Category Archives: Wedding Planning

A Hawaii Luau Reception – Anywhere!

The Hawaiian word LUAU (pronounce loo-ow) means- a feast. For the people who live in the Hawaiian Islands a luau is a gathering of family and friends to enjoy good food, good company, and good times! Because the atmosphere at a luau is Hang Loose and less stuffy than a traditional formal wedding reception guests and the wedding couple tend to be more relaxed right from the start, which allows everyone to enjoy themselves and the reception more fully. With creative decorating any backyard or banquet hall can be turned into a virtual Hawaii destination!

Encourage guests to wear aloha attire to get in the Aloha spirit and contribute to the Hawaiian atmosphere. The most cost effective way to add touches of Hawaii is to decorate with fresh loose orchid blooms. It is amazing what a change in atmosphere adding a few fresh orchids here and there can do! They can be used to add tropical touches to your wedding cake, food plates, bar drinks, table tops, grassy areas, and float in water features. You can encourage guests to pick up a loose orchid and put it in their button hole or behind their ear. In Hawaii wearing a flower behind an ear has a specific meaning…behind the left ear means taken, behind the right ear means available.

How much Hawaiiana you want to add is up you your personal preference and budget. Some additional creative ways to add touches of Hawaii to your wedding reception are:

Have children dressed in hula outfits to greet guests with silk or shell leis.

Have a live Hawaiian band with hula dancers perform.

Have a professional hula dancer give a basic hula lesson.

Encourage guests to get up and dance by award the first 6 people on the dance floor a fresh lei.

Have a Hawaiian photo scene set up for guests to take a keepsake photo then sign your guest book.

Have stations with Hawaiian theme games for guests to enjoy to get them to mingle and have fun.

Translate your guests names into Hawaiian and put it on their place cards.
Have cards on each table with Hawaiian words and their English meanings or fun Hawaii related facts to entertain your guests and teach them a little about Hawaii.

Use whole fresh pineapples and loose orchids to create table centerpieces.
If your budget is tight don’t be afraid to improvise like play Hawaiian music CDs instead of having a live band. Or get a Learn to Hula DVD and have one of your wedding party learn to do a hula dance that she can do at the reception as well as teach the

Exotic Hawaii Wedding

A Hawaii wedding is always a special treat for the couples and while you are planning for the wedding think of some really nice spots where you can plan your wedding. The most favorite spots for the wedding are the weddings at the beach or during the evening when the sun is setting creating a romantic ambiance for the couples. In time sit down and plan out that what you are going to do on that big occasion.

After sitting for some time in a serene atmosphere, think of what you see – do you see yourself in front of the waterfall or in the company of verdant plants and flowers? When you are sure what you wish to do exactly, then consider the locations and choose the best out of these.

If you want some drama in your wedding then there is no better place then Volcano National Park which has all the crazy things which you have ever dreamy of. It has everything from the black cooled lava flows to lava tubes and the park is filled with lively sightseeing. There are some things which you can add to the basket of the adventure.

For those of you who are seeking for a calm and peaceful environment, think about Iao valley State Park. This park is covered with beautiful jungle and water also runs down through the valley. It has a luxuriant plants and is blessed with the company of birds. So, this place is an ideal way where you can plan your big day.

An ideal way to do the wedding is by doing it in the Hawaiian style. Here the bride will arrive by canoe and the groom escorts her and takes her to a flower valley.

Wedding Planning with a Mouse

We have long reached the digital age wherein with each passing day our blackberrys and laptops have become an indispensable extension of our lives. From information gathering to dowright impulsive online shopping, the internet is a preeminent media where businesses gain global reach and we, consumers, make informed decisions and actions.  So I guess it is safe to say that a bride has all she needs under her fingertips. Gone are the days of clurred organized notepad as wedding planning can conveniently be done with a few clicks of the mouse.

They can scour for invitation ideas, wedding gown, bridesmaids’ gowns, tuxedos, limousines, flowers, caterer, DJ, band and so much more, all from the comforts of one’s home or office.

Certainly some items require a visit to the shop or office such as wedding gown alterations and tuxedo fittings. However a great deal of the time and effort in selecting the particular vendor you are comfortable working with, the styles and colors of gowns and tuxes, the types of invitations are all at your fingertips in the online world.

Honeymoon planning and savings on sites such as www.travelocity.com or www.priceline.com can be readily accessed as well.

Don’t forget a cruise as a great option for your honeymoon. Oftentimes cruising can save you considerable money, as there is no need to budget for a hotel or meals. A good source of information about the top cruise lines can be found at www.cruisefantasies.com.

Selecting a Disc Jockey is made easy & simple by a quick visit to www.findyourdj.com where a few clicks can provide the happy couple with professional DJ’s in their area. You can also find a multitude of wedding vendors here such as photographers, videographers and other professional services on online directories such as www.marrymehawaii.com and www.brides.com .

Limousines are readily available by checking the National Limousine Association’s web site at www.limo.org.

An excellent portal for concise information for your wedding needs is www.todays-weddings.com.

The Association of Bridal Consultants is an excellent choice for brides that want an increased level of personal attention for their wedding (www.bridalassn.com).

Some think shopping via a computer screen is an impersonal experience, but it can be as personal as you want it to be. You may consult with your vendors via e-mail, or choose to contact them directly by phone via their number on their site.

Also available to the bride and groom-to-be are also wedding newsgroups that offer advice from wedding professionals as well as from brides and grooms themselves. Two of these newsgroups are alt.wedding and soc.couples.wedding.

Not only is the net a tool for the bride and groom it can be of great to the guests as well. Many brides choose a wedding gift registry on-line, which enables guests across the country to select and purchase wedding presents that are appropriate and to the brides liking.

For those who’s not so big on writing, www.speeches.com can help you write some of those heartfelt messages.

Keep an eye out for contests and give-aways, but be cautious. You might be added to a listing where you may get bombarded with emails or direct mailings to your home. Most companies have become well aware of this personal intrusion and avoid sending spam emails that inevitably offend and irritate the bride.

Have a great time planning your wedding day. Make it a unique experience by utilizing free tools that you can conveniently find online.