Inspiration Tuesdays: Wedding Hairstyles


As a Hawaii Wedding Planner, I’ve recently had many clients concerned about wedding hairstyles so I’ve been spending a lot of time researching wedding Up-do’s, long and curly classic styles, vintage styles, side pony tails, braids… the options are endless. Here are a few of my favorites.

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CLASSIC Up-do’s always elegant…
Hillary Duff went with a classic up-do, and it was spectacular!
Classic up-do’s similar to Hillarys also create a perfect placement for your veil.
And what about some of these fantastic vintage diamond,
flower and feather BRIDAL HAIR ACCESSORIES?
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Have you considered Bridal Braids? Oh how I L O V E BRAIDS! 
So Romantic and Beautiful! & and the possibilities are endless!
Check out this Classic up-do!
Romantic, perfect for a vintage wedding, Love it!
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BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN & CLASSIC. Never too classy for a Hawaii Wedding!
Could also be perfect with a Lace Veil underneath:)
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And check out this amazingly romantic hairstyle below. Isn’t it gorgeous?hau'ula beach house, beach house wedding, outdoor wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, best day ever hawaii, janah and justin
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wedding hairstyles, inspiration, hair inspiration, inspiration tuesdaysAnd for the Hawaii Brides that want to a simpler (and cheaper) hairstyle. Heres a beautiful one you could do yourself at home. A curling iron a few pins and some hairspray, Top it off with a beautiful veil and enter the most amazing Hawaii Bride ever:)
Hope some of these pics sparked your imagination and helped you in choosing your perfect wedding hairstyle. Email us today with some of your pics so we can post some real Hawaii Wedding Hairstyles!
xo~ Your favorite Hawaii Wedding Planner – Best Day Ever Hawaii

Hawaii Bridal Expo starts TODAY! Get your 2 for 1 coupon here

Hawaii Wedding Bridal Expo Week starts TODAY !  🙂 🙂

Today, tomorrow and Sunday, come down to the Blaisdell Arena to the Hawaii Bridal Expo and find the best wedding vendors on the island.  But here’s the best part, most of the vendors at the expo are offering all of the brides & grooms that attend some pretty spectacular deals!  Most of these deals must be picked up in person.  The expo is also a great chance to try some ono-licious food, and meet a large group of photographers, videographers, florists, and caterers ~ Plus, get lots of free stuff and see tons of wedding inspiration.

Drag your fiancee down for the fun ~ Heres a two for 1 coupon: Just for you!


And don’t forget to stop by our booth and say Hi!  

BDEHappy Monday Everyone!


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Best Day Ever Hawaii

Wedding Decor: Sweet Lulu!

For all you creative brides… Have you heard about Sweet Lulu?  It’s a super cute online shop that has everything from stripey straws, fun favor packaging and cake stands to those really HUGE balloons you’ve probably seen in a few of those artsy really cool wedding or engagement photos. I will admit to just spending $90 there in 5 minutes. I couldn’t help myself their stuff is soooo cute!  We just don’t  have any of this stuff in Hawaii ~ So many different & unique finds… You have to check it out!  Here are a few pics…  and of course the link to their site:

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Happy Planning!

xo, Nicole
Hawaii Wedding Planner

Best Day Ever Hawaii

A Perfect North Shore Oahu Destination Wedding! Congratulations Michael & Jennifer ~

Michael & Jennifer had a perfect Hawaii Destination Wedding on the North Shore of Oahu, last week Saturday ~ January 12, 2013.  Surrounded by their closest friends and family the two tied the knot at Papailoa Beach in front of a gorgeous sunset.

THANK YOU to all the vendors that helped
with Michael & Jennifers “Best Day Ever!”

Cynthia Smoot – Hawaii Officiant
Ashley Goodwin Photography – Hawaii Photographer
Mike Izon – Musician
Todd – Always Flowers
Gemina Chong, Faith & Beauty – Oahu Wedding Hair & Make-up
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The day didn’t start off so perfect though.. and I just thought I’d share this story since many of you often wonder, What happens if it rains?  Will my Hawaii Beach Ceremony be ruined?!!

Well, lets start from the beginning . . .

Michael got in touch with us about a month before their big day.  Usually we have a little more time, but we were able to get together all the details rather quickly and everything was falling into place.  The photographer, officiant and musician were booked.  Flowers were ordered, timelines were created and beach and dinner options had been researched.

Michael & Jennifer decided on Papailoa beach at my recommendation.  Papailoa beach is a beautiful beach on the North Shore of Oahu.  The perfect place to say “I do”.


Before we knew it it their big day was here, the flowers had been picked up, the truck was loaded up and were heading up to the North Shore a few hours early to do the set up.  I had already checked the weather and tide reports, and although there was a 20% chance of rain (and it had been pretty rainy this past week), today it was beautiful out so I wasn’t worried.

We got to the back up location and checked that out and then went to the beach to check that out as well.  I realized we had a lot of extra time so Kelli and I went to get some Shaved Ice right down the street.  I mean you kind of have to do this if your on the North Shore, right?


Then we headed back to the beach location and began setting up.  I put up balloons at the turn and at the beach entrance so that the vendors and the bride and groom could find the beach.

We made a few trips back and fourth from the truck and soon had everything we needed on site and began setting up.  I always make a cute little pathway for the bride and groom to walk down and sprinkle the path and the “I do” site with petals right before the couple arrives.

I put up the other wooden signs.  I have a “ceremony”, “wedding” and “Best Day Ever” sign that I place in the area so that tourists won’t “walk by” in the middle of the ceremony, ruining their pictures.  And then…

It started  P O U R I N G  buckets! 

I brought a tent but it was in the car so I ran back to get it. Kelli meanwhile tried to pull all our stuff together and hid out under a little tree.  This was not a drizzle or even a steady rain, it was seriously pouring buckets of water.  Everyone was running off the beach.  The pathway had gotten all muddy and the sunshine that was out a minute ago was now completely gone.

It was raining so hard my dress, hair and all my papers were completely soaked.  It was not worth it to get the tent at this point so I ran back to get Kelli and we waited out the rain in the truck.  I gave the bride and groom a call to let them know the situation and left them a message saying if the rain didn’t clear by 4:30 I’d suggest moving to the back-up location. I was constantly checking the radar report and there was no way to really tell what was going to happen next.

I’d love to show you a picture of what Kelli and I looked like, mascara streaming down our faces, our dresses both dripping wet and drenched and hair all a mess, but we didn’t have the foresight to take a photo, though looking back now I really wish I did, it would have been hilarious.

LUCKILY, just as the photographer arrived, the rain started to slow to a drizzle and within 15 minutes, it almost completely stopped.  At 4:30pm (15 minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start), I made the call to stay at Papailoa Beach.

The bride and groom were running a bit late and so by the time they got to the beach, the sky was absolutely beautiful, a few rain clouds in the distance but otherwise completely clear.  The earlier rain storm had completely cleared out the beach, so we had the whole beach to ourselves (almost).  And the sun was just about to set over the mountain.

The sand was a bit wet, but nobody minded, it was perfect!  Friends and family gathered around the ceremony area & it was time for the bride to walk down the isle. 
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Michael Conrad! 


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So as you can see ~ even with the rain (which we like to call “blessings” – in this case, Michael & Jennifer got a whole bunch of “blessings”), everything turned out perfectly.

I can’t wait to see Ashley’s photos. I’m sure they are sooo amazing! The light was perfect and the bride and groom were pretty perfect too:) 

Congratulations to the beautiful bride Jennifer and handsome groom Michael, now Officially MR & MRS Conrad!  We were honored to be a part of such a special day and hope you are enjoying the rest of your Hawaii Honeymoon vacation.  

Cheers to your “Best Day Ever!”


& the Best Day Ever Team
Hawaii Wedding Planners




Happy Wedding Day Michael & Jennifer! A Hawaii Destination Wedding

We’re super excited for Michael & Jennifer’s “Best Day Ever” today!  It will be a simple beach ceremony on the North Shore at Papailoa Beach ~ The perfect Hawaii Beach Wedding!

Gotta get ready now… but more pics to come soon!

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Happy Saturday everyone!

~ Nicole
Best Day Ever Hawaii

Hawaii Wedding Planning & Event Design

Top 4 Hawaii Wedding Inspiration Tips & to find your Personal Wedding Style

If you are like most brides you have been looking forward to your wedding day since you were 10.  You have probably imagined your perfect dress, your perfect cake and walking down the isle with your perfect person too.  There is no question every bride wants her wedding to be an unforgettable day, a magical time, and a perfect event that will inspire your guests to weep tears of joy. But how do you achieve this perfection? Well, it certainly helps to start with inspiration. Here are a few tips to figure out your wedding style.

Tip 1: Magazines.
Take a trip to the drug store and grab
a bunch of wedding and fashion wedding inspiration, wedding tips, personal wedding style, personalized wedding, wedding magazinemagazines. Thumb through them and start imaging how you can fit some of these ideas into your ideal wedding venue, dress, bridesmaids dresses, and reception. Start a wedding inspiration book or binder. Cut out any images or pictures you find inspiring and glue them into your inspiration book. After you have several pages in your binder you will start to see a style or pattern. Do you love pinks or rock and roll ideas or vintage themes? You can use these themes to show your wedding planner what you like. You can also use this binder to help you chose your venue and flowers and even your dress!

Tip 2: Wedding Blogs.
Spend some time on the internet. Check out the best wedding blogs and make tabs or bookmarks of all the real weddings and wedding ideas you love. You can also copy out pictures that you like and print them out to add to your inspiration book. You can find bridesmaids gifts, wedding planning ideas, decorating ideas, photography poses, cake designs, seating arrangement design and more. There is no limit to the ideas you will find in wedding blogs and websites.

Tip 3: Wedding Expos.
Take a trip to your local wedding expo. Explore the different vendors and get an idea of which vendors you feel most connected to and would like to use. Make sure to talk to everyone – get an idea for their style and personalities and don’t forget to grab a bunch of brochures and business cards for later. Once you have your inspiration book & have gathered a few ideas of what you want your perfect day to be like, spend some time looking at your local vendors websites and make a few appointments to meet with your local Hawaii wedding planners.

Tip 4: What do you love?
Inspiration for your wedding does not have to come from a specific blog or magazine. You may be inspired by your childhood beach house, your favorite movie/book or even your favorite far away place. Colors and design can based around any idea you love. For example, if you love the beach and ocean you can choose aquas, teals and sandy beiges as your colors. Incorporating beach glass, sand and shells to your table design could also be an option. Bridesmaids dresses could also be in shades or blues and bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts could be really cool shades.

You can find inspiration for your wedding just about anywhere, it is just a matter of taking the time to figure out what you like. Once you have a few ideas of inspiration you like, spend some time with your wedding planner and discuss together how you can create your dream wedding. Your Hawaii wedding planner can help you find the best local vendors, venues, photographers, videographers, etc.

This is a day you will remember for the rest of your life, so make sure to take the time to figure out exactly what you want. Try not to get discouraged with too many outside opinions. And most importantly, don’t forget, this is your day!!

Sending all of our brides, and all of our readers a big hug on this beautiful Friday!  🙂
Enjoy the weekend ~ You deserve it!!!

Hawaii Wedding Planner
Best Day Ever Hawaii

Hawaii Brides : How to change your maiden name to your married name in Hawaii

I know I’ve been over this before, but I’ve gotten so many questions lately about the details of changing your maiden name to your married name, that I thought I’d better write a blog about it. It’s a complicated process – no question, but if you go through each of the steps described below, hopefully it will be a little simpler.


Step 1. Obtain a marriage license from the local Marriage License Office.  To get a marriage license you must have your application form filled out, bring proof of age (you must be 19yrs or older) a drivers license, passport, birth certificate or state ID will be fine, and proof of residency. To save time, be sure to fill out the marriage license application form at home ahead of time and bring it with you. If you are on Oahu, you and your fiancee must go downtown office on Punchbowl Street together. The exact address is: 1250 Punchbowl St. (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets).  Please note that you must apply for your marriage license no sooner than 30 days prior to your wedding date.  License will cost $60 + a $5 processing fee.  For additional details please check out the Hawaii marriage license website.hawaii brides, change your maiden name, legal requirements, marriage license, marriage certificate

Step 2.  Get Married!  Yay!  Make sure you have your marriage license with you, it is probably a good idea to have your officiant or wedding planner hold on to it for safekeeping before the ceremony.  After the “I do’s”, make sure your officiant or priest file or wedding planner has properly filed your paperwork – this is usually their job so you shouldn’t have to worry about this part.hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, hilton hawaiian village, hilton hawaiian village wedding, crystal chapel, crystal chapel wedding, best day ever hawaii, ronnie and shannon

Step 3. Wait to get your official Marriage Certificate in the Mail.  This process usually takes up to 4 months, so don’t bother changing any of your other id cards until you get your marriage certificate.  Enjoy your maiden name a bit longer, it won’t be around for very long.

Step 4. Get a new Social Security Card.  You finally got your marriage certificate, Horray!  Keep it in a safe spot and get ready for the real headache of the “official name change”. The best place to start is with your social security card.  First fill out this social security name change form.  Then head down to the Social Security Office on the corner of Punchbowl St. and Ala Moana Blvd. with either a state ID, passport, drivers license, or birth certificate PLUS your marriage certificate AND your old social security card, if you don’t have your old card, don’t worry about it, they will give you a new one anyway. New social security cards take up to 8 days to come to you by mail.  HINT: Get there early! Metered parking usually only lets you put in 2hrs. worth of quarters and you are likely to go overtime if you don’t get there early and have all of your paperwork filled out ahead of time. It is easy to park on Punchbowl and just walk right into the office.  Grab a number and wait for your turn to submit paperwork. This process should take no longer than 2 hrs. if you get there early… I’m talking like 8am early, so get a good night sleep the night before.

Here is the exact address of the Soc. Sec. office in Honolulu:
Social Security Administration, Federal Building, Rm 1-114
300 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96850 (corner of Ala Moana Blvd. & Punchbowl St.);
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm (closed on federal holidays)
Phone: 800-772-1213 (Toll free number)
Web: SSA website (for information and office locations on other islands)

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Step 5. New State ID.  If you don’t have a state ID, it is really a great thing to have because it is just as valid as a drivers license and if god-forbid you ever lose your drivers license, you will always have a back-up ID. A Hawaii State ID is very in-expensive and easy to get. You will need to bring your NEW social security card, birth certificate or passport, and marriage license certificate.  A new state ID card is just $18.00.  HINT: Fill out all the paperwork online, pay the processing fee, and set up an appointment on the Express Hawaii State ID website. This will make everything super easy. The line to get a new state ID can easily take up to 4+ hours, but if you do everything online ahead of time, all you have to do is show up with your paperwork at your designated appointment time and take a new photo. You’ll speed by the dummies who didn’t take advantage of the new express check-out and be will be so thankful you were super prepared!

Here is the exact address of the Honolulu State ID office:
Kekuanao’a Building
465 S. King Street, Rm. 102
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 (Map)
Phone: (808) 587-3111
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. HST Monday through Friday, Except State holidays


Step 6. New Drivers License.  Now that you’ve done this process a few times you should have all your “new name” paperwork organized and ready to go. Head down to the nearest DMV with all of your documents and fill out the proper paperwork to have your license name officially changed. HINT: Get there early to avoid lines.  Most offices open at 7:30am. I know the newest Hawaii licenses look a little different, but I couldn’t resist the McLovin License. 

Step 7. Go to the Bank.  Now that all the official ID paperwork has been completed, head down to your local bank with all your documents. If you have more than one bank, you may have repeat the process a few times. Make sure to let them know you will also need new debit cards. Unfortunately this may cost you $15-$25 per card… but that is the price of being in marital bliss – trust me, it’s worth it! Your new card should be mailed to you within 15 days. HINT: Ask your bank teller about being able to cash checks with your old name. If you ask ahead of time, they will put a note on your account to make sure you are able to cash checks with your old name for a period of a year or so. This will save you tons of headaches down the line.

Step 8. Call your Credit Card companies.  To make things simpler, just make a pile of all of your credit cards (hopefully there aren’t too many) and call each of them one by one. Let the representative know that you have recently gotten married and you need a name change form.  You cannot obtain these forms online, but they are always happy to mail them to you.  It usually takes up to 15 days to get the form, which you should immediately fill out and mail back with a copy of your marriage license.  HINT: If you have more than one American Express Card – or Visa Card, let the representative know to send you a form for each acccount. This will save you time and make the process much easier.

Step 9. Mortgage Companies & Insurance Companies.  Give your mortgage company and insurance companies (auto and health) a call and let them know your name has been changed. They will send you a form of name change and you will have to complete the same process that you did with the credit card companies. HINT: Make a bunch of copies of your marriage certificate and new ID so that you don’t have to make multiple trips to the copy machine. It is very likely that you will need to send copies of both the marriage license and your new ID card to multiple people.  Keep the process simple by having everything together and organized.

Step 10. Online Accounts.  E-Bay, Amazon, Macy’s, Costco, Sams Club, E-Mail, Facebook, MySpace (hey some of are still on myspace:), Groupon, PlayHawaii, Barnes and Nobles, Nordstroms, Roth IRAs, Simple IRAs, and the list goes on. Start changing your name on all of the accounts you have. It may take awhile, but if you try to devote a week to getting it done, you will be happy you took care of it all at once.  HINT: Make a list. Take 10 minutes or so to make a list of all the accounts you can think of that you currently have or use frequently.  Go through the list one by one and check them off as you make your name changes.  By making a list and taking care of everything all at once the name changing process will be smooth and easy. 

Step 11. Passport Name Change.  Changing the name on your passport is fairly simple if you follow these steps:
1. Fill out form DS-82 which is: this PDF form.
2. Print out the form, sign & date.
3. Mail the Form DS-82 in a padded envelope to the address listed on the form, along with:

  • Your most recent U.S. Passport (book or card)
  • One Passport Photo that is stapled to the application within the space provided using four vertical staples, one in each corner
  • Current Passport Fees
  • A marriage certificate or court order
    If You Wish to Expedite Your Passport Application:

    • Include a check or money order for $60.00 made payable to the U.S. Department of State. Do not send cash in the mail (See Passport Fees)
    • Clearly mark ‘EXPEDITE’ on the outside of the padded envelope
    • We recommend using an overnight delivery service for delivery to andfrom the Passport Agency

HINT: Use a padded envelope and a secure form of mailing (get the envelope insured so that you can track it).  There are really important stuff in this envelope so it’s important you can find out where it is just incase something happens.  

More details on Passport Name Change – please check out this website.  And for helpful hints on the process – this website shows an illustrated version of what to send in. I love seeing it visually, hope it helps you too.


THAT’S IT!- You should be all set!!!  You’re name should be officially changed!  Horray!!  Now that wasn’t so bad was it? 

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Heres just a few more commonly asked questions:

Q. Do I need to notify anybody else for my taxes?
A. No, when you changed your social security card, the dept. of taxation should have been notified as well – I would however, make sure you notified your tax preparer. You may need to fax or email him/her a copy of your NEW social security card and marriage certificate as well.

Q. Is it better to file jointly or separately?
A. It depends.
 If your taxes are complicated, and you own/rent property, have IRA’s, have a business, it may be more beneficial to file separately, BUT if you have children, it may be more beneficial to file jointly, it really depends on your situation.  Check with your tax preparer to find out what will save you the most money.

Q. What if I have my own business and a GE Tax license, does that info. need to change too?
A. Yes!
You must notify the state and get a new GE Tax license by filling out this form. Simply fill it out, print it out, and then mail it to the address below:

P.O. BOX 1425
HONOLULU, HI 96806-1425

Q. What’s the difference between a marriage license and a marriage certificate, are the same thing?
A.  No, a marriage license and marriage certificate are different documents. The marriage license permits a marriage to take place. The marriage certificate indicates that a legal marriage has been performed.


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xoxo, Your Hawaii Wedding Planner, Best Day Ever Hawaii

DIY Monday’s ~ Wedding Personalization: Envelope Liners

When it comes to making invitations unique and special, I find that it’s truly all about the details! Here’s a quick and easy way to spice up your invitations with something your guests won’t be expecting.  We love this little idea from the DIY Bride…  the idea is based around creating an adorable personalized photo version of the classic envelope liner.  If you’re having a destination wedding you could include an image of your location like a beautiful sunset or beach.  It’ll give your guests a little preview of what to expect!

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  1. Take a sheet of heavy weighted cardstock and trace the outer edge of your envelope.
  2. Measure the width of the adhesive portion of your envelope flap and mark onto the cardstock. Use the envelope flap and your new marks to create a clean and even inner line.
  3. Make sure to follow the line down to the bottom of the template for an even border.
  4. Cut out your template and then trace and place your favorite photos or designs.

Envelope liners look classy and polished and are just as much functional as they are pretty.  Liners are especially useful for when your envelopes are a little too thin and your invitations contrast with the paper.  Adding that extra insert will ensure that only you and your guests will be able to see inside!  Plus it doubles the durability of your envelopes in the mail.

Do you have any interesting DIY ideas? We’d love for you to share it with us!

Happy Monday all! 🙂

xo ~

Best Day Ever Hawaii


7 Tips to Save Money at your Hawaii Wedding

Hawaii Weddings can be very expensive and before you know it the wedding budget you had initially decided upon has doubled (or tripled!).  A Professional Hawaii Wedding Planner can offer advice to help you cut corners and save you tons of money. Here are seven simple tips that can help you save money on your wedding.

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7 Tips to Save Money at your Hawaii Wedding

1. Hire a Wedding Planner Early.  Let him or her negotiate with your vendors to get you the best prices. They have inside connections to the cheapest (and best) caterers, deejays, venues, etc. Tell your wedding planner your budget and watch how they can help you stick to it.

2. Monitor your Guest List.  Invite only your closest friends and family. A simple rule to follow is to only give +1’s to your single friends who have been dating their significant other for at least a year, and whom you have met.

3. Don’t allow children.  Although this may not be for every couple, a simple way to cut costs is to have an “adult only” wedding. Often children can account for 25-30 percent of the guest list and cutting them out can be a huge savings! This may also allow for your friends who have kids to finally get a sitter and have a fun night out without the kids.

4. Linens.  Ever consider ordering your table linens on E-Bay or Amazon? Wedding linens can be very expensive to rent. Most of us don’t realize that rental prices can range from $15 – $80 per table! Often you can find great deals for large quantities of table linens and napkins online, tablecloths starting at just $7 a tablecloth. What a savings!

5. Do-It-Yourself.  There are tons of DIY wedding blogs. Check a few of them out and start creating one of a kind decorations early. You can save a lot of money creating your own centerpieces, name tags and menus. Plus, your guests will be so impressed at how personalized your wedding is.hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, halekulani hotel, halekulani hotel wedding, dane and belinda, best day ever hawaii, destination wedding, australian couple

6. Get Stuff for Free. You’d be surprised how many things you can get for free. Try posting an ad on craigslist for a videographer or photographer. There are lots of college students majoring in film or photography who need experience and would be willing to do your shoot for free in order to build their portfolio. Journalists are another great contact for free or cheap photo shoots.

7. Do Your Research.  Spend a lot of time researching vendors. Compare your local vendors with ordering items on the internet. Choose the cheapest options. Saving $10 here and $100 there will add up.

There are tons of other ways to keep the budget down. Don’t buy the first things you see and make sure to take the time to shop around. There is always someone willing to do it for cheaper. Remember this is just one day, and though it is the one day you’ve been looking forward to your whole live, you don’t want to go broke over it. Come up with a budget and stick to it. You don’t want to be paying off this wedding for years to come. Your guests are there to celebrate the two of you and trust me, they won’t know the difference if your tablecloths are floor length or only 15 inches.

We hope this has helped to give you some ideas on how to make the most of your budget. Don’t forget to call your Hawaii Wedding Planner today to find out just how much you can save by working with professionals.

Happy Friday Everyone! 🙂
Go out on a date with your fiancee & enjoy the weekend!


Best Day Ever Hawaii

Wedding Tips: Desserts on a Stick

Do you have a dessert that you absolutely love but are reconsidering serving it at your wedding because it’s too messy?  If so, here’s a wedding tip I think you’ll love – Instead of the traditional wedding cake – why not work with your caterer to creating some supe cute, easy to eat, Dessert Sticks!

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Here’s an idea on how to transform your favorite desserts into the perfect little bites!   Think hors d’oeuvre sized portions of your favorite sweet treats.   Guests can try a bit of everything or stick with their favorites they won’t be limited to one option. My favorite part is that these are one bite wonders, guests will be picture ready in seconds!

Here’s some of my favorites:
Caramel apples- cute for fall!
~Using a melon baller, make tiny rounds of apples add a stick and dip in caramel

Smore pops-A campfire classic!
~Marshmallows dipped in chocolate and coated with graham crackers crumbs

Cakepops-fits any party theme!
~Small rounds of cake dipped in frosting and decorated to fit any party scheme

These tiny options are great for outdoor receptions! No loose plates, napkins or utensils blowing away in the hawaii breeze. Pick up a stick and you’re ready to walk around and mingle with your guests!

So cute right?! Thoughts? We’d love to hear them . . 

Hope you’re having a wonderful Thursday!  
xo~ your favorite wedding planner

The Best Day Ever Hawaii Team

PHOTO CREDIT: Jamie’s Rabbits