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Maui Beach Wedding Permits
We were interviewed on Australian radio about the recent appeals ruling by the 9th circuit court regarding beach wedding rules implemented by the state of Hawaii several years ago. We have written previously about the rules and since they are now the law of the land we thought we'd follow up.
As Maui beach weddings have become more popular, the state of Hawaii decided to limit, to a certain extent, the types of props wedding planners could use during a ceremony. The new rules also demanded that Maui Wedding Planners obtain liability insurance. The insurance requirement is a good one for couples planning a Maui wedding. It protects them and the state and is something you might want to ask your planner about. If they don't have the insurance, they can't legally perform a wedding on Maui's beaches.
The appeals ruling actually protects the couple. Previously, the state reserved the right to revoke a permit at any time, which meant that if your planner was out of compliance, the state could stop the ceremony and the couple would be out of luck. Now, the permits are irrevocable. This means that once your planner has pulled the permit, the state cannot stop the ceremony for any reason. If your planner is out of compliance, sanctions would take place, against the planner, AFTER the ceremony has taken place and the event has concluded.
The rules promulgated by the state barred us from using certain props during a beach wedding. We cannot bring chairs to the beach but we can provide chairs for people who need them such as the elderly or disabled. Arches are not allowed but we can do loose flowers such as a petal aisle or a circle of flowers, and music cannot be amplified but we are allowed to have our wonderful live musicians available to play instruments and sing. Hula dancing is OK as is a cake table, video and photography equipment and dove releases. You may listen to the 4 minute interview here.
Anyone considering a beach wedding on Maui should now feel confident that the new rules are neither onerous nor pose a threat to the successful completion of your special day. We stand ready to provide the professional, courteous service you expect and we are knowledgeable of and in full compliance with the laws of the state of Hawaii.
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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.
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.
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 ho…