Can we have a bamboo arch or chairs at our beach wedding?
Unfortunately chairs and arches are now illegal on all O'ahu beaches. Any companies that do bring allow them are doing so illegally and you could get sited or ticketed if caught. We can however provide up to 4 chairs for elderly guests. These chairs can only go up right before the ceremony starts and must go moved as soon as the ceremony is over. There is a $150 fee for the chairs and a small table if you decide you'd like to do this.
Are there other beach options besides the ones you feature on this site?
Yes, there are hundreds of beaches, but we're only going to show you the best options. We have spent quite a bit of time scouting the island, trying to find the beaches that are most picturesque, have the least crowds, best sunsets and which are easily accessible, and to make things simple for you we're only showing you what we feel are your top options.
How likely is it to rain on my wedding day? What happens if it does rain?
On the morning of your wedding we check the weather report and radar and watch the rain carefully. If it is pouring all morning (this is really rare), then we'll call you and discuss options with you. 95% of the time even on a very rainy day there are patches of sunshine, especially near the ocean. Usually we wait out the passing showers and will do a ceremony in between showers. The skies usually clear beautifully and photos are magical. In Hawaii we consider rain showers to be extra blessings so don't be afraid of rain. So far we haven't had a wedding get completely rained out and even rainy days here end up being pretty. We have even had weddings go off without a hitch on hurricane/tsunami days.
We don't like your photographer and want to hire someone else can we do this?
We really think you'll be quite pleased with our photographers but if you're sure that you would like to bring in another photographer then we can credit you $200. Our main concern is that you are happy with how your wedding day turns out.
My friend is going to officiate, is that ok?
Yes, most definitely! You just need to make sure that your friend is ordained and that he or she is registered with the State of Hawaii to do the wedding. This must be done a few weeks prior to your wedding. Click here for more information. There are no pkg. discounts if you decide to bring your own officiant.
Do we need to do a wedding rehearsal?
We do not do rehearsals for simple beach weddings because the ceremonies are generally pretty simple. We will have a basic outline of the bridal party processional and will send this to you along with your timeline a week or two prior to your wedding day. You should go over the order of how your bridal party will walk down the aisle with everyone involved ahead of time. On the day of the wedding we will line everyone up and let them know when to walk, where to walk and how to stand. It is a simple process and we will guide you through all of it.
Any tips on how to make our wedding more personalized?
Little touches like pretty fans, parasols or sunscreen for guests and bright bouquets / boutonnieres for the bridal party can go a long way. Colored parasols look great in photos and provide good shade for guests too. I also love the idea of honoring everyone who flew all the way down for your wedding with a lei. You can present everyone with an orchid lei at the end of the ceremony, it's a nice touch and doesn't cost too much money. You could also honor parents with a parent lei ceremony (where you'll present your mom and dad with a lei honoring and thanking them for all they've done for you). Lastly, if theres someone you've lost that is very close to you like a parent or dear friend (one whom you wish could be there), you could honor them after the ceremony by throwing a lei out to sea as you say a blessing or prayer at the same time. Kahu's (a Hawaiian officiant/priest) can assist with this as well.
What time should we have our ceremony?
Your planner will help you figure out a time based on the beach you choose. Generally sunset weddings are 1.5 hours before sunset and morning weddings are held at 9 or 10am. Earlier weddings are best at 9 because it's less hot and there are less crowds. Doing a mid-afternoon wedding is a possibility as well but isn't as ideal or picturesque.
When should we send out our invites?
Destination weddings involve a lot of travel planning and often taking vacation time. We suggest sending out a Save the Date as soon as you have your date set. You can send out an official invite 4-6 months prior.
Can we do a Champagne Toast and wedding cake at the beach?
Alcohol is not legally allowed on the beaches here in Hawaii. You can get ticketed and fined and we could lose our permit and license. We kindly ask that you wait to drink until you are back in the limo or bus. We don't recommend doing a cake cutting at the beach because that would also involve a table, utensils, plates, garbage, water, etc. We can arrange for a cake to be delivered to your dinner location, this ensures that it stays fresh and is served properly.