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?
Hi Emily! Welcome to our little thread! Lol. Glad someone else is getting married in Hawaii I love Anna Kim! I usually see her photographs from Karen Tran's work. I was looking into her but she's based in Maui and I just don't want to pay extra for the travel fee. I'm sure your photos will be gorgeous. I ended up choosing someone who is also well known in Hawaii called Visionari. They are based in Oahu where I'm getting married.
As for a wedding planner, I refuse to pay $3K+ for a day of coordinator especially for a small wedding. In my opinion, it's only worth it for weddings with guests 100+. Even though it's a little more work, I'd like to save that money for something else. Perhaps a 2nd honeymoon. Haha. Anyway, good luck with planning!