Planning your Maui Wedding (Part 2.)

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Consider a destination wedding especially a Maui wedding at one of the resorts. These are usually the easiest to do on short notice. All you need to do is show up, get married and have a great time. This may end up costing you less money in the long run. Weigh your options. Most resorts have everything in place and can schedule multiple events with no problem on short notice.
o The travel will help filter your guest list and you may find only your best friends and closest family will attend.
o This often combines the wedding, reception and honeymoon all into one for more savings.
o Flowers and a cake are often included in the cost.
o Some hotels in Las Vegas (US) are able to do lovely and tasteful weddings. Don’t assume every officiant in Las Vegas is an Elvis impersonator.
o Give everyone a heads up if traveling outside the country. It takes time to get passports. Don’t wait for the invitation to go out. Remind everyone that it takes longer to get their passports and they shouldn’t delay. Don’t assume everyone knows that passports aren’t quick to turn around.
4. Consider a casual theme wedding. Have a great party instead of a formal affair. Be creative and try to plan something fun. Remember at the end of the day you’re still married, so try not to be as stuffy with your wedding when you’re short on time. Think out of the box and you’ll save your sanity and have a more memorable wedding than your friends who planned twice as long and spent ten times as much.
o Get married by the side of a waterfall. Have the bride wear a white cotton casual dress and the groom in khaki. You can also do a lovely suit and a white dress with an exotic flower in your hair.
o Get married on Halloween weekend and have everyone come in costume. Maui is a great place to get married as halloween is a big deal. The streets close down on front street and it’s like MardiGras in New Orleans. Rent some great Victorian costumes (well in advance), Romeo and Juliet or any other couple. Decorate with cauldrons and dry ice. No one will forget it!
o Get married on the beach in the morning and have a reception at a local restaurant for a great brunch in a private room.
o Find a sail boat and ask about having a modest party aboard for the ceremony, they can sail everyone back to dock for a great clambake or try a nearby restaurant.

5. Decide on a date and an alternate date. Call your ceremony location options to find out what is available and how the cost fits into your overall plan. If you wait, you risk the date being unavailable. If you find a place you like that is available and in your price range you should book it and not wait.
o If the site is out of your price range or booked, you can inquire about having it on an alternate day. Friday and Sunday weddings have become more and more common especially in large cities where there is incredible demand and cost associated with Saturdays. They may offer Fridays or Sundays at a reduced rate.
o Also ask of the possibility of having a morning wedding if there is another event later in the day.
o Be realistic, A Valentine’s Day wedding will be extremely hard to book on short notice unless you can be really creative. The prices also sky rocket on that day with supply and demand.
o Ask what the refund or cancellation policy is for booking on short notice. They may have contracts that state you must cancel at least 6 months before to get a deposit back. Since you are already within this window you should be very careful what you book and offer deposits. Also ask if the contracts can be changed since you are booking late. They may give you an extra month in the cancellation/reschedule window of time.