Monday, December 7, 2009

Why a Full Service Maui Wedding Planner?

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We all want to save a few bucks when we can, there's nothing wrong with that, but what may seem to be a deal today may turn out to be a burden tomorrow. Take our florals for instance. Our custom Maui floral designer will not only create a brilliant and beautiful full bouquet for your wedding day, we guarantee it will be fresh. Flowers are very perishable; a day or two in the fridge can ruin a bouquet. Why should you care? Because if you ordered it from a retail florist and the event should be delayed due to weather or rough seas, they will charge you to make a fresh bouquet. We will not. There's a common misperception that a wedding planner is more expensive than doing it yourself. If there's a glitch in your plans or some unforeseen circumstance that you can't handle because you are on vacation, it may wind up costing you double. Always work with the professionals who know the island and the vendors. You'll be glad you did.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Maui Wedding Photographers

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Imagery is very important to us. At Marry Me Maui Wedding Planners, we take great pains to create fabulous, dynamic wedding images that you'll cherish forever. Our in house Maui wedding photographer has 23 years of experience here on Maui, always brings an assistant/second shooter, and knows how to put the couple at ease for a fun and creative shoot.

Flowers are an integral part of the day. Our custom Maui floral designer, Dellables, creates insane bouquets to your specifications, They can do arches, flower circles, petal aisles, pretty much anything you desire for your day. Della is a breeze to work with and attentive to every detail.

These vendors are just part of the team we use to create beautiful and memorable Maui Weddings. They exemplify the professionalism and creativity we put into every Maui Wedding.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Why a Professional Photographer?

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"I have a friend who will be doing the photography..."

We hear this every once in a while when folks contact us to book a professionally produced Maui wedding package. It's always great to get the photography of your once in a lifetime event for free, or is it? There are many challenges to shooting a Maui wedding. Timing is the first that comes to mind. When the sun starts to drop out here by the equator it goes fast. A professional, who has been shooting Maui sunset weddings for decades, knows how to squeeze every second out of that short time frame. A seasoned professional will bring an assistant, lights, diffusers and reflectors, and know how to us them and when. Placement of the couple and minister during the ceremony, formal portraits, staged shots of the couple at sunset, etc. A 6 hour wedding shoot is very demanding and your photographer should know how much work it is. Then there's the issue of your friend wanting to enjoy themselves during the festivities.

My suggestion to the folks who want to have their friend shoot the wedding: Hire a professional Maui wedding photographer for the ceremony, formals and sunset shots. Let your friend do the reception. They can also take shots of the crowd during the wedding, these are shots that are well worth having.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Discount Maui Weddings

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Everyone wants a good deal. That's a fact not only in times of economic uncertainty but also when times are good. Balancing quality with price is a difficult game and the best price does not always mean the best wedding. Sure, a beach wedding on Maui is a beach wedding on Maui, or so it may seem, but it pays to ask yourself a few questions before booking the cheapest package you can find.

Has the wedding planner been working in the wedding industry on Maui for 23 years?
Is your planner fully insured? Is their website informative and up to date with killer images from last month's weddings? Are all the fees listed plainly, with no surprises? Does the planner work with professionals only, not car salesmen by day and photographers by night? Has your planner been living on Maui for so long that they are aware of the beaches that work best for your group, at any particular time of year, or when a private venue is more appropriate? Is the planner aware of state regulations concerning beach weddings and in full compliance with the law? Is the photographer represented on the website the photographer who will shoot your wedding?

Marry Me Maui Wedding Planners can answer in the affirmative for all these questions. The images you see on this blog and on our site are taken by the same Maui photographer who will photograph your wedding. Our Maui Florist will custom design your bouquet to your specifications. Our ministers and musicians are the best on the island with years of experience, talent and filled with Aloha.

The cheap guys have to make up for low prices with volume. That means double booking, on site people you've never spoken to, luck of the draw photographers, etc.

If we can't plan your wedding due to a previous booking, we will direct you to real professionals who can. That's just part of our Aloha spirit.

At Marry Me Maui, our pricing is fair and our service and quality extraordinary. We never double book and always give our clients our personalized attention. Give us a call: 1-800-745-0344. You'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Maui Wedding Planners

Eye contact. That's our tip for couples today. Nothing is more important than eye contact for those memorable wedding photos. Most of our Maui Wedding ceremonies last about 15 minutes; short and sweet. 15 or 20 minutes for your photographer to capture something that happens once in your lifetime. Not to put too much pressure on the wedding couple, but the beauty of your Maui wedding images depend not only on the professionalism of your photographer, but also by your facial expressions, relaxed attitude and eye contact with each other and the camera. During the ceremony, your attention should be on the person you are marrying. Looking into each others eyes during the vows, lei ceremony and ring exchange not only creates incredible images but also bonds the two of you during what is a very intimate moment.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Maui Weddings

Photography coverage for your Maui wedding should include much more than just the ceremony and a few family portraits afterwards. Some of the hotels and most of the condos on Maui allow guests to use the grounds for photography. All of the properties here are beautifully landscaped and offer many opportunities for beautiful, dramatic pre-wedding portraits. A half hour or an hour is all you need to get some great candid shots of the bride and her party getting ready and then some shots around the property. Have your Maui Wedding Photographer call the hotel ahead of time to be sure it's OK to shoot.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Maui Weddings

Somebody in your wedding entourage is probably a photo enthusiast. They have a nice digital camera and spend a lot of time shooting at family reunions and Fourth of July picnics. Their images are very nice and they love to share them. We all love having them around and seeing the images afterwards. When you invite them to your Maui wedding, they get very excited to have the opportunity to record your day in mega-pixels and follow the professional photographer you've hired. The only problem with this, from the professional's point of view, is that when somebody is standing over their shoulder with a camera, especially someone the family knows well, the person you've hired to take professional portraits will have a bunch of shots with half the people looking at him and the other half looking at your photo enthusiast. Instead of telling your friend not to take pictures, have them take shots of the other guests who are not being photographed. They can capture an entirely different perspective of the day without causing your photographer to miss the shots you've paid him good money to capture.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Maui Weddings

We always get asked about the right time of day to do a Maui wedding ceremony. Many of our clients want to do a luau as a reception, which usually start about an hour before sunset, pushing the wedding to the middle of the afternoon. While a luau seems like the Hawaiian way to end your wedding day, the timing makes photography  very difficult and limits your photographers ability to capture those portraits at the golden hour. We usually recommend that couples save the luau for the day before or after and schedule their Maui wedding for about an hour and a half before sunset. This gives us time to spend about 45 minutes exclusively with the couple to get those romantic, golden images and dramatic sunset backgrounds. We also remind them that even in January, temperatures on the beach at 3 in the afternoon can reach 85 degrees, making even an informal affair rather warm. As sunset approaches, the temperature cools, the gentle trades pick up and the colors get truly spectacular.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Maui Wedding Flowers

Planning a destination wedding on Maui has a distinct advantage over other locales in that we have some of the most professional, creative and experienced wedding vendors anywhere. One of our favorites is our Maui Wedding Bouquet specialist, Della Peacock from Dellables. Her designs are beautiful, romantic and unique. Each one is custom made by hand with input from the bride. Della also provides Arches, flower circles and anything else you can imagine.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Maui Weddings

Romantic starlit dinners, warm sunsets at the beach, a soft gentle breeze blowing through a bride's veil, all these things are part of your romantic destination wedding on Maui. As wedding planners on Maui since 1997 and wedding professionals since 1985, Marry Me Maui wedding planners are the perfect choice for your Maui destination wedding. We are intimately familiar with the best beaches and private venues on Maui and contract with the most respected vendors on the island. Our in house Maui Wedding Photographers are the best on the island and will create a warm palette of colors to illustrate your most special day. All our reasonably priced packages include a cd of images along with reproduction rights. With the cost of travel and accommodations dropping, now is a great time to plan your Maui Wedding.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Maui Weddings

Maui's fabulous locations just seem to bring out the best in everybody; brides, grooms, ministers, planners, the family and photographers, all get a little high on the incredible sunsets and unbelievable beaches. We are lucky in Hawaii that ALL the beaches are public and the vast majority of them are suitable for a romantic fairy tale wedding celebration. During our winter months, the temperatures stay around 79 degrees with cool trades and the occasional Humpback whale breaching in the distance. The summer is a little warmer and might be a good reason for chucking the tux in favor of a more casual and cool look. Whatever the season, we are here: Marry Me Maui Wedding Planners and we know the best beaches  during any season on the number one destination wedding island in the world: Maui.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Weddings In Maui

Maui's beaches are spectacular. From Makena to Kapalua, Maui offers views that are unique in Hawaii. The Maui wedding coordinators at Marry Me Maui are intimately familiar with all of Maui's beaches. We also offer some of the best Maui Wedding Photographers on the island. The images are a very important part of your Maui wedding and our seasoned pro's know how to capture the magic of the moment. Your Maui photography CD will contain a wide variety of beautiful, high resolution digital files that highlight Maui's beauty and your love for each other.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Maui weddings

So we're in a recession. Big deal. We think it's an opportunity. Hawaii airfares are at an all time low. 5 star Maui hotels are offering great rates and even in a recession, the beaches of Maui are among the best in the world for a romantic escape where you can combine your Maui wedding with an exotic Maui honeymoon for far less than you'd spend at the country club and church back home. The wedding planners at Marry me Maui Wedding Planners Inc. can put together a reasonable priced Maui Wedding Package for you. Our photographers are artistic and contemporary, familiar with any venue you can imagine and we can direct you to the most quiet beaches on Maui, places known only to the locals. Give us a call 1-800-745-0344 or email us directly at  You will be glad you did.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Exotic Locations Demand Professional Imagery

You call the planner on Maui, you've never been there so you rely on his expertise to guide you in the right direction. Hopefully, they've been living on Maui for a while and haven't gotten too lazy to take you to the best beach spots. Not every location is the same. While every beach on Maui is awesome, all beaches are not created equal. Paipu Beach in Makena is our favorite spot. Smooth sand, palm trees and a rocky, hidden path combine to create a beautiful and secluded cove perfect for a small wedding. Of course, you can get married on the beach behind your condo but is that really the way you want to go? By using a professional, local Maui wedding planner who have been in the wedding business since 1985, you can rest easy knowing we've got everything covered.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Maui Wedding Video

Maui wedding couples are often asking us if they can video their own wedding. Either a brother, friend or tripod will hold the camera and they will have a video of one of the single most important events of their lives, something to show their children in 10 or 20 years. Well of course you can, but what are you going to get out of it when you're done? Probably a horrible backlit shadow wedding filled with the noise of Maui's trade winds and the booming of the surf. Awesome sounds in the right proportion but what you want to hear on a video of your wedding is, well... your wedding! Wireless microphones make this possible and unless you're uncle is willing to pony up about 500.00 for the system and then attend a community college class in video production, you're better off hiring professionals who do it everyday. Our good friends, Mike and Melinda at Surefire Productions, have been producing professional wedding videos for years and our clients love them. With a professional videographer and photographer, your guests can spend less time staring at your wedding through their cell phone, trying to get a picture, and more time enjoying your moment in the sun without any undue distractions.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hawaiian Weddings

Many wedding couples want sunset beach photos even when they're not getting married on the beach. For small groups of 10 or so, we can usually leave the venue after the formal portraits and drive to the nearest beach for some quick shots. When a larger group is involved, it's often best to book a separate Maui sunset portrait package for a day or two after the wedding. By doing this, the couple gets to spend the better part of an hour with the photographer doing beautiful sunset, beach and water shots in an unhurried fashion. It's a way to get the shots you want without adding extra stress to your wedding day. We can arrange for your Maui portrait session with our photographer.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Hawaii Wedding Packages

What's in a "Hawaiian Wedding Package" anyway? Usually there's a lei exchange and the minister will blow a conch shell to start and end the proceedings. You may request a slack key guitarist or ukulele player, maybe even a couple of hula dancers to do several beautiful dances for you before, during and after your wedding vows. Of course, there's a beautiful Maui Sunset and Photography. The Maui Wedding Photography offered by Marry Me Maui Wedding Planners is always professional, friendly and beautiful. Your online gallery can be shared with friends and family who were unable to make the trek to Maui and your leather album will be a keepsake for years to come. When you book with a planner, make sure the photographer has an extensive online portfolio and that she's the one who will be shooting your once in a lifetime event.