Planning tips for your dream Honolulu wedding

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There are a wide array of options as far as Honolulu wedding venues.  Want to have both your ceremony and reception at a five star hotel, replete with ocean views, fine cuisine, and brilliant architecture?  Check out the Kahala Hotel & Resort, which was actually named one of the “Top 25 Romantic Getaways in the World” by Travel & Leisure magazine.  It features a secluded beach, private lagoon with dolphins, turtles, and tropical fish, as well as various package options to fit your budget for wedding ceremony & reception party.  Or would you prefer a cozier venue at a lavishly landscaped private garden or beach house, where you can have breathtaking bride & groom pictures taken during a magical sunset?  Anela Garden offers full wedding ceremony & reception services featuring a 30,000 square foot tropical garden with breathtaking views of Diamond Head in Waikiki, a perfect backdrop for your wedding photo shoot. 

Reception food catered in or held at a separate location, perhaps at one of the many famous fine dining restaurants located on Oahu?  Marian’s Catering located in Wahiawa provides options from buffet style to a full service lunch or dinner reception, including appetizer & cocktail hour if desired, with a variety of delicious Japanese, Hawaiian, and local Island Style cuisine, or custom made-to-order creations.  Alan Wong’s Honolulu’s owner is known throughout the world as one of the finest chefs in Hawaii, with focus on local, fresh farm-to-table ingredients, a menu with unique local island fusion dishes, and the perfect reception venue for parties of 40 or less.  

How about entertainment?  Hawaii offers some of the world’s best in terms of both traditional and contemporary musicians, providing the perfect sounds to accompany the romantic scenery.  From ancient native vocal chants to the beautiful sounds of a strumming ukulele, and the haunting Hawaiian steel guitar, it’s no wonder this music has grown in popularity throughout the world, and most frequently used for wedding ceremonies and receptions in the Hawaiian Islands.  Look into booking local Honolulu award-winning group Maunalua, whose guitar, ukulele and vocals capture the traditional Hawaiian sound.  This well-known and album producing local band, and YES, still doing wedding venues, won the Na Hoku awards for “Hawaiian Album of the Year” and “Favorite Entertainer of the Year.”  For an added touch of grace and beauty, combine music with the heavenly motions of Hawaiian hula dancers, and you and your guests will remember the experience for an eternity.  Book the services of “Wanna Hula” for entertainment to include both local Hawaiian music ala ukulele & slat key guitar players, to accompany their professional and authentic Polynesian dance performances.  They even offer a class to teach the bride in advance a simple hula so she can perform and impress the guests!

Best of all, because you picked the world’s hottest travel destination for your wedding, your honeymoon is also of course taken care of!  With other lavish tropical islands such as Maui and Kauai close by, there is no limit to the exotic exploration and beautiful ocean sunsets that you and your new spouse can enjoy, with as much privacy as you desire.  Book your honeymoon stay in the neighbor island with Coastline Cottages of Kauai, receiver of multiple five star customer reviews, which one stated their cottage stay as “truly a slice of heaven.” Your guests will also have the benefit of staying in Honolulu, which has the perfect combination of relaxing resorts, huge shopping areas such as Ala Moana Shopping Center, and exotic adventures which can include hiking or snorkeling in Diamond Head, surfing lessons in Waikiki, horseback riding at Kua Loa Ranch, or one of the many whale watching tours on cruise ships Navatek I or Star of Honolulu .  For an unforgettable experience to cherish for the rest of your lives, make it a Honolulu wedding!

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