4 Tips for Do It Yourself Wedding Planning to Save on Maui Weddings

4 Tips for Do It Yourself Wedding Planning to Save on Maui Weddings

An oceanfront Maui wedding at the White House private estate in Lahaina.So you want a destination wedding but think it will be difficult to plan or expensive to get married on Maui? Or, you want to plan every detail of the wedding yourself, selecting each wedding service provider and matching what is offered to the details of your perfect Maui wedding dream? Concerned about not knowing anyone on Maui or unfamiliar with how to go about finding a wedding officiate to perform the ceremony? Haven’t visited Hawaii or uncertain of the best beach wedding locations on Maui? Wondering how you’ll find a caterer for the reception without tasting the food in advance or how to find a DJ on Maui to spin your favorite tunes and keep the reception lively? Rest assured, you have nothing to worry about! There are many wedding service providers who are happy to work with do it yourself wedding planning couples. Though you can find all inclusive wedding packages on Maui, many provide just the services you need or will introduce you to providers ranging from wedding equipment rentals or their favorite off the beaten path location or exclusive wedding venues on Maui. With the ease of planning a wedding on Maui and rise in DIY brides who want to plan their own wedding down to the last detail, we thought we’d share a few of the ways we save couples money when they are getting married on Maui. After you quickly scan through these 4 money saving tips be sure ask for a FREE Maui wedding catering quote:

Help for Do It Yourself Wedding Planning on Maui

  1. A catered wedding reception on Maui in Lahaina at the White House Private Estate oceanfront vacation rental.Find a Maui Wedding Location First – Because of the high volume of weddings on Maui and a lack of large wedding venues, finding a location for a wedding on Maui may be one of the most difficult and import decisions to make. By deciding on a wedding location first or early in the wedding planning process, you’ll have the most flexibility and you may be able to save wedding venue fees by utilizing guest accommodations to host the wedding ceremony and reception. Find out if the venue you are staying or housing wedding guests allows weddings on their grounds and inquire about wedding fees or event restrictions. Further savings may be obtained when wedding rental equipment is utilized for multiple wedding events by avoiding repeat drop charges and setup or tear down fees. Consider hosting a welcome barbecue, the wedding and the wedding reception all at the same location and re-use any lighting, canopies, tents, seating and other rental wedding fixtures. Several private estates offer both accommodations and a setting for events on Maui. One example is the Eldorado cabana for Kaanapali beach weddings or the White House, a Lahaina oceanfront estate vacation rental, with grounds comfortably accommodating up to 45 guests attending the wedding reception on Maui.
  2. Supply Your Own Alcohol – When you purchase the beer, wine and liquor for the wedding and use a licensed bartender to serve your guests, you’ll save money on your Hawaii wedding. A cocktail bar for a catered Maui wedding in Lahaina.The Costco in Kahului is often one of the best places to find the lowest prices on liquor for a Maui wedding. If you are planning a wedding in Lahaina or other West Maui locations, Safeway, Times and Lahaina Farms offers alcohol at usual retail prices and sometimes with discounts for cases or other larger quantity purchases. Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors has also recently opened a new liquor store in Lahaina and features a huge selection of local wines and liquor at reasonable prices. Utilize the best man for assistance acquiring the alcohol and then use our Maui county licensed bartender to ensure your guests are served safely. Bar setups, ice, coolers and glassware for wine and fun tropical Hawaiian cocktails is available as part of our catering services. If you get the champagne, we’ll supply fresh strawberries for the wedding champagne toast.
  3. Maui Chef CJ and licensed bartender at a wedding in Lahaina.Work with a Maui Chef to Plan the Wedding Details – Since the catered food you serve at your wedding will be remembered more than just about any other aspect of the wedding, we recommend making food the focus of the wedding plan. You may be surprised to find chefs who will enjoy helping you plan a wedding and very experienced at planning wedding. As an executive chef, planning events and weddings is often part of the daily task. Ask the chef providing your Maui catering if they’ll share wedding service providers or offer other planning services.
  4. Skip the Expensive Wedding Rehearsal Dinner – Since weddings on Maui are generally informal and there isn’t much need for rehearsing beyond a quick walk through of the wedding time line, many couples forgo a traditional rehearsal dinner at a restaurant and opt for a catered guest welcome party instead. With guests traveling to distant location for a destination wedding on Maui, it makes sense to host an event to welcome the guests attending the wedding. Instead of spending the wedding budget on a formal rehearsal dinner at an expensive restaurant on Maui, a catered beach barbecue is a fun way to welcome families and friends attending the wedding and provides a nice opportunity for everyone to meet each other before the wedding.

Thanks to Tad Craig for Maui Wedding Photography displayed above. 

Does an affordable Maui wedding sound realistic and ready to start making use of the do it yourself wedding planning tips presented above? Begin planning a wedding in Hawaii or find out how much getting married on Maui costs? Hit the button below and we’ll prompt you to supply a few details about your wedding visions. Afterwards, we’ll supply a no-obligation quote for wedding catering on Maui or a complete Hawaiian style wedding package with everything included! We’ll provide as little or as much help as you need to make Hawaii wedding dreams come true. Start Planning Your Wedding on Maui Now:{{cta(‘81934c82-f223-41a3-a1e2-3aad5a68d57b’,’justifycenter’)}}

The view toward Kaanapali from the White House oceanfront wedding estate in Lahaina.

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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