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#1 Jtds2713

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    Posted 24 October 2007 - 06:10 PM

    Hello Ladies,

    Here is the exchange of information I had with TA Dina for those of you considering to get married in Kauai or Kona.


    "Hi Dina,

    My fiance and I would like to get legally married in Hawaii. We are having the wedding celebration with family and friends in CAbo on November 17, 2007.

    I am thinking of the Big Island or Kauai -- preferably where there is a Hyatt or Marriott. It will just be the two of us. I don't really like Maui since I have been there already. When is the best month to visit? We are thinking maybe Feb to April? Any resorts you can recommend on the Big Island or Kauai? Also we prefer resorts with wedding packages for two.

    Thanks!

    Jessica

    Hi Jessica!

    I don't think you can go wrong with either island. Depending on what you enjoy doing as far as activities might help you narrow down your choice a bit more. The Big Island tends to draw in the more "outdoorsy" tourists I find. Lots of exploring with Volcano National Park nearby. Horseback riding, scuba diving etc. The Waikoloa Beach Marriott is one of the nicer resorts on that Kona side of the island. The Hilton Waikoloa Village is another really good choice too. Nice area of beach. Shops, dining, activites nearby. At the Marriott you'd want to look for higher room categories as the lower ones tend to have crappy views if any view at all (think parking lot).

    Kauai is probably one of my biggest sellers for honeymooners. Very romantic. The Grand Hyatt can't be beat. Great pool, great location. The Sheraton is nice too. Look at the partial oceanviews at Sheraton to be in a bldg closer to the beach. But overall, I like the Hyatt. Unless you want a more secluded location, I'd stick to the Poipu area (southern part of island). The North shore is definately great to visit and take a day to drive up to see, but it's a bit away from things. They say it's also the rainier part of the island, but that's obviously kinda hard to predict. And it's always raining in Hawaii somewhere, but they'll have a quick afternoon shower, and then gorgeous rainbows to follow. So you can't beat that!

    As for best time to go, what's considered "high season" would be Dec-mid April so you'll see that reflected in the pricing. Weather will be decent (still could be rainy a bit) and you also might get to take in some whale sightings (northshore of Kauai is great for that). Booking early you might find some decent deals and specials with the resorts. So I'd definately recommend that. Price-wise (& crowd wise) the best time to go tends to be late spring, and early fall. Even less chance of rain then. And summer, I think it's just too hot in summertime. Plus all the kiddies are out of school then, so it's gets really crowded everywhere during the summer.

    Oh, and as far as Oahu, I agree Waikiki tends to be a big much with the tourists but there are some GREAT resorts outside the area. JW Marriott Ihilani in Ko'Olino is beautiful. As is the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore. Their beach cottages are awesome! Great for honeymoons. So you get the best of both worlds at these locations, seclusion from crowds, but still within a reasonable distance to sightseeing/shops etc.

    So there's my Hawaii babble. If you have anything you'd like specific details on, just let me know (you can email me direct at dina@sunkissedvacations.net). And feel free to copy/paste this to the public forum. I wasn't quite sure where to fit it considering it's broken down by island over there.

    Dina"

    #2 Jtds2713

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      Posted 24 October 2007 - 06:45 PM

      Grand Hyatt Kauai Wedding Packages

      ALOHA WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES:
      • An Appointment to Obtain Your Marriage License
      • Garden Gazebo Site
      • Grand Hyatt Wedding Coordinator
      • Non-Denominational Minister*
      • Wedding Cake for Two topped with Fresh Flowers
      • One Bottle of Mo«t & Chandon White Star Champagne
      • 1–1/2 Hours of Photography with Internet Previews
      • 48 4x6 Prints
      • Solo Musician for One Hour
      • Bridal Double Orchid Lei and Groom’s Maile Lei
      $3,800 (Add $300 for Sunset Ceremony)
      *Justices of the Peace are not included as a
      non-denominational minister.


      PARADISE WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES:
      • An Appointment to Obtain Your Marriage License
      • Garden Gazebo Site
      • Grand Hyatt Wedding Coordinator
      • Non-Denominational Minister*
      • Wedding Cake for Two topped with Fresh Flowers
      • One Bottle of Mo«t & Chandon White Star Champagne
      • 1–1/2 Hours of Photography with Internet Previews
      • 48 4x6 Prints
      • White Wooden Folding Chairs for up to 50 Guests
      • Solo Musician for One Hour
      • Custom Made Bridal Bouquet and Groom’s Boutonni¨re
      • Hawaiian Leis to Exchange During Ceremony
      • Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Pressing
      • Bridal Styling, Make-up Application and French Manicure
      at ANARA Spa
      $5,200 (Add $300 for Sunset Ceremony)

      Our Catering Managers will assist you in planning the most memorable event of your life by custom designing a wedding reception
      to fulfill all of your dreams. Let us handle all the details so you can relax and enjoy the day with your family and guests. All packages
      include a selection of linens, votive candles for guest tables and complimentary staging for the band or DJ.
      All Prices Subject to 22% Service Charge and 4.167% State Sales Tax

      GRAND WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES:
      • An Appointment to Obtain Your Marriage License
      • Garden Gazebo Site
      • Grand Hyatt Wedding Coordinator
      • Non-Denominational Minister*
      • Wedding Cake for Ten topped with Fresh Flowers
      • One Bottle of Veuve Cliquot, Yellow Label Champagne
      • 2–1/2 Hours of Photography with Internet Previews
      • 90 4x6 Prints
      • Up to 90 Images in a 30 Surface Flush Mount Album
      *Justices of the Peace are not included as a
      non-denominational minister.
      • White Wooden Folding Chairs for up to 50 Guests
      • Musical Duo for One Hour
      • Custom Made Deluxe Bridal Bouquet and Groom’s
      Matching Boutonni¨re
      • Hawaiian Leis to Exchange During Ceremony
      • Orchid Bloom Scattered Aisle Way
      • Audio Sound System
      • Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Pressing
      • Bridal Styling, Make-up Application and French Manicure
      at the ANARA Spa
      $8,500 (Add $300 for Sunset Ceremony)


      DREAM WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES:
      • An Appointment to Obtain Your Marriage License
      • Garden Gazebo Site
      • Grand Hyatt Wedding Coordinator
      • Non-Denominational Minister*
      • Two Tiered Wedding Cake Topped with Fresh Flowers
      • One Bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne
      • 3 Hours of Photography with Internet Previews
      • 120 4x6 Prints
      • Up to 120 Images in a 60 Surface Coffee Table Art Book
      • White Wooden Folding Chairs for up to 50 Guests
      • Musical Trio for One Hour
      *Justices of the Peace are not included as a
      non-denominational minister.
      • Custom Made Deluxe Bridal Bouquet and Groom’s
      Matching Boutonni¨re
      • Hawaiian Leis to Exchange During Ceremony
      • Hawaiian Sand Ceremony
      • Orchid Bloom Scattered Aisle Way
      • Audio Sound System
      • Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Pressing
      • Bridal Styling, Make-up Application and French Manicure
      at the ANARA Spa
      • Dinner for Two at Tidepools or Dondero’s
      • Three Nights in an Ocean Suite
      • Couple Massage
      $13,000


      O KE ALOHA KA ‘IU (LOVE IS PARADISE)
      PACKAGE INCLUDES:
      • Limo Transfer to and From the Airport
      • An Appointment to Obtain Your Marriage License
      • Sedan Transfer to and From Marriage License Appointment
      • Garden Gazebo Site
      • Grand Hyatt Wedding Coordinator
      • Non-Denominational Minister*
      • Three Tiered Wedding Cake Topped with Fresh Flowers
      • One Bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne
      • 3 Hours of Photography with Internet Previews
      • 120 4x6 Prints
      • Up to 120 Images in a 60 Surface Coffee Table Art Book
      • White Wooden Folding Chairs for up to 50 Guests
      • Musical Trio for Two Hours
      • Custom Made Deluxe Bridal Bouquet
      *Justices of the Peace are not included as a
      non-denominational minister.
      • Groom’s Matching Boutonni¨re
      • Hawaiian Leis to Exchange During Ceremony
      • Hawaiian Sand Ceremony
      • Solid Orchid Bloom Pathway
      • Custom Gazebo Flower Decor
      • Audio Sound System
      • Wedding Dress and Tuxedo Pressing
      • Bridal Styling, Make-up Application and French Manicure
      at the ANARA Spa
      • Round of Golf for Two at Poipu Bay Golf Course
      • Dinner for Two at Tidepools or Dondero’s
      • Three Nights in a Deluxe Suite
      • Couple Massage
      • Daily Breakfast Buffet for Two in Ilima Terrace Restaurant
      • Reserved Pool Cabana for Two Days
      • Two Grand Hyatt Monogrammed Robes
      $20,000

      All Prices Subject to 22% Service Charge and 4.167% State Sales Tax

      WEDDING ENHANCEMENTS

      YOU MAY ALSO WISH TO INCLUDE
      AT AN ADDITIONAL COST:
      • Justice of the Peace
      $275 payable direct
      • 1–1/2 hours of videography with a 25 to 30 Minute Wedding DVD
      $600, additional hours of videography at $275 per hour
      • 2–1/2 hours of photography with Internet previews, 90 4x6 prints,
      up to 90 images in a 30 surface and flush mount album
      $2,075, additional hours of photography at $150 per hour
      • 3 Hours of photography with Internet previews, 120 4x6 prints,
      up to 120 images in a 60 surface and coffee table art book
      $2,400, additional hours of photography at $150 per hour
      • White wooden folding chairs
      $8 each (delivery and setup charge of $175 will also be applied)
      • Sand ceremony (two colors)
      $75
      • Keepsake Hawaiian certificate
      $105 to $215
      • Cake upgrade starting at $40
      Your catering manager will also serve as your personal wedding
      consultant and provide complete wedding coordination for every detail of
      your wedding including: Offering suggestions regarding music, decor and
      photography, coordinating with all wedding vendors, orchestrating
      wedding rehearsal and ceremony, organizing family members and bridal
      party for processional, implementing time line from introduction of Bride
      and Groom to cake cutting and ensuring that every last detail is attended
      to, for the most memorable event of your lifetime.




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