Weddings In Paradise
In the 1961 film, Blue Hawaii, Elvis Presley sang “The Hawaiian Wedding Song,” and millions of girls around the world swooned. What person in love could resist the sweetheart lyrics:
“This is the moment
I’ve waited for
I can hear my heart singing
Soon bells will be ringing
This is the moment
of sweet Aloha
I will love you longer than forever
Promise me that you will leave me never
Now that we are one
Clouds won’t hide the sun
Blue skies of Hawaii will smile
On this, our wedding day.”
These days, having a wedding in Hawai`i is easy, and particularly so at Waikoloa Beach Resort, where wedding specialists can assist with everything from booking the ideal location to catering your reception dinner, and everything in between.
Adding to the attraction of Waikoloa for your destination wedding are elegant accommodations from cottages to suites to private villas, two golf courses, spa and beauty services, and two retail shopping centers — Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops — where you can find last-minute wedding gifts, and everything else you might need from beachwear to jewelry to souvenirs to haute couture to fine and casual dining.
At Hilton Waikoloa Village, four outstanding wedding locations are available, including the Hale Aloha, a Plantation-style chapel with ocean views and doors and windows that open up to let the warm breezes blow through. Koa wood furnishings and a lovely stained glass picture window add gracious Hawaiian touches to the ceremony.
The Palace Garden is another favorite setting to exchange your wedding vows at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Framed by swaying palm trees and overlooking Waiulua Bay, a sunset ceremony here helps every couple’s dream wedding come true.
“Waikoloa is a very special place to have a wedding,” says Robin Paulos, catering manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village. “In addition to the amazing location, it is our goal to ensure that every aspect of your day happens exactly as you dreamed it would. We will prepare your favorite dishes, serve your favorite wines ... you name it and we are at your service.”
Hilton Waikoloa Village offers quite a number of reception venues, indoors or out for any weather, and for parties of any size. Choose from four ballrooms — the circular Water’s Edge Ballroom is a popular choice because of its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a scenic waterfall — while more intimate gatherings might prefer a special table set up at the beautiful Buddha Point overlooking the Pacific or at the Hale Aloha Chapel lanai.
You can choose from a number of very attractive wedding packages at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, or create a completely customized event that speaks to your needs and desires. Included in every package are the basics: wedding site, minister, flower lei (a must in Hawai`i!), music, and upgraded accommodations for the bride and groom’s entire stay. Add-ons to wedding packages can include champagne, cake service, additional flowers, cheese platters, and a stay in the resort’s luxurious Cabana Suite on the wedding night.
Mr. Enoch A’ana of Pele’s Wedding & Events is the Marriott’s wedding and events partner. His passion to create the perfect wedding makes for very satisfied couples. “We’re excited about every element,” he says, “from the way the tables are set, to the moment you enter as bride and groom, to your final farewell.
“Pele’s Wedding & Events will guide you through the entire process, helping you customize your ideal wedding package with all the best services. We’ll do everything required to make sure your special occasion is perfect and personalized to your every wish.”
The Marriott offers several excellent outdoor locations suited to morning, daytime, and sunset wedding ceremonies, the most popular location being the Kings’ Knoll, an intimate grassy lawn overlooking an ancient Hawaiian fishpond and the coconut palm fringed shores of ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay.
Lyndsey Beach is another coveted location for a wedding ceremony. A private sandy beach on the shores of an ancient Hawaiian fishpond, this location is perfect for a wedding ceremony of two to 80 people.
The newest venue at Waikoloa for a destination wedding is Lava Lava Beach Club, where a beachfront location makes for a smile-inducing toes-in-the-sand ceremony under majestic kiawe trees. For those who prefer to keep their high heels on, the club also offers a manicured Lava Lawn.
Receptions are also fun and easy here, as full catering is available through Paradise Gourmet Catering or, for smaller parties, ordering off the regular Lava Lava Beach Club restaurant menu. A few steps up the beach from the restaurant, four contemporary Hawaiian cottages can be booked, allowing newlyweds to slip quietly away for some much-needed private time after a full wedding day.
“Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially planning one at a destination you may not be familiar with,” says Jean Thompson, special events manager for Paradise Gourmet. “But rest assured ... we can handle all aspects of your event. We are committed to making your wedding day memorable and making sure every aspect is just perfect.”