5 Affordable Maui Wedding Myths Dispelled by Recent Wedding Surveys!

5 Affordable Maui Wedding Myths Dispelled by Recent Wedding Surveys!

If you think a wedding on Maui will be expensive or cost more than getting married on the mainland, you may be in for a pleasant surprise and decide a Maui wedding is realistic after all! With a recent survey showing the average Survey showing average cost of getting married at $28,427.US wedding cost at over $28,000 and with weddings in Hawaii near the bottom of the list of the top 25 most costly places to get married in the United States, wouldn’t you rather spend your wedding budget on a beautiful tropical wedding on Maui? Conducted by wedding website TheKnot.com, the recently released survey results from nearly 20,000 brides who got married in 2012 show weddings in Hawaii are near the bottom of the list of the top 25 most costly places to get married in the United States.

Dispelling Five Myths about Planning Affordable Maui Weddings:

  1. It costs more to get married in Hawaii than at home on the mainland – The survey results show Hawaii ranks near the bottom of the list of the 25 wedding locations included in the results.
  2. I’ll save money by flying to Miami instead of flying to Maui to get married – With the average cost of a wedding in Miami well over 30K, you’ll have several thousand dollars more than the average Hawaii wedding costs to use to upgrade to a tropical island wedding on Maui!
  3. It costs less to get married in Chicago than it does for getting married on Maui – With Chicago the second most expensive place in the US to get married, the average cost to get married in Hawaii is over $20k less than a Chicago wedding. I lived in the windy city many years when I first began my professional chef career. Though I met my wife in the windy city and love Chicago, a wedding on Maui will cost significantly less than getting married in Chicago.
  4. A wedding at Martha’s Vineyard will cost less than getting married in Hawaii – With the $47,000 average cost of Rhode Island weddings, will traveling to Maui from New England really cost more? At almost $20,000 less for the average cost to get married in Hawaii, an affordable Maui wedding should be considered!
  5. Getting married on Maui is more expensive than a beach wedding in Santa Barbara or Los Angeles – The survey shows the average cost of a Lost Angeles wedding at just over $35 and well over $40 for a Santa Barbara wedding – invest the wedding savings in airfare and get marriedThe 25 most expensive wedding locations in the US. in Maui! You might end up with enough savings in your wedding budget to treat your guests to a casual welcome barbecue on the beach and host a day-after wedding brunch or to pamper the bridal party with a spa day getting prepared for the wedding. Imagine spending quality time with your close friends enjoying tasty appetizers as you get your wedding hair style ready for the beach wedding.

The Average Wedding Cost of a Wedding in the United States:

  • NYC $76.5K
  • Chicago $50K
  • Rhode Island $47K
  • Santa Barbara $42K
  • LA $35K
  • San Fran $35K
  • Miami $31K
  • Hawaii $29.5K

Get Discount Air Travel and Earn First Class Upgrades to Fly to Hawaii Weddings

As a reward for reading this far, we present another way to save money and make affordable Maui weddings reality. Hawaiian air makes it possible to earn first class travel and get discounts for your wedding guest’s flights. With the recent announcement of Hawaiian Air Discounts for Hawaii weddings with the Wedding Wings Hawaiian Airlines program.Airlines Wedding Wings program, couples registered in the Wedding Wings program save 10% on their wedding travel to Hawaii and their registered wedding guests save 5% on their air fare to Hawaii on Hawaiian air. And, the program gives you the chance to fly first class to your Hawaii wedding! In addition to the air fare discounts, couples getting married in Hawaii who registered in the Hawaiian Airline Wedding Wings program are also eligible to earn first class upgrades when their wedding flight bookings reach 25. The program includes online coordination tools to invite and coordinate group travel and track guest bookings to help you earn your first class upgrades air travel while making it easy for your wedding guests to arrange their air travel to your Hawaii wedding and save money too. Learn more about the Hawaiian Airlines Wedding Wings program or signup.

Convinced Affordable Maui Weddings are not a Myth? Start planning on getting married on Maui now and I’ll help you plan the most affordable Hawaii wedding in your budget:


Or, leave a comment below with specific questions or to share your own dispelled myth about weddings in Hawaii.

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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