Maui Destination wedding Planning Guide

Getting married in Maui is a dream come true for most couples. Pristine beaches, incredible sunsets, and sandy shores are just a few perks of having a Maui destination wedding.  

“The most amazing part of Maui Weddings is the cultural aspect that Hawaiian weddings bring.  The integration of dancers, musicians and cultural specialists (all things we provide) can help determine the beauty of the wedding ceremony.  We have the ability to perform weddings on the beach or land, but knowing the best locations in Maui (and having the license to perform the services, which we do have) is very important.  It gives us the ability to search for a specific location for the desired beach wedding to know who else might have the same location in mind.”

Jeff Gitlin from the Hawaii Luau Company

Best Times for a Maui wedding

There are usually two peak wedding seasons. The first is during winter. While the rest of the country is cold, Maui has a warmer climate and is more conducive for outdoor weddings. While there is more rain in Maui during these months they perfect season for whale watching.

The second peak season is a bit more obvious, summer. With kids out of school and families more available to take summer vacations, this can be a busy time of year. Make sure you plan ahead.

If you choose to host your wedding during the offseason, then spring and fall seasons are your best bets. The weather is temperate all year round, with adequate planning, your big day should be divine.

Maui Wedding Costs

Most people think destination weddings are super expensive. Truth is, with a little bit of planning they are quite affordable. In general, a destination wedding is going to more affordable than a traditional wedding. The added expense of airfare will be taken on by the guest. Resorts also sell package deals that include extras and discounts off the cost of lodging. You can spend anywhere from $2000 – $20,000 depending on your choices.

Maui Resorts & Venues Perfect For Destination Weddings

Royal Lahaina

Royal Lahaina Resort is a beautiful location with wedding packages to suit your needs. With gorgeous tropical blooms and glowing golden beaches, this resort offers the services of a photographer and videographer, five exquisite ceremony venues, customized cakes, culinary delights, and two wedding packages.

Not only are the wedding packages affordable, but they only allow one wedding per day, the setting is perfect and the rooms are affordable for your guest.

The E Kip’s Mai (Come to me) wedding package which costs about $2600 and covers services like marriage license arrangements, a pineapple water station that serves 10+ people, a wedding cake, Leis for exchange, a solo Hawaiian musician and a lot more.

Hyatt Regency Maui

The Hyatt Regency offers a full package for couples looking to celebrate the entirety of their weddings from start to finish. There is a couple’s retreat package at the Marilyn Monroe Spa to get you glowing and ready for your big day on Ka`anapali Beach. The hotel also offers about 1000 square feet of incredible scenery for any romantic event of your choice with the option to get a photoshoot anywhere at the beautiful hotel.

To stay around after your big day you can enjoy one of the honeymoon packages like the Maui Romance Package which includes a rental car, daily buffet, cooking classes with the chef of the resort, exclusive spa services and much more. Hyatt is the perfect place if you’re after a full experience of a destination wedding in Maui.

Four Seasons Maui

Four Seasons offers not only breathtaking locations but also exclusivity. They have a policy of hosting a single wedding per time and a dedicated wedding planner to handle the finer details of hosting a destination wedding.

Their packages include Vow Renewal or Elopement package for $8500, this includes three location options, exclusive services of a Four Seasons event planner, champagne in the room of the couple and so much more. A full Wedding Ceremony Package starts at $16,000

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali

The Westin Resort is at the time of this article currently undergoing renovations which will be completed by May 2020. Interested parties can contact them on their website and book for different ceremonies. At the time of this article, there are no fixed pricing points or packages.

Haiku Mill

This resort has a beautifully intimate setting that can accommodate up to 100 of your guests at affordable rates. If you want an all-day ceremony, the intimate location is perfect for you as there are enough spaces for the ceremony and the reception. If a full-day event is what you’re after, it’s probably best to book months in advance as only one full-day event is allowed per week. Haiku Mill is perfect for small and intimate weddings.

Cliff House at Kapalua

For a beautiful wedding overlooking the beach, Cliff House is a perfect spot for all your wedding needs. They provide wedding and reception events for up to 40 guests for a cocktail reception and 28 guests for a sit-down dinner. With the price points ranging from $3500 from Sunday to Thursday to $4000 for Friday and Saturday.

Olowalu Plantation House

This plantation house is the perfect historical backdrop for your big day. With a pier overlooking the mountains, the views provide stunning photographs to make your day. The rates are affordable too: Monday—Thursday: Up to 50 people: $6,000.00, 50—99 People: $7,000.00, 100—149 People: $8,000.00, 150—200 People: $9,000.00. For weekends, rates are Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: Up to 50 people: $7,000.00, 50—99 People: $8,000.00, 100—149 People: $9,000.00, 150—200 People: $10,000.00.

Merriman’s Kapalua

This resort has multiple incredible locations that can host anywhere from 2-200 guests comfortably. They host both wedding ceremonies and receptions with the unique flavor of Hawaii’s cuisine. To find out the pricing points for their wedding packages, their contact details are displayed on the website for easily customizable packages to fulfill whatever needs you might have.

Sugar Beach Events

Sugar Beach Events is the ultimate package you need for all your event needs. They have several packages like the Intimate Wedding Packages for about $11,0000 with a delicious cake, some food for your guests, a video slideshow and so much more that gives you a bang for your buck. The signature Wedding goes for $24000 for 30-40 guests, with photographers, stunning locations and delicious food.

Sunset Ranch Hawaii

Sunset Ranch provides a range of beautiful options to choose from, they provide Ranch Style weddings, Waterfront, Barn, Ocean View, Vintage, Rustic or Outdoors and can accommodate about a hundred guests. All of this starts from $8621 for fifty guests and above. With flexible packages, you can choose your price and the services you want.

Travaasa Hana

Travaasa Hana is a grand luxurious hotel surrounded by lush grassy fields, palm trees, and sandy beaches. The exotic tropical landscape makes it ideal for an outdoor wedding. The hotel is large enough to accommodate four outdoor ceremony locations, with eight indoor or outdoor reception locations for weddings of various sizes. There are activities to prepare you the big day; ukelele and lei-making lessons, coconut husking, paddleboarding, horseback trail rides, canoe rides, outdoor yoga, even and traditional throw-net fishing. There are also spa treatment rooms for bridal parties.

Prices vary according to the number of guests:

4-10 guests – $2,500

11-30 guests – $4,000

31-70 guests – $6,000

71+ guests – $7,500+

Additional costs are charges for upgrades like trilocal bridal bouquet, traditional ukulele player, hula dancer, tropical flower crown.

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Andaz Maui is famous for its luxurious weddings. Beachfront ceremonies, sunset receptions, sleek rehearsal dinners, and chic bridal showers are trademarked signatures of an Andaz Maui wedding. 

Wedding packages range from $9,000-$14,000, and include Dream, Forever and Celebrate wedding packages. Packages can also be customized to suit couples’ specific needs. The resort also offers honeymoon packages, which include free nights for couples during the wedding. 

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