Maui Vacation Network
Wedding Capital of the World? There's good reason...
Why get married in Maui?
With thousands of weddings per year on Maui, it's obvious that people know why this is the best place for a wedding. Along with perfect settings for a ceremony, what better place is there to invite friends and family to spend a week with you celebrating your love? Maui Vacation Network has broken down some of the better spots, activities, and vendors on the island pertaining to your upcoming Maui wedding.
As fas as finding the perfect beach to get married on, do your research! Don't leave it to the last second. You don't want to get to a beach and find it packed with tourists, or 3 other weddings. Choosing to get married off season will help ensure that you aren't getting married 20 yards from another couple. September and October are the least busy months for tourists.
There are scores of beaches all around the island perfect for your wedding ceremony. One of the major factors you may want to consider is the weather. If you want to get married outdoors in Hana, you're asking to get drenched. Stick to the west side, or preferably, the South side of Maui. The best thing to do is find an estate to rent out for the day that's right on the beach. For smaller weddings, you can find something at a good price. Larger weddings with over 75 people will limit your options as far as properties for ceremony and reception. Tent rentals are a good idea for your reception area no matter where you decide to have it.
Ask your wedding coordinator to offer some beach suggestions for the ceremony. They will have a long list of options with the most private locations. To learn a little more about the beaches available, you can find helpful descriptions on our Maui Snorkel Map, the Maui Information Beach Guide, and also at Maui Wedding Locations.
Our island has some of the best restaurants in the world! Maui is home to one of the top culinary schools in the country. These creative professionals, along with other eager chefs from the mainland, saturate the island's food industry with inspirational cuisine. Many of these restaurants cater as well as serve large parties with ease. See our Top Maui Restaurant Picks.
A creative option for your rehearsal dinner location is on a dinner cruise. People are just beginning to realize how unique this experience is for a wedding rehearsal or reception. During Whale Season, this is a particularly attractive decision. There really isn't anything like listening to live music with family and friends while sipping cold cocktails and watching whales breach in front of a perfect Maui sunset. To reserve your party and discuss details for chartering Maui's Quicksilver power catamaran, call (808) 662-0075. To book a trip on this great boat before hand, do a snorkel cruise, or dinner cruise.
Wedding Party Activities
So what do you do with your family and friends before and after your wedding day? If you want to save yourself from the hassle of organizing everyone and trying to get everyone to do complicated activities, choose some larger events. Going to a Maui luau is easy to arrange. Tell your friends which one and what time, and all you have to do is show up. Maui is also home to some great shows like Ulalena and Kupanaha. These events are perfect for wedding groups because they accommodate large parties, are easy to find, and all ages can enjoy them.
Taking a snorkel boat to Molokini is also an easy trip to plan. Most boats have early trips to the crater which will afford you time to do wedding related activities for the rest of the day. Call (808) 661-3333 for information on getting your large group on a snorkel trip to Molokini Crater off of South Maui.
There are around 50 different Maui Wedding Planners on the island that can help you plan a destination wedding. Some are better than others. It's really important that you have a coordinator to help secure all the other vendors and organize your special day. It's far too difficult to do this all over the phone and the internet. Make sure to interview them thoroughly and check references. We've heard great reviews for Akia Weddings & Events. You can call Tamera at (808) 870-5525, or visit their website at Maui wedding Planner.
When choosing your wedding photographer, look at their online portfolio to see that their style is something you'd like to have applied to your wedding. For the best value, we suggest using Natalie Brown as your wedding photographer. She delivers high quality images, pays attention to detail, is easy to work with, and has some of the best prices on the island. You can see her portfolio at the Maui Photographer.
For your catering, we suggest using Chez Paul for Lahaina or Kaanapali weddings and Maui Executive Catering for South Maui weddings Depending on where you plan on having your reception, choose one of these recommended caterers. Both have wonderful food with highly experienced chefs and service staff. Make sure to book them early on to avoid conflicting wedding reservations. See more at Catering Maui.
All photographs are courtesy of Natalie Brown Photography, copyright 2007.