Hawaii Wedding Planning – Tips and Considerations for Planning Weddings in Hawaii
Hawaii wedding planning involves making so many decisions – it can be a daunting task.
Your wedding photographers in Hawaii can be of great help in planning your wedding day timeline, because as Hawaii wedding photographers, we spend the whole day with the couple, and so are very experienced in knowing how much time to allocate for each part of your wedding.
Step 1: The first step in your Hawaii wedding planning process is to decide on your choice of location(s), and then to secure those wedding locations.
Step 2: You’ll then need to decide on the start time of your ceremony, and the start of your reception. These things largely depend upon how you envision your wedding, so it’s a good idea to start your wedding planning early on.
When planning weddings in Hawaii, most take into consideration avoiding the strong midday sun.
The information below is simply to give you a general overview of the most common wedding timelines.
Morning Weddings – Lunch Time Reception Tips
Most morning ceremonies start between 9:30 am to 10:30 am, and the reception ballrooms often need to be vacated by around 2 pm.
Depending on the size of your bridal party (if you have one), it often involves an early start for hair and make up.
I recommend brides giving themselves some ‘wiggle room’ in case of any unforeseen delays.
More often than not, things tend to run behind the planned schedule, and it’s much better to give yourself more time rather than less to ensure you have a relaxing day.
After the ceremony, typically family and bridal party photos are taken in front of the gazebo or arch if you have one.
To save time, it’s a really good idea to be as organized as possible, so we recommend letting all your family members know in advance when you’ll need them there for taking photos.
This avoids, for example, the situation of a parent or grandparent ‘disappearing’, to look at the reception when you’d like to have them by the ceremony site for photos.
One of the benefits of a lunchtime reception is that, if your photographer offers all day coverage, it’s also nice to have photos of the two of you taken AFTER your reception so you have all kinds of fun and relaxed photos to enjoy for years to come.
Afternoon Weddings – Evening Reception Tips
Most afternoon wedding ceremonies often start at between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm, with the reception typically starting at around 6 pm.
These days many couples plan to see each other BEFORE their afternoon ceremony, and they typically want to capture the moment when the groom sees his bride in her wedding dress for the first time (hint: bring some tissues), the ‘first look’.
The main reason for this choice, to see each other before the ceremony, is because with afternoon wedding ceremonies, there’s often not much time for couples to take photos after their ceremony.
To overcome this time crunch, in their wedding planning they choose to have photos taken of themselves together, with their bridal party, maybe even take family photos, all BEFORE the start of their ceremony
It’s relaxing for couples to be able to take a break before their ceremony, so I often recommend we plan to finish those photos at least 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony.
If couples decide they don’t want to see each other before their ceremony, there’s normally cocktail hour afterwards, which gives you some time for the bridal party and family photos.
With Hawaii wedding planning in Waikiki, Oahu, couples often want to take advantage of the beautiful sunsets over the ocean. In this case, you’ll need to time things so you can slip off to take these photos while your guests are eating.
Remember to let the banquet captain know of your plans so they can give you your meal ‘hot’ when you get back from the beach.
For your reception you may find your MC is the person who can help you in planning the timing of things.
For Hawaii wedding planning, if your budget allows for it, having an experienced wedding planner to help you, will obviously ensure everything goes as you have envisioned.
Dylan Dawson Photography will help you with your at no extra charge.