Choose a Beach Wedding Specialist for Your Hawaii Wedding

By Karen Rose

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Imagine exchanging vows with your partner while over-looking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Feel your toes in the sand and feel the tropical Hawaiian breezes blowing through your hair. If you’ve always dreamed of saying “I do” and exchanging fragrant leis on the beach, Hawaiʻi is the perfect place to tie the knot. Whether it’s just the happy couple or hundreds of friends and family members, the right beach wedding specialist can help make your special day picture perfect.

Special Considerations

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A beach wedding has unique considerations compared to a traditional indoor ceremony and requires someone who specializes in outdoor nuptials. While special skills and knowledge are needed to create the perfect beach wedding, the beauty of Mother Nature is the ultimate reward and is worth the extra planning.

Someone Local

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The best way to plan a Hawaiian beach wedding is to find someone local to assist you with all the arrangements. From getting your marriage license and venue permit to knowing the ins-and-outs of an outdoor wedding, the right specialist will ensure your wedding day is seamless from beginning to end.

Prepare Questions

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When searching for a wedding specialist, have questions prepared ahead of time. For example, confirm they have extensive experience planning weddings with outdoor venues. It’s also important to distinguish between a minister and a wedding officiant. Ministers generally perform weddings indoors and use a microphone and do not assist with wedding coordination. Officiants, on the other hand, assist with the wedding party and often coordinate music and lei ceremonies.

What to Expect

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Your beach wedding specialist should be familiar with local wedding officiants and know which ones have strong voices that are able to project over the ocean’s waves and trade winds. Microphones are not permitted on many beaches, so a powerful voice is imperative for your guests to hear and be a part of the ceremony. He or she should also be familiar with the various beach venues and sand quality. Ceremony coordination often involves a lot of walking on the beach, so the mobility of guests needs to be taken into consideration as well as the distance from the parking area to the ceremony location.

Well Vetted

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Last, but not least, before choosing your potential beach wedding specialist, ask if you can watch some of their wedding videos and search for reviews from previous clients.

Find someone you feel comfortable with so your wedding day in paradise meets all your expectations.

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