3 Reasons Why Beach Weddings in Maui Save for DIY Wedding Planners

3 Reasons Why Beach Weddings in Maui Save for DIY Wedding Planners

A linen draped bamboo chuppah wedding arch at Olowalu wedding in West Maui.Planning a Maui beach wedding may be the easiest and best way to solve several common wedding planning dilemas and save money too! Destination beach weddings simply resolve several common wedding stress issues, including how to reduce the guest list and the easiest ways to plan an affordable wedding on Maui. Contrary to the mistaken popular opinion, getting married on Maui with a catered wedding reception can be an affordable alternative to expensive weddings on the mainland. Browse through the short list below to find money saving tips on ceremony venues, to reduce the wedding guest list and a few other wedding ideas to use to shave dollars off of any destination wedding budget and still enjoy the tropical Maui wedding of your dreams:

  1. Smaller Wedding Due to Travel – Less guests attending a wedding or wedding reception always saves money and often help solve a thorny issue for some couples. Of course everybody wants their entire family and friends to attend their wedding. That is, until they realize each of those second cousins and in law attending will add to the cost of getting married. It doesn’t matter if the wedding is at home or if the wedding is on Maui. A guest is a guest and contributes to wedding costs. Couples getting married on Maui tell us editing or pruning the guest list was one of their most difficult wedding planning decisions. Planning a beach wedding on Maui solved the problem naturally because of the travel logistics necessary to attend as well as the general expenses related to attending a destination wedding. Most couples getting Maui catering table setting with blue glasses, wedding flowers and cloth table runner.married in Hawaii say their closest friends and important family members always manage to figure out a way make the trip. You can ensure more guests are likley to attend your Maui beach wedding by planning the wedding dates far enough in advance and letting them know to get the best travel and flight deals to attend your wedding.
  2. Beach Weddings Reduce Honeymoon Costs –  By staying where you are getting married after the wedding ceremony, honeymoon travel costs may be eliminated or reduced significantly. Since many couples honeymoonDo It Yourself wedding planners put champagne on ice at Olowalu wedding. in Hawaii, if you host your wedding on Maui you won’t need to incur additional airline costs or fees for travel to the honeymoon destination since you’ll already be here! Even if you decide to honeymoon on a different Hawaiian island after the wedding, inter-island air fees are reasonable especially if you are able to connect the honeymoon island stop over into your departure with an open jaw ticket. Just let your travel agent or airline reservations agent know you are traveling to Maui for the wedding and would like a layover on the return flight with a stop over on Kaui or the Big Island of Hawaii after the wedding. Many couples skip a seperate honeymoon and stay on Maui celebrating their wedding with their guests.
  3. A catered Kaanapali wedding reception table setting at the Outrigger Cabana.Beach Weddings are Less Formal and Casual – Less wedding formality saves money! Since most wedding ceremonies on Maui take place at an outdoor wedding venue and many couples dream of getting married with their toes in the sand with a tropical sunset as the backdrop, beach weddings on Maui tend to be more casual and less formal than mainland weddings. A casual beach wedding can reduce or eliminate expenses since the groom may skip the tux or tux rental and casual bridal party dresses are often less expensive. Even with the beach wedding permit fee, getting married on a beach in Hawaii allows wedding savings by avoiding the expenses of church rental. Casual beach weddings save more money when lesser expensive wedding equipment rentals are utilized. If you host a welcome barbecue for your wedding guests to get acquainted and then re-use the same tables and other rental furnishings for the wedding reception, additional savings can be realized. And, you hire the same caterer for the welcome bbq and catered wedding reception or day after wedding brunch most caterers will show their appreciation for booking multiple events. And check out a few more tips for saving money on Maui weddings.

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.


Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit