Some locations simply seem made for romance, and Hawaii is one of them. Couples who have the opportunity to tie the knot in this tropical paradise should make the most of it by choosing an intimate location for the ceremony and then staging an elegant reception. Tropical flowers and fruits, organic table decor, favors from the islands, even authentic entertainment can all be brought together in an occasion that celebrates romance the Hawaiian way.
Find an Intimate Wedding Venue
When seeking to celebrate a wedding in near seclusion, select a part of Hawaii that offers more privacy than the other islands. Lana’i is one such location, making it a favorite for couples who want to tie the knot in an intimate manner. The Four Seasons Resort provides a wonderful place for couples to exchange vows, but those who prefer to get married right on the beach will appreciate the isolated shores of Lana’i. Locations such as these make ideal venues for an elegant luau styled with attractive flowers and tasteful decorations.
Craft Gorgeous Floral Centerpieces
For fabulous centerpieces, draw inspiration from Hawaiian flowers such as cymbidium orchids, dendrobium orchids, stargazer lilies, and hibiscus. While traditional floral centerpieces tend to be too artfully assembled, these tropical blooms lend themselves to more carefree, relaxed arrangements, while still bringing elegance to the table display. Alternatively, these flowers may be combined with fruits like pineapples, papayas, and coconuts for a distinctly tropical look.
Flowers may also be incorporated into each place setting. Lay a single bloom beside each plate or rest an orchid stem on top of each table napkin, taking care to complement the occasion’s color scheme.
Set Out Elegant Table Decorations
With a festive centerpiece in place, the next task is to assemble a beautiful table setting. A woven tablecloth with a pretty Hawaiian pattern immediately sets an organic, tropical look. A table napkin folded in the shape of a palm leaf and inserted into a tall wineglass adds both height and another tropical touch to the display. The napkin may also be tied with a string of miniature seashells, or with a raffia ribbon.
Petite tea lights in shell-trimmed candle trays bring a natural glow to a setting, with a few stems of tropical blooms placed alongside them as a finishing touch.
To welcome the guests, a festive receiving table may display place frames corresponding to each guest’s table assignment, with another eye-catching floral arrangement in their midst. Decorations such as these, along with authentic Hawaiian entertainment, will certainly help make the reception worth remembering.
Provide Festive Entertainment
One way to provide entertainment at an elegant wedding luau is to hire a professional group of Polynesian fire dancers known as poi dancers. Their complex moves accompanied by blazing flames will have guests enthralled. A chorus singing Hawaiian melodies in the background or a live guitar troupe playing popular tunes will definitely enhance the tropical ambiance as well. And of course, guests must not leave without a memento of Hawaii.
Send Guests Home With the Flavors of Hawaii
Guests from the mainland or those who are visiting Hawaii for the first time will surely enjoy something special from the islands. Macadamia nut cookies, Kona coffee, or fruit-filled candies can be presented in containers tied with a colorful ribbon. These can also be bundled in fabric circles in attractive tropical hues like lilac, aqua, and pink. A card may be attached explaining the significance of the favor in Hawaiian culture and tradition, or a personalized greeting may say “Many Mahalos” or simply “Aloha!”
It is possible to hold a dream wedding in a private island paradise. Hawaii offers fabulous intimate locations, as well as distinctive decor elements inspired by its very own natural gifts–the sun, the sea, lush flowers and fruits. Add to these the islands’ food specialties, music, and dance, and one has all the elements for a romantic wedding party set amidst the beauty of Hawaii.
- - Go Hawaii - Hawaii’s Official Tourism Site
- - Poipu Beach Resort Association - Info on Wedding & Honeymoon Planning
- - Aloha from Maui - Maui Visitor’s Bureau Site