5 Ideas to Customize Affordable Maui Wedding Packages

5 Ideas to Customize Affordable Maui Wedding Packages

A Maui wedding reception at the Olowalu Plantation House just South of Lahaina.Getting married on Maui doesn’t need to be expensive and it is easier than ever to avoid spending hours on hours planning a wedding in Hawaii. Along with fast and easy wedding planning services there are many ways to customize an affordable Maui wedding package to fulfill your wildest dreams of tropical weddings in paradise. You still aren’t convinced you won’t need to spend a fortune to realize your dream for a wedding in Hawaii!? We understand. Though we’ve planned hundreds of weddings and assembled numerous packages for wedding budgets of all sizes and styles, you’ll still want to scan through our short list of ways to arrange and customize the most affordable package for a wedding on Maui:

  1. Save on wedding rehearsal dinners by hosting a welcome barbecue – You’ll not only have the opportunity to personally welcome every guest that traveled for your wedding in Hawaii, a welcome guest reception is a more affordable option while including more guests than traditional wedding rehearsal dinners. With weddings on Maui more casual, there is often no need for a full rehearsal before the wedding. A quick walk through of the wedding timeline is usually all that is necessary and whoever is serving as a day of wedding coordinator will keep things on time. The chef will also be helpful in keeping the wedding on time so guests enjoy a delicious hot wedding reception menu without being rushed. Maui Chef Jorgensen carefully selects wedding photographers that won’t hijack a wedding timeline with lengthy photo sessions. While everybody wants great sunset wedding photography shots to remember their wedding on Maui, a skilled wedding photographer plans the shots ahead of time and promptly moves through arrangements while quickly assemble bridal parties, relatives and guests for composed or planned shots simultaneously capturing the best spontaneous wedding photographs.
  2. Tropical flowers and natural decor for Maui beach weddings – Natural scenery and fresh tropicalTropical Maui wedding flowers including yellow orchids, pink ginger and white plumeria in vases on catering buffet table. flowers provide island ambiance and most hold up well over several days for re-use at multiple wedding events. Since tropical flowers tend to be large, a few add a big visual impact for outdoor weddings. A few professionally arranged tropical wedding flower bouquets with colors matched to the wedding theme coupled with several vases filled with freshly cut fragrant Tuberose along with a few baskets of Plumeria blossoms keep floral expenses within the budget for the wedding package. With some stems in the 3 to 5 foot length, a few single Pink or Red Ginger Blossom along with several Heliconia stems in colors coordinated to the wedding keep wedding flower costs affordable while adding visual impact using natural elements. Orchids in water filled glass vases with tropical flower pedals placed around it provide low cost tropical wedding reception centerpieces. Include wedding lei for guests along with bride and groom lei exchange with a bridal bouquet or haku head lei coupled with a few tropical bouquets to complete the floral arrangements for wedding packages on Maui.
  3. Create customized menus for wedding receptions matching your preferences, style, dietary requirements and within your wedding budget – Focus on the food first! By arranging the menuA plated dinner featuring seared Ahi Tuna prepared by private Maui chef Christian Jorgensen. to be served at a catered wedding reception before most other wedding arrangements provides the most flexibility and affordable wedding budget options! Since guests will remember the food served at your wedding more than nearly any other part of your wedding, arranging the wedding reception catering menu early in the wedding planning makes sense. Though couples are welcome to utilize a full service wedding planner or coordinator, before making the final decision you should ask your chef or catering company if they provide wedding planning services or know the best Maui wedding venues to serve their catered food for the wedding reception, wedding rehearsal dinner or welcome barbecue on the beach. While not all chefs enjoy planning weddings or have experience coordinating complete wedding packages with custom menus for wedding receptions, you’ll find a few with years of experience planning weddings and catered events. Some chefs prefer to manage the timeline for the wedding couple to ensure the food is the focus of the event only behind the couple getting married, providing a precise timeline ensuring the wedding stays on schedule. We provide as much or as little help as you prefer. From arranging a complete full service catered wedding package from start to finish inclusive of wedding guest vacation rental accommodations to supplying only the catering for a wedding reception or related wedding events, we’ll help as much or as little as you’d like and provide as many ideas as you want. Though you’ll save the costs of a wedding coordinator in addition to saving time when we plan it for you, if you prefer to work with a full service wedding coordinator we are equally happy providing only the catering for wedding receptions on Maui.Grilled coconut shrimp with steak skewers for a Hawaiian appetizer.
  4. Guest accommodations with an onsite wedding venue for the ceremony and reception – Whether you opt to stay in private vacation rentals on Maui such as the Majestic Maui private estate or the Outrigger EldoradoA sunset Maui wedding in Kaanapali at the Eldorado beach cabana. in Kaanapali, choosing a wedding venue where you’ll be able to utilize the same location for multiple wedding activities is one of the best options to create the most affordable Maui wedding packages instead of booking separate wedding venues for each event. Since most weddings in Hawaii include a wedding ceremony with a wedding reception and often a welcome barbecue or day after wedding brunch, unless you are getting married in a church you’ll likely want to choose a wedding location on Maui with a wedding reception venue onsite. Doing so avoids guests commuting between locations for the ceremony and wedding reception site while avoiding additional wedding site fees and wedding rental charges. The most affordable Maui wedding package savings are realized by combining a guest welcome barbecue or a post wedding brunch along with the wedding reception at the same venue. When the event locations are at the same site as the wedding with wedding reception site, catering equipment and wedding rental equipment are utilized without additional drop off, delivery and pickup fees. Tables, chairs, lighting and canopies could all be reused over a couple days to avoid paying for setup and teardown and multiple delivery charges for wedding equipment rentals.
  5. Offering Action Stations at the wedding reception is another idea for affordable Maui wedding packages – In addition to a catered A carving station at a catered event on Maui with Chef CJ.buffet, including an action station provides a fun opportunity for wedding guests to interact with the chefs and discuss the preparation or specify cooking preferences for bbq grilling. While our most requested action station menus for a guest welcome reception and wedding receptions is the Hawaiian barbecue menu, other popular requests for action station menus at weddings include Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders, a Handmade Taco action station and always popular for weddings in Hawaii is sushi action station with a sushi chef for wedding pupus (Hawaiian word for hors d’oeuvres. Adding mashed potato and baked potato action stations to a carving station menu are affordable options for wedding reception menus. With dessert action stations in demand, ideas for dessert action station menus include homemade ice cream sundaes, a chocolate fountain featuring tropical fruits or even a S’more station. Even if you don’t want them for your own wedding in Hawaii, you may still want to try this recipe for s’mores. For kids party menus, a buffet with a Macaroni and Cheese station, a Grilled Cheese action station or Grilled Burgers are all options to consider including for the most affordable wedding packages on Maui.

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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