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Leahi Park Wedding, An Oceanfront Venue

If You Want A Fairytale Hawaiian Oceanside Park Wedding, Leahi Park is ideal. 

Grab your passports, and sunglasses cause this real love story is taking you all the way from Gold Coast of Australia to the breathtaking Hawaiian Islands.  We’re taking you to a Leahi Park Wedding, an oceanfront wedding venue on Oahu, Hawaii.

As you can imagine planning a wedding in Hawaii from Australia poses several challenges. One of the first being understanding the average cost of a wedding in Hawaii and next how to choose the perfect Hawaii wedding venue for the “I Do’s” and reception. Of course, using the internet to search through the thousands of Hawaii wedding packages, destinations, flowers and planners is easy. But the reality is, sitting in the comfort of your own home scrolling through endless options of wedding vendors is mind-blowing and easily overwhelming. 

Real Hawaii Destination Wedding, How To Plan It From Abroad

After a lot of searching and trying to decide between an Oahu wedding, a beach wedding or an oceanside park setting.  Ananta & Katrina finally decided they needed help. With thousands of destination wedding packages Hawaii, and venues it became hard to know exactly which one was perfect for them as a couple. Luckily, Islander Weddings came to the rescue!  Being experts on Oahu wedding venues and vendors, Islander Weddings made everything easy.  Ananta & Katrina ultimately decided on choosing from several Hawaii wedding packages and found a Hawaii wedding venue that matched their spirit.   

Ananta and Katrina decided on a picturesque setting for their ceremony, Leahi Park. Leahi which locals translate to “Brow of the Tuna”, is located only five minutes east of Waikiki, at the foot of the scenic and iconic Diamond Head Mountain. Part of the lure and charm of Diamond Head Mountain is not only the beautiful panoramic view of Honolulu but it’s rich history.

Story has it that the 760-foot crater (Diamond Head) got its name from the British sailors who thought they had discovered diamonds on the crater’s slopes. Imagine a volcano erupting with diamonds, seems too good to be true right? Well it was! To the sailors dismay the “diamonds” they thought they found were actually shiny calcite crystals and had no value. But this history helped to create the iconic mystery and is one of the reasons that makes Leahi Park and Diamond Head Mountain the perfect setting to say “I Do”!  (Source of History: GoHawaii.com)

The Perfect Wedding Day In Hawaii

After months of planning their Hawaii destination wedding from Australia, the day finally arrived. It was a beautiful afternoon, vibrant blue skies, stunning scenery and friends and family that traveled from a far to witness their joining. What could be better? Katrina looked gorgeous in a beautiful lace, fit & flare gown. With both her Mom and Dad escorting her she walked down the aisle to her beloved, Ananta.  

The couple requested a Hawaiian minister, who was present to not only officiate the ceremony, but to sing and play ukulele. An amazing and personal tribute to the culture of Hawaii and the love that they have for each other. After the ceremony the couple enjoyed a photo session at the park with guests.  And then traveled to a different beach park for more photos and a champagne toast with the bridesmaid and groomsmen to celebrate their union. Once the bubbly was gone it was time to party! Ananta and Katrina chose a wonderful limousine service Honolulu to drive them to Tiki’s Grill for their reception party.

Islander Weddings made planning a Hawaii destination wedding from Australia easy. By cultivating Hawaii wedding packages all-inclusive that encompassed everything that is important to the couple the perfect Hawaii wedding day came to life!

In all, the wedding of Ananta and Katrina was a celebration of all things that are beautiful. From the breathtaking scenery to the love the couple shares with each other as well as family and friends. A truly perfect Hawaiian wedding day! Ready to plan your dream Hawaii destination wedding? Contact us now. 

Oahu wedding photographer: Izumoto Photography

Leahi Park Wedding

Happily Married at Leahi Park

Happily Married at Leahi Park

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Makapu’u Beach Wedding

A Makapu’u Beach Wedding to Remember

After first dating many years ago, Garfield and Leavonies were reunited only to fall in love all over again. As their newly found love developed, they just knew they wanted to get married.  A Hawaii destination wedding would be the perfect place and plan to share their nuptials among close family and friends. So, they began searching for the perfect Honolulu wedding packages and Oahu wedding venues.   They also knew they’d want the best Oahu wedding photographers. As their plans unfolded for a Hawaii destination wedding, the couple decided their Hawaii wedding venue would need to be in a remote and secluded location. That’s when they learned about Makapu’u—a scenic ridge that rises nearly 650 feet over the sea and features a beach surrounded by lava rock tide pools.   What makes it even more special is a glorious lighthouse on the cliff at Makapu’u Point. 

So Many Hawaii Wedding Packages To Choose

Garfield and Leavonies sorted through so many Hawaii wedding packages.  Their destination wedding location was a clear choice, Makapu’u Beach Wedding. Then, all the details began to fall into place. They were able to book a Hawaii wedding package.  Something all inclusive that could help save on costs and also find recommendations for an Oahu wedding videographer and a Limousine service Honolulu. While the average cost of a wedding in Hawaii can add up, this happy couple was not about to sacrifice any details.  The couple opted for a fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime event at this Oahu wedding venue. They discovered that a Hawaii destination wedding package is the way to truly enjoy the finest island paradise on earth.  On top of that it was all within their budget. This Makapu’u wedding would be one to remember by Garfield and Leavonies, by their dear family members, and by their closest friends.

 

A Secluded Beach Wedding at Makapu’u

When their Hawaii destination wedding took place at Makapu’u, it was simply awe-inspiring. The wedding was a mid-afternoon event that took place on a breathtaking sandy dune at Makapu’u near Sea Life Park. The beautiful bride was escorted by her daughter.  She chose a  stunning bouquet of native fuchsia flowers. With tiki torches and blue ocean waves in the background, they stood in a symbolic rose petal circle to exchange their vows. The close of their ceremony in paradise included a photo session on the beach and at nearby Heaven’s Point. It was simply the most perfect day for all to behold, and Islander Weddings was proud to have guided Garfield and Leavonies in this magical celebration of love.

Garfield and Leavonies at Heaven's Point

Heaven’s Point

Makapu'u Beach

Makapu’u Beach Wedding

 

Hawaii Beach Wedding Venue: Makapu’u Beach

Wedding Planner: Islander Weddings

Hawaii Photographer: Michelle Scotti

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Traditional or Destination Wedding

Traditional or Hawaii Destination Wedding

Thinking about a Hawaii destination wedding?  Your mind is dancing with excitement after your recent engagement.  Are you feeling stressed about planning a big wedding? Between the oodles of ideas from loved ones and the sheer cost of hosting a wedding, your excitement can change to anxiety.  Then, consider a Hawaii destination wedding!  The average cost of a traditional wedding in the United States runs approximately $26,000.  Thus, leading many couples to seriously consider whether to get married at home or opt for something exciting like a Hawaii destination wedding.  Ultimately a destination wedding will keep costs down.  At the same time, it will make it will also make it more enjoyable because only the people closest to you will make the trip.

So, what makes a traditional local wedding vs a destination wedding right for you?

At the heart of your decision is whether you want a wedding that all your friends and family can attend.  Or, something definitely more fun and adventurous where only your closest family and friends make the trip.  Thus it can be tough to decide, here are the top reasons to choose a destination wedding. 

Hawaii weddings on a budget 

If you’re budget conscious and the deciding factor is cost then you will be excited to learn that a Hawaii beach wedding will cost less than your typical local wedding.  Destination weddings average $7,804 per couple. Research by Destination Weddings Travel Group:  the annual average of $26,000 in the U.S. That is a significant savings for you, imagine what you could do with $18,000!

Wedding Guest List 

If your parents suggest you to invite family and friends, then choosing a beach wedding venue such as a  Waimanalo Bay wedding, is a great idea.  It’s the longest stretch of beach on Oahu.  After your ceremony, you might be busy working with the photographer getting those great photos. That’s when everyone else can just enjoy themselves on the beach or by the ocean.  This ultimately helps to keep the costs down while making your wedding more enjoyable because only the people you love the most will make the trip.This ultimately helps to keep the costs down while making your wedding more enjoyable because only the people you love the most will make the trip.

Lifetime Memories

One of the absolute best things about planning a wedding that requires traveling to beautiful Hawaii  is that you will have more time to actually enjoy your friends and family.  Thus,  your wedding becomes a mini-vacation for everyone.   You can enjoy excursions together, quiet time at the beach, dinners, breakfast, nightlife and more.  A wedding in Hawaii provides an opportunity to create wonderful memories far beyond any wedding and reception at a local hometown venue.  So, if you’re worried about a big traditional wedding, a destination wedding is the answer!

Hawaii Wedding Packages

Just Married North Shore Oahu

Destination Wedding Hawaii

Vow Renewal at Waimanalo

Elopement in Hawaii

Waialae Beach

Elopement at Waimanalo

Sherwoods at Waimanalo Bay

Hawaii Destination Wedding

Kahala Beach

Hawaii Destination Wedding

Family Vacation / Vow Renewal

Hawaii Destination Wedding

Paradise Cove Beach Wedding

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All Inclusive Wedding in Hawaii

Why an all inclusive wedding in Hawaii?

Because it’s affordable!

It is said, “never start off your marriage in debt”.  Yet on average couples will spend up to $20,000. to $30,000. for a traditional wedding and start their new life strapped with paying off their big day.  A great idea is to consider an all inclusive wedding in Hawaii.  It’s much less expensive and thus less of a financial strain when just starting out. Also, you’re already in Hawaii for your honeymoon, how nice is that!

Whether it’s your first time to Hawaii or if you are returning, you’re in for a unique, special, and memorable experience.   Orchid flower leis, lush tropical landscapes, majestic mountains, and white sand beaches. Hawaii has it all. You’ll be surrounded with beautiful scenery and charming culture. “Aloha” is an often said warm expression everywhere you go. 

If a small group of friends and family are traveling with you, the convenience of limousine service sure takes the hassle out of having to drive.  Plus it’s way more fun!  Whether you need an 8 or 14 passenger limousine traveling in style to your beach wedding is worth it.

Beach Wedding Hawaii

Door to Door Limo Service

To plan for your trip to Hawaii is one thing.  Then, planning for your wedding is another.  You will want to take full advantage of the nice weather on your wedding day.  Because of the different opportunities for a location choosing a beautiful beach or lush tropical parkare two considerations.  Check out the best destination wedding locations.

Dress comfortably

The climate in Hawaii is warm and tropical. Dressing comfortable for your beach wedding is important to make your special day that much more enjoyable. Dresses with a train or lace trim can make getting around the beach difficult.  For instance, at Waimanalo Bay Beach there are many ironwood trees with pine needles just off the beach.  Therefore, a lengthy wedding dress will pick up unwanted pine needles and other debris.  So, a dress that is made of light fabric that is shorter is recommended.

In Hawaii we are blessed with sunshine and light wind most of the time.  Yet, there are times when the weather doesn’t always cooperate.  Typically when it rains it Hawaii it is only for a short time and often times if we just wait the weather will clear up.In case of light rain, we typically wait till it stop as it’s just a passing shower.  Because we are committed to providing the best service, we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

If you are looking for the ideal all inclusive wedding location, look no further.  You’ve found what you are looking for in booking your wedding in Hawaii.

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Sandy Beach Wedding

Tide Pools at Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach Photo Session

A Beach Wedding in Honolulu

Planning for a Sandy Beach Wedding in Honolulu on Oahu, is an excellent choice.  Located just 30 minutes from Waikiki Sandy Beach sits at the base of Koko Head Crater. It has beautiful golden sand and a colorful blue ocean for a backdrop. It also has  lava rock tide pools too. The natural setting at Sandy Beach make it perfect for beach wedding photos.

Like it’s nearby neighbor Makapu’u, Sandy Beach is a favorite beach for body surfing.  During the summer months the shore break waves are quite powerful and dangerous.  Only those with local knowledge venture out. Off in the distance the Blowhole at Halona Cove is quite spectacular to watch the big surf crashing into the black lava cliffs.  The blowhole can erupt shooting water up super high like a geyser! It is most spectacular when it’s high tide and windy. You’ll hear a hum noise  just before the blowhole erupts.  As a side note, Halona Cove Beach or Eternity Beach as it is also known was the setting of the famous scene where Burt Lancaster kisses Deborah Kerr in 1953’s “From Here To Eternity. The famous kiss considered very risque at that time in American film.

Most people come to Sandy Beach just to watch the waves, take photos, fly a kite, or just enjoy the day with friends and family. There is not much shade at Sandy Beach Park. That’s one reason why we prefer late afternoons close to sunset when the sun is not as hot and bright.   For an ideal beach wedding location on Oahu, Sandy Beach is a great choice.  You’ll want the best wedding planner in Honolulu to plan your premier Oahu Beach Wedding. So start organizing the wedding of your dreams in Hawaii!

Beach Wedding Hawaii

Beach Wedding Photo Shoot.

Oahu Beach Wedding Venue | Sandy Beach

Wedding Photo Shoot

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Oahu Beach Wedding

Oahu Beach Wedding Waikiki

When considering an Oahu beach wedding venue, Waikiki Beach is a great idea. Visiting couples coming to Hawaii have many locations to choose from for a beach wedding venue. Historically, Waikiki was once a retreat for Hawaiian royalty, who would enjoy surfing and time with their Ohana (family). Waikiki Beach is a two mile stretch of white sand beach with a beautiful blue turquoise colored ocean. Thus, Waikiki is one of the most recognized and romantic wedding venues in the world. The atmosphere is alive with ocean activity all along this scenic stretch of coastline. The beaches in Waikiki provide the perfect oceanside beach venue.  Also, it makes for an unforgettable sunset wedding ceremony too. There’s Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Fort DeRussy Beach, Royal Hawaiian Beach, and Queen’s Beach.  Then, at the very east end of Waikiki there is Kaimana Beach and Leahi Park.

Elopement in Waikiki

Recently, a very sweet couple came all the way from France to tie the knot in Hawaii.  Marc & Siham wanted to take full advantage of the tropical and exciting atmosphere of Waikiki for their photo session.   Their ceremony was on the beach.  Then they decided on an area near the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel for photos. With an additional hour of photography, they took their time strolling and having fun.  They made their way through the Moana Surfrider as well as Fort DeRussy Park to capture a real variety of photos.  Then, of course they were sure to get some photos with Diamond Head mountain for a backdrop.  Thus, leaving them with a once in a lifetime wonderful memory of their time in Hawaii.

Beach wedding venues in Waikiki are spread out, which gives you a number of options.  Thus making it an ideal destination wedding venue for couples looking to tie the knot.  Also, it’s ideal for couples wishing to celebrate their marriage with a vow renewal ceremony.  With family present, that makes it all the more enjoyable.  It’s very much an enchanting tropical setting. Most beaches are walking distance from just about any hotel.  Thus, making Waikiki a really convenient idea for a beach wedding in Hawaii.

Hawaii Wedding Packages

For an Oahu Beach Wedding Venue, Waikiki Beach can become the wedding of your dreams. Consider planning with a customized, all inclusive, full-service wedding packages.  Then, you can effortlessly celebrate your special day.  When searching for Oahu Beach Wedding Venues, consider all the options Waikiki offers. eoffer one full hour of professional wedding photography and videography, ready to capture those breathtaking moments. So start planning your destination wedding in Hawaii today and come to paradise.

 

Hawaii Wedding Venues

Moana Surfrider

Hawaii Wedding Packages

Royal Hawaiian Beach

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Sunset Time

 

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Sherwoods Beach Hawaii

Sherwoods Beach Hawaii

Located at Waimanalo Bay on Oahu

Sherwoods Beach at Waimanalo Bay is simply perfect for a Hawaii beach wedding. Sherwoods Beach at Waimanalo Bay with its  turquoise  ocean and white sand is simply beautiful. It’s a hidden gem where the forest meets the ocean. There you’ll find 3 miles of white sand beach, islands, cliffs, and an ironwood tree forest. By car it’s a beautiful 45-minute drive from Waikiki that takes you along the South Shore of Oahu using the Kalanianaole Highway.

Waimanalo Bay is the kind of place that just takes your breath away. It’s the best setting for a beach wedding or vow renewal on Oahu. If you are seeking a quiet, uncrowded beach, then look no further. Our affordable wedding package plans are a good place to start planning. Not only does the blue ocean make for a stunning backdrop, but the steep cliffs and offshore islands provide all the beautiful scenery you need for those special photos. This is why Waimanalo Bay is a favorite location for couples who come to have a wedding in Honolulu, Hawaii. For a stress-free, affordable beach wedding on Oahu, please contact us. We’re more than happy to make your wedding in Hawaii the very best experience.

Sherwoods Beach Hawaii

Sherwoods Beach Hawaii

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Top 5 Wedding Venues Oahu

Oahu’s Top 5 Wedding Venues

One of the most common questions we get asked is: So, where are the top 5 wedding venues on Oahu?  Well, with so many options, we’d like to help everyone out by narrowing things down a bit in this blog: Here are our Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues on Oahu.

          1) Top Venue in Waikiki: Fort DeRussy Park

Oahu's Best Wedding Venues

DeRussy Beach Park Waikiki

Located in Waikiki, Fort DeRussy  beach park is a very convenient, hidden gem that is walking distance from most hotels. It also very colorful and romantic sunsets. Fort DeRussy Park is a beautiful park with tropical plants, different kinds of palm trees, and Hawaiian architecture. The park area is a perfect spot for easy to get to ceremonies, and the nearby beach is ideal photography and festivities.

 

          2) Top Venue in Town: Magic Island 

Oahu Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues

Magic Island late afternoon

 Located in Honolulu, just outside of Waikiki, this Oahu beach wedding venue is a huge beach park.  It is characterized by Hawaiian grasses, plants and palm trees. Magic Island is surrounded by a water backdrop frequented by sailboats, canoes, and surfers. The focal point of this top wedding venue is Diamond Head Mountain rising in the distance, an iconic symbol of Hawaii. Just minutes from Waikiki in Honolulu, the gorgeous sunsets make this southern Oahu location one of our favorite evening wedding venues.

 

          3) Top Honolulu Beach: Waialae Beach in Kahala

Oahu's Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues

Waialae Beach

Then, there is Waialae Beach, also known as Kahala Beach is a small, with many arching palm trees and stark blue ocean color.  Off in the distance Koko Head Mountain is always visible.  A quiet beach wedding venue this beach is less than 15 minutes from Waikiki. As you can see from the wedding photo, this is one of the most picturesque and private locations on the island.   Furthermore, it is located next to the Kahala Resort, a great place to go for drinks or dinner.  You can literally walk from the beach to the resort.

 

          4) Makapuu Beach

Oahu's Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues

Makapuu Beach

Further along down along the southeast side, this Oahu Beach Wedding Venue is perfect for a small intimate wedding.  It is defined by rugged beautiful mountains and cliffs surrounding the beach at this oceanfront cove venue.  The unique shoreline has many small tide pools of lava rock.  Because of this, it’s a popular site. Makapuu Lighthouse also has a small island just off the coast which makes for a spectacular and stunning backdrop.  So, it’s just 30 minutes from Waikiki, definitely consider Makapuu.

 

          5)  Top East Side Beach: Waimanalo Bay 

Oahu's Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues

Waimanalo Bay

So, we hope you enjoyed this “Best Of” list.  So, if you like the photos, Please know that more than 100 professional wedding photos like these are part of our Islander Extra Plan. Click here to learn more information on our wedding packages. Also check here to learn more about the other Beach Wedding Venues On Oahu.  Aloha~

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