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Tips About Destination Weddings from a Maui Wedding Planner

There is no better time to hire a Maui Wedding Planner! Destination weddings are now 1 in every 10 weddings.

Why would a couple want to leave their home town and all of their surroundings for a Destination Wedding Away – to say “I Do” on a sun-kissed beach with palm trees swaying and the ocean as their backdrop? Let The Wedding Lady, a professional Maui Wedding Planner, tell you!


Destination Wedding – why go away for your wedding?

  • Less Expensive: Fewer guests than a wedding at home. Try and plan during “off season” and then when you arrive, you’ll save on decorations as the beauty of the destination sets the stage for an enchanting ceremony.
  • Less Stressful: If you use Susan’s Weddings in Paradise, The Wedding Lady™ will take over. You’ll avoid all the stress so that you can enjoy the process of being a couple-to-be. Picture sipping a cool drink the morning of your wedding by the pool, having an early morning swim, or a round of golf for the guys.
  • Insta-honeymoon: No packing, no travelling: right after your wedding ceremony, your honeymoon begins.
  • Your guests get a Vacation: This is why you need to let your guests know well in advance, so they can plan ahead and combine your wedding with their vacation.

What to wear? What Destination Brides are wearing …

  • Tea length gowns with cut out backs.
  • Strapless empire gowns with accents: cream and taupe with a broach on one side.
  • Bolero short jackets for ceremony and then removed for photos/videos and dinner; traditional gowns are still very popular with some brides, but often have short or no sleeves.
  • Color! No longer for only second time brides, taupes, creams, blush, and greens are being worn, sometimes with gorgeous splashes of color.
  • Flip flops with sequins and shells or kick-off-for-dipping-in-ocean strappy sandals. Some brides have a flip flop evening and decorate the flip flops with their wedding party in sea shells and sequins.
  • Bare feet for some brides with shells or flowers around ankle.
  • Shell studded bikini tops are worn by some, with sarong wrapped ankle length skirts.
  • Shell jewellery is being seen more as bracelets, and shells and/or flowers adorn hair beautifully.
  • There is something irresistible about a bare shoulder, and more and more brides are wearing long earrings – some of them are shoulder sweepers and some are dainty pearls or diamond studs. Try and resist “always” putting on a necklace: sometimes less is more.

Attire for the Men at their Destination Weddings …

  • Traditional tuxedos with vests.
  • Tan dress slacks and Tommy Bahama tone-on-tone shirts.
  • Tuxedo pants, sandals, tuxedo shirt worn untucked, no tie or jacket.
  • Summer suits in tan and light grey are popular again – with or without tie.
  • Loafers without socks for some, flip flops (always black).
  • Dress shoes for the traditional.
  • Linen slacks and shorts worn with leather sandals are also popular.

Attire for the Men at their Destination Weddings …

  • Save the Date postcards are popular: couples will send postcards of their destination to guests ahead of time followed by their invitations.
  • Many couples create a wedding website updating their friends and family on what is happening, giving them ideas for hotels or condos, activities etc.
  • Donations made to the couple’s favorite charity in lieu of a gift.
  • Open a Registry at the local Travel Agent and guests can give towards the honeymoon.
  • Gift Bags for Guests. Couples are so thrilled when their friends and family commit to attending a destination wedding that more and more of the couples are putting together Gift Bags. These can be left in condos or rooms or given to each guest before the wedding at a barbecue or get together…they often contain sunblock, water bottle, flip flops, brochure on destination etc.

If you have a destination planning, trend or fashion question, or are in search of a Maui Wedding Planner, contact The Wedding Lady™ an experienced Destination Wedding Planner, she would be more than happy to help you.