Where are the best beaches for my ceremony?
We have several beaches we can choose from. We recommend and prefer Kukio Beach for many of our ceremonies. It is very pretty, has easy access from the free parking area, and is generally less crowded. All beaches in Hawaii are public and we get our permitting through the Department of Land and Natural Resources. This allows us access to the beach but does not guarantee where on the beach we can perform a ceremony. Our experience in performing ceremonies provides us with the knowledge of where the best spots are! We can discuss all the beach options, as this decision can be made within days of the ceremony.
What should I wear?
We are doing your ceremony on a beach. Many celebrants wear traditional wedding attire. That is perfectly fine, however it does get warm on the beach so you should be aware of that. Some celebrants also come in more leisure type clothes. Both are fine, it is your celebration! Flip-flops or sandals are the best to wear on your feet. We may walk a bit on the beach, and something on your feet is advised, to protect against the heat and random stones. It is important to stay hydrated before the ceremony, as it is hot on the beach. Also it is a good idea to limit the amount of sun you get a few hours before the ceremony.
What happens if it rains?
A complete rainout is very unlikely, as the Kohala Coastline receive less than 10 inches of rain per year. We do not have any shelter on the beach if it rains. We suggest meeting at the beach location regardless of how it appears during the day. We can make a determination at that time, as the weather changes quickly here. If we decide to postpone the event, we will make every possible effort to reschedule to a mutually convenient time. There will be no charge to reschedule. If it is a marriage ceremony, we will get you married, although it may look a little different than planned. As a result we suggest planning your celebration towards the beginning of your stay so that we have time to reschedule.
I hear it is windy on the Big Island?
This is true however not all the time! We mention this because shawls, veils, flowers in your hair, etc. Have them secured in case of winds. We do not want your beautiful veil to be in front of your beautiful face when we take photos.
What about flowers?
We provide two beautiful and fragrant white tuberose lei. They match everything and are quite fragrant. If you want different colored lei, or additional flowers, please contact us. We will give you the name of the closest florist and you can contact them and have them delivered to you prior to the ceremony.
How much time should I allow for the ceremony and pictures?
The ceremony lasts for 20-30 minutes, depending on whether you add any readings etc. For a sunset celebration we suggest you get there 60 minutes before sunset. (We will give you the time to be there). This gives us 20-30 minutes for the celebration and 30 minutes to take beautiful photos at sunset.
When will I get my photo’s and video?
Your photos and or video will be ready no later than 14 days after your ceremony, many times before that. We will give you a more accurate timetable at the ceremony. We deliver your photos in digital form. Your photos and video will be uploaded to a hosting site for you to be able to download. This guarantees you get the best resolution. You are then free to have them printed at a vendor of your choice. The hosting site will also have printing options and wedding/renewal photo albums for you to consider.
How do I get to the beach?
The best way is to drive your rental car there. I will supply specific directions from your area to the beach. Please use these directions ONLY, as names and places here vary. Limo’s and taxi’s are expensive, however they can be arranged.
Can I have a ukulele player?
Yes, however I would like to give you our experience with that. At times the beach can be windy, and along with the waves, it can be very hard to hear a ukulele. Also we have found the ukulele player to be somewhat distracting during the ceremony. This is especially true if we are doing a video of the ceremony. Also ukulele players are quite expensive. Our solution is that we have a Bose Speaker System that we pair with an IPhone to play ukulele, wedding, or your favorite song. The best part it is there is no additional charge for this!