Heidi and RJ’s Best Day Ever! Ko’olina Ihilani, A Tiki Inspired Hawaii Destination Wedding

Heidi & RJ tied the knot on July 1st, 2013 at the Ihilani, Ko’olina resort on the west shore of O’ahu.  I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this amazing couple.  Heidi was the sweetest bride ever and a joy to work with. Her DIY projects and tiki-fun wedding concept ended up being absolutely perfect for this Hawaii Destination Wedding.  From the leis for all the guests to the personalized goodie bags filled with island snacks, juices and touristy map books to the surfboard sign in book…  this wedding was one of the most unique and fun weddings we’ve had a chance of being a part of.  I know this post is a bit over due, we are finally catching up with summer wedding posts now. I did however, still want to share all of the amazing pics with you.A special thanks to the bride Heidi and groom RJ.  You two were such fun to work with and I could not imagine a couple more perfectly suited for each other.  A true match made in heaven.  We hope you are enjoying “married” life and thank you for trusting us with your “Best Day Ever!

A big mahalo to all of our vendors!

The entire staff at the Ihilani Ko’olina, especially Florence Dipad!
Hair & Makeup: Faith & Beauty, Gemina Chong
Officiant: Heidi’s step dad
DJ: Jr Martin
Videography: Video 21, Janice/Davis Lauderdale
Audio/Sound: PSAV, Randy Cook
Cake/Cupcake Tower: A Baked Romance, Josh Courtney
Flowers: Marie Blooms, Kristin
and All friends & family who helped make RJ & Heidi’s wedding a success!
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Cheers to Heidi & RJ’s Best Day Ever!
xo, Nicole & Erika
Best Day Ever Hawaii 🙂

Lane and Leah’s Best Day Ever! Mid Pacific Country Club Hawaii Wedding

Lane and Leah tied the knot at the Mid Pacific Country Club on June 29th 2013 in front of their closest friends and family.  It was a fabulous celebration and one of the most unique and fun weddings we have ever had the pleasure of being a part of.  The ceremony was intimate and beautiful and the reception was filled with tons of fun surprises from the wrestling inspired grand entrance to the surprise grooms dance.

We could not imagine a couple more perfect for each other and it was an honor to be a part of such a special event.  Thank you Lane & Leah for trusting us with your wedding day, it was nothing short of spectacular, truly a “Best Day Ever!” that will go down in the books!  Congrats again to you both!

Wishing you a lifetime of LOVE, Joy, laughter & lots of blessings!  Apologies for this post being so overdue, we are just getting caught up with summer weddings now 🙂 Still couldn’t help but share, this wedding was amazing!

xo, Erika & Nicole

A big mahalo to all of our vendors!
The entire staff at the Mid Pacific Country Club, Shaun Myers
Officiant : Wailua United Church of Christ, Grant Lee
Cake: A Cake Life, Kristin Kato
Graphics: Mildred Wu
Flowers : Always Flowers, Todd
Specialty Decor: Leah’s family, Cathy Correia
Seamstress: Party Dress by Claudette
Hair & Make up: Mia Moriguchi
Photography: Malia Cano Photgraphy
Videography: Shelby Hoota
DJ Services: N-D Mixx Productions, Fran/Gil
Transportation: Jay’s Limo
Entertainment: Mike Izon
Master of Ceremonies: Aaron Chung
Coordination: Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners

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Happy “Best Day Ever!” Lane & Leah! 🙂

xo, Nicole & Erika
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning & Event Design Team

Barron and Kate’s Best Day Ever! June 2013, a Chic Wedding at the Trump Hotel, Waikiki

Barron & Kate..  two of our favorite people ever, tied the knot at the Trump Hotel on June 14, 2013.  Obviously I am a bit behind with writing these posts, but these pics are too good not to share.

We met Barron and Kate several months prior to their wedding date and helped them with everything from finding the perfect venue to assisting with flowers to organizing the perfect wedding day.  As time went on we got the chance to know these two very well and I loved everything about them, from their vision ~ artistic, chic and ultra cool, to their undeniable love for each other.

It was truly an honor to work with both Barron and Kate and we can’t say enough lovely things about them.  Their wedding was stunning (almost as stunning as the beautiful bride Kate!) and an absolutely perfect reflection of the couple.  Exactly as we had planned it to be 🙂  Sending a BIG Congrats to Barron and Kate!  Cheers to your “Best Day Ever!”

xo, Nic & Erika 🙂

A big mahalo to all of our vendors!
The entire staff at the Trump Hotel
Hair & Make up : Kaili de Seixas
Photography: What a Day Photography // Neil Tan
Officiant : Kahu Bruce
DJ Services: DJ Kevo
Flowers : Always Flowers
Music: Kamuela  // Akahi Productions
Cake: A Cake Life
Videography: Isle Media
Coordination: Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners

Kate and Barron Same-Day-Edit (Trump Hotel, Waikiki) from Isle Media on Vimeo.

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Congrats again!  Wishing you a lifetime of LOVE, joy & immense blessings!

Happy Happy “Best Day Ever!”
xo,
Nicole & Erika

www.BestDayEverHawaii.com
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning & Event Design Team

Best Day Ever’s Top 10 Father Daughter Dance Songs

The Father / Daughter Dance is a special moment that you won’t want to miss as the bride.  🙂  It’s an intimate, sweet and memorable moment, a moment shared between just you and your dad.  A time to forget all the wedding planning and everything going around you and just reflect upon how far you have come together as father and daughter.  It’s honestly something you both will never forget and the perfect chance for you to honor your dad at your reception and thank him for all he has done in your life.

Here are Best Day Ever’s Top 10 Father Daughter Dance Songs: 

1.     “Gracie” by Ben Folds  

2.     “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle 

3.     “The Way You Look Tonight” by Michael Buble 

4.     “Dance With My Father Again” by Luther Vandross   

5.     “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac   

6.     “My Girl” by The Temptations  

7.     “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder 

8.    “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong or Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

9.    “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion 

10.  “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman

Obviously Gracie is my favorite as I listed it as #1.  This is the song I danced to with my dad at my wedding.  I love how it’s unexpectedly different, but if you listen to the words, it’ll probably make you cry. Cinderella is another fabulous choice I absolutely LOVE!  There are tons of options and it’s up to you to choose a song that you feel a connection to.

Dancing with your father on your wedding day is a very special moment where you can let your dad know just how much you appreciate and love him. So have fun picking out your special song and do share with us any new song ideas you might have! 🙂

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Hope you you feel inspired to find the perfect Father Daughter song for your wedding!  Special thanks to Tiffany our fabulous intern, for the help with this post. Also to Sandy, who is our beautiful bride pictured in the photo above dancing with her dad.

Happy Monday Everyone! 🙂

xo,

Nicole 
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning Team

Best Groomsman Speech – Ever!

I stumbled upon this one night while I was browsing through YouTube videos and fell in LOVE!   This is seriously the Best Groomsman Speech EVER!  If you’re a groomsman to be, take notes!  If you’re a bride to be or just want a good laugh, cry and happy feeling in your heart, watch this video.  What a wonderful way to start the day! It’s long, but keep watching, it gets better and better 🙂  Enjoy!

Sooo good right?!  I knew you’d love it!
Happy Monday Everyone! 🙂
xo,
Nicole
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planners

Ronnie and Shannon’s Best Day Ever!!

Ronnie & Shannon tied the knot at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on June 1, 2013!  It was a wonderful celebration, filled with love, laughter and happy tears of joy.  I couldn’t imagine a more perfect couple or a more perfect wedding for these two!  Congrats to Ronnie & Shannon!  Wishing you both a lifetime of LOVE, joy & blessings! 
xo, Nicole & Erika, Best Day Ever
Hawaii’s Favorite Wedding Planning & Design Team
A Big Mahalo to all of our Vendors!
Ceremony Venue: Crystal Chapel, Sarah Gamble
Reception Venue: South Pacific Ballroom, Susan Smith
Officiant : John Fuchigami
Specialty Linens: Eliana Events
Flowers : Spinning Web
Photos : Consillio Photography, Anthony Consillio
Hair & Make up : Faith & Beauty, Gemina Chong
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Congrats to Ronnie & Shannon!  Cheers to your “Best Day Ever!”

Love you both!
xo, Nic & Erika 🙂

Hawaii Brides: Top 5 2013 Wedding Nail Color Trends

Today we’re going to cover a very important subject… Yup, you guessed it, your fingernails!   It’s time to prepare for all the attention your fingernails will receive on your wedding day! Your friends and family will be admiring that ring and you’ll have the wedding photographer snapping photos as well.

We’ve done a little research and put together a list of the top wedding nail trends for 2013.  All of these styles are amazing and either give an understated or glamorous appearance. Depending on the type of bride you are, I think theres a style here for everyone!

Here are five awesome nail color trends you can steal for your Hawaii wedding day that are classy, simple and fun…  enjoy! 🙂

Best Day Ever’s Top Five 2013 Wedding Nail Color Trends

1.     The Classic French Manicure. The French Manicure will always be in style. You can’t go wrong with a French manicure that will match your white wedding gown. A neutral-colored base with white tips are the safest route to take for a timeless, clean and classy look. But, 2013 nail trends suggest having a softer finish on your tips, rather than a bright white look.hawaii brides, 2013 wedding nail color trends, wedding nails, wedding colors, wedding trends

2.     Glitter French Manicure. For a little more sparkle and shine, try glitter instead of white for your French manicure. Try a nice nude nail polish such as Face Stockholm nail polish in “Au Natural” and trace the tip of your nails with Butter London’s glitter polish called “West End Wonderland.”

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3.     Neutral Nails. Neutral nails are very popular these days. According to InStyle, the best neutral of 2013 is Chanel’s “Ballerina” nail polish, which costs $27 and known to be worn by Victoria’s Secret model, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Another great color trend is Essie’s award winning “Mademoiselle” which is the most classic grown up pink you will find. It’s also the perfect base for a French manicure.hawaii brides, 2013 wedding nail color trends, wedding nails, wedding colors, wedding trends

4.     The Ring Finger Bling.  A trend that has been out for a while is having the ring finger completely painted in a glitter polish. Wear a nice solid neutral color on all of your nails except the ring fingers, where you would choose a glitter polish to your liking. I like a silvery sparkly look like Sephora by OPI’s “Flurry Up.”

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5. Caviar Nails.  A 2013 wedding nail trend that is big and bold are beaded/pearled fingernails also known as “Caviar” fingernails. Check out the brand, Ciate which offers “caviar manicure kits” online. Ciate, a UK-based brand, is a featured brand at Sephora and known for their innovative nail trends.

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So there you have it!  Our top picks for all of you Hawaii Brides for the best in 2013 Wedding Nails!  Hope you found a bit of inspiration and have a few ideas of your own on how you’d like to show off those pretty little fingers 🙂 

Wishing you all a Fabulous Friday!  Yay for Friday!

Thanks to Tiffany, our wonderful intern for her help with this post.

Happy Planning everyone!

xo,

Nicole
Hawaii Wedding Planners
Best Day Ever Hawaii

US Government Shut-Down: How it Affects Couples Looking to Get Married in Hawaii

Sadly, the US government was unable to come to an agreement for the spending plan of this fiscal year and as of October 1, 2013, the US federal government shut down.  Besides this being very inconvenient, especially for federal employees, I know that you Hawaii brides are more concerned with how this affects your beautifully planned wedding.

So…  does this government shutdown have any effect on couples who plan to get married in Hawaii within the next month?  Yes, it does in some ways, and I’ve done some research that will hopefully answer any of your questions regarding your Hawaii wedding and the government shutdown.  Scroll down to find out more 🙂

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What is a Government shutdown?
In a nutshell, a government shutdown occurs when Congress fails to agree on passing a federal budget to fund the government.  The government will stop providing all but “essential” services while trying to come to an agreement. Most federal workers will be furloughed (unpaid leave) but some services like postal service, Social Security, air traffic control, Congress, and active military pay will continue to be funded.

Will it affect my wedding?
The government shutdown will not have an effect on your wedding UNLESS:

  • You still need to apply for a passport/visa services:
    • There may be delays in your request if the passport office is located within a government building that has been shut down.
    • If you are from the mainland, a passport will only be needed if you plan on travelling to another country after your stop in Hawaii.
  • If your wedding venue is located at any National Parks:
    • The following are some Hawaii National Parks that are temporarily shut down:
      • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island
      • Haleakala National Park on Maui
      • All WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument sites at Pearl Harbor on Oahu including USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, USS Utah Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial.

Am I still able to get my marriage license?
Yes!  You are still able to get your marriage license with the State of Hawaii as you normally would.  Because it is the federal government that shut down, the state and local governments (and all the establishments that it funds) are not affected.  Remember that your marriage license is only valid for 30 days.

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How do I get my marriage license?
It is highly recommended to complete your marriage license application form online with payment by credit card prior to coming to the State Health Department so you can avoid a longer wait time.  Payment is $65 ($60 marriage/civil union license application fee and $5 application processing fee).  To apply online for a Marriage License click here.  Be sure to print a copy of the receipt or any important paperwork before coming in.

The other option is to fill out an application online, print the document, and bring $60 (plus $5 administrative cost) in cash to the State Department of Health.  You can fill out and print the application here.

You must appear together, as a couple, in person to verify your identity before a license agent in order to be issued a marriage license.  Please bring a government issued photo ID (e.g. Driver’s license or passport), cash if you haven’t paid online, and your marriage license application forms/receipts.

And you’re done! 🙂

For more information:
Hawaii State Department of Health
1250 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hi 96813
Tel (808) 586 4544
Hours: 7:45 am – 4:00 pm
http://health.hawaii.gov/vitalrecords/marriage-licenses/

I hope this cleared up a lot of your questions regarding your Hawaii wedding, marriage licenses, and this government shutdown.  Just keep in mind that the longer this government shutdown is in effect, the more changes it may make to state and local establishments so there could be further changes.  Let us know your personal experience if you plan to go get your marriage license so you can help other Hawaii brides!

~Alyssa
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning & Event Design Team
http://www.BestDayEverHawaii.com

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The Top 4 Worst Things You Could Say to a Bride and Groom at their Wedding

We usually just write posts to help brides and grooms, but today we’re going to try something a little different.  Today, we’ve got some great advice for all of the guests at the wedding.  If you haven’t been a guest at a wedding, trust me, if you’re in your mid twenty’s or early thirties, you will soon.  This is some great advise for all of us.  So, read on, and take notes! 🙂

The Top 4 Worst Things You Could Say to a Bride and Groom at their Wedding

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When it comes to comments at a wedding, there are few topics you should avoid! These Top 4 Tips will help you to make sure you are never stuck in an awkward situation, or feeling as though you have hurt anyones feelings. After months (or sometimes years of planning), it is very important that there are no awkward moments for the bride and groom.  You definitely do not want to ruin anyones day, and so today we’ve got a little advice for anyone who’s been a guest or will be a guest at a wedding, a list of comments that should never be mentioned on a bride or grooms wedding day…

Comment #1: “This must have cost you a fortune!”

Money is often a sticky subject for brides and groom’s who don’t have a million dollar budget, so it’s better just to keep quiet. They do not want to be thinking about money on their special day, trust me!  Also, it’s best to ignore the “pay for your plate” rule when it comes to buying a gift for the couple. Give what you feel is appropriate, often this is $100+ for a couple, or if you are on a tight budget, you may choose a gift that reflects the closeness of your relationship with the couple.

Comment #2: “So when are you going to have kids?”

The joy of a wedding leaves some people overly enthusiastic about the next huge life event: starting a family. But some people have other plans first such as buying a home, working towards a big promotion, or something else entirely. Most brides and grooms are already pretty overwhelmed by the wedding planning that the last thing they want to talk about is another big life change.

Comment #3: “Why wasn’t so-and-so invited?”

If there is someone who you don’t seem to see at the wedding, there is usually a reason why they aren’t there. Option A is that their RSVP said they couldn’t make it, or Option B is that there is a distinct reason they were left off the guests list. Either way, it’s best not to poke your nose in the subject.

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Comment #4: “I can’t believe you’re settling down! I remember when…”

Just because you remember the bride or groom in their wild child phase and can provide a story, doesn’t mean you should. Yes, they might still be the crazy kid you remember but given the formality of the day, it’s best not to bring up the dirty past.

 

The best advice when attending a wedding, is to think about how you would feel if you were asked a certain question? Think about what you want to say to the bride and groom the day of the wedding to make sure it doesn’t cause any hurt feelings towards one another. Remember someone’s wedding day is a day to be remembered and to be cherished for a lifetime, let’s not ruin it by asking a distasteful question. Keep the good times rolling!

Thanks to Marielle, our fabulous intern for this wonderful post!

Happy Thursday Everyone! 🙂

xo, 
Nicole
Best Day Ever Hawaii 
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning Team