8 Tips For A Successful Destination Wedding
Planning to tie the knot? Read some tips from the pros! From the best places to kiss, to breathtaking and isolated overlooks, the Hawaiian Islands are the leader in weddings and honeymoons. In addition to our sun, surf, shopping and nightlife, opportunities abound for romance.
Each of Marriott International’s hotels and resorts in Hawaii offers outstanding, authentic wedding, honeymoon and vow renewal experiences that capture the spirit of that special day. The stunningly beautiful venues and unforgettable experiences include poolside and beach side ceremonies, grand celebrations and intimate dinners by candlelight.
- Wedding planners for the win – “Hire a wedding planner who knows the destination and shares your vision.This person can source reliable vendors for your special day and attend to all of the details and responsibilities once wedding week begins. You will need one!” Stuart Kotake, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort
- Think beyond the sand – “When people think of destination weddings, beach venues are usually high on their list. But most beaches cannot be reserved and sand can be messy. Instead, consider holding the ceremony at a private spot just footsteps away from the beach with a great view.” – Beata Vanderzee, The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
- Think local – Use local florals for your bouquets and arrangements. Not only do they add to the overall ambiance, they can be less expensive than florals that aren’t readily available. – Andrea Frick, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
- Save with group bookings – Consider group contracting for air tickets, transportation from the airport, activities and of course hotel room blocks. You often receive more favorable pricing when you book as a group. Your travel professional or the hotel sales department can assist you. – Laurie Ihara, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
- Spoil yourself – Plan some activities to experience as a couple. The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa has the only oceanfront spa in Waikiki. For the ultimate couple’s renewal, the spa has private oceanfront suites with whirlpool tubs and breathtaking views, where the couple can relax together.
- Have some fun – Pre-arrange group activities and let your attendees know what to pack.The Big Island offers many natural wonders, so if you are planning to zipline, bike down a crater, snorkel with the manta rays or hike the birding trail, your guests will want to be prepared. – Tammie Carpenter, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
- Consider all your dining options – Are you on a budget?The resort weddings team can customize a restaurant dinner menu. This is ideal for smaller wedding parties and can be less costly than a similar banquet menu. – Chelsea Schroeder, Sheraton Kauai Resort
- Capture the memories – Photography is a crucial component of the experience. Hire a professional photographer or videographer for some of the pre- and post-wedding activities with family and friends.– Bliss Weddings for The Westin Maui Resort & Spa