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We are getting married in May. Do you think the wind will be the same? We have our ceremony set for 4pm! I am worried now....
When we were there, a number of the Hawaiians (including my hairdresser and some people who worked at the Marriott) said that the trades were unusually strong that week. They told me that it was really unusual, so I'm thinking that at a normal time, the winds would be dying down around 4:00 at least as much as they did for our ceremony at 5:15. You're using Tracy at A Dream Wedding, right? I don't think Tracy would have let you book your ceremony at 4:00 if she thought the winds were going to be really bad. Maybe double check with her, but I'm guessing you should be fine by 4:00pm. Even on our day, by 4:00 the winds were already dying down, and again, that was apparently an unusually windy day for Wailea. It was also unusually hot the week of our wedding (around +32/+33 celsius the whole week), which is also supposed to make the trade winds worse. I don't think it normally gets that hot there in May, so it should be fine.

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We are getting married in May. Do you think the wind will be the same? We have our ceremony set for 4pm! I am worried now....
I forgot to mention... you could also ask Mike what he thinks. Again though, I'm guessing that you'll be fine in May and Tracy and Mike probably would have said something to you if they thought the winds would be really bad at 4:00. Sorry to worry you!

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Hi Sherry,

 

Your reviews are just amazing and big congratulations to you and your husband. You looked amazing btw!!!

 

My fiance and I are planning to get married in Maui in Feb 2010 and found out recently that their costs are pretty high.

 

Do you think having both the ceremony and reception at Seawatch would cut down the price compared to having them at the resorts such as the Ritz or Marriott?

 

Thanks!

Thanda

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omg I don't know how I missed this back in Dec!?! you look fabulous Sherry! i love your pics cheesy.gif

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Hi Sherry,

Your reviews are just amazing and big congratulations to you and your husband. You looked amazing btw!!!

My fiance and I are planning to get married in Maui in Feb 2010 and found out recently that their costs are pretty high.

Do you think having both the ceremony and reception at Seawatch would cut down the price compared to having them at the resorts such as the Ritz or Marriott?

Thanks!
Thanda

Thanks Thanda!

We definitely saved a lot having our reception at the Seawatch instead of at the Marriott. As far as the ceremony, I think it depends on which part of the Seawatch you're able to book. When we were doing our bookings, the only ceremony spot at the Seawatch that wasn't booked for our date was the Molokini Lookout. While it's really beautiful, we determined that the costs could get out of control pretty quickly because the site rental price is higher than the other ceremony spots at the Seawatch and mainly because they require you to pay for a shuttle service to get all of your guests out to the Molokini Lookout. Because that was the only option available to us at the Seawatch, it ended up being less expensive for us to have our ceremony at the Marriott. However, I think that if you were able to book one of the other ceremony sites at the Seawatch, you could probably do your ceremony for the same or even lower price than at the Marriott. That said, we found that it surprisingly wasn't too bad cost-wise to have the ceremony at the Marriott (especially considering how gorgeous the spot is). We definitely found that the reception would have been a lot more expensive at the Marriott, and we were so glad we went with the Seawatch for the reception.

Hope that helps!

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Thanks Sherry for your quick response. They've helped ease my mind. How far is Seawatch from the Marriott? Do I need to shuttle guests or is it a walking distance?

 

I'm also thinking of booking a few rooms at Maui Banyan for my side of the family. Is it easy to commute to the Marriott if we decide to hold the reception there?

 

Thanks again Sherry.

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Sherrry thanks so much for your reply! I appreciate your input! I have booked the same make up and hair stylist as you as well as photographer.

 

We are having both our ceremony and reception at the Marriott. Maui is pricey for sure but because we only will have about 30 people we decided to go all out. We think of it this way, if we had the Wedding at home we would have about 150 people so having it away is a lot cheaper at the end of the day. We figured the people that are going all the way to Maui with us deserve a nice dinner and party. (Which we are trying to do without breaking the bank)

 

We paid $416 USD for the Pacific Terrace because we asked them for a discount. Norma price is $500. We also negotiated for two Ocean front suites. They didn't want to budge on this one but my fiance finally got them to give i... (One room for us and one for my parents.) The per head count for dinner without booze is about $80.00. We think we will pay about 2k for booze overall. We also have to pay for a DJ, as well as seat covers and table center pieces.

 

We really like the Seawatch but our good friends got married there and we attended their wedding just a couple years ago...plus we think it will be nice to stay all in one place so we don't have to move.

 

Hope that helps. If you have any questions please feel free to ask! wink.gif

 

* We are also negotiating with the Wedding coordinator re: her fees and charges! (We are trying not to pay full price)

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I forgot to mention... you could also ask Mike what he thinks. Again though, I'm guessing that you'll be fine in May and Tracy and Mike probably would have said something to you if they thought the winds would be really bad at 4:00. Sorry to worry you!

LOL thanks! I talked to Tracy at ADW and she said 4 will be fine. I have been on Maui when the winds were so bad you thought things would fall over. We stayed at the Westin last time and it was so bad we had to leave the pool area!

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