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#1 Jme

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    Posted 15 January 2009 - 04:49 PM


    My name is Jamie and my fiance is Carl. We got engaged on Sept. 29th, 2008 and we are planning on a Feb. 2010 wedding. A little over a year away! We orignally wanted to get married in Costa Rica, but we had difficulties reaching people there for information and difficulties planning a Costa Rica wedding, and our parents were persuading us to choose Hawaii instead. So, we are excited to have a Maui wedding instead.

    I work full-time (at a very busy job), and go to school full-time, so trying to plan a wedding on top of that is turning out to be quite a challenge for me! I don't really know what I'm doing, or how to work his forum yet. I could use all the help I could get!

    I do have a couple questions:

    Is it necessary to get a wedding coordinator? We are trying to watch our cost. We've contacted hotels directly, is it wise to go with their packages?

    Has anyone stayed or been married at the Maui Prince Hotel? What is your opinion?

    Any advice for a Maui wedding?

    Thanks! I'm excited to get started!


    #2 azhuskergirl

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      Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:05 PM

      welcome to the forum, fellow Maui bride. You'll find lots of helpful information on here....make sure to visit the Maui section!

      You can always pm me with questions, too!


      #3 TATrisha


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      Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:07 PM

      Hi Jamie!
      Welcome to the forum!!
      I planned a wedding while working full time and going to school full time, so I definitely know what you mean about having a full plate! Don't worry though, it's totally doable. Especially in such a beautiful place as Maui!!
      My first advice is to start here: Maui - Best Destination Wedding Forum
      That will give you all kinds of advice from brides who have been married in Maui.

      Good luck and I hope you have a great engagement!!


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      #4 Chiquita

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        Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:15 PM

        Hi there! I too was a Maui bride and would suggest starting with our Maui section on here :)

        I used a WC because I found it easier on me as they had all the connections etc already.. but I'm sure it's totally doable to do it without :)

        #5 MomentsThatMatter

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          Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:44 PM

          Congratulations Jamie! A lot of resorts have wedding coordinators that will take care of your needs. If you don't like them and they don't work for you and money isn't an option, you can always hire a personal one.
          Also depends on the number of people you are expecting. Most destination weddings are smaller making it easier for you to plan.
          Best of luck!
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          #6 dolfinluck

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            Posted 15 January 2009 - 07:08 PM

            Congrats and welcome to the forum!!!

            #7 O'Driscoll Photography

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              Posted 15 January 2009 - 07:27 PM

              Welcome and congrats, Jamie!

              Best wishes,

              #8 *Casey*

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                Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:21 PM

                HI Jamie... to the forum and CONGRATS!!!

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                  Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:22 PM

                  Welcome to the forum and congratulations!!!

                  #10 paradisemaui

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                    Posted 16 January 2009 - 05:21 PM

                    Aloha Jamie and Carl,

                    We read your post and thought you may find our little write-up useful below. If you do and would like to see what we could do for you, take a moment and visit our maui weddings website.

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                    Helpful Tips For Maui Weddings for The Bride & Groom

                    Your plane has just touched down in Maui Hawaii and your weddings is just days away. The lovely "wahine" at the rental car agency has handed you the keys to the convertible, words like "aloha" and "mai tai" are starting to roll off your tongue and for some reason the two of you just can't stop smiling. Beginning at this moment, the following beauty and grooming tips are offered for both of you - some obvious, some "only in Maui Hawaii".

                    If at all possible, stay out of the sun until after your Maui wedding. With the top down, the tropical sun will burn you in the short half-hour drive from the airport to the resorts as well as just taking a stroll down the street. And even as professional as our photographers are, they are powerless to remove seat belt strap lines from your Maui weddings photographs. If however, the lure of the beach proves irresistible, cover yourselves all over with the highest sunscreen you can find.

                    Also the bride should check her bathing suit straps against her wedding gown. The bride and groom should beware of neck and shoulder burn from tank tops while cruising around the beautiful island of Maui Hawaii.

                    Avoid hair styles that leave loose strands hanging down the sides of your face. While these hair styles are flattering in the hair salon, as soon as you walk outside to your Maui weddings site, you will be confronted with Hawaii's secret to a balmy climate - the island trade winds. And again, while maui weddings photographers can restage formal poses, they are helpless if the bride has loose hair blowing across her face during the ceremony. While the trades are wonderful for blowing away tropical heat and humidity, they can turn a veil into a sail. An alternative to the veil is the beautiful Haku lei Hawaiian brides wear in their hair. The flowers are both flattering and traditional.

                    Pedicures and manicures for the bride should be done the day prior to Maui weddings, thus insuring her beautiful hands and feet do not get smudged.

                    Don't forget the groom. Before Maui weddings the groom should join his bride for a manicure. During your ceremony, one of the shots the photographer will be most diligent about is the exchange of wedding rings. In fact, to ensure a memorable photo, many photographers will have you rehearse putting on the rings before the ceremony. When the camera zooms in for a close-up, you can both be assured your hands will be as attractive as your rings.

                    Maui wedding locations versus the style of shoes worn by the bride are often confronted by high heels getting stuck in the sand and the bride sinking into the sand and ruining a gorgeous pair of shoes. Keep the heels in the car and bring sandals to wear if at a Maui beach location.

                    After your ceremony you probably will want dinner. Your Maui Weddings coordinator can arrange for a romantic dinner or suggest one of many fine dining establishments as well as make the reservations.

                    If you are thinking of a luau after Maui weddings, it is sometimes difficult if you are having a sunset ceremony, as they both start at the same time. Usually it is best to plan a luau either before your wedding day or after it.


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