Lisa + Scotty’s Best Day Ever, Crystal Chapel, Hilton Hawaiian Village

Congrats to Lisa and Scotty who tied the knot on Friday at the Crystal Chapel, Hilton Hawaiian Village.  It was a beautiful wedding ceremony and a fun reception filled with good food, crazy games, and really cool fish centerpieces!  Everyone we spoke with said it was definitely a night to remember and this couple deserved nothing less!  Best Wishes to you both and Thank you for trusting us with such an important day 🙂 Cheers to your “Best Day Ever”!

xo, Nicole & Erika

Mahalo to our Vendors
Hilton Hawaiian Village Staff 
DJ Kutmaster Spaz
Shannon Sasaki Photography
Best Bridal

Here’s a glimpse into their Best Day Ever, a little video we made for one of our Favorite Couples —>

Best Day Ever HawaiiCrystal Chapel HawaiiCrystal Chapel HawaiiCrystal Chapel HawaiiCrystal Chapel HawaiiScotty + Lisa Crystal Chapel HawaiiCrystal Chapel Wedding HawaiiCrystal Chapel Wedding HawaiiHilton Ballroom Hawaii WeddingFish Wedding CenterpieceFish Wedding CenterpieceHilton Ballroom Wedding HawaiiThousand Cranes Wedding

Top 10 Ways to incorporate “Something Old” into your Hawaii Wedding

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe” is a time-honored tradition that was derived from an English rhyme for good luck.  Today, many brides are coming up with cute ways to personalize this rule for their own weddings celebrations.  For the next four days, we’ll be doing a little post on each of these traditions.  Today, we’ll be offering tips and ideas on how to incorporate “Something Old” 🙂

“Something Old” This represents the continuity of the past into the future. Here are a few FUN ideas on how you can incorporate Something Old into your Hawaii Wedding


Best Day Ever’s TOP 10 Ways
to incorporate “Something Old” into your Hawaii Wedding

1. Wear jewelry heirlooms (brooch, barrettes, hair pins, rings)

2.  Use your mother’s wedding gown or veil.

3.  Detach a button from your grandfather’s favorite jacket or a piece of lace from you mother’s bridal gown and sew it to the hem of your bridal gown.

4.  Have your Hawaii groom wear your father’s cuff links.

5.  Have your priest use your family prayer book if you’re having a church ceremony.

6.  Reuse your old personal childhood pillow (or teddy!) as the ring bearer’s pillow.

7.  Wear a locket necklace containing pictures of your parents and grandparents around your neck or pin a locket around your bouquet’s stems. This is also great for grandparents that have passed 🙂

8.  Display a picture from your parents or grandparent’s wedding day at your reception. This would also be super cute in a vintage frame!hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, beach wedding, paradise cove beach, paradise cove beach wedding, paul and julie, best day ever hawaii

9.  Have your wedding ceremony or reception at a historic Hawaii location. Think about the Iolani Palace or Bishop Museum.

10.  Arrive to your ceremony in a vintage car.


There you have it..  Our top 10 ways to incorporate “Something Old” into your Hawaii Wedding.  Have any other cool ideas on ways to incorporate “Something Old”? We’d love to hear them! Do share 🙂

Happy Monday everyone!  Stay tuned tomorrow for tips and ideas on incorporating “Something New”!

xo, Nicole
Best Day Ever
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planner

Photo Credit: Etsy

Today is Heidi & RJ’s Best Day Ever! 7-1-13!

Very excited for Heidi & RJ’s wedding today!  Festivities don’t officially begin until later this afternoon, but we’ll be headed out to Ko’olina within the hour to begin set up for this fabulous tiki-chic style wedding.  Coconut candles, tiki gods, lei trees and “Aloha Signs” it’s going to be so fun to see everything come together! Tiffany, one of our interns, will be coming out to help for the occasion.  It’s her first official wedding and she’s in for a treat because this is going to be one heck of an event!

hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, koolina ihilani, koolina ihilani wedding, heidi and rj

Congrats to Heidi and RJ!  We can’t wait!

Nicole (& Erika!)
Best Day Ever
Hawaii Wedding Planners

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!

wedding tips, dessert, dessert on a stick, wedding dessert, cake pops

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

Richie & Kristin’s Best Day Ever! The Perfect Hawaii Wedding!

We had the pleasure of meeting Kristin & Richie several months ago when they had just started their wedding planning. We clicked immediately and realized both Erika and I knew the two of them through mutual friends and through college. They were the sweetest couple and an absolute joy to work with. They decided to book a Partial Wedding Coordination with us and from April through December 2012, we helped them book vendors and organize a ton of details all to create the perfect Hawaii wedding.

hawaii wedding plannerRichie & Kristin met about 3 years ago through mutual friends. The had crossed paths yet did not officially meet until one very special football game. From the beginning it was obvious that they were the perfect match. Friends started noticing Richie was obviously more than a little enamored by Kristin. And one wouldn’t blame him with her big smile and gorgeous looks. To top it off, she was a complete sweetheart. The two dated for about 2 and a half years before he popped the question on Kristin’s birthday. And that’s about where we stepped into the picture.

From going over design concepts and figuring out how to incorporate a rustic feel, to choosing the perfect flower arrangements to fill Richie’s 86 homemade wooden boxes, to sorting out their nearly 400 count guest list, to attending meetings and creating very detailed timelines… we were there throughout the entire process and helped the two stay on task and organized.

It is rare to find a couple as in love and completely perfect for each other as these two and it was an honor to be a part of their special day! Kristin & Richie ~ we have grown to love you guys and wish you nothing but the happiest happy ever after – you guys deserve nothing less! Thank you Kristin & Richie for trusting us with your wedding day!  We loved being a part of it and hope it was everything you had envisioned and more!

Thank You to all of our Vendors!
Charline, Catering Manager & Danny, Banquet Captain & the entire staff at the Hale Koa Hotel
Cynthia SmootOfficiant
A Baked Romance & JoshuaWedding Cake / Cupcakes
Todd Oshiro & his staff Always Flowers
Christine Gardner & staffFlaunt Hair & Make-up
Ryan, Anson & LisaVisionari Wedding Photography
Kash, Jonas, & MikeAria Studios (Hawaii Videography)
LanaiEmcee Services
Min & the staff at Mystical Sounds DJ Services, Sounds & Uplighting
Flute A La Harpe Live Ceremony Music
Erica, Renee & Reina Flipbooks Hawaii
Ben & MailaMusicians at the Reception
Jay’s LimoTransportation
Kelli & Ceciour Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planning helpers for the day

Thank You to an Amazing Wedding Party & to Richie & Kristins family!
Shari WachiMaid of Honor (sweetest maid of honor ever)
Jess MatsudaBest Man (awesome speeches / roasts)
Kristine Oki, Julie Yamamoto, Marcie Tasaka, and Arvi Aiwohi the beautiful Bridesmaids
Jon Nakamoto, Gavin Matsumoto, Kenneth Moon & John Spahn the handsome Groomsmen
Barbara & WayneKristin’s Parents
Virginia & SixtoRichie’s Parents

Now on to the good part, the photos!

The day started off with a trip to the bridal party suite at the Halekulani Hotel.  There we left the bride and groom a little surprise bottle of champagne for celebrating after the reception. (below)


The Halekulani Hotel . . . 4-Bridal Suite
Christine & staff working their magic with the girls. 5-Getting Ready
The lovely bride opening her fabulous gift from her groom . . . 6-Bride's Gift
Gorgeous flowers from Always Flowers 🙂 7-Bouquet
8-Bridal Photos
9-Aria Studios
Todd  (Always Flowers) & staff creating beautiful centerpieces with a mix of white flowers and natural herbs like sage, french thyme and mint.  All of this fit perfectly into the wooden planter boxes, handmade by the groom.  So pretty! 10-Setup
Hawaii wedding planners Best Day Ever (us!) set up all the table settings and favors.  Look at how cute the favors are!  Hand cut by the bride and groom, little white dresses and suites filled with chocolate candies!11-Table Decor
Beautiful bridesmaids posing for a quick pic! 12-Bridesmaids
Love the cake topper! 13-Wedding Cake
The gorgeous bride and her flower girls. . . 14-Flower Girl Gifts
The ceremony . . . 15-Guests
Carol & Aileen of Flute a la Harpe, working their magic . . . 16-Music
17-Wedding Procession
Here comes the bride!18-Here Comes the Bride
L O V E ! 21-Vows
22-Exchanging Rings
Horray!  Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Diaz!24-Husband and Wife
As the guests enjoy cocktail hour, the bride, groom, bridal party and family take a few photos at sunset.
27-Wedding Party
28-Friends & Family
28-Kristin Family
29-Richie Family
30-B&G Family
The guests waiting anxiously for the show to start. . . 31-Reception
Ben & Maila did a fabulous job setting the tone! 32-Ben & Malia
The First Dance. . . 33-First Dance
“Double Happiness” ice sculpture, created by the Halekoa Hotel staff. . . 34-Ice Sculpture
LOOOVE the cake topper! 35-Cake Topper
Cake Cutting 🙂 36-Cake Cutting
Garter Toss!37-Garter Toss
Fun with Flipbooks! 38-Flip Book
As the night comes to a close, the bride and groom say their Thank You’s 🙂 40-Thank You
The bride & groom with Hawaii Wedding planners – Best Day Ever! 41-BDE

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Richie & Kristin Diaz!
We’re so very happy for you both! Cheers to your “Best Day Ever!”

Nicole & Erika

Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning Team