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  1. Just got back into wedding planning after moving cities to start my first job after grad school. FYI - I found Deanna Schaeffer from I Do Weddings to be extremely rude. I've started interviewing wedding coordinators by phone and found her to be very condescending. I gave her the times I was available to speak, and she called me anyway at a time when I couldn't talk to her - while I was at work. When I called her back after work, he constantly interrupted me while I was trying to ask questions and at one point told me that she "only works with brides who are professionals and are very
  2. Thanks for the support everyone! We have a lot of complications in terms of planning this wedding: I'm Canadian, my fiance is American. We're currently going through the K1 Fiance(e) Visa process for me to move to the United States and it places restrictions on us - we have to be married in the United States and we have to be married within 90 days of me arriving in the US. Since we have family all over the place (Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Colorado, St. Louis, Chicago, Hawaii and California), everyone has to travel to go to our wedding anyway. Our legal marriage has to hap
  3. Neither my fiance's parents nor mine are contributing to the wedding. We just wanted close friends and family to come with us on our destination wedding to Kauai. Yesterday, my mother and I spoke on the phone where she interrogated me about our budget and told us me to consider how much she, my father and my sister will have to pay to come to our wedding. My fiance and I had considered the costs for our guests, but figured that those who could afford it would come, and those who can't won't. He couldn't celebrate after law school, and I can't celebrate after grad school - and so we
  4. Just wanted to add 2 more restaurant venues: North Shore: Lighthouse Bistro Coconut Coast: The Eastside Gotta love Chowhound!
  5. On to beaches! Before discussing locations, my family in Kauai informed me that chairs and arches weren't allowed on beaches for wedding ceremonies. This sounded extremely odd and so I looked it up. Sure enough, much of the information I've summarized below can be found in detail here in the State of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources permit application. DLNR has also provided a FAQ sheet here. The rules apply to all Hawaiian beaches. Check out the dates at the bottom of the forms - both were created in 2008. I haven't come across anything that contradicts the information
  6. The Kauai forum is pretty quiet on this subject - I haven't seen a new post in a while. So I thought I'd share some of the information I've found so far. Kauai is known as the "Garden Isle," the oldest and northernmost of all the Hawaiian islands. It's the least commercially developed, thus preserving a lot of its national landscape. The island seems to be broken down into five parts as seen in this map: North Shore (Anini Beach, Haena, Hanalei, Kalihiwai, Kilauea, Moloaa Bay, Princeville, Wainiha) Coconut Coast (Aliomanu Bay, Anahola, Kapaa, Kapahi, Kealia, Wailua, Waipouli
  7. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!
  8. Hi everyone, My name is Jen and I recently got engaged. We've set our date for May 19, 2012 and we're hoping to get married either in Kauai or Maui. I'd love to hear from recent brides who have gotten married and from other brides who are similarly planning a wedding at either of these islands. Happy wedding planning everyone! Jen
  9. Hi everyone, My name is Jen and I'm recently engaged. My fiance and I have narrowed down our choice to Kauai or Maui and I'd love to hear suggestions for venues. On Kauai, the Plantation Gardens and Hukilau Lanai have been recommended, and on Maui, Gannons. I'd love to hear from recent Kauai / Maui brides on their experiences and their recommendations.
  10. Hi there. Just tried to post a new thread under Newbies and Kauai forums - got the same error, "No data found." I've tried it on my laptop under different browsers: Firefox, IE and Chrome. Same error message each time. I've also tried it on my iPod touch (Safari) - still the same error.
  11. Same problem here: tried to post a new thread in the Newbies forum and Kauai weddings forum - got the message "No Data Found." Thought it was my browser first, tried it on Google Chrome, Firefox, and IE. No go. Tried all of that on my laptop. Switched to my iPod touch, still the same error. Hope this gets resolved soon.
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