Monday, February 8, 2016

Your Romantic Valentine's Day Maui Beach Wedding at Makena Cove

What could possibly be more romantic than a Valentine's day wedding? A Valentines day wedding on Maui of course! Think of how your partner will react when your Uber driver drops you both at the Hawaiian Air curb for the secret trip to Maui you planned for your 2 week vacation together and then ask the customer service rep for the first class upgrade. Oh yeah, she was wondering why you dragged that old Aloha shirt out of the closet this morning, and now she's thinking about Mai Tai's in the first class cabin and the fragrant trade winds and tropical sunshine that will soon be warming both of you in the middle of another frigid February. As if you needed to add more drama to this trip, you're still trying to figure out when to tell her that you've booked a Maui wedding ceremony for Makena Cove on Valentines day. She did say yes when you asked her to marry you and she always said that your impetuous nature was a big turn on but maybe, this time, you've gone too far. Well, too late to back out now! Since you knew she has a thing for Valentines day AND it is very popular with wedding couples flying to Maui, you booked this gig way in advance, at least 8 months ago, and you secured the vendors, location and accommodations you knew she would have wanted before they were gone.

Valentines day wedding, Makena Cove Maui

Valentines day is very popular here on Maui so booking well in advance is necessary. Most venues won't take reservation further than 1 year out so if you give your Maui wedding planner a 10 month lead time you should be able to secure the rooms, restaurants and vendors you want before they get all booked up. The planners at Marry Me Maui offer all our clients a free consultation call with a local travel agent as part of all our packages which will help you narrow down the plethora of choices you have with airlines, activities and accommodations. These travel professionals live here so they know where the best deals are for your hotel, what activities are on sale and how you can save on your airfare. Of course as wedding planners we contract with only the best wedding vendors on the island so we will have your musicians, Maui photographer and floral designs ready for you on the big day.

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Maui Wedding Couple, Olowalu Plantation House

Explaining to your honey why she needs to have her drivers license with her when you go out for a drive one morning will become apparent when you pull up to the marriage license office. She may get a little anxious, she may question your sanity (she always wanted to wear the perfect wedding gown) and she may become agitated. Give her some time, let her talk, she will eventually realize what a romantic fool you are and that eloping on Maui is a great way to start a life together, have a romantic wedding and slip a honeymoon in to boot. Besides, there's plenty of chic shops on this island where she can pick up the perfect unique island style dress for her casual Maui wedding. Don't worry, you can always have that big wedding when you get back home. But wait for the summer, it's a lot warmer then.

To speak with one of our Maui Wedding Planners about getting Maui'd on Valentine's day or any day, give us a call: 1.808.242.1100

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Maui Beach Weddings Question: What about the weather?

"What do we do in case of rain?" is something we hear very often. Marry Me Maui does about 200 weddings per year. Most of them are beach weddings at various locations around the island. We try to keep the locations near our clients' accommodations but sometimes that's not possible because either the beach is not suitable for a wedding, there's no parking or the beach might be off limits by law (Kaanapali Beach). We are required to pull permits from the state for every beach wedding and they allow us 2 locations. This is usually sufficient to avoid a rain-out in cases of inclement weather.

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Kapalua Bay

Maui is home to 10 of the 13 "life zones" on planet earth and also host various micro-climates. The weather in Kapalua can be vastly different than the weather in Lahaina only 7 miles away. Indeed, we have seen rain at DT Fleming and none at Kapalua Bay less than 1 mile away. With smartphones giving us constant updates on everything from our favorite cat videos to the weather, many clients get concerned when they see "rain" for their local Maui forecast. We suggest not looking at the weather. Rainfall totals in most of our passing showers usually total 1/10 inch which really isn't rain, we prefer to call it liquid sunshine. The secondary beach will generally not have rain unless we are in the middle of a winter Kona storm, when the tradewinds stop and the wind comes out of the south bringing moisture with it. Fortunately this happens very infrequently.

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Lahaina Baby Beach

Most of Maui's resort areas like Kihei/Wailea or Lahaina/Kaanapali are situated in dry zones that receive only 1 to 10 inches of rain per year, roughly the equivalent of high desert areas in the southwest like Santa Fe NM. Many of us are used to associating Maui with the waterfalls and lush tropical rainforest featured on movies like Jurassic Park and while these areas do exist, they are not anywhere near the major resort areas and we will not be performing any wedding ceremonies there.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Eloping to Maui? Toes in the sand! A primer on Planning your Maui Wedding.

That's what most of our brides want; toes in the sand on a warm sunny beach in paradise with a cool breeze gently caressing her hair, the sound of the ocean waves lapping on the shoreline, maybe a Hon'u or two floating just offshore or a Humpback breaching on the horizon combined with a laid back Maui beach wedding ceremony and the sound of an ukulele playing in the background. You can have these experiences and more when you elope to Maui.

Prices, services and locations vary depending on who you choose to plan your Maui wedding and which venue you decide to use. Maui's private estates are fantastic places to hold court for the day with lush oceanfront lawns and luxury homes that may be used for getting ready on the big day. These are the some of the most expensive venues on Maui and require a decent sized budget. You'll need catering, a minister, someone to take care of the hairstyling, a floral designer, musician, Maui photographer and videographer. Not to mention a limousine for a grand entrance and maybe a dozen white doves to be released after the ceremony. The best way to get a full featured celebration like that together is to contact one of the many wedding planners on Maui and interview them for the job. Since our Maui brides are thousands of miles away, tending to these details yourself is a daunting remote task.

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Next on the list is the Hotels. There are numerous 5 star hotels on Maui in Kaanapali, Kapalua, Wailea and Makena that can arrange for an oceanfront lawn and all the amenities for your wedding celebration with coordinators working for the hotel. This is the most expensive way to plan your Maui wedding but may be worth it if your family and guest are staying at a particular resort and you don't want to get too deeply involved in the planning. Beware though that beach weddings are not allowed, by state law, on Kaanapali Beach so you must use the grounds of the hotel you are staying at unless you hire an outside coordinator to plan your Maui Wedding.

OK: The Maui Beach Wedding. This is Maui's most popular request and there are dozens of wedding planners on Maui that can help you with one. Of course, you can do all the research yourself if you are so inclined but running around on your wedding day making sure you have all the details covered seems to fly in the face of the true purpose of eloping in Maui, which should be to chill out, wake up late and cruise to the beach in your rented convertible, hair flying free on a beautiful late Maui afternoon for your sunset wedding ceremony. There are a few caveats to a Maui beach wedding: No chairs are allowed on the beach except 1 or 2 for older or disabled persons. We can't have amplified music but any Maui wedding planner worth their salt will have several fine musicians to choose from. There are no arches allowed on Maui's beaches but our fine floral designers can whip up a beautiful circle of flowers to dress up your wedding location. Kaanapali Beach is off limits to wedding couples so don't make the mistake of thinking you can walk out the door of the Hyatt and get married on the beach! You'll have to drive or take a limo a few miles. All beaches on Maui are public, there are no private beaches but your planner will know the best beaches and time of day to choose for your wedding, which is early morning, around 8am or late afternoon, the hour before sunset. These times are ideal for your Maui beach wedding since beach goers have either not arrived or are leaving. High noon is hot and the beaches are being used, so don't schedule your wedding for midday (your guests will not be amused). We suggest our couples refrain from choosing Holidays, when beaches can be crowded or weekends when all us locals are taking some time to rejuvenate at the beach after a long workweek.

These are just some of our observations on the many options you have when eloping on Maui and we'd be glad to discuss more at your convenience. Please visit our Maui Wedding packages page for prices and amenities or call our Maui Beach Wedding hotline: 1.808.242.1100