There’s a reason why Hawaii is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. The lush tropical forests, warm turquoise waters, black sand beaches- it’s the perfect mix of romance and adventure. So why not treat your closest loved ones to an unforgettable experience with a destination wedding in Hawaii? If you’re envisioning saying your vows on some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, this guide will give you all the tips you need to plan your perfect destination wedding in Hawaii- from selecting the right island, exploring wedding packages, planning tips and creating an unforgettable guest experience. Read on to see all the details!
If you’ve ever visited the Hawaiian Islands, you know that each one has its own unique culture and experiences. Lucky for you, each one is absolutely stunning, so we can check beautiful beaches and incredible scenery off the list for every island right off the bat. While Hawaii is made up of 137 islands, only a fraction of those are inhabited. Here are the best locations for your destination wedding in Hawaii…
Now for the fun (and slightly stressful) part- planning this amazing trip for your closest friends and family and, oh yeah, also planning your wedding day. If it’s within your budget, I highly recommend hiring a wedding planner that lives in your destination of choice or someone with experience working in the area. If you’re choosing a destination that you’ve never visited, this is super important. They’ll know the best local vendors and will help you stay organized between guest travel plans, wedding design and decor, finding your dream venue and all the other details that make up your wedding day. The best part about planning a destination wedding in Hawaii or any other popular location is that most venues will have destination wedding packages to make the process even more streamlined. If you go with a resort, you can more than likely have your accommodations, wedding weekend activities, ceremony and reception all in one place with a coordinator included. Check out my recent blog post where I interviewed two of my destination wedding brides to get planning tips and insight from couples who have done it themselves! Spoiler alert, they both have zero regrets about choosing a destination wedding and highly recommend it to any engaged couple. See all their planning tips and advice here!
If your guests are traveling across the world to celebrate with you, it’s important to provide them with all the resources they need to make the planning process as easy as possible. For my couples planning destination weddings, I always recommend that they include a travel section on their wedding website. Here you can list accommodation options, transportation details, and your full wedding weekend itinerary so guests know exactly what to expect. To help your guests make the most of their trip, I also love the idea of recommending hiking trails, nearby beaches, and tourist experiences they can take advantage of while on the island. For example, if you’re planning a destination wedding on Maui, you might want to give your guests resources to check out one of the most popular attractions on the island, the Road to Hana. Give local car rental options, recommend a guided tour, or put together a cute list of must-see stops along the way to include in your welcome bags. However, if you want to keep additional projects to a minimum, choosing an all-inclusive resort or popular tourist area will allow you to find a one-size-fits-all solution that will keep your guests entertained all weekend long.
If it isn’t clear already, you really can’t go wrong selecting any of the Hawaiian Islands for an unforgettable destination wedding experience. While the planning process might seem a little intimidating, I promise that having your closest loved ones join you on an unforgettable destination wedding in Hawaii to celebrate your love will be beyond worth it. Check out my blog on “How to Create a Meaningful Destination Wedding” for even more planning tips and insight. You’ve invested all this time, energy and money into creating the perfect day, so make sure that it’s captured properly so you can relive the best day of your life over and over again. And that means hiring an experienced destination wedding videographer who can assist with the planning process. As someone who has captured hundreds of couples all over the world, I’d love to be your right hand gal on the big day.
Learn more about my destination wedding videography services and follow along with my journeys on Instagram to find even more inspiration. Send me an inquiry or drop me a message, I can’t wait to connect with you and help create the destination wedding in Hawaii of your dreams!