Chicken & Egg of Maui Wedding Planning – What To Do First?

Chicken & Egg of Maui Wedding Planning – What To Do First?

Selecting a common site for your Maui wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinner, reception AND lodging accommodations saves money on your Maui wedding.

Maui all inclusive wedding locations.80% of couples planning a Maui wedding have already booked lodging accommodations and flights PRIOR to selecting their wedding ceremony, reception and other wedding function sites. This situation often increases the cost of getting married on Maui with unnecessary expenses such as duplicate equipment rental fees and delivery charges. Selecting a facility suitable and capable of serving multiple roles including lodging accommodations for you and your wedding guests, the wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinner and reception area provides an affordable Maui wedding opportunity capable of fulfilling a couple’s dreams of an oceanfront tropical wedding.

Maui County only allows a ‘simple’ wedding ceremony on island beaches. The county permit does not allow chairs, chuppahs or other fixtures while only allowing 20 minutes on the beach for the wedding ceremony. If your dream includes a ‘toes on the sand‘ wedding, the wedding ceremony can be held on any Maui county beach. Let us know your favorite beach and we’ll secure the Maui county beach wedding permit for the ceremony and suggest nearby options for the champagne toast, wedding cake cutting ceremony, wedding dinner or reception. Maui beach wedding location at the Kaanapali Cabana Club on North Beach.One of our favorite west Maui wedding locations is the Eldorado Cabana at the Outrigger Resort in Kaanapali. You and your wedding party stay at the Eldorado resort and your wedding ceremony will be on the sand followed by a catered reception in the beachside cabana.

If you have a favorite condo you enjoy staying at when visiting Maui, consider hosting the wedding ceremony and other wedding functions on the grounds of your condominium where you and your wedding guests are staying. You and your guests avoid driving from location to location and nearly all Maui condominiums allow guests to utilize their common grounds for wedding functions without additional fees or permits. Many condominium properties are excellent choices for an oceanfront wedding location. Ask us and we’ll suggest condos suitable for your Maui destination wedding.

Another surprisingly affordable and often overlooked option is to get married at one of Maui’s all inclusive oceanfront private estates where you and your wedding guests stay together enjoying luxurious on-site lodging accommodations sharing a spectacular wedding ceremony site available for the rehearsal diner and/or reception. Most private estates include luxury amenities with cottages, kitchens, private pools and a bbq. Many bride and grooms enjoy an informal sunset bbq rehearsal dinner with their wedding guests on the private estate grounds. A private estate wedding with on-site lodging accommodations for you and your guests provides the personal setting to fully enjoy and celebrate along with your wedding guests over several days while minimizing expenses. Often lodging fees are below $200. per person per night, less than most Maui resort room rates. Savings are also realized by re-using the same tables, chairs and other equipment rentals for multiple wedding functions. If you’re seeking a stunning oceanview private estate wedding with on-site accommodations, there are many private estates on Maui’s north shore and other locations. 

Private wedding locations on Maui such as west Maui’s Olowalu Plantation House or the Sugarman Estate at Makena feature oceanfront wedding sites for those seeking a wedding site to accomadate at least 100+ guests or a more formal beachside wedding. Olowalu Plantation House Wedding Ceremony.These wedding sites are beautiful oceanfront 5+ acre private estate wedding locations stunning tropical elegance for your wedding and reception. Site Fees begin in the $5,000 range before food & beverage or other wedding services. These locations require all equipment rentals and fixtures to be delivered to the site, including tables, chairs, dance floor, tents, lighting or other fixtures adding to overall cost.

If you found this Maui wedding planning article useful, please comment and forward to anyone planning their Maui wedding.

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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