Affordable Hawaii Weddings – 4 Things To Do If Engaged Over Holidays

Affordable Hawaii Weddings – 4 Things To Do If Engaged Over Holidays

A catered Maui wedding reception with wedding lights.Did you get engaged over the holidays? Congratulations! Have you already started thinking about wedding planning? It is never too early to plan a destination wedding in Hawaii. Are you dreaming of an exotic wedding in Hawaii but don’t know where to begin or how to plan the destination wedding of your dreams? Are you starting to think about wedding planning details and what you need to do or when to do it? Wedding planning doesn’t need to be difficult, overwhelming, time consuming or frustrating! Getting married in Hawaii has never been easier! Even the most ardent do it yourself wedding planner will want to scan through our short list of essential wedding planning tips:

  1. Select the wedding location and catered reception location – our number one Maui wedding planning tip continues to be to choose a Maui wedding location before making other wedding plans. Unlike many mainland wedding destinations, there are very few large wedding reception facilities or banquet halls on Maui. And only a few Maui A Maui wedding at the Olowalu Plantation House in West venues offer options for large weddings. To save the most money on a Maui wedding, we recommend considering housing your guests at the same venue you’ll be using for the wedding ceremony. Maui offers a plethora of private estates for weddings with guest accommodations available for the entire wedding party and guests.
  2. Choose the Date of the Wedding – Once you know the Maui wedding location, the next important step is to select a date for the wedding in Hawaii! Knowing the location prior to the date permits you to select a wedding date knowing your preferred wedding location will be able to accommodate your wedding day on Maui. After the date is selected and your guests have been informed, the rest of the planning should commence as soon as possible. Since you’ll still be early in the process and without guest confirmations, be sure your wedding service providers are flexible to changing guest counts. Initially, you’ll want to estimate the guest count and then finalize the services needed based on the actual number of guests attending. Although most Maui weddings average between 35 to 50 persons, larger Maui weddings are possible and many are small with just the bride and groom or accompanied by only their closest family members and friends. Just let your service providers know the rough head count expected and then keep them informed as you receive confirmations.
  3. Consult with a Maui chef or wedding caterers before hiring a separate wedding planner – Many Maui catering companies and their chefs Catering image displaying popular table setups at a catered Maui wedding reception.are experienced catering large events and weddings. This makes them more than capable of planning a wedding or other events on Maui and you may be able to save money without the need for a full service wedding planner. In fact, we include FREE wedding planning advice with catered wedding receptions. You can choose as much help as you need or even plan the entire wedding yourself and utilize our services for the catering or even use self-catering with pick up for smaller weddings or events. If you do decide you want want to pay for a full service wedding planner, verify they are flexible to working with the caterer and other professional wedding service providers you want to utilize. Some Maui wedding planners provide a small list of catering choices and other wedding services. Other only allow their preferred wedding service providers, often motivated by commission rather than best fit for the bride and groom.
  4. Find Accommodations for your Guests and Let Them Know to Save the Date – Once you know where you are getting married, the date of the wedding and found help from the catering company, a chef or a dedicated wedding planner, the next step to planning a Maui wedding is to find accommodations available to house your guests who have travelled to celebrate your special day. One option we recommend is to consider staying in private A Maui wedding location in Lahaina with accommodations for guests.vacation rental accommodations with an onsite wedding location. Doing so will likely save money by utilizing the wedding rental equipment for multiple functions and often eliminates or reduces the fees for a separate wedding location for the ceremony and reception. If you decide not to host your wedding guests at the same place you are getting married, then you’ll probably need to utilize a stand-alone wedding venue such as the Olowolu Plantation House. Another option is to house the wedding party and some of the guests at the beautiful Outrigger Eldorado hotel and utilize the beachfront cabana as the wedding reception site. Check with us for details about the hosting a wedding at the Eldorado Cabana in Kaanapali. Other guests may decide to stay onsite or they could stay at any of the Kaanapali resort hotels or in one of many West Maui vacation condo rentals. For small wedding groups, many Maui vacation rental condominiums will allow small weddings onsite without additional fees or at nominal cost so long as some of the wedding guests are utilizing vacation accommodations.

What your wedding plans? Share your holiday engagement story in the comments section below or let us know your most burning Maui wedding planning questions. Or, are you ready to start planning a Maui wedding and to find out how much it will cost to get married on Maui? If so, then hit the button below to get started! We’ll ask a few questions about your Maui wedding dreams and then provide a no obligation quote along with advice and tips to help you plan the Hawaiian wedding of your dreams!


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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