Originally Posted by emmarshall3
Hi there! My name is Emily and I just stumbled across this website (and your thread) and was so relieved to see real-life people planning weddings in Hawaii! My fiance and I are planning a May2014 Maui wedding and I've been a tad overwhelmed the last couple of months doing research- I feel like I have looked at the entire internet. At least twice. My plan is to have our ceremony and after return to a private house or resort to have a BBQ and just be with the people who have come to support us.
So far I have basically narrowed down who our photographer will be (Anna Kim) and our ceremony location- Merriman's. It seems like so much but so little at the same time. Are either of you using a wedding planner?
I loved your welcome bag idea- Have you figured out how you are going to get them there yet? Did either of you travel to your location before to speak to vendors and such or have you just done internet research?
Hello! I felt like there wasn't any other curent brides for Maui either! I'll be happy to help you with whatever I can help you with. The bags, we're not sure how we're getting them there. It might be something that we ship out there because they are huge & so heavy & to bring them in our luggage just might be silly.
I was looking at Merriman's for our wedding ceremony/reception, but I'm told that the West Side is not as lovely as the South Side. Just by looking at pictures from my photographer's site, I could see that myself, though it's more stressful to be staying on the West & having the wedding on the South, I know that it's going to be worth it! But we have eaten at Merriman's & we loved it!
My "wedding planner" isn't so much a planner as she is a coordinator who helps me with flowers, DJ, venue. but that's part of my package with my photographer. If you've read anything up top or my info, you might know that I have 2 photographers, one from NJ (*where I live*) & one in Hawaii. So the one in Hawaii is the one that is my coordinator!
I have been to Hawaii 4 times, but none of those visits were for the wedding. In fact my last time there was 2 years ago, prior to my engagement & knowing that our wedding would be in Hawaii, so our last trip did not help us.