3 Wedding Planning Tips to Do BEFORE Planning Your Wedding on Maui

3 Wedding Planning Tips to Do BEFORE Planning Your Wedding on Maui

An Outrigger El Dorado Cabana wedding on Kaanapali beach in West Maui.Are you engaged and wondering about getting married on Maui or another island destination wedding location? Since my professional catering staff at The Comfort Zone Maui Catering Services and I have planned and catered hundreds of Maui weddings since beginning the business 10 years ago, I encourage you to consider and accomplish the following three destination wedding planning tips:

  1. Determine Your Wedding Budget – Whether you are getting married on Maui or at another destination wedding venue, knowing your budget or at least a budget range for your wedding and wedding reception allows for your wedding planner and wedding service providers to stay within your budget. Setting a budget for the overall wedding, wedding reception or on a per guest basis ensures your wedding planning goes smoothly while keeping wedding costs under control and within budget. Not sure where to begin? Feel welcome to leave questions in the comments section of this Maui wedding blog or complete a short wedding planning questionnaire.
  2. Determine the Number of Guests Attending – Knowing the number of guests attending your destination wedding ensures you select a wedding location able to comfortably accommodate your wedding AND maximize your wedding budgetA destination weddingin Maui under a bamboo chuppa wedding arche.. When significant number of extra guests get added after the wedding has been planned, it is likely to add to the costs or make the wedding feel less comfortable and possibly crowded. Conversely, if the guest count for your destination wedding decreases significantly from the guest count planned for, you may have missed opportunities that may have been available to smaller weddings or even avoid wedding venue fees altogether if using the same venue where you and your wedding guests are staying.
  3. Pick a Maui Wedding Location – Once you know your wedding budget and guest count attending your wedding on Maui, choose a wedding location. You’ll have the greatest flexibility and opportunity to save money on your destination wedding when you select your Maui wedding location before deciding on the Maui wedding service providers you’ll work with and prior to booking guest accommodations on Maui. Since some wedding locations only work with their own wedding planners and because some wedding planners on Maui are limited to certain locations, when you choose your wedding location before you make other wedding plans, the rest of the wedding planning will evolve around the amenities of the specific Maui wedding location. You’ll be afforded opportunities to maximize not only your wedding budget, but also any amenities available at each unique wedding venue. For example, if you are getting married in the Maui beach wedding locations.Kaanapali resort at the Eldorado Cabana, you’ll only need one chuppah or wedding arch for the wedding ceremony. The cabana itself will serve as the location for your catered wedding reception dinner and doesn’t require additional covering for guests. If you are anticipating a larger wedding on Maui and decide on a destination wedding venue such as the Olowalu Plantation house, you’ll likely want to provide more covering from the sun or any passing trade showers. Perhaps several chuppas would be rented to serve as covering over your guests attending the wedding reception in West Maui. Follow the links for more information about planning a wedding at Outrigger Eldorado Cabana or the Olowalu Plantation House wedding venues.

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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