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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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:

Airfare
Lodging
Entertainment
Wedding Ceremony
Transportation
Other

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
Hotel

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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Friday, November 18, 2016

Morning Maui Beach Wedding with Marry Me Maui: Rosiel and Charles

Chang's Beach, AKA Poolenalena beach, lies on the edge of Wailea at the start of Makena. This wide swath of white sandy beach provides a beautiful backdrop for our Maui wedding couples and a great location for swimming, body boarding or just checking out the ubiquitous green sea turtles. Mornings here are crisp, the sand is still cool but the sun will rise quickly and even in the winter it can be quite warm here so we try to start our Morning Maui Beach Weddings early! There are no Hotels on Poolenalena beach so there's usually plenty of room for us to find some privacy for our clients. If it is crowded, we can just walk the path to the north and try our luck at "Secrets" or Paipu beach, another long white sandy beach with spectacular scenery, lava rock outcroppings and coconut palm trees. Rosiel and Charles booked our Morning Special Wedding package for their ceremony at Poolenalena a few weeks ago. Their love and dedication for each other was obvious and we were honored to be privileged to host and photograph their nuptials. A small group of family was present, as is typical with Maui destination weddings. There are thousands of elopements here every year and usually the couple comes by themselves or with a few close friends and family members. A Maui destination wedding is the perfect excuse to combine your wedding and honeymoon, especially if you don't want to bust your budget with a huge wedding back home. Finding a reputable Maui wedding planner isn't hard (just click on that link). Just give them a call and they will do the rest! So thanks Rosie and Charles, it was a pleasure working with you and your wonderful family!
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Monday, November 14, 2016

A Morning Maui Wedding at Makena Cove

Some folks like to get up early and start the day with a wedding ceremony. I know we do! Hitting the beach when the sand is still moist and cool and the sun hasn't gotten high enough to cause deep shadows is a magical experience. The beaches are generally empty in the early AM and if it is Makena Cove we are talking about, well, that is an extra special experience. Audrey and Sebastien brought their 2 little ones along for our Morning Special Maui Wedding Package at Makena Cove a few weeks ago. We had a perfect cloudless morning with very little wind to mess the hair and that super deep blue sky and ocean that is a Maui trademark. The Rev. Laki Kaahumanu performed his usual robust wedding ceremony complete with ukulele and the photography was handled by Maui Wedding Photographer Joe D'Alessandro. We love to perform these short and sweet little ceremonies under a vibrant blue sky for those couples who are eloping and want a romantic memory to share without all the stress and hoopla of a traditional wedding. Nothing could be better than a morning oceanfront Maui wedding with your toes in the sand and then heading off for a nice breakfast and the rest of the day to enjoy on the best island in the world: Maui.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

5 Things you need to know about your Maui destination wedding plans

Whether it's just the two of you eloping to Maui or it's an entire entourage of friends and family, there are 5 things that you need to know going into your Maui wedding. There's a ton of websites filled with services and often more is not better.

1) Set a budget. You can't even begin to look at websites until you've set your wedding budget. You budget should include airfare, hotel, meals, transportation, entertainment and the wedding itself. 5 star resorts on the best beaches start at $500.00/night. Your basic VRBO studio 10 minutes from the beach should be around $75.00. Big Maui condo complexes like Kamaole Sands in Kihei run around $250.00 per night and are right across the street from the beach. Once you've figured airfare from your hometown along with your accommodations, rental car and $100.00/day for meals for 2, you can pretty much figure out your wedding budget.

2) Decide on the type of venue you want for your wedding. Toes in the sand Maui beach weddings don't incur extra venue fees but you are limited to 30 people. The beach offers the wind, sun and sound of the ocean, one of the best places in our opinion to get married. If you have more than 30 people or want something more private, check out private estate venues or Maui's semi-private wedding venues. These venues charge anywhere from $500.00 to $5000.00 just for the venue fee, which doesn't include the wedding but they offer ample parking and dinner on site.

3) Check websites for Maui Wedding Planners. There's a lot of them. Things to look for in these sites are ease of use and imagery. Price is always a consideration but if you don't like the images on the site then you won't like the images you get. It's that simple. When you find a site with great imagery, bookmark it and move on. When you've got 5 or 6 good sites that are well put together and boast killer images then compare pricing. Choose a package that suits you and then call the wedding planner on the phone for a consultation.

4) Be sure your wedding planner lives on Maui! There's a ton of people who have Maui websites but live on the mainland, they hire surrogates to do the wedding for them, people they've never met, who they hire off craigslist.

5) Don't choose by price alone. There's folks who do everything themselves and those who hire the best wedding vendors in the business. Prices can range from $500.00 to $2000.00 for what seems like the same thing but remember, planning your beach wedding on Maui is not like buying a vacuum cleaner at Wal Mart. A Hoover here is the same as a Hoover there. That's not at all true when you are planning on having your dream wedding on Maui and you want it all to be perfect, from the venue, the directions, the ceremony, the photography, etc. Generally, the cheaper the price, the less customer service and professionalism you'll receive and if you are planning your wedding from thousands of miles away, customer service is what you need!

6) Don't be scared off. Maui is the best wedding destination in the world and if you follow these few simple suggestions, you are already off to a great start to your Maui beach wedding!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Maui wedding celebration at Kapalua Bay: Kayla and Zach

We're still blown away by the sheer magnificence of Kapalua Bay even after all these years of coordinating and photographing our wonderful Maui wedding clients at this spectacular beach. Couples are drawn to K-Bay over and over again, some of them booking us for a vow renewal on the same beach they were married on years earlier! It's really amazing what the ambience of Kapalua Bay will do for people. Even if the bride is overwrought or anxious, when they come around the bend from under the tunnel and see that beautiful horseshoe shaped bay revealed, they instantly calm down and are astounded by the sheer beauty of their wedding venue. Kayla and Zach were our latest Kapalua Bay wedding couple and they were no less impressed than the rest of our clients. With the coconut grove and thick green lawn behind the white sand beach and sparkling blue ocean, Kapalua Bay provides the seminal island backdrop for your Maui Wedding Ceremony. From late afternoon up to the dramatic sunset make sure your Maui wedding coordinators include Kapalua Bay on their list of preferred venues. Marry Me Maui wedding planners love to perform weddings on Kapalua Bay beach so if you are staying on the west side of Maui: Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kahana or Kapalua, be sure to put this fantastic beach on your short list of Maui beach wedding venues. 808-242-1100

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

3 Things NOT to do when you're getting married on Maui

Clients are always asking us what they should be doing to prepare for their Maui Wedding. Well, that's our job, getting everything prepared for that special day and we always tell them what they need to do and give them suggestions for events and restaurants etc. One thing they never ask is what they shouldn't be doing in preparation for their Maui Wedding day so we decided to put a short list of three "dont's" together for the education of those new to our magnificent island.

1) DON'T check the 10 day weather forecast incessantly. There's an old saying on Maui; if you don't like the weather wait 10 minutes! Weather on Maui generally consists of passing showers which blow through in a couple of minutes and drop a small amount of rain, we call it "liquid sunshine". If your weather app is showing rain for your wedding day, check out the amount of rain expected, it's generally in the 1/10 to 1/4 inch range. Hardly a reason to panic! Rain tends to happen in the windward (north) areas of Maui, if there's a disturbance in the weather pattern your Maui Wedding Coordinator will have a back up beach that isn't on the north side of the island and thus less likely to experience rain. This isn't to say it never rains on Maui, it's rare but that's why there's umbrellas!

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2) DON'T use your GPS! Beaches on Maui don't have an address or they have more than one entrance or parking area. Marry Me Maui Wedding Planners routinely sends our clients a detailed itinerary with all times dates and events including precise directions from your hotel or condo directly to your Maui beach wedding location.

3) DON'T worry! Be happy. You are getting married on Maui and if it's a beach wedding there will be weather which consists of mostly breezy conditions and sunshine. You will need to carpool because we will be using beach access parking. That gives you more time to be close to your friends and family! We schedule our Maui beach weddings for the hour before sunset (for afternoon weddings) which is the time when most people are leaving for their hotels and condos and getting ready for dinner. So if you've visited your beach location the day before at noon and saw a beach full of people DON'T worry! It will not be like that when you arrive for your wedding ceremony.

There's plenty of other DON'TS that we can cover another time but there's one thing we DO want you to be sure to experience and that is the fun and excitement of the moment on the most beautiful island in the world. Maui. Marry Me Maui Wedding Planners. 808-242-1100

Monday, November 7, 2016

A Maui Beach Wedding at Napili Bay



As is typical of repeat Maui visitors, Megan and Ben along with their ohana were full of Aloha and warm wishes at their wedding ceremony overlooking beautiful Napili Bay. Generally, when we are on the west side of Maui we typically plan our Maui Weddings at Kapalua Bay, which is just a parking lot away but since Megan and Ben had this killer vacation rental overlooking Napili Bay and since the management of this laid back resort were so kind, we performed their wedding ceremony on a grassy knoll overlooking the beach. We had the Rev. Diana George perform the ceremony and Maui Wedding Photography was handled by Joe D'Alessandro. Here's what Megan had to say about her maui wedding photography the other day:

"They all look so beautiful. Thank you so much for rushing to get them back to us! :)
Everyone will love to see them at our reception this month. Thanks again!!
-Megan and Ben"

That's right, we even rushed the images out to Megan and Ben because they were having a reception back home and wanted to show off their Maui wedding to friends and family! No charge for the rush. Marry Me Maui has plenty of reasonably priced Maui Wedding Packages to choose from, each comes with professional planning and most come with our in house photography and co-owner Joe D'Alessandro. All the images on our Maui Wedding Planners website were shot by Joe and if you like them that's what you'll get for your wedding!

Mahalo Megan and Ben!


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