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#1 Island Princess

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    Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:37 AM

    Hey Girls,

    IM GOING MENTAL!!

    I am in such a rut.

    Heres the story:
    I have already sent out my Invitations (with reception venue) on them, yes i know I was very keen however I wanted to give everyone plenty of time to save since coming all from Australia.

    Now originally, we had planned to attend the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Luau, and the price before the renos was approx $99.00 per person.

    I have emailed the hotel and they now tell me that it is $175.00 per person. I dropped dead. I was maybe thinking up around $120-130.

    I dont think we would be able to afford this amount anymore... Because with the Aussie dollar so low as where it is at now would cost us $275.00 a pop x 30-35 people = ALOT OF MONEY!

    Now, can anyone help me with suggestions with what I could do...

    Maybe a dinner somewhere? Any restruants in Waikiki that are good for receptions anyone can recommend?

    I was looking forward to the Luau as It was entertainment and Dinner all rolled into one!

    Hopefully, no one will longer attend and they will have to drop there prices!

    Thanks so much!

    #2 Macphail

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      Posted 28 January 2009 - 11:48 AM

      Are you guys hoping to stay right in Waikiki? If you want the idea of Luau as It was entertainment and Dinner all rolled into one, there are lots of great luau's on Oahu. Several companies have buses that will pick you up at your hotel and drop you back off. So a Luau may not be out of the question.

      How formal of a reception are you having? More of a relaxed dinner or aa MC'ed night? Just trying to think of restaurants that would be better suited for your reception.

      Good luck!

      #3 Island Princess

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        Posted 29 January 2009 - 05:21 AM

        We would like a very relaxed and casual reception...
        Would your recommend maybe Tiki's Grill & Bar or Dukes?

        #4 TA Dina

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          Posted 29 January 2009 - 12:56 PM

          Tiki's is awesome. Especially if you plan something around sunset. Such pretty views. Duke's is a good casual choice too but can get really crowded (the bar area is very popular). I think the food at Tiki's is a little bit better than Duke's. How about Paradise Cove (not sure of the price off the top of my head right now though)? Roy's (they have a nice private room off to the side that *might* accomodate 30ppl)? Germaine's luau??

          #5 Island Princess

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            Posted 30 January 2009 - 07:44 AM

            Hey Dina,
            I have been in contact with Tiki's and I think thats the way we will go and It will be something that we could afford! With a buffet at 28.00 per person. Brilliant! I stayed at the Resort Quest in January for 1 night but we didn't eat there.... stupid stupid me lol. But I will take your word!!

            #6 Island Princess

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              Posted 30 January 2009 - 07:44 AM

              Hey Dina,
              I have been in contact with Tiki's and I think thats the way we will go and It will be something that we could afford! With a buffet at 28.00 per person. Brilliant! I stayed at the Resort Quest in January for 1 night but we didn't eat there.... stupid stupid me lol. But I will take your word!!

              #7 MonicaC

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                Posted 19 March 2009 - 11:24 AM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by Island Princess
                Hey Dina,
                I have been in contact with Tiki's and I think thats the way we will go and It will be something that we could afford! With a buffet at 28.00 per person. Brilliant! I stayed at the Resort Quest in January for 1 night but we didn't eat there.... stupid stupid me lol. But I will take your word!!
                I lived in HI for several years...you will absolutely not be disappointed with Tiki's. MUCH better than the food at Dukes as the other person advised....They set up a nice private area right by the pool and right outside the dining room! It will be great...the view of Waikiki is the best.
                As she also stated, you can get tickets and do the luau..if you do a group at Paradise Cove you can probably get a good price!

                #8 RMB12/4/08

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                  Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:53 PM

                  I just went to Paradise Cove while on my honeymoon and oh my, the food was wonderful! So was the entertainment! If I remember right it was like $34 per person + transfer fees. We also got 2 drink tickets with that. *Purple Sunset* YUM!!!! lol Just an idea
                  RMB Bride over 1 year ago! Baby #1 due in March! And can't wait for a drink! On the downhill slide from here!

                  #9 saragray

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                    Posted 07 April 2009 - 05:09 PM

                    How terrible! I can't believe that hike in prices, especially when so many places in Hawaii are having such trouble right now.

                    I don't know if you have flexibility on time, but I always thought it would be cool to have a brunch reception - you could drink mimosas, have breakfast foods and perhaps save some money. Of course, that means moving your ceremony up, but it may mean you're able to keep the costs down a little.

                    Good luck! It'll all work out.




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