean?

Anyways, to cut a really long story short, Alex had what I would describe as one of the most stunning Hawaii weddings that I have ever witnessed, and I have seen a few.

Alex and her fiancé, Matt, married at sunset on Waikiki Beach in Oahu as the tide came in. I can remember the day well and can still smell the mixture of palm trees and ocean spray on that warm summer breeze. The scenery was magical. Towering palms swayed gently as the wind tickled their leaves ever so gently, and the pristine sand gleamed in the sun that cast a soft golden hue over the landscape before it slipped into the ocean. The event truly was one of the most awe-inspiring Hawaii weddings that I have ever witnessed.

However, what amazed me the most was the fantastic all-inclusive package deal that Alex and Matt managed to acquire for their wedding. The local celebrant, who was very personable and had such a sense of humor, was inclusive as were stunning orchid leis, a marriage certificate, professional photographs, and a traditional Hawaiian singer who crooned in the background throughout the ceremony.

I was simply flabbergasted and I almost wished that I could have had my wedding in Hawaii on the same beach. I said almost because my wedding was probably the most spectacular that I have ever witnessed, but that is another story!

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Storm water, creepy crawlies, public bathrooms, and your beach wedding

Posted by "Beach Bum" - Beach Lover Guest Blogger on Fri, Oct 17, 2008 @ 08:01 AM
If you are anything like my husband and I as we plan to renew our wedding vows, the concept of having a beach wedding is one that you have spoken about but never really explored in detail. The scary thing is that, as much as I like the idea of wearing a stunning, yet simple, wedding gown and listening to the ocean lap up on the shore as I exchange wedding vows, I honestly have no idea where to begin finding the perfect beach let alone how to plan my destination wedding.

So, I have read a plethora of magazines on the topic and consulted some of the best beach wedding specialists. All of them have come back with the same answers to my question, give or take the odd detail here or there. These experts believe that, to plan the perfect Hawaii wedding on the beach, you need to take into account the weather, tidal flow, and the possibility of insects. Otherwise, you may be standing ankle deep in the ocean, swatting at the creepy-crawlies and holding an umbrella as you say ‘I do.'  Don't let this scare you though, the vast majority of the year is absolutely gorgeous for Hawaii weddings, you just need to plan accordingly.

You also need to consider who you are inviting because if Aunty Joan needs wheelchair access, then it is highly unlikely that she will be able to attend your beach wedding, on the shore, without some assistance.

In addition to these considerations, it is also important to ask about the amenities at the beach locations you find favorable and if these are suitable for your wedding guests. For example, some toilets on Hawaiian beaches may be closed or are inappropriate, and there is nothing worse than crossing your legs as you feel your eyes start to water.  A good way to avoid this is to stick with a resort for your beach wedding, as most have gorgeous beaches with ample facilities.

Overall, make sure you have back-up plans for your day in case certain aspects change unexpectedly. Be sure to remember that life is often a little ironic and that is what makes it so special.

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