Maui Wedding Guide
Whether it's an intimate Maui beach wedding or an elaborate large estate wedding, Maui is the best place to get married in the world.
Delicious eats are an integral part of a successful wedding. While caterers abound across Maui, quality food and above-par service may be hard to secure. The Mill House at the Maui Tropical Plantation offers both in spades, helping you and your partner-to-be host a unique, unforgettable reception. The Mill House’s much-lauded executive chef Jeff Scheer leads a fearless, inventive team to create dishes that titillate and sate. Guests sing their praises, critics applaud their creations (in 2017, The Mill House was named one of the best restaurants on the island by Honolulu and Maui No Ka Oi Magazine), and kama’aina return to Scheer’s venue time and again for his beautifully-plated—and ultra-delectable—farm-fresh cuisine. We’ve been thrilled with the food and service at the events this Maui gem has catered.
Contact Pam at 808-244-7643. Or visit them at Maui Private Chefs.
Make a dramatic entrance on your wedding day! Maui Roadsters offers a fleet of beautiful 1957 Porsche Speedster reproduction convertibles, perfect for pre-wedding transportation and post-wedding celebration! These cars are sporty, beautiful and the ultimate addition to ensure your paradise wedding is fun and unique. You'll quickly find that photo opportunities are endless. The service by Maui Roadsters is top notch and so is the driving!
Using these iconic cars for post wedding photo shoots is becoming increasingly popular too. Have another chance to wear your wedding dress while shooting at your leisure with the car of your dreams.
Call (808) 339-6204 or visit MauiRoadsters.com for more information.
Shaun at Coastline Limousine is the best on the island. He is professional, prompt and courteous. Coastline Limousine has offered limousine service on Maui since 1997 for weddings. You can request your driver to be in formal or semi-formal attire. They also have the #1 safety record for Maui Limo drivers. They have Rolls Royce and Lincoln stretched limousines.
Your wedding photography is probably the single most important thing to get right. Though the mistakes that happen with other things (incorrect flower arrangement, officiant blunder, late bartenders, etc...) will haunt you forever, they'll be largely overlooked by your guests. Your photos, however, will last for generations!
There are hundreds of photographers on Maui, and many of them are phenomenal. We suggest Natalie because we've heard first hand from dozens of brides how incredible she is. Read her Maui Wedding Tips on this guide. Then give her a call at (808) 344-3843 and see if she's available for your wedding. Keep in mind that she's incredibly in demand, so you might not get her.
Cameron and Deelia are in the business of making your dreams come true with their breathtaking photography. Whether you're wanting to capture the priceless memories of your wedding or a moment in time with a family portrait, this artistic duo will fit the bill! Their sincere and friendly demeanor will make you feel right at home in paradise.
For more information, please call 808.874.8183
12 years of wedding photography experience, hundreds of weddings across all cultures and locations, and an impressive academic background in art and design make for a solid foundation. But none of that matters if you don't have an eye for the beauty found in a wedding. Melia has a knack for capturing pure moments at your wedding, those unposed emotional moments that can easily slip through the cracks when there's so much to take in.
For more information, please call 808.495.1800
Capture Aloha Photography has a gift for doing just that: Capturing the energy and intimacy of a wedding’s most memorable moments. Their small team of talented photographers has a reputation for putting couples, wedding parties, and kids at ease, while their shots capitalize on Maui’s natural light and glorious colors. With over fifteen years of experience and a record for excellent customer service, they’ll work closely with you to ensure you find just the right package—and pose.
For more information, please call 808.446.6063
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
If you're in search of the ultimate way to arrive at your wedding site, consider a private helicopter ride with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. Why drive when you can fly! The pilots at Blue Hawaiian are true professionals with your safety and comfort in mind, and offer transportation to many of Maui's most scenic wedding locations, including beaches, bluffs, waterfalls and more.
Their fleet of helicopters are all climate-controlled, so sit back, relax, and take in some truly stunning views of Maui's aerial landscape as you travel to your wedding destination.
For more information, please visit Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.
Officiants & Ministers
Our favorite wedding officiant is perhaps the most versatile as well. Brad Salter is known for helping wedding couples shed the stress of planning and be at ease during the ceremony.
Call Brad at 808-298-7873.
"I just wanted send you a note to THANK YOU again for the incredible gift you provided us by performing our vow renewal ceremony a few weeks ago. You were great to work with when planning this surprise for my wife of 30 years. You just basically asked what I needed and made it happen for us. Your ability to take the information I provided and incorporate into the ceremony in such a very special way was incredible. The vows and ceremony were perfect in every way and will never be forgotten."
We definitely recommend hiring a wedding planner for your Maui wedding. They will coordinate all the little details for you. By the time you arrive on the island everything will be ready. Most of them have been doing this for years and know all the best vendors. (Or, the best vendors that fit in your budget.)
You need to interview your coordinator like your photographer. Call them, ask questions, and ask for references. There are a lot of coordinators on the island and some are better than others. Also, for our LGBT community, we have a page about Maui same-sex weddings that will give you some ideas on planning your wedding.
Hawaii Wedding And Vow Renewal
When you're planning the wedding of your dreams, you want to make sure that it goes according to plan! With Hawaii Wedding, they manage to exceed your dreams, from their expert planning to their experienced eye in photography. This one stop shop has everything you need, so all you need to worry about is getting to your wedding on time!
Call them today at (800) 859-0072 or visit them at Hawaii Wedding & Vow Renewal.
On The Water
Planning a Maui wedding from afar can be a difficult task, but Trilogy Excursions' Wedding Packages and Events make for a smooth, unique and memorable experience. Whether you decide to host your rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception aboard a luxurious Trilogy sailing catamaran, this is definitely a beautiful way to celebrate your wedding on Maui.
Trilogy Excursions are also the only company with access to Hale O Manele Pavilion, located on the gorgeous neighbor island of Lana'i, for a truly extravagant wedding locale.
For more information, please visit Sail Trilogy or call (808) 874-5649.
Maui Tropical Plantation
Island-bound? Maui Tropical Plantation—located at the base of the West Maui Mountains—provides an equally stunning setting, thanks to the venue’s abundance of vibrant botanicals (and views of the lush Waikapū Valley). A variety of venues are available at the plantation, while the property’s award-winning, on-site restaurant, The Mill House, presents exquisite food drawn from the best of the island’s bounty.
For more information, please visit Maui Tropical Plantation or call (808) 270-0314.
Weddings can take a toll on everyone, and that stress can leave someone feeling less than sunny. With Maui's Best Massage, you can find your aloha and get back on the paradise train! With expert massage therapists that cater to your every need, you will float down the aisle. And their massage outcall service will meet you anywhere you're staying, so you don't have to lift a finger!
For more information, please visit Maui's Best Massage or call (808) 426-7418.
Music and Entertainment
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Through our experience, some videographers come off loud and obtrusive, and others blend into the party and are hardly noticeable at all. It is a good idea to think about what is more important to you, your wedding photos or the wedding video. The nature of both requires the photographer and videographer to want to be at the same place at the same time. So you need to tell both the photographer and the videographer who you’d like to be more of the conductor. If you let them know that the photos are more important to you, then they can work together and coordinate better. If no precedent is set, sometimes they will be nudging each other for the best shot. It is confusing and frustrating for both. For example, some videographers will set up multiple cameras at your ceremony, sometimes right in the middle of the aisle. You can imagine what that does for your ceremony photos. A big tripod in the middle of the aisle is not too pretty. If you don’t want that to happen, tell your videographer so and make it apparent so they don’t forget.
During the romantic photo/video session each will be calling out instructions to you, which is confusing and frustrating to you. Sometimes a photographer and videographer can work together perfectly, but it is nice to let each one know what is important to you so they can work around each other smoothly.
Island Rents tends to have the best prices and good quality rental items when it comes to chairs, tables, etc... They have a lot of rentals to make your Maui wedding complete. They have both regular white folding chairs and the nice (but expensive) chivari chairs. Call Rachel at 808-879-5330.
Another company that is great for rentals is Pacific Event Group. Talk to Debbie. She is so sweet and great to work with. They have a lot of linens in all different colors and many rental options. Some of the best things they offer are neat ottomans that come in any color to make your wedding look contemporary and inviting.
Tuxedoes & Suits
Your choices are limited on Maui because most grooms go with a white Tommy Bahama shirt and khaki pants. If you want a suit that's anything other than black, you'll probably have to special order it and not see it till it's too late. Though not perfect, L'Amour Bridal in Lahaina seem to be the best-run operation.
Ellie’s Formal Wear in Kihei is also an option for tuxedos and suits. They have dresses and accessories also. There are more options, but we haven't been impressed yet.
Maui Cocktail Catering has the best bar setup on the island.
Not only are all of these young bartenders professional and affordable, but they also manage to hire the most beautiful people. You kind of get the whole package with these enthusiastic and experienced bartenders. Their classy bamboo bars really make you feel like you're on the islands.
Their bars are so much better then the regular table with linen over it like most of the other bar companies use on the island. They give you the full service experience. Traditional drinks to island specialties. Call Melissa at 808-357-5097.
Butterfly & Dove Release
Butterflies can be beautiful, fun and friendly. They are the perfect addition to any wedding. Butterflies also have a deep spiritual meaning. They are often seen as a representation of new life hence their popularity at weddings. There is a Native American Legend which states that if you whisper a wish to a butterfly, the butterfly will fly up to the Heavens and the Great Spirit will grant your wish in return for the butterfly's freedom. Call the Maui Butterfly Farm at 808-280-0506.
Doves are a traditional and exciting addition to your Maui wedding. Since ancient times doves and pigeons have been symbols of love and purity. Dove releases can range in number from just 2 to almost100 doves. A favorite release method is the 2 dove “hand release” by the Bride and Groom. The release of white doves can add a beautiful touch of elegance to your wedding. Doves can be released anywhere on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Due to their keen homing instincts they return swiftly to their Maui home. It is a good idea to release them by sunset at the very latest, so they can find their way home.
Flowers make up a huge part of your wedding. The bouquet, boutonnière, and any other floral décor you decide to have enhances the look of your wedding dramatically. Choose the colors for your wedding, then decide on the flowers you’ll have. Orchids, especially cymbidium orchids, are plentiful here. Some flowers however are very hard and expensive to get to Maui.
Talk to your Maui florist and decide on your best plan of action. Make sure you get some references from other weddings before choosing your florist. We've had be experiences in the past.
Merkabah Fire Productions has a great fire dancing show for wedding entertainment. If you want something more modern than the traditional Polynesian style of fire dancing, then these are the people to go with. They all have matching costumes and many different fire props. Don’t worry, they make sure that everything is very safe and take extra precautionary measures. The men and women fire dancers choreograph the dance to music and put on a jaw dropping show.
All your guests will get a kick out of this extraordinary performance and they will be talking about it for months.
Call for more information at 808-276-0145 or visit Maui Fire Dancing.
CakesThe tradition of cutting the wedding cake is the symbolic first act of a couple cooperating in a task together. It has survived many centuries and continues today. Your cake is important. Whether you are getting married in a large ballroom or a sandy beach, you can have your cake and eat it too! (Sorry for the pun.) Just because you’re getting married on a beach doesn’t mean you have to skip the cake. You can bring a little blanket and even cut it picnic style!
If you are getting married at one of the large resorts on Maui, they usually have an in-house bakery capable of making a small, cute wedding cake. Talk to your concierge or your wedding coordinator and ask them about their favorite cake designer.
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