The Aloha State is well-known as a dream wedding destination. In fact, a recent addition to the list of couples who tied the knot in Hawaii is Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his longtime girlfriend Brittany Matthews. In March 2022, the two lovers were wed on the island of Maui in front of family and loved ones.
The beautiful vistas of a Hawaiian destination wedding can make the effort of planning the transportation, ceremony, and other logistics all seem worth it. However, this Hawaiian dream wedding can only be possible after months of planning. If you hope to also spend your special day in the Aloha State, you should start planning as soon as you can. To start you off, here are our four tips to make your dream Hawaiian wedding a success.
Read up on Hawaii’s weather and climate
Being near the equator, Hawaii experiences relatively mild temperatures throughout the year. However, many may not know that sea levels are also a critical indicator of Hawaii’s weather. In July 2022, many weddings were upended after a historic swell was produced in the South Pacific and crashed Hawaii’s south shores. Author Sara Ackerman was attending a wedding in Kailua-Kona when large waves swamped the event. She noted, however, that the ceremony pushed through, and the newlyweds cleaned up the mess after.
It’s best to familiarize yourself with the particularities of Hawaii’s climate so that you can pick a date that’s most likely to be dry and sunny. This way, you can make the most out of tying the knot without having to worry about getting rained on or swept away!
Secure your own vehicle for the island
Public transportation is available on most islands of Hawaii. With your own vehicle, however, you won’t have to think too hard about how you and your wedding party are going to travel from the airport to the hotel, wedding venue, and reception area. This is critical if you plan to have your wedding on the large outer islands such as Maui and Kauai or even on the densely-populated Oahu, where you’d be competing with other tourists for a spot on the bus transit system.
Instead of shipping your vehicle from the mainland, however, it is more cost-efficient to rent a car in Hawaii. The rental car options at Honolulu Airport can be reserved weeks in advance, so you can secure your dream vehicle like a convertible or even a jeep once you’ve checked the weather forecast and settled on a date for the wedding. This way, you can also be assured that your out-of-town guests can safely find their way from the airport to the wedding venue.
Check the availability of parking at the wedding venue
If you and your wedding guests are going to be arriving by car, then you need to choose a wedding venue that accommodates parking. In fact, our previous blog on Things to Consider When Booking a Wedding Venue notes that many couples tend to forget this detail and end up with guests who are forced to turn back because there wasn’t enough space.
You can usually strike a parking deal with the hotel management if you’re getting their wedding package. Otherwise, there are plenty of public parking lots in Hawaii with hourly rates, which can be found on the State of Hawaii’s official website. You can list these options in your wedding invitation and distribute them to guests ahead of time.
Consider unconventional Hawaiian wedding spots
The tropical paradise has plenty more to offer than turquoise waters. Unconventional Hawaiian wedding spots such as the Koko Crater Botanical Garden or the Travaasa Hana are less likely to be booked during peak season and may also come at a cheaper rate.
But don’t worry, you can still fit the ocean into your day’s plans! Model Leila Dee Thomas Jabour and professional surfer Kiron Leicht Jabour spent the morning of their wedding enjoying the waves of Oahu with their loved ones. By three in the afternoon, however, the wedding party was gathered at Kualoa Ranch to watch the couple wed between the grandeur of the mountains. At the reception party, friends frolicked barefoot through the sun-filled valley, making it every inch the Hawaiian wedding of the couple’s dreams.
With love and patience — and a heavy amount of planning — you’ll be hosting your own dream wedding in the Aloha state. For more tips on planning your special event, check out our other blogs on Abell DJ Company.
Article written by Jackie Roanes
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