Any advice for destinations weddings!?
Do you have a idea of what Island you prefer?
Hubby and I did our 1 year renewal on Maui last year (it actually was our original wedding date/location but got married a year earlier at last minute).
We used Now and Forever Weddings located in Lahaina. http://www.2hawaiiweddings.com
She changed her packages since then, but we got the Luxury package.
In our package included:
2 hour limo,
A harpist, not a guitarist.
We paid $1,300 last year. She increased and took a few things out etc. But she is a very nice lady and she tries to do what exactly you want.
Sunset on the beach. The officant spoke in Hawaiian hymes and blessings and also in English as we requested more of a "renewal" and not a wedding speech.
Which reminds me, she wanted me to send pictures of Hubby and I to put on the site. (Military).
Hubby and I got the HoneymoonerAnniversary 2 Hours Massages, which is located in her boutque.
We stayed at the Outrigger next to the Royal Lahaina resort. She was next door, so worked out amazingly for easy walking distance, limo drop off and talking with her.
Since the Lahaina Resort Luau was only going on Friday and we did it on a saturday, we went down aways (a good two or so miles) to the Hyatt Resort for their luau. (which was excellent).
Hubby and I went to Maui a year before that for planning/researching and we attended the Lahaina Luau too. Which I also recommend!
My mom, step dad, my SIL (who was 14 at the time) and hubby and I. Hard Rock and Bubba Gumps is about 15 mins away directly into Lahiana. There is the Maui aquiarium to also go to that I recommend.
We went snorkling off the Prince at the Crater (the first time we went, I forgot the company hubby and I went on). We also went Whale watching.
We booked our flight/hotel through Pleasant Holidays. The next morning of your arrival, you can attend a free breakfast and they help offer discounts from snorkling, outdoor adventure, heliocopter rides, whale watching etc. So, we get the tickets/prices a little cheaper along with our flight. They also give us some discounts and spending money at the Hilo Hatties too.
The first time we went. For hubby and I to stay 5 nights, 6 days. Hotel, rental car and flight included. We paid $1,500 for the both of us.
The second time we went, we paid about $1,800 for the both of us.
We are going to Maui again this December and so far (including our new baby due in summer), we are estimated at $1,300 so far. That is with a 2 bedroom suite condo instead of the 1 bedroom condo. We are waiting til around July to do our booking. So we are constantly check'n back on prices. If we can get below $1,000 for exactly what we want, we will book now.
With this economy, resorts are realy trying to get great deals to get people over there. So, shop around. Do your math on different sites and sometimes you can even call the sort and ask them directly if they can get you a better deal then going through airlines or companies.
But so far we found it is a lot cheaper to go through a company for airfare, hotel and car rental than to do each seperately.
Incase you are interested, here is a website to the resort of the Outrigger:
Here is a website to pleasant holidays: