Frequently Asked Questions

What tropical flowers do you use?

Popular tropicals include many varieties of orchids, bird of paradise, ginger, protea, tuberose, and gardenia and hibiscus. I also work with roses, sunflowers, tulips, hydrangea, daises, carnations and other traditional flowers.

 

I need event coordination. Can you do it all?

Yes! Call me for a detailed quote.

 

What do you charge?

My rates vary depending on the complexity and size of your event. I can provide a quote for florals, a quote for event coordination or just a quote for “day of” services.

 

Can you recommend local vendors?

Yes! I work with many talented professionals for photos, videos, music, vocals, hula, catering, cakes, hairdos, make-up and transportation. I can help you get a gown pressed, a ring cleaned, a venue tented or suite booked.

 

What paperwork is needed in Hawaii weddings?

In Hawaii, each county has marriage license administrators that handle the applications for marriage. In Maui and Oahu counties, permits are required for all beach weddings, no matter how small. As a wedding coordinator, I can assist you with the paperwork and permitting so you can focus on your big day.

 

Where’s the best beach for weddings?

There are many beautiful wedding site throughout Maui and Oahu counties. If you want a sunset wedding, make sure the beach is along the Westside. The hotel and resort communities of Makena, Wailea, Kaanapali, and Kapalua on Maui are popular wedding destinations. I also know smaller and more private beach locations to consider.

 

 

What are Hawaiian wedding customs?

In Hawaii, tropical flowers are a vivid part of the celebration. The bride and groom typically exchange lei, the bride often receiving a white orchid lei and groom traditionally receiving an open maile leaf lei. (note: Anyone hapai or pregnant should only wear an open lei according to local lore.) Any member of the wedding party can wear a lie or haku (head lei). Orchid, Ti leaf or shell leis are often presented to parents and officiators. For larger budgets, every guest may be lei greeted!

 

Large arrangements and garlands mark the ceremony site: from church alter, to chuppah to a floral heart on the sand. Rose petals or orchids are strewn down formal or informal isles or dropped from helicopters! Gardenias may be presented to female guests. Tropical flowers often grace the reception tables, guestbook and gift tables.