Luau for Reception Dinner??? Need advice!
We are getting married on Maui and we have two options for our wedding reception dinner. We are really trying to do our entire wedding on a budget so I"m curious if any other brides out there have been to a luau for their reception?
My dream scenario would be to have a nice sunset dinner at Merriman's (fine dining) for 18 people and having the luau (Old Lahaina Luau) be our rehearsal dinner/welcome dinner. However, since we are paying for it all ourselves, we can't afford to do both. I think a luau is a must for people traveling to Hawaii but I'm not sure it's what I envision for our reception dinner.
My concerns about a luau are that it may feel a bit "casual" for me to wear my wedding dress..and I will want to wear it for more than the hour we are getting married, so changing won't be an option. Also, I envision having a wedding cake on our table , toasts being made etc. and I'm not sure that in a buffet style, dinner show sort of setting in the middle of a hundred other people that it will feel as intimate as I'd like (FI doesn't care either way...but agrees the luau would save us $).... I would do the luau for budget reasons and think it would be casual and fun...but I do love the idea of Merriman's more, being that it's our wedding. The price difference is about $1200.
So your opinions please.... would you do the luau and relax about it...?
splurge the extra to have the elegant dinner??
Thanks for your input!