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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


Oahu, Hawaii Wedding Venues – Palaces and Private Estates

Which little girl hasn’t dreamed of marrying her prince in a palace? ‘Iolani Palace and Queen Emma Summer Palace are two options for a royal wedding.

‘Iolani Palace
‘Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States, is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Couples can rent certain areas of the beautiful grounds for their wedding. Since the palace is considered a sacred place and a historical gem, there are restrictions and policies that need to be followed. Couples need to apply for a permit from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources; this process can take up to two weeks. Wedding ceremonies are held on the Palace gardens, followed by a reception in the private open-air courtyard of the historic ‘Iolani Palace Barracks. The Barracks’ “coral block structure of limestone with its crenelated parapets and towers hearkens to the architecture of medieval castles of Europe,” states the Palace website. The `Iolani Palace Galleries may be open for tours during your event so guests can view the Hawaiian crown jewels and ancient Hawaiian regalia, as well as portraits and historic photographs. Facility rental fees support Friends of the ‘Iolani Palace, an organization that helps to restore and preserve this historic treasure.

Queen Emma Summer Palace
The summer home of Queen Emma located in lush Nu’uanu Valley is a beautiful historic home and museum. There are two sites to hold weddings at Queen Emma Summer Palace: Emmalani Hale, an indoor space for a reception, and the Prince Albert Terrace, an outdoor area. Facility rental fees are presently very reasonable and based on the number of guests. The facility rental fee includes entrance to the museum for wedding guests.

Private Estates
Below are some of the more popular private estates on Oahu that are available for weddings. These sites are breathtaking, but so is the price tag on some of them. If location is an important factor, these venues will not disappoint. Additionally, these private estates offer brides the flexibility to work with wedding vendors of their choice.

Lanikuhonua, Ko ‘olina
Lanikuhonua translates to “Where heaven meets earth” in the Hawaiian language. It is a beautifully landscaped private beachfront property that belongs to the estate of James Campbell. Lanikuhonua offers two sites for weddings. It is one of the few wedding venues that boasts a near private beach since public access to the beach is very difficult. Lanikuhonua is located next to another popular wedding venue, Paradise Cove.

Dillingham Ranch, Mokuleia (North Shore)
Dillingham Ranch is a private estate that takes you back to an era of Old Hawaii. The estate, located at the base of the Waianae Mountains, boasts an equestrian center. The plantation-style home has been used in several movies such as “50 First Dates” and “Tears of the Sun.” The home is presently under renovation but is scheduled to be open for weddings in late 2009 or early 2010. Only the facility is available for rental – all tables, chairs and food have to be brought in by outside vendors.

The Paul Mitchell Estate, Lanikai – Kailua (Windward Coast)
Offering one of the best ocean views in the world, this tropical oasis is a collection of unique bungalows that blend South Pacific and Indonesian style. This high-end vacation rental is located in the exclusive residential community of Lanikai, Kailua, and includes seven bedrooms, six baths and a beautiful oceanfront garden for a wedding ceremony.

Other popular oceanfront estates that do a thriving wedding business include the Bayer Estate in Hawaii Kai, and two North Shore estates: the Loulu Palms Estate and the brand new Fanger Estate. In addition to these, there are several other beautiful oceanfront vacation rentals which are available for weddings – many of them on the Windward and Waianae Coast.

Private homes
Many Oahu weddings are held at beautiful private homes. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend who owns a home that would be ideal for a wedding venue, you’ve hit the jackpot. You’ll be able to save a bundle on facility rental fees and splurge on your dream wedding gown or your favorite photographer. A third of the weddings that I photograph are held at private oceanfront homes in Kailua, Kahala and the North Shore. Weddings at private homes can range from intimate backyard barbecues to grand affairs with a band, dance floor and custom lighting.

Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson to Wed in Hawaii

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Image Credit: Clebritychitchat.today.com

After surfing the web, I stumbled into this news that both Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson (just watched his Marley and Me – movie), are planning to wed this coming June in Hawaii. I think they are a great couple and I hope that it will work out for them. What do you think of the news (I’ve copy and pasted it down below)?

After breaking up and reuniting, Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson are talking marriage. Hudson and Wilson began dating after starring in the 2006 romantic comedy, You, Me & Dupree.

Kate Hudson filed for divorce from her husband of five years, Chris Robinson, after the media broke news of their relationship. Kate and Chris Robinson share a son, 5 year old Ryder.

A source told Star, “They’re planning to do it in June.” “They aren’t sure where yet, but it’s between her mom Goldie Hawn’s home in Aspen or Owen’s place in Hawaii. It will be a private affair, with only close pals and family.”

Ryder already has bonded with his mother’s beau. “Owen and Ryder have bonded so well since he and Kate first started dating. He already thinks of Ryder as a son.” Owen wants to give Ryder a little brother or sister. The source dished, “Owen is ready to have kids of his own with Kate. His biological clock is ticking!”

I personally find the couple cute. Even in the movie, ” You Me and Dupree”, their chemistry is apparent, who is with me on this?

Picking Your Wedding Dress

1) FITTINGS:  Remember to not buy a dress too small in order to lose wait for your wedding,, this creates alot of stress …..gowns that have a long trail are not well suited for our door weddings and slips have to be pressed with the veils if the are very long so go ahead of if its going to be an out of state wedding affair.

2) SIZING: Most gowns run small and it is normal to need a couple of sizes larger than your normal clothes size, especially if you are chesty or broad shouldered. However, gowns are also made for women who are about 5’8″ tall.

4) ORDERING: If you get a chance to personally go to the store instead of ordering over the net , we defiantly discourage any brides to not order the dress on the net. Try to give yourself at least 6 months to order. Normal delivery of gowns (including maids, mother’s, and flower girl’s) is12-14 weeks. This will allow ample time for fittings, after you finished and have decided on your dress take a photo of the dress and add it your wedding website.

5) ALTERATIONS: Choose a bridal shop that has in house alterations. Gowns with lots of lace trimming are normally taken apart at the waist for the hem. Make sure you make an appointment to check the alterations since minor adjustments may have to be made afterwards.

6) BUSTLES: There are two main types of bustles. The Standard bustle works well with gowns that have a lot of detail on the train. Buttons are sewn around the waistline and loops are added to the train. When hooked up, some of the detail remains showing. The Peplum/Reversal bustle works well with A-line gowns and ones without much train detail as with many silk dresses. Loops and ribbons are sewn underneath the gown and tied together for a peplum effect.

Checklist for Planning a Hawaii Wedding

Planning a Hawaii wedding is challenging but not impossible if you simply have a list of what must be done. First of all, there are a lot of people who choose to get married in Hawaii and make all of their plans stateside before heading over for the big event and the wedding turns out marvelously. That’s because three are a lot of wedding planners and hotels that are accustomed to planning weddings for brides and grooms that will simply pay the deposit, give out directions, and show up for the big event. However, the following tips will help you plan your Hawaii wedding.

First and foremost you need to decide on a date. If there is a particular hotel or place in Hawaii where you want to get married make sure it is available on your date and book it before setting a date. Once you have the location booked then you are free to go about your wedding planning. This includes your wedding invitations and the like. You will most likely be in charge of your own wedding invitations unless you just want your wedding planner to take care of everything and all you do is send the addresses. Regardless, you want to get your invitations out early for a Hawaii wedding so everyone can make plans to attend in advance.

Once you have your location and invitations taken care of you need to pick a reception location. If you aren’t able to visit Hawaii to pick one out in person then have your wedding planner send you pictures and details of several different wedding reception locations. Some may be indoor others outdoors, just depending on what you want and then you can choose the one you want. With the invitations, location, and reception taken care of you just need to consider flowers, the wedding cake, and an officiate. The easiest way to go about this is to send pictures and the like to your wedding planner and let them handle the details.

For example, if you found pictures from a wedding that you love send them to your wedding planner and say that you want something in the same style. The same goes for the wedding cake. Pictures and personal preferences will go a long way into getting you just what you want.

Finally, you want to think about your wedding favors. If you are getting married on the beach then you might want the wedding party favors to be something that reflects that or else something else special you have in mind. Nevertheless, you can see that getting married in Hawaii is really not that difficult with the help of a wedding planner and a lot of good ideas!

Vintage Wedding Car


We have all seen the fairy tale wedding scenes where the bride and groom drive away into the sunset in the classic old time car. If you are thinking that would add the perfect touch to your upcoming ceremony, consider the following tips on how to book the best possible wedding car for your special day.

  1. If you are planning on hiring a wedding car service for your wedding, you will want to inquire well in advance. Many companies are booked up to a year in advance. Some companies require that you have your dates set, the car picked out, and pay your fees a whole year before your wedding. If you are uncertain about any of these things, you may want to clear them up before booking the car. Some companies do charge an additional fee if you need to change the day. Worse than that, you may not be able to get a car if you change the day in the last few months.
  2. You will want to have your wedding party already chosen before you book your wedding cars. Wedding car companies usually have vehicles ranging from convertible, two passenger models to mini bus shuttles used for the whole party. Any vehicle you choose should be chauffeured. You sure do not want to be responsible for a classic wedding car.
  3. Decide which aspects of the service you will require transportation for. You can find wedding cars to use from the wedding to the reception, or wedding cars to transport you to the service in the first place. You also need to decide who will be provided with transportation. Some people provide a car for the parents of the bride and groom as a thank you for years of support and help. It will be completely up to you, but you should consider price when making this choice. If you rent cars for everyone in your part, it can become a little pricey; you might just want to stick with a couple of cars.
  4. The style of the car you choose is just as important as the wedding dress or the cake. Take your time to look through brochures and see what your options are. The theme or style of your wedding should be a major factor to consider. If you are having a modern, elegant wedding, you might want to go with a Mercedes elegance. However, if you re opting for a vintage wedding or a classic style, an Open Top Tourer could be just the car for you. Another option is having a romantic horse and carriage at your wedding service. Nothing says romance like a chauffeured carriage ride away from a quaint chapel.
  5. Color and decoration should also be considered. Some companies have a large variety of cars to match every wedding scheme. If you go with a professional company, you can usually have the car decorated with flower arrangements, as well.

If you take these tips into account when choosing your wedding car, you should enjoy a stress free car hire process. Just make sure you get a contract and that you understand what you are required to do and what you can expect from the company.

DIY Wedding Give-Aways

There are many types of wedding favors you can easily purchase for your guests. But some couples prefer preparing for their own wedding favors for a more personalized touch as it also signifies gratitude to their guests for attending one of the biggest events of their life. I have compiled some DIY wedding favor ideas you can use if you are on a tight budget!

  1. Bake cookies and personalise your message on your cookie. You can even make it a fortune cookie (with words of wisdom or a set of numbers for the lottery fanatic)
  2. Buy sweets or candy in bigger lots and repackage them into smaller sachets or boxes. You can customise your box with your own message by using sticker labels.
  3. Get bags of potpourri and make smaller scented bags out of them. You can get ready made sachets or buy nice fabric to make your own. Tie the sachets up with lovely ribbons or lace.
  4. Make creative coasters by cutting fancy shapes out of corkboard or buying die-cut ones and customising them with your own message stickers.
  5. For an oriental twist, you can buy wholesale lots of wooden chopsticks (real ones, not disposable ones!) and repackage them nicely in pairs. These are quite practical and it symbolises well for the wedding as chopsticks always comes in pairs, just like every couple!
  6. For summer weddings, hand-held fans are a pretty favor to give. You can personalise them with your own message and the guests can take them home after the event.
  7. Gardening lovers will like the idea of receiving little sachets of seeds that they can try growing. I think my mum will be one of them. Haha.
  8. If you have a Polaroid camera, you can take instant pictures with your guests on the actual day, punch a hole immediately and tie a ribbon on top to make a really unique bookmark!
  9. Personalised fridge magnets are also a practical favor idea. You can print them yourself or get a professional printer to do it for you. You can choose lovely scenic pictures or cute pet images or even your own wedding portrait and put your own message on it.

These DIY wedding favor ideas could probably save you a bit of money. But if you are a really lazy bride, or you absolutely have no time to DIY your own wedding favour, its best to leave it to the professionals. A wedding favor does not need to be really expensive, it’s most often the thought that counts. In my opinion, the best favor is something that will leave your guests sweet memories of the wedding and is practical enough to be used even after the wedding itself. What do you think?