Step 1: Who/ Where/ How
When you’re looking at Maui Elopement packages, you have to decide who you’re inviting, where you will be getting married and how long your vacation / honeymoon will be. After all these are logistics only the two of you can figure out, and deciding whether to have guests there or not is a very personal decision. But it is YOUR decision.
Step 2: Planning your Elopement Day
Think about the things that you love – do you really love picnics? Why not have a picnic at your wedding?
Do you love the beach and swimming in the ocean? Why not start your elopement day with a romantic and refreshing dip in the ocean?
Do you love a delicious romantic meal? You could plan a private chef to come to your air bnb after your wedding ceremony and capture those moments.
Start with the things you love and build out from there. The good thing about elopements is that you’re able to plan them exactly the way YOU want them.
What I would do
For example one of the things I love to do is get coffee and walk the beach. So if I was planning my own elopement today, I’d probably have us grab coffee, walk the beach with our dog (and kids now lol) we’d then go home and start to get ready, we’d hike up to somewhere beautiful (maybe Waihee ridge) and then we’d say our vows and come back down for a romantic fireside meal with Kiawe Outdoor.
Step 3: Consider the WHOLE day and why you should have more than just your ceremony covered
Often couples think they only need their ceremony covered which is why they look for small Maui elopement packages. Yes you can find a cheap photographer who will capture you saying your vows. But you will be missing out on the important stuff! You want to remember how and where you got married, if you wrote your own vows that day, if he/she helps you into your dress, if you had a mimosa to shake off the nerves. There are SO many parts to your wedding day story. It’s important to capture them all.
Preserving the memories
Envision your wedding album – wouldn’t it be nice to show everyone back home where you stayed, the car you rented and drove to your ceremony, the dress hanging in the window, the anticipation on both of your faces, the cake you ate on the way home, the romantic meal you had afterwards. Make a day of it and you won’t regret that you did!
A maui elopement package that is only as long as your ceremony just wont do your day justice.
I got married in a very simple beach elopement here on Maui and I SO wish I had the photographs to remind me of that day. (We only had the ceremony covered) Wow, they would be amazing to look back on now. Not only was I ten years younger, but the little place where we lived, the cake we shared in the car, the spot where we camped that night. I would love to re-live all of that through photos and share them with my children.
Here’s an example of a 6 hour elopement package –
1-1:30 – Partner 1 getting ready + details
1:30-2- partner 2 getting ready + details
2-2:30 – Open letters to each other
2:30-3 – Drive to ceremony location
3:00-3:30 – Hike in to ceremony location
3:30-4:00 – Couple’s ‘First Look’ Wedding Portraits
4:00-4:30 – Ceremony
4:30-5:30 – Celebratory Champagne Popping, candids and first Dance
5-5:30 – Romantic portraits, cake cutting
5:30-6:00 – Drive to Restaurant/ Dinner Reception
6:00-6:30 – Private romantic meal 6:30- 7:00 – Star gazing on a cliff / beach together
It’s important to check the sunrise/sunset times for your wedding day – you can do that by googling the closest town and the sunset or sunrise time on your wedding date.
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