We invited Owner & Lead Photographer of Creatrix Photography- Jenna Avery to tell us about her knowledge of living and working weddings in Hawaii. Destination Weddings in Hawaii are popular and beautiful, but need to be researched before diving all in. Over the next month, she is going to share the ins & outs, the good and the bad and everything in between of planning a wedding in Hawaii. Check out Jenna’s favorite reasons about weddings in the b-ea-utiful state of Hawaii.
Hawaiian Destination Weddings
Believe it or not, I spent a solid decade of my life living on the most isolated land mass in the world. Gas was expensive, rent was almost unaffordable and the traffic is third worst in the nation.
But the beaches. The BEACHES.
In 2011, I launched my company with a voracious appetite for success. Admittedly, I had NO idea what the hell I was doing. I am, however, happy to announce that I’ve been doing this for five years and kicking some serious ass! Now that I live in Texas, I’d like to think I’m an expert on the wedding industry in Hawaii and would seriously love to relay some of the vital insider tips I’ve given to clients in the past!
Today, we’ll talk about some of the benefits of Hawaii destination weddings!
- Hawaii weddings CAN be affordable. (Prices specific to Oahu)
I was personally shocked at the costs of vendors in Texas. Venues charging $6k for just the space? That doesn’t even have a view?! Makeup artists charging $150 and can’t even do hair? My mind was BLOWN. In Hawaii, you can literally marry on the beach with beautiful sweeping mountains in the background for less than $500 (permits depending). Makeup artists charge around $150 for hair/makeup, airbrush and lashes! Food is on average $50 a head for good local food! DJs/MCs charge around $1200 and rock!
2. SO many activities
If you’re doing a destination wedding, your guests can occupy themselves with oodles of activities! Jurrasic Park tour? Ziplining! Shark diving! Surfing! Just laying around and getting some long-term wrinkles via sunshine! Most tours are less than $150, which make amazing activities within affordable reach!
3. No need for a passport!
When I first moved to Hawaii, it was a huge culture shock, since I had never visited an Asian country. The food, the lack of space respect, the occasional racism…it was hard. Granted, my experience will be different from someone just visiting, but in the end, if you’re looking for a cultural difference without needing a passport stamp, this is the place!
*I hope you enjoyed my experience with Hawaiian destination weddings.
Next time, we’ll discuss the vital have-to-have vendors for any wedding size in Hawaii!*
-Jenna Avery, Creatrix Photography