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Eloping in Hawaii: 5 Wedding Planning Tips

So, you’re thinking about eloping in Hawaii? How exciting! As Hawaii wedding coordinators, we love seeing brides and grooms make their Hawaii elopement dreams come true. Our awesome couples travel from all over the world to enjoy a gorgeous destination wedding in Hawaii with just the two of them. Despite how wonderful a Hawaii elopement can be we see a lot of couples experience unnecessary stress over eloping. Here are five wedding planning tips from brides and grooms to make eloping in Hawaii simple and stress free.

Make Eloping in Hawaii Everything You Want With a Solid Plan

When one of our recent couples Alex and Carlos chose to elope in Hawaii, they made a list of of what was important to them — both of them. This way when the time came to make important decisions about what to include in their ceremony and what to pass on, they knew their priorities.  Eloping in Hawaii

This is a great example of making sure your elopement is what both of you want it to be. After all, you’re eloping in Hawaii because you wanted your wedding to be about each other. Couples often loose sight of what ‘they’ originally wanted when looking at what other couples have done for their elopements. Don’t loose sight of what you want and who you are in your nuptial planning. This is your chance to do exactly what you want uninhibited and make your elopement in Hawaii all yours. Having a solid wedding plan allows you to refer back to it when making choices and keeps you anchored in what matters most to you as a couple and eliminates confusion.

Understand the Differences From a Traditional Wedding

So, you’re starry-eyed in love and excited for your romantic wedding adventure in Hawaii. While your friends are stressing over their wedding plans trying to fit in what everyone who is paying for the affair wants, you think you totally got away with something by eloping to Hawaii. Then you get on Facebook and see photos from someone’s reception — they are surrounded by friends and family having a great time, wishing them lots of love. Then it hits you. You won’t have someone to walk you down the aisle. Only you will be brought to tears by your vows. Your wedding won’t be a social event. Then you remember why you wanted to elope in the first place. Weddings are about two people in love, not a whole entourage of people you kind of know and a few key friends and loved ones. Just remember why you decided eloping in Hawaii was such a great idea, less stress and everything you dreamed of in a wedding experience. Oh yeah, and when you get home you can have an amazing wedding reception so people can drool over the breathtaking photos of  your dream wedding in Hawaii so you won’t be missing out.

Get Great Wedding Photos

Since your friends and family won’t be attending your wedding, you should share the day with them through amazing wedding photos. Hire a Hawaii wedding photographer who is able to capture not only the fabulous bride & groom portraits, but also photos that capture the style of your Hawaii elopement. If the photographer is good they should be able to capture the full look of the beach or venue and the way you both were feeling. Beach photography can be challenging to capture perfectly with extremely bright and harsh light.  A true experienced professional will know how to handle it, or any other weather or lighting situation that might occur on your wedding day. Hawaii Elopement

Keep photography at the forefront of your wedding budget especially for an elopement. Wedding photography is going to be what tells the story of your amazing day for the rest of your life and it needs to be great. Make sure you choose a photographer who can really capture your wedding day to show just how romantic and beautiful it was while reflecting your personalities and capturing your surroundings. Just remember you won’t get an amazing Hawaii wedding story with low-budget photography from an ill experienced wedding photography company.

Speaking of Budget…

Be Budget Friendly

Weather you’re eloping in Hawaii because of how romantic it is or because of its cost effectiveness (or both), it’s still important to stay within your budget. We don’t mean make your wedding cheap (unless that’s what you want), we just mean don’t spend more money than you need to. It’s just the two of you, so you may not need a lot of the traditional wedding aspects meant for guest enjoyment.

Maybe you don’t really need a musician — you just want to play your favorite song from a portable speaker or wed to only the sound of crashing waves. You can definitely skip on the excessive floral. You came all the way to Hawaii to get married with beautiful scenery, there’s no need to go overboard on your floral budget. Refer back to your list as you make spending decisions (big and small, since small stuff adds up), so that you know what’s worth digging in your pockets for and what’s just as well to skip.

When you consider your budget you’ll be able to splurge on the things that matter to you, weather it’s a fancy dinner, 5-star accommodations, or fun activities while you’re in Hawaii. Just don’t give up something really important to you that you may regret leaving out of your budget. Skimping on on things really important to you can be worse than saving a few extra bucks when you look back. Wedding budget can be a double edged sword so refer to your plan.

Hire a Wedding Coordinator

Hiring a coordinator is a must if you’ve never been to Hawaii before or if you want to keep things super stress free. A good Hawaii wedding coordinator knows all the best vendors, ceremony spots, scheduling, and wedding tips. Your coordinator should live on the island where you’re planning to elope and have excellent reviews. You will definitely be able to finElopement in Hawaiid Hawaii wedding packages that fit a small destination wedding like yours. They’ll put together all the fine details of your ceremony and be a great resource for anything you book yourself, such as dinner afterwards or activities. A wedding coordinator is your local source of all information, and they’ll worry about your wedding day so you don’t have to.

If you want to have the best elopement in Hawaii possible, listen to your planner’s advice. Fill them in on your vision and idea of how you want your wedding to be. You’ll be able to work as a team to make eloping in Hawaii everything you dreamed it would be!


How To Pay For Hawaii Weddings

A Hawaii destination wedding doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but it does require some financial planning, especially if you don’t want to be paying for it years down the road. Here are some tried and true tips on how to pay for Hawaii weddings without maxing out your credit cards.

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Hawaii Wedding photo by Karma Hill Photography.

1. Start Saving Early: Okay, saving money is always easier said then done. But if you’re considering getting married in Hawaii, or even just taking vacations to Hawaii, go on and start saving. Open a separate savings account for paying for your wedding, and contribute a portion of each paycheck to your Wedding in Hawaii Fund. Collect your change at the end of the day, put away any extra cash you get as gifts or that’s leftover from other activities. Shop less, save more, and you’ll find yourself already on the right track when it’s time to start your Hawaii wedding planning.

2. Know Your Budget: The first research you do should be the cost of weddings in Hawaii. In order to know how to pay for a Hawaii wedding, you need to know the amount you’ll have to pay. This includes your travel, accommodations, food, activities, and, of course, your wedding.  Flights will be about $900 from the East Coast and $500 from the West Coast. A good higher-end estimate is $800 per day per couple after you get here. Combine this with the cost of your Hawaii wedding package plus reception plans, and you’ll have an idea of what your Hawaii wedding will cost you.

3. Keep Costs Down: There are endless opportunities to splurge or cut costs of Hawaii weddings. For example, choose a coordinator that offers high quality and affordable Hawaii wedding packages, such as Simple Maui Wedding. This coordinator will also have expertise on how not to spend too much. For example, a beach wedding in Hawaii will cost far less than a Hawaii venue wedding, and a full reception can more than double the budget for your entire trip. A simple Hawaii wedding on the beach with dinner at a restaurant afterwards will help keep your wedding affordable while still being elegant and beautiful.

When you choose a Hawaii beach wedding, you’re ultimately choosing a more casual wedding, meaning you can save on the wedding dress & attire, decorations, music, and guest count.

Also know what you’re expected to pay for at your destination wedding so you don’t spend more than necessary. For example, guests are to pay for their own accommodations & travel along with any non-wedding related activities. If you know what’s acceptable to ask of your guests, you’ll be able to trim your budget down.

4. Accept Donations: Your friends and family can help pay for the trip, especially if they aren’t joining you for your wedding. That’s right — the people you aren’t inviting to your destination wedding in Hawaii are the ones who might help fund it. If you do everything with formal etiquette and without the expectation of receiving anything, you might find you’ll receive congratulations and well-wishes in the form of money and gifts, which will help offset the cost of your destination wedding in Hawaii. Send invitations beforehand to those you would like to attend your wedding and send announcements afterwards to the masses. If you’re eloping to Hawaii, announcements might be the only way you get word out about your marriage. The Knot has a guide on how to announce your wedding. Don’t forget a prompt Thank You card to anyone sending gifts!

Use word-of-mouth (nothing in the announcements or invitations) that cash is preferred over gifts. Set up a registry or two for friends who prefer buying gifts. Have close friends or parents know your preference, so that when someone asks them what you’d like as a gift, they can share that money would be most helpful.

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Hawaii Wedding image by Karma Hill Photography.

5. Find Hidden Money: Money might be hiding all over your house if you’re willing to have a yard sale. Plus it’s a great way to get rid of those old belongings, especially if you’re making room for two after the wedding. Make a (humorous) sign at your sale that all proceeds benefit your Hawaii destination wedding. People will be less likely to haggle you down if they know the money is going directly toward something (even a vacation), especially if it sparks conversation and they chat with you a bit about your wedding plans.

Another way to find money for your destination wedding is in old savings plans. Ask your parents if you have any savings bonds or accounts from your childhood. Really work to jog their memory on this one, as these things tend to get forgotten through the years. Just be careful not to dip into an emergency savings fund for times of unemployment or unexpected expenses.

Also look for frequent flier miles, hotel points, or other rewards that can help fund your trip. Close families and friends might be willing to gift their rewards to you also. That uncle that is always traveling for work or the cousin who is always making the most of her credit card points might be able to share their tips or even a bit of their loot.

6. Take a Second Job: Don’t be shy about working for money. Spread the word that you’re trying to save up for your dream Hawaii wedding package, so if anybody has odd jobs, you can work for some vacation cash. You didn’t think you’d be babysitting or weeding grandma’s garden after high school, but it’s easy money that can be put aside as you save for your destination wedding in Hawaii.

If you really want to get extra income, get an official second job. This is a step up from working odd jobs, because you’ll have to apply and get hired,  and commit to working extra while planning a wedding. Many newlyweds are forced to get a second job after to help with paying for your wedding. If you’re ahead of the game, and get a second job pre-vows, you’ll miss heavy interest and post-wedding stress, and you’ll feel like you’re on an extra long honeymoon if you’re able to come home and work less after your destination wedding in Hawaii.

7. Wait to Wed: Wait to book your Hawaii wedding package until you’ve saved enough for the deposit. Then book your wedding far enough in advance that you can save up until it’s time to pay in full. If you book as soon as you save enough for the deposit, you’ll lock in the current price for the wedding package, which could save you a bit of money if you’re wedding in the far future. Beach weddings in Hawaii are far more enjoyable if you don’t have the stress of debt weighing on you — so be smart and have a fabulous and affordable Hawaii wedding!


Wedding Packages Hawaii – Don’t Let Cost Stand in the Way of Your Dream Wedding

If you are looking for wedding packages Hawaii really isn’t that expensive.  If you are interested in getting married on the beach it can actually be very affordable. You can find entire wedding packages on the beach with premium quality from around $1500 – $5500 depending on photography time and extras.  Once you add air fare, hotel stay and rental car you can easily have your dream wedding in paradise for less than $15,000 and that is pretty cheap for a wedding these days. Wedding Packages Hawaii

The reason Hawaii wedding packages can stay beautiful and not super expensive is that having a beach wedding is free, no venue fee. You don’t need any elaborate decorations like you would at home renting a venue, as mother nature has brought all the needed decor. Get lucky and score a breathtaking sunset and there is no better backdrop for your  wedding in the world than Hawaii.

By the way, since you are already in Hawaii, you may as well stay for your honeymoon :)

So, don’t rule out wedding packages in Hawaii if you really want to get married somewhere fun and not at home. Make your dream a reality and don’t sell yourself short, it is a once in a lifetime event, make it a memorable one. Wedding Package Hawaii

Oh, by the way, if you are looking for the best wedding packages Hawaii has to offer you need to check out Simple Maui Wedding, they specialize in Maui wedding packages. Their work is nothing short of amazing and the staff feels like family, takes care of every detail flawlessly and are just all around wonderful people to use for your wedding.

Aloha and see you in paradise :)


Hawaii Wedding Packages is now on Twitter

Hawaii Wedding Packages is now up and running on Twitter. Our Twitter hash tag is  #hawaiiwedding1 and can be found here: . We look forward to getting to know friends we know and those we have yet to meet.

We hope to post lots of useful content for readers and try to find out what brides and grooms are looking for in a destination wedding in the Hawaiian islands. Hawaii Wedding Packages is on TwitterAloha for following Hawaii Wedding Packages on Twitter.  We are very excited to start building a lasting community.


Hawaii Wedding Packages New Site is Getting up and Running

Aloha from Hawaii Wedding Packages, we hope you are having a great year so far. Wedding season is in full swing here in Hawaii with tons of brides and grooms choosing to say i do in paradise this year.

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Hawaii Wedding Package created by Simple Maui Wedding

This beautiful photo was taken by Maui photographer Karma Hill for the wedding company Simple Maui Wedding. There are so many happy couples getting married in Hawaii. I attribute it to the relaxed atmosphere of the island, mother natures natural beauty and the countless activities you can do while in this sunny paradise.

We will have some great information about Hawaii weddings, venues, vendors, floral examples and so much more out as soon as we can. We just need to do a little back end work on before we can get posts out on a regular basis.

Much Aloha,



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