Sunday, October 8, 2017

Maui Wedding Planning and Photography at Makena Maui Wedding Beaches

Sabrina and Jesus enjoyed a beautiful late afternoon Maui wedding ceremony at Poolenalena beach in Makena with Marry Me Maui Wedding Plannes. Our good friend Charles Nahale officiated the event and played some chicken skin music on his ukulele. Poolenalena (Chang's beach) is a huge swath of sand and ocean in spectacular Makena, the "south side" of Maui. Some of the best wedding beaches in Maui are located here and we know them all! From White Rock, and Paipu, to Makena Cove, Marry Me Maui has performed hundreds of weddings at all of them. Some of these beaches are small and intimate, best for just the couple and maybe 3 guests and some are very large and wide with plenty of room for up to 30 people. As always, parking on Maui's pristine beaches is limited so please carpool!

Sabrina and Jesus had almost the entire beach to themselves on this cool and breezy Wednesday afternoon. We want to thank them for a beautiful afternoon doing what we love to do!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Maui Vow Renewals: 3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Maui Wedding Planner

It's been a few years. It's cold and gray outside and time to heat things up with your significant other. So you're thinking: another lobster dinner at the local 2 star restaurant? Kick up your heels at that live music venue you haven't been to since your college days? Maybe a couples massage at that new spa you heard about on a commercial break during the last football game you watched? Nah, we have a better idea: Spice it up with a vow renewal on a Maui beach! And we have 3 reasons why you should hire a professional Maui Wedding Planner to arrange all the details for you.

Reason #1: We have the beaches! That's right, we know where the best spots are to get your vow on. Sure, you are staying at a condo that advertises "oceanfront" but is there a beach? Maybe not! Could be just a small little bit of sand that you have to share with the rest of the winter refugees from  your condo. Contact your professional Maui wedding planner and ask them where to go to get some privacy and some spectacular scenery.

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Reason #2: We have the Vendors! Since we have been performing Maui wedding ceremonies since the 1980's, we know the best and most reliable people on the island. Many of the folks we contract with on Maui are born and raised here, living the dream and sharing the Aloha with our clients. Your Google search will come up with plenty of ministers, musicians and Maui photographers but only a professional wedding planner like Marry Me Maui can insure that you will be hiring true professionals with Aloha!

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Reason #3: Professional Maui Wedding Photographers! Images are all you have left after the flowers fade, the dress gets packed away and the tan disappears. Make sure you have those spectacular images in high resolution so that you may relive the day in all its colorful glory. There's plenty of folks with cameras, I-Phones and go-pros on Maui but are they professional? Do they have 20 years of experience on Maui's beaches or are they just affordable? You don't order the fish special on Monday and you certainly don't hire the cheapest guy with a "camera" for your special day! Check their website and be sure you love their imagery.

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So there you have it. 3 Reasons why you should not only come out to Maui for your vow renewal but why you should contract with the professionals to capture your special day with each other!

Monday, December 5, 2016

7 Floral Designs for your Maui Wedding

Our Maui wedding planners are always being asked about floral designs. We only use one designer and that's our good friends Della and Everett at Dellables. Della creates truly fantastic designs that our couples always love. There are plenty of choices, not just in flowers but in huppa arrangements, Haku Lei's, Bouquets, even Maile Ti Leis for the men. 

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2 floral arch with roses
That's a two arrangement bamboo arch at Merriman's in Kapalua. We cut the arrangements off after the wedding and use them as a centerpiece for the dining table. Two uses for the price of one! There's an array of material available for the arch itself and the white fabric always adds a soft counterpoint to the bamboo. The couple typically stands in front of the arch which provides another adornment to the killer views at Merriman's.

Bride and bridesmaid bouquet
Looking for bouquets for all the bridesmaids? We can do that. Check out the fresh designs above for all the special women at your wedding. Bridesmaid bouquets are typically smaller than the bridal bouquet but are made of the same florals with the same design and add another beautiful dimension to your tropical Maui wedding.

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   Got a thing for sunflowers? Yeah, we can do that! The beautiful yellow flowers provide a saturated contrast to the brilliant blue skies and green grass of Maui. Also photographed at Merriman's by Maui Wedding Photographer Joe D'Alessandro, these sunflowers were held by the bridesmaids as well and created some amazing photo opportunities. If you're from the midwest these sunflower arrangements should make you feel right at home!

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Matching bouquet and Haku Lei
Then there's the Haku Lei we talked about in the beginning. The circle of flowers around the brides head match the bouquet she's holding and brilliantly brings out the tropical flair of the day's ceremony. The saturated colors of these flowers stand out against the brilliant blue skies of Maui and add a delightful design component to your perfect Maui Wedding.

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Green, Pink and Yellow

Yup, green, pink, and yellow. That's what she asked for and look what she got: Another stunning design by Dellables with local flowers and ferns. If life is like a box of chocolates then getting your bouquet through Marry Me Maui is like a really pretty box of chocolates all wrapped up with color coordinated wrapping. Some of these funky florals we can't even identify but they sure are cool!

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Peace Hydrangeas
If you roll these Hydrangeas about 45 degrees counter clockwise you'll see a purple "Peace" sign. These are the types of fun and whimsical designs that have drawn us toward Della and her crew of creative artists. The purple flowers are hand dyed. Once again, all our wedding couple asked for was yellow and purple Hydrangeas. Nobody expected a blessing of Peace to be added!

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And here we have a melange of naturally occurring flowers and buds all tastefully arranged for the bride's pleasure.

There are limitless ideas for your wedding bouquet. Be sure to ask your Maui wedding planner where they get their bouquets and floral arrangements from. Some buy them at Safeway and some of us get them professionally designed by the creative artists who do this everyday.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Maui Weddings: Sunset can be a stunning time for your ceremony.

Maui skies can light up like fireworks on the fourth of July sometimes. Even after the sun sets, the colors just seem to keep on going, changing and getting deeper in color as time passes. We had such a sunset yesterday with Melissa and David right after their Maui Beach wedding ceremony at Paipu beach in Makena. The colors were spectacular and we were their with the Nikon to capture it. Folks always ask us when is the best time to plan their Maui Wedding. We are happy to do it in the morning or evening as each time of day presents a different, unique palette to work with. The afternoon light gets softer as it gets later while the morning light is more blue and sharper yielding a bright blue ocean and more defined shadows. While we can't always guarantee a spectacular sunset, Maui is usually generous with her evening light show. We love watching what the light will do and our passion is capturing our wedding couples with Maui in the background in all her glory. Call your professional Maui Wedding Planners now and get the scoop on all the options available for your Maui destination wedding along with a list of our professional Maui Wedding Photographers.

Sunset. Maui Style:

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Morning Wedding on the beach:

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

6 items that should be on your Maui Wedding Checklist

Maui Wedding Checklist

Maui offers many different options for planning your wedding. Listed below are a number of considerations you might want to check into while planning your wedding. This is not a comprehensive list but a sketchbook of sorts that will give you direction and lead you to consider other possibilities you may not have thought of. Please take your time as you go through this list and do some internet searches to answer the questions. Of course, your budget is probably the most important bit of information to have when planning your Maui wedding.

1) Budget for your wedding:

Wedding Ceremony

2) Location. There are 2 main resort areas on Maui: Kihei/Wailea/Makena and Lahaina/ Kaanapali/Kapalua. These areas are about a 1 hour drive away from each other so your group should attempt to stay in the same area as the wedding. Research the different areas or ask your wedding planner about the pro’s and con’s of each one.

3) Wedding Venue. There are basically 4 types of wedding venues. Listed from least expensive to most expensive:

Maui Beach Wedding
Semi Private Venue
Private Estate Wedding

Each of these locations offer different amenities and expense. Some hotels can include a beach wedding, except Ka’anapali where beach weddings are illegal. So if you want a resort wedding but a beach ceremony you will have to choose the Wailea resort area.

A Semi Private venue is like a golf club or restaurant that has a lawn overlooking the ocean and a restaurant on property. This is a reasonably priced way to get amenities you can’t have on a beach, like chairs and arches, while not paying the high price of the resort or private estate. There’s also plenty of parking and everyone in your party stays in the same location for the wedding and reception. Semi Private venues are probably the most popular way to get Maui’d.

4) Wedding Ceremony Amenities:

Type of ceremony: Religious, non religious, traditional Hawaiian,
Arch (Huppa), music, flower petal aisle, bouquet, bridesmaid bouquet, limousine, flower girl basket, ring pillow, Hula dancers, chairs, doves, cake, flower circle, in room hair and makeup etc.

Again, your Maui wedding planner is the best source for these amenities. Ask her which services you are allowed to have based on the venue you’ve chosen. For instance, you can’t have huppa’s or chairs on the beach but you can have them at semi-private and private estate weddings.

5) Photography: By far the most important part of the wedding is the memories you will cherish in the form of professional imagery. Maui is a difficult place to shoot. The light can be harsh and sunset happens quickly. Timing and experience with the elements of a wedding ceremony are paramount for a professional product. Even though your friend from Wisconsin shoots weddings, they will not be prepared for the challenges of an outdoor Maui wedding ceremony.
Check the website of your planner and look for images that speak to you.

Determine the importance of imagery to you and your fiance. After the cake is eaten, the dress has been stored and the tan fades, all you will have left to remember your Maui wedding is the imagery. Make sure you choose wisely. Cost doesn’t seem so important 10 years down the line. Maui Wedding Photography is an investment and photographers are  not interchangeable like toaster ovens at K-mart or Wal-Mart.

6) Determine your risk capacity. Maui is a generally dry island. With the exception of Hana and Haiku, the resort areas, where the vast majority of weddings are performed, have rainfall amount equal to the southwestern US. these are typically dry areas that usually experience passing showers as opposed to long term downpours. If you are worried about rain, choose a semi private venue that has a covered back up. Beach weddings DO NOT provide rain back up. While it is infrequent and 99% of all our weddings go off without a hitch, you must gauge your own ability to deal with weather. It is always windy here, so updo’s are a requirement and long hair will get in your face during the ceremony. Do not check your weather app everyday! It will drive you crazy and will almost always be inaccurate.

This is a short list. There’s lot’s of other things to consider when planning a Maui wedding so be sure to spend a little time going over these things and then ask your professional Maui Wedding Planner what she thinks about your ideas.

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Maui Weddings: How and when to rock the floral arch

Huppa's or arches with floral designs and fabric are always a favorite for a well heeled Maui wedding. The well designed arch provides a classy backdrop for a romantic ceremony overlooking the Pacific ocean and the other islands surrounding Maui. While we can't provide arches for our Maui beach weddings anymore, there are numerous spectacular private and semi private locations that are perfect for this bit of glamorous staging! Our professionally designed arches come with one, two or three gorgeous floral arrangements that will match your Maui wedding bouquet. After the ceremony we will cut those arrangements off the arch and place them on your table for your reception dinner. This way you get two uses for the price of one! Your Maui wedding coordinators can advise you of your options regarding private and semi private locations. The semi private locations have lawns overlooking the ocean, ample parking and a restaurant on location. If you don't mind sharing your reception site with other diners you will find this option relatively inexpensive. There's plenty of parking for your guests and everything is in the same location. Most of the semi private venues on Maui have access to a beach so a photography session on the beach is possible after your ceremony. If you go for a private estate wedding, expect the cost to be higher and you will have to have it catered. Ask your Maui wedding planners about the venues that are available. Either way, an arch or huppa adds an elegant dimension to your Maui Wedding.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Maui Beach Weddings: What you need to know

So, you've decided to get Maui'd on a beach alongside the deep blue Pacific Ocean with your bare feet in the sand and the wind in your hair. There might be a few people in your family who aren't outwardly excited about this, they think you ought to stay home, rent the VFW hall, invite half the town and blow enough of your honeymoon budget to make a tent at Mesa Verde on your wedding night seem almost out of reach! But deep down inside they're just waiting for an offer they can't refuse: A Maui Beach Wedding that they HAVE to attend! They can't refuse, they know they will have to go and with a little luck, they just might have the time of their lives. With the money you save on all those "chicken or beef" dinners, you can get an oceanfront room in Wailea and go swimming with the sea turtles. Maybe jump half naked into a fresh water pool fed by a waterfall, hike through a bamboo rain forest and fall asleep in a hammock under the stars between two palm trees. You can do this and more with one of our Maui beach weddings. There's a few things you need to know; you need to hire a Maui wedding planner that has been doing this forever and knows which beaches are best suited to your needs and you also need to know which Maui wedding photographers offer the best imagery for your style. Your Maui wedding coordinator will know who is available and can do the best job for your budget.

You need to know that all beaches in Hawaii are public. Coming from New York, where private beachfront landowners run chain link fences from their backyard to the beach and all the way into the ocean, this was a shock, but a good one! We can't "reserve" a beach and we can't "rent" a private beach but we can tell you which beaches are rarely used and would suit your group well. As long as you go with the flow and don't obsess about the weather reports, you will be fine. It may rain on your parade, but that rain will be short, sweet, and passing and will probably create a beautiful rainbow to accentuate your Maui wedding images. After the ceremony and the photo session, Maui usually graces us with a fabulous sunset. So pack your bags and tell your friends it's time to head to Maui for a romantic getaway! No excuses, no complaints, no tents.

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