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#1 JayBee

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    Posted 24 June 2008 - 11:07 AM

    Hey hawaii brides-

    So I've been perusing threads for the last several days, looking for some input from anyone who's not planning a resort wedding, but I haven't found much. So I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask...

    We're looking for an estate or beach house where we could have the ceremony, reception and most importantly have all of our family together for a few days, w/out using a resort. Has anyone else weighed the pros/cons of using a resort?

    Also, I'm thinking a WC would be a really good idea, and other sites/ mags tell you to ask a lot of questions first, but I don't really know what to ask. And what's up with all these packages they offer? How do you all feel about buying a package?

    #2 Alyssa

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      Posted 24 June 2008 - 11:29 AM

      I am getting married at Kona Village on Big Island. it is a resort but an untraditional one at that.

      as for Kauai, we are honeymooning there...half the week at Waimea Plantation Cottages (which is a resort) and then the other half at Kauai Vacation Rentals - Hale Makai Beach Cottages - Kauai Guide (which is NOT a resort and i believe on the N. Shore)

      The Hale Makai cottages would be perfect for you if you have a pretty small group - they only have 5 cottages and it is very private.

      some of the downside is that without the infrastructure of a resort you will have to bring EVERYTHING in and that can get super, duper expensive, especially in Hawaii.

      let me know if you have anymore questions and Congrats!

      #3 JayBee

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        Posted 24 June 2008 - 11:44 AM

        Thanks Alyssa! Hale Makai looks really nice, that's the type of spot we're looking for. I'm going to speak to a WC who also co-owns a party rental company on kauai. I imagine that'd make things easier, but not necessarily less expensive...

        #4 Chiquita

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          Posted 24 June 2008 - 03:35 PM

          Hmm.. I'm getting married on Maui, not Kauai.. but we are all renting condos close to each other. I know there are some bigger-type places that have quite a few bedrooms etc.. but didn't look too hard at them. A local WC should be able to help you pick out the perfect spot.. but Alyssa has some awesome info that you should check out :)

          #5 JayBee

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            Posted 24 June 2008 - 04:57 PM

            That's what i'm looking to do too, w/ the condos. I'm supposed to call some wc's in kauai tomorrow but my landline is down (not too worried i'll get it working again!)

            ohmigosh, chiquita, oskar and zoey look exactly like my 2 cats! too cute!

            #6 COFPhoto

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              Posted 28 June 2008 - 03:26 AM

              Last time we photographed a wedding on Kauai it was at The Beach House:

              Beach House Restaurant :: Kauai Restaurants Fine Dining :: Poipu

              Great location for a small wedding.

              #7 melnb

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                Posted 09 July 2008 - 03:10 AM

                We're planning on eloping in October 08' in Kauai. Does anyone have any information on wedding corordinators?

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