Destini
Beginner November 2020

engaged and looking at Hawaii for an elopement!

Destini, on August 8, 2019 at 10:52 PM Posted in Hawaii Planning 0 6
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Hiiiii,

I got engaged a few weeks ago to the love of my life and we have been talking about Hawaii for a possible elopement place/honeymoon. We havent decided officially if we are inviting immediate family and friends or just the two of us. Either way, we will have a casual backyard reception when we get back. We want to look at some cost efficient beach ceremonies/vow renewals that will be in budget as we want most of our money to go to us honeymooning and enjoying the island. Something simple, intimate, short and sweet! We are going to have a nice dinner and hotel that night but mainly abnb stay, exploring the sites, hitting the beach and enjoying vacation.

How far out did you guys start planning?

Did you open it to immediate family and close friends? or just the two?

Is there anyway to avoid the pricey ceremonies? as we want something simple and cost efficient.

Im thinking it may be cheaper to just hire the officiant and photographer separately from a package and do a really nice abnb.


Also, have you guys found any reasonable plane tickets? I saw RT for about $900 which isnt bad at all. We are looking at the first week of June 2020 right before it gets super busy ..and still have summer vibes so we can snorkel. lol


What are you guys doing for your ceremonies?

Ideas, tips to save money on the ceremony portion?


Let me know! Im reading through the threads too! CONGRATS to you all!

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  • Sinéad
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2025
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    Congratulations on your engagement Destini! Welcome to the WeddingWire community!

    A Hawaiian wedding sounds absolutely beautiful! Have you thought about what island you would like to get married?

    If you are looking to keep your costs low, you should definitely check out the WeddingWire vendor search to find some officiants and photographers within your budget.

    Hawaii Wedding Officiants

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    I love your idea of enjoying your ceremony and honeymoon together and then celebrating with your family and friends when you return!

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  • KaiJan33
    Dedicated July 2020
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    Congratulations! I will also be getting married in Hawaii. My first question is what island will you be getting married on? I'll be getting married on Maui and might have a few suggestions. A beach ceremony sounds lovely and can be cost effective.
    Feel free to add me as a friend or message me!
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  • Destini
    Beginner November 2020
    Destini ·
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    Hi!

    I think we are going to honeymoon there instead in Maui! But we havent made any definite decisions as we keep going back and forth between ceremony or honeymoon. What suggestions do you have? I would love to hear!! And any tips on a beach ceremony?


    Thanks !! Smiley smile

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  • KaiJan33
    Dedicated July 2020
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    For a photographer Aaron Najera would be a good choice. I talked with him but will be bringing a previous photographer from mainland over. If you invite people and want to eat at a park, most public beaches have a shelter you can rent out. So you can go from the beach to a shelter. And some of the parks have them if you want to drive or a short walk after the ceremony. The thing I look for at a beach is if there is a coral reef near the shore to block some of the bigger waves coming in. Certain sides of the island have bigger waves than others. I'm also doing a morning wedding to avoid as much wind and heat as possible. You will need a beach permit as well.
    If you have any questions I missed, let me know! 🙂
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    Dedicated October 2019
    Stephanie ·
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    We are getting married in oahu in 29 days. We went with Sweet Hawaiian Weddings for our elopement (just he and I). The total cost was about $1800. That's transportation (limo), ceremony, photos, HMUA, flowers, all on Waimanalo bay. Services are al a carte We had to wait 6months before the wedding to book for permit issues according to them but everything has been very smooth. We communicate through email due to the time difference (Philadelphia). It has been really stress free. Good luck with your planning.
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    Devoted February 2020
    Andrea ·
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    Congratulations! We are also getting married in Hawaii - Kauai to be exact.

    We are getting married in February 2020, and didn't start planning until June of this year. We already knew it was going to be in Kauai cause we visited that island a while back and fell absolutely in love.

    We also wanted it to be intimate, so we are only inviting immediate family - which would save so much money in the long run cause you aren't spending it on a giant party. The only thing we ended up doing is we paid for everyone's plane tickets and hotel rooms for the duration of our wedding. RT flights from LAX to Lihue are around $430 - I highly suggest you get the Hopper App. I also found that RT tickets from wherever the family lives to LAX and then a separate RT flight from LAX to Lihue was cheaper than if we got it from wherever they're coming from to Lihue. I saved at least $400/pp on plane tickets by checking and making sure I got the right tickets. Make sure you write this all down and give your guests enough time for their lay overs if you're getting separate RT flights.

    We researched online for beach and waterfall weddings, and signed with Island Weddings and Blessings in Kauai. They're taking care of the permits, photographer, videographer, musician, etc. All we need to do is to be there on time with our rings and wedding license!



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