Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to have a destination wedding on the garden isle of Kauai. It is the best (and biggest) decision you could make. Weddings can be very stressful with all of the details that needed to tended in addition to EVERYONE having an opinion about your big day can make a bride want to pull all her hair out. That’s why I’ve come up with a list of the the top 5 things you need to do to plan your destination wedding on Kauai.
1.) Start pricing flights. Where will the majority of your friends and family be flying in from? Kauai’s airport is small and easy to navigate. The moment your guests step off the plane, they will be welcomed to the island with the sounds and smells of Hawaii. I highly recommend meeting your guests at the the baggage carousels with flower lei’s in hand for the ultimate Aloha welcome. Lei’s can be bought at the Lihue airport or at the grocery store.
2. Know the weather. Because of Kauai’s relation to the equator, the temperature year round is consistently between 75-85 degrees. Sometimes a chilly temperature of 68 can hit in winter and everyone will dress like they’re going to freeze to death. My daughter teases me all the time about dressing in “winter clothes” when it was only 78 degrees. It does rain a lot on Kauai. Sometimes in short bursts, and depending on the time of year or part of the island it could rain more than others. Most storms happen at night. However, when daytime showers do hit, they usually last for only a few minutes. So if it starts raining where you’re at, just wait a few minutes and it will usually pass.
3. Get to know the area of Kauai you are staying. Ask about minimum stays at the resort.
If you have your heart set on a certain high-end hotel, make sure there’s an alternate hotel for guests who might be more budget conscious. Ask early about vendors (like me a wedding photographer!). Because Kauai has a small population, the best vendors will book fast. On weekends I’ve known pastors to book several ceremonies in a day!
4. Check the Kauai calendar. Do you want to go on a whale watching tour while visiting the island? That will need to happen in the winter months (I’ve got the best recommendations on island for this kind of fun!). Is there a certain spot on the island you’ve seen on Pinterest where you simply must hold your sunset beach ceremony? Make sure it’s accessible when your planning your wedding date.
5. Remember how rich (or poor) your friends are. Will you be sad you picked Princeville when half of your just-out-of-college buddies can’t afford to come? Or can only stay for two nights instead of making it a weeklong party like you planned? Have you thought about renting a house on VRBO that will accommodate a large group of people? There are lots of options, and you don’t have to stay at a hotel!
These are just a few of my recommendations and I’d love to share more with you if you chose me as your wedding photographer. I am currently booking dates for June – September of 2017.
Are you ready to take the next step in making sure all your moments are captured forever in time? Shoot me an email so we can plan your big day! firstname.lastname@example.org
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