Do you want to have the wedding of your dreams on one of the Hawaiian islands but don’t want to spend a ton getting there? Well we have a few tips that we think will help you save a few dollars while still having a great destination wedding.
1. Tip number one is a simple tip. Don’t invite the world. It may be difficult limiting the number, especially when you know that some of the people you’ll invite probably won’t come and some of those you’re on the fence about probably would. But stay strong and keep the invitations to a minimum.
2. Buy your own alcohol. Or better yet try and have a dry wedding. Well that may be impossible. We’ll have some more tips about where you can buy your own alcohol for your Hawaii wedding and where on some of the islands you can have a wedding with your own Alcohol.
3. Don’t get the most expensive hall. This may be tough for some but the reception hall can be a very expensive aspect of the wedding. Keep it low key or middle of the road.
4. Don’t get caught up in all the knick knacks of the wedding. Giving away things is great but how long will those things last.
5. Keep it casual. You’re in Hawaii, you may be having a destination wedding, why the need to dress up? Have fun.
We’ll tell you specifics on how to do this coming up. Be sure to check our archives too and find out how to have a great destination wedding.
The latest craze in buffet style catered weddings is the use of food stations rather than a buffet line. Rather than having your wedding guests line up with plates in their hands and having to wait through grandma and grandpa getting their food you can have several food stations to spread out the flow and keep people moving around.
In a traditional buffet tables are called, lines are formed and people usually end up waiting for up to an hour to get their food. Why put your guests through that. They’re there for two things, food and alcohol. And some just for the food.
Food stations at weddings usually consist of 3-5 serving tables and split up the types of food. Normally a pre-plated salad and bread station so guests can move quickly through that portion of the line. Then there are several main course tables so people can choose which to have without waiting through all the mess of a long line.
Some suggestions for an island style food station setup are…
Mango and Greens Salad
Several Kinds of Bread
A Fish Dish – Usually fried right there Mahi Mahi is a good fish that everyone likes
Carving Station with a meat
Vegetable of some sort, asparagus is good
Pasta – Create your own would be a blast but might slow down the line
Rice or Bread
With this type of setup you can get smaller portions of each and people just have to choose what they want without having to wait through the whole line.