In general, planning a wedding is crazy. I mean there are just so many things to do and get ready, it’s hard not to get stressed out or overwhelmed. Now, imagine planning that same wedding only thousands of miles away in a tropical paradise like Hawaii. Talk about stress!
Everything is harder when you can’t be there so see. You can’t see the flowers, you can’t smell the food, you can listen to the band, and you can’t meed any of the vendors. Let’s just say that it’s not easy. But there are a few things you can do to make this process a lot less stressful than it already is.
So let’s to over some tips on how to make your Hawaii wedding planning much easier.
Now, I’m just going to mention this briefly but since most people won’t be able to go this route, I won’t talk about it more than this line here. If at all possible, set up meetings with 3 or 4 different vendors and make a short trip with your spouse to Hawaii to get the initial planning started. I realize that this may not be in the budget, so my other tips are more towards helping you plan from home. Just wanted to throw this out there!
So if you can’t make the trip, here’s how I recommend starting the planning process. The first thing I would do is start with the wedding photographer. If you are getting married in Hawaii and you can’t be there to plan and see things, a wedding photographer is the perfect person to help you. A wedding photographer has more experience at weddings than most other vendors, plus their job is taking pictures so they know the best locations as well.
So not only will they be able to help you find a beautiful location to have the ceremony and take pictures, they will most likely know the best caterers, florists, and other vendors.
I would do some research and choose maybe 3 or 4 photographers, then schedule phone call or Skype meetings with them after you’ve checked out their portfolio’s and read some reviews. I found this one by doing a simple Google search: Kevin Lubera Hawaii
I have no affiliation with that photographer, but it was just an example of what I mean. I used it as an example because he is obviously a local photographer, which is what you want. You don’t want a photographer that will travel with you, because they will not have the knowledge and connections like a local wedding photographer would.