I been on another an incredible trip to Hawaii and wanted to share some tips about how to plan a wedding on the island, Maui. With its pristine beaches, tropical weather and friendly culture, this place is the dream spot for an international wedding.
During my stay there was a group of travellers from LA that were out for a Maui wedding. They just looked like they were having the best time and it inspired me to think about how I’d plan a Maui wedding. Each of the places I have visited and experienced so it is an honest opinion of what I think would be just unreal!!
Here are my tips on the perfect luxury wedding in paradise.
WHERE TO STAY: THE HYATT REGENCY MAUI
This direct waterfront property is where dreams are made from. Walk amongst stunning pink flamingos and swans in the pristine Chinese Gardens, or relax in one of their many pool bar locations. The service is wonderful and the accommodation suitable for couples or families. It is also reasonably priced so you can ask all your wedding guests to stay in the one location.
MASSAGE AND BEAUTY: THE RITZ CARLTON SPA, KAPALUA
This is luxury at its best. You can’t pass the Ritz Carlton Spa for your pre wedding beauty needs. Voted as one of the worlds best spas in 2013, this place will provide an experience like no other. Book your personalised traditional Hawaiian massage in your own private garden hut (particularly nice for couples or bridal parties!), relax in the eucalyptus spa, or indulge in one of their many beauty treatments such as Spray Tanning or facials. This was the best spa experience I’ve ever had. And believe me, I’ve had a few!
GOLF: GOLF AT KAPALUA
Book a game of golf for the grooms men at one of Maui’s finest golf clubs. What a magical place to play!
REHEARSAL DINNER: MERRIMANS KAPALUA
This was hands down the best meal I had in my whole Hawaiian trip. The food was exceptional and the service like no other. The restaurant considers themselves a “pioneer in the ‘Farm to Table’ concept” with head chef Peter using only freshest products, at least 90% of which are locally grown or caught, using sustainable methods. My tip: Organise some cocktails on the deck as the sun sets before moving to a table on the terrace to enjoy the live entertainment.
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: THE RITZ CARLTON, KAPALUA
The Ritz Carlton specialises in creating unforgettable and utterly romantic weddings. They will assist you in all aspects of preparing your special day. You will be provided your own special wedding advisor who will help bring your dream to life. They will give advice on flower arrangements, decor, photo shoot locations, ceremony set up, legalities of being married in Hawaii. They can assist you with all these arrangements, which can be tricky if you are coming from another country. They will even arrange to have your dress and tuxedo steam cleaned ready for the day. Nothing is too difficult for this wonderful venue.
RECOVERY BREAKFAST: THE HYATT REGENCY MAUI SWAN COURT RESTAURANT
Enjoy breakfast amongst the swans at the gorgeous open aired Swan Court Restaurant in the Hyatt. Choose from a buffet menu or A La Carte. The cool breeze and Virgin Mary’s will be sure to sooth any post wedding hangover!
Drive your own exotic cars to and from the wedding. Cars range from Maserati, Bentley, Ferrari or Mercedes. Or check out this site which provides a list of wedding chauffeurs on the island.
AIR: HAWAIIAN AIRLINES
Reasonably priced and quick - this is a great way to hop between the islands.
When organising a destination wedding, it is a terrific idea to have someone at the destination to help - whether that is the wonderful people at the Ritz Carlton wedding team, or your own coordinator. But, don’t just leave it all up to them. This is your day so you will need to help them through the process. Your job as a bride is to simply project manage the process - provide them with your ideas and details and help them coordinate the day.
There is something utterly romantic and special about this island. It felt like the set of Dirty Dancing. It was a dream. I just know it will be the perfect destination for any gorgeous couple to relax and enjoy paradise with their nearest and dearest.
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