Hi everyone! I’ve been devotedly lurking around this board for some time now and have found everyone’s advice oh so helpful! But I do have a few questions that I’d love direct advice on
My fiancé and I would love to do a Hawaiian wedding. This is part for the love of Hawaii itself, but also because it’s a wonderful in-between point for his family from Japan and mine from California. My family is enormous and most strict guest list is about 30-40 people (kids included). Together with his family we’re trying to keep it at about 50-60. As much as we’d love to have everyone who can come along, this is difficult because him and I are fronting the bill 100%.
So, any advice as to how we could pull off a casual but elegant beachside wedding for about $10,000? Preferably not on the beach directly as we’d like everyone to have seating. We’re flexible as to whether it’s at a restaurant/resort/etc so long as its nice. We’re also pretty open to changing our island—I’m happy with Oahu (mainly Waikiki area) because I’ve got this idea that we could save on entertainment by suggesting that anyone who would like to go dancing after dinner can join us at a nice-ish bar/club (suggestions on this point are welcome too! I was thinkinge like http://www.maitaibar.com/). That way our guests can choose to go out or do their own thing. However, he’s into finding a place that’s more secluded and low key, maybe somewhere around North Shore or maybe even someplace in Maui. Advice?
And one more question. We’re going to Oahu this September to meet with vendors and to do our engagement shoot! Does anyone know of good locations for this? Of course we could always go to a beach, but I’m tempted to do something more lively and local, where we can have more candid vs posed shots—Chinatown in Honolulu? A festive, small market? Btw, the photographer we’re talking to right now is at http://www.hookphotography.com/ -- if anyone has had any experience with this vendor, we’d love to hear it!
Thanks so much in advance!