Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Marry Me Maui Reviews

Another client just had to leave another 5 star Marry Me Maui review on wedding wire. We'll let them take it from here:

"My experience with Maui Me was phenomenal. From the very first phone call to the follow up emails after the wedding, they didn't miss a beat! Co was quick to respond to all my questions, and handled everything for us. Andrea came to my room for hair and makeup, and I honestly couldn't have been more pleased. The photographer Joe was easy going, while obviously professional. Our officiant, Kimo gave us a great ceremony with some island flavor! Most importantly we had so much fun. It felt almost like we were all just friends, totally stress free. I loved every minute of our day and wouldn't have changed a thing!!" Tracy. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Marry Me Maui performed a wedding at the Mana Kai Resort on Keawakapu Beach the other day with a very special couple, Amy and Spewncer, who live in China and were wanting a hassle free destination wedding on Maui for a small group of close friends and family. I'll let Amy do the talking:

 Co and Joe were wonderful. My husband and I actually live in China and wanted a destination wedding in Maui. We accidentally found them online and liked their package so we decided to go with them. Co helped us get everything set up and made sure every detail was what we wanted. Co sent us a very detailed itinerary to make sure we got to know the process well and companied us through the whole ceremony. Joe was very professional when taking our photos and we look forward to seeing all the fantastic photos. We were very pleased with everything and will definitely recommend them to anybody who wants a stressless wedding in Hawaii. Thank you again, Amy and Spencer 

You can find that review and many others at weddingwire.  Thanks Amy and Spencer!

Sunset Wedding, Keawakapu Beach, Maui

Friday, May 20, 2016

3 things to remember when booking your Maui Wedding

Ok, so there's really a million things to remember but there's 3 significant items you'll want to check on and be sure you get right before you book your Maui Wedding plans.

1)  Does your wedding planner actually live on the island of Maui? They may have the word "Hawaii" or "Maui" in the official name of their business but are actually in fact living in Colorado or California. Why is this a potential problem? Well for one thing, they won't be onsite for your wedding. They may have found a coordinator to show up and help arrange things but most likely it'll be the minister who answered the craigslist ad for your wedding who will be bringing the flowers, procuring the beach permit and arranging you and your guests at your location. Chances are the people actually providing the services at your wedding have never met the wedding coordinator or each other so communication may become an issue at some point. Always be sure to book a planner who lives on Maui and intends to be physically present at your wedding ceremony. All reputable Maui Wedding Planners have a core group of vendors who have worked with each other for years and provide seamless professional service day in and day out.

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Maui Wedding Ceremony @ Makena Cove

2)  Beach or private venue? You'll want to choose the location based on the number of people who will be attending the wedding, and your budget. A local planner will know the difference between Kanaha Beach and Kahana Beach and won't get you reservations at a restaurant that happens to be half way across the island because she didn't. If you have more than 30 people attending, a private or semi private venue is preferable to a beach wedding. Parking and beach space is always an issue here on Maui so plan accordingly. Also be sure to check your private venue for a protected location in case of rain. Your beach location will have none but a location that charges a fee should.

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Semi Private Wedding Venue, Makena Maui

3)  Hire a professional photographer. Sure, Cousin Jake takes great shots of mountains and waterfalls with his new Nikon but that hardly qualifies him to be trusted with your Maui Wedding Photography. Your professional photographer will be aware of conditions, how long until sunset, she will have a repertoire of poses and scenes she will want to capture, she will be a pro when it comes to photo shop manipulation including the removal of sweat, people in the background, proper color balance, etc. Today's professional photographer not only needs to know how to shoot and use remote off camera strobes, he also needs to understand the science of the digital darkroom and how to finish the image. Let cousin Jake get shots of your rowdy crew at the reception and during the wedding but leave the actual wedding ceremony memories to the pros.

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Maui Wedding Reception

Of course there are other important points regarding your Maui Wedding Ceremony but these are the 3 most important ones. As for your professional Maui wedding photography please remember; Oncde the cake is eaten the dress is packed away and the tan is faded, all you have left are the pictures. Be sure you've chosen the most qualified Maui Photographer to capture those memories!

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Best Time for your Maui Wedding: Morning or Sunset?

Our clients almost always ask us what is the perfect time of day for their Maui Wedding. There's no right or wrong answer to this question rather there's only your plans for the day and what kind of imagery you want to see from your Maui Wedding Photographer. The late afternoon, usually 1 hour before sunset, is our most popular time for our Maui Wedding celebrations. The light tends to soften, the temperatures cool a bit and the beach goers leave for their hotels and dinner. Of course, there's also that famous Maui sunset which is spectacular most of the time.

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Spectacular Maui Sunset

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Maui Sunset Wedding Photography

Even on Maui the sunset is not guaranteed but it's a good bet you'll get some shots like the ones above when you schedule your Maui wedding for the late afternoon. One of the most common scheduling conflicts is the Luau. Most luau's begin around 4 or 5 pm so our luau clients want a ceremony at 3. Not a great idea, especially in the summer when mid afternoon temperatures can reach 92 to 94. The sand is hot and the beach is crowded with half naked people. When our clients tell us they want a luau reception we recommend the morning wedding. We like to start these at 8am and since most of you are coming from back east that could be anywhere from 10am to 1pm your time, which means you'll be well rested and ready for a 6am hair and makeup appointment. There's nobody on the beach at that hour and the temps are still cool. The best thing about a Morning wedding ceremony on Maui is the light:

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Blowing the conch, Makena Cove Maui

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Maui Wedding Ceremony, Marry Me Maui

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Makena Cove Morning Wedding

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Ring Exchange at Makena Cove Beach Wedding

Lucky Maui Wedding Couple

We can capture those deep blues and blacks of the lava rocks, ocean and sky without worrying about other visitors scuttling back and forth behind the couple. The sand is still cool and the temps haven't peaked yet although they will get close to 85 by 930AM. We have special morning packages perfect for the couple who wishes to elope but we can also provide our full wedding planning packages for your Morning wedding on Maui. Just call to talk story 1-808-242-1100! Mahalo!!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Your Maui Wedding Day at Makena

Beaches, Beaches, Beaches! We have lots of them here on Maui; small, rocky, soft sandy, protected coves, big waves, pretty much anything you want for your dramatic backdrop we have and most of them are on the south side of Maui in the beautiful, currently unspoiled area of Makena. Once home to thousands of native Hawaiians, the Makena area is rich in history and unparalleled in beauty.

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Maluaka Beach Makena Maui
The rocky coastline rises out of the ocean and gives way to Dryland forest in an area that gets very little rain but boasts dozens of miles of beach, fishponds, tidal pools, snorkeling spots and of course, the occasional golf course and hotel. Fronting the Makena Beach and Golf Resort you'll find Maluaka Beach, a mid-sized gem with a gentle slope out in the water, a green grassy park and a beautiful palm tree lined avenue for walking with your best friend.

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Tree lined Avenue at Maluaka Beach, Makena Maui
Beyond the Makena Beach and Golf Resort is an unspoiled, wild area of south Maui with a tight one lane road and the gem of Maui: Big Beach State Park. While we don't do weddings at Big Beach, the next perfect spot is Makena Cove, just south of Big Beach this small cozy cove offers some of Maui's most spectacular wedding scenery and has been featured in a number of national advertising campaigns. Whatever beach you choose, your South Maui beach wedding will be sure to include spectacular Maui Wedding Photography. So get in touch with Marry Me Maui Wedding planners and let us plan your dream beach wedding. 1-808-242-1100

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Lovers on the beach

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The I Do's Have it! Maui Beach Wedding Bliss at Kapalua Bay.

Looking for a fun and casual way to celebrate your wedding ceremony that won't break the bank but still offers romantic amenities and professional imagery? Do you need a location that will blow you away yet still is a short walk from the parking lot? How about a coconut grove in addition to a spectacular beach, just for grins? Well, we have that location here on Maui at it's called Kapalua Bay Beach, a beautiful crescent beach with white sand, black lava rocks and enough sea turtles to ensure you witness one of these incredible creatures during your visit there.

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Sara & Shannon, Kapalua Bay
 Wedding packages run the gamut, from expensive 5 star resorts to the basic vows on the beach, Maui offers something for everyone. Marry Me Maui Wedding Planners offers reasonably priced full service wedding packages that include custom bouquets and professional photography all at locations like this:

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Rev. Diana George
Our ministers have been on island for years and have officiated wedding ceremonies for hundreds of couples. Sara and Shannon came all the way from down under to get a taste of the fine locations a Maui ceremony offers here at Kapalua Bay. Rev. Diana George performed our ceremony while Maui Wedding Photographer Joe D'Alessandro photographed the couple and provided them with high res. imagery and full reproduction rights.

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Love in the Afternoon
There are numerous beaches on Maui available for your beach wedding. We certainly know all of them and will steer you in the proper direction regarding the number of guests you have, the type of topography you like, which side of the island you are staying on and the time of day you choos for your wedding. We always recommend either 8 or 8:30AM or the hour or hour and a half before sunset. If you're staying on the westside; Lahaina / Kaanapali / Kapalua, we always recommend Kapalua Bay.

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Spectacular Maui Sunset
If this looks like something you want to experience please visit our website and check out our reasonably priced Maui Wedding Packages. We also offer additional amenities like circle of flowers, limo's, dove releases, etc. You'll be surprised how easy it is to find yourself getting Maui'd!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

5 reasons to plan a Maui Beach Wedding

Actually, there' plenty more than 5 reasons but for the sake of brevity I thought I'd distill this article down to the 5 Main reasons you should plan a Maui Beach Wedding instead of doing the old style church wedding and reception for a couple of hundred people back home. Don't forget, you can always throw a party later!

1) Maui is a world class destination. Named #1 island in the world by Conde Naste travelers over the last 30 or so years, Maui provides some of the most spectacular scenery, beaches hotels and activities of any island in Hawaii. Our rural nature leaves plenty of open space and stunning vistas to enjoy as you travel the island experiencing all the adventures Maui has to offer. From farm to table tours upcountry to Powered Hangliding in Hana, Maui offers something for everyone at a relaxed slowed down pace. 

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Maluaka Beach Wedding
2) Maui beaches are no ka o'i (the best). From dark sand to white sand and everything in between, Maui offers some of the most spectacular and pristine beaches in Hawaii. While parking is always an issue and carpooling is recommended, these beaches are long and wide enough to accommodate a good sized party and we can always find a spot where there are few beach goers. We always suggest the optimal time for your ceremony which ranges from an 8am ceremony for your early risers to one hour before sunset for those of you who want those sunset images. These are the times when the beaches are more open since folks haven't arrived yet in the morning or are packing up for dinner around sunset.

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Morning wedding Makena Cove

3) Maui's selection of accommodations runs the gamut from $50.00/night studio apartments to $3000.00/night 5 star resort suites. Many rooms front the ocean so you can leave the slider open at night and listen to the waves and feel the cool trade winds, jumping out of bed in the morning for a nice cool run down the beach. For breakfast some fresh papaya or 2 scoop rice and some portugese sausage. Maui is also a magnet for celebrity chefs and world renown restaurants. Of course you can always order up a bowl of saimin or a chicken katsu plate lunch at Sam Sato's or some authentic German grindz at Brigit and Bernards Garden Cafe in Kahului.

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Kimo blows the conch
4) Your Honeymoon. Weddings, rings, dresses, etc are expensive and often mean that you have to skimp on the honeymoon or out it off for another year, but you know how that goes, things happen like babies and job changes and you just never get around to it. Why not just plan your maui beach wedding and your honeymoon at the same time? Like killing two birds with one stone and your friends will finally realize how smart you really are.

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Makena Cove Wedding
5) Maui's professional wedding vendors. Many of us have been working in the wedding industry on Maui for decades. Maui wedding planners like Marry Me Maui not only do a professional job putting your beach wedding together, they also know the vendors who have been on the island with great reputations who do excellent professional work. They know the island, the beaches and the ins and outs of everything you need to know to have a great time and make kifetime memories on the most popular island in the world. Maui.