Monday, January 24, 2011

Photobooth Ideas for your Hawaii Wedding

Photobooths continue to be popular in 2011 in Hawaii. Since this trend began several years ago, the Islands have arisen to the demands and there are more photobooth vendors available now then ever. In addition to having more vendors to select from and better availability the pricing has become more competitive.

Some basic tips when considering a photobooth -

* Be sure you have the budget for this. I have heard stories of couples who booked this service early only to find themselves at the end of the planning process resorting to a cash bar (a big no- no) because they have depleted their budget.
* Is there enough space at your venue. The booth has space and power requirements that need to be met.
*When and how long do you want the photobooth on-site. Cocktail hour is a ideal time since it is a casual time for your guests and there is generally no formal program during that time.

Here are three vendors you may want to consider...

In addition to the traditional photobooths, look for our next post on alternatives to the booth style that are becoming popular.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pineapples - a Hawaii Wedding Theme Idea

Pineapples have long been associated with hospitality and with Hawaii. That makes it a natural option for a destination wedding theme. Pulling together a theme is one of the most enjoyable aspects of wedding planning. There are so many ways that you could play with this sweet and sour fruit.

*stationary - escort cards, invitations, welcome bag tags
*food - grilled pineapple, pineapple desserts, drinks, candies, shaved ice
*gifts - pineapple plants, pineapple scented soaps
*colors- greens, greenish blues, blush, yellow
*floral design - baby pineapples in centerpieces, boutonnieres, bouquets

Welcome & Aloha!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hawaii Venue Spotlight - Lanikuhonua

Lanikuhonua "Where Heaven Meets Earth" is an incredible private estate venue on Oahu. This tropical setting is pristine and ever ready to host an event. As a favorite among both wedding couples and professionals this property, located on the west side of the island, also possesses spectacular sunsets! Other advantages of this outdoor site are on-site bathrooms, functional huts, and an experienced support team (Annette, Auntie Nettie & BoBo).

Having a private estate wedding is undoubtedly a treat. However, be sure you are well prepared for additional wedding costs which are specific to an outdoor venue reception.

*General Equipment - tents for catering & guests , tables, chairs, lighting, etc
*Coordination -because off site outdoor events have a significantly higher level execution of detail (vs. hotel venue) a designated "Day of" coordinator is absolutely a must.
*Service Rentals - plates, ice, coolers, silverware, barware, all linens etc.
*Caterer - menu costs, staffing costs, service charges, equipment rentals (grills, woks,coolers, trash cans, etc)
*Trash Removal - yes, see what I mean about details!

We have several photo galleries online that feature Lanikuhonua. Feel free to follow this link and check out the "Alex" "Kristen" "Malia" "Marissa" "Rosalie" & "Tiffany" events.

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 trends for Hawaii Weddings

Today I read that the #1 trend for 2011 is Outdoor Weddings.

That is great news for Hawaii since we are home to some of the most stunning outdoor venues in the World.

Two other trends worth noting are the return of rustic chic and DIY (Do it Yourself). Bonus - they happen to go hand in hand very well.

For a Rustic Chic and DIY ideas start with details that simple & important rather then huge & opulent such as...,

Cakes frosted with buttercream and natural flowers instead of fondant

Decorations that include mason jars or tea tins for flower arrangements/favors

Floor plans with old fashioned long banquet tables instead of rounds

Menus that are traditional & homey with a twist of modern and special attention to quality

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