Chad & Jee Hae’s Best Day Ever! Central Union Church and The Halekulani Hotel

Chad and Jee Hae tied the knot this past weekend at Central Union Church.  As they said “I do” they also united two wonderful families, together forever, as one!  It was quite possibly the most elegant and breathtaking ceremonies ever.  Central Union Church, in Honolulu, is amazing!  And incase you couldn’t tell by the video and photos, this couple is pretty darn perfect as well!

The festivities continued at the Hau Terrace in the Halekulani Hotel where the wedding was celebrated with all of their closest friends and family members.  The first dance and father daughter dances were both, tear jerkers, and one that both Erika and I will never forget.  Unfortunately I was in charge of the music so I wasn’t able to catch the first dance on film (I take my ipod duties very seriously!) …  but I did catch the father daughter dance, and if you thought that was good, just imagine that the first dance was 10x more intense, and beautiful.  The entire crowd was gathered around them watching as the bride and groom were completely in the moment, gazing into each others eyes the entire time as the groom sang to his bride.  OMG, the best, first dance, ever!

Thank you to Chad and Jee Hae for trusting us with your special day and CONGRATULATIONS on your “Best Day Ever!”.  Wishing you both a lifetime of many more dances, lots of kisses and blessings beyond your wildest dreams!  We’re so happy for you both 🙂

Sincerely, Nicole + Erika
(Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planning)

Here’s a little glimpse into the night, and a few photos –>>

Chad & Jee Hae, Central Union Church and Hau Terrace, Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki Wedding from Best Day Ever on Vimeo.

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Cheers to your “Best Day Ever!” 🙂

Sincerely, Nicole + Erika
(Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planning)

 

Nick & Wendy’s Best Day Ever – Halekulani Hau Terrace Hawaii Wedding

Congratulations to Wendy & Nick who tied the knot at the Halekulani Hau Terrace on April 25th, 2014.  A beautiful couple, lovely ceremony, an all around wonderful ~ Best Day Ever! Thank you both for trusting us with such a special day.  Wishing you a lifetime of hugs, kisses and good wishes! 🙂

A Big Mahalo to our Vendors: 
The Halekulani, Tom Nguyen
Officiant, Kahu Bruce
Sand Dollars Floral, Makiko
Heaven on Earth, Hair & Make-up: Renee
Creatrix Photography, Jenna
Manoa Productions Videography, Colin & Charline
Akahi Productions: David & Crew
Best Day Ever Wedding Planning

Sending Sunshine from Hawaii! 🙂
Nicole + Erika
Best Day Ever Hawaii


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Tracy and Zachary’s Best Day Ever!

Tracy and Zac said “I do” at the Bella Sophia Estate in Kailua on April 19th, 2014.  It was a beautiful and fun-filled Hawaii Wedding for the perfect couple.  From the teary eye’d “First Look” to the surprise song from the bride, this was truly a night we will never forget!

Congratulations to the beautiful bride, Tracy, and her handsome groom, Zac!  You two are a perfect match and we wish you a lifetime of “happily ever after”!  🙂  Cheers to your “Best Day Ever!”

A big mahalo to all of our vendors!

Venue: Bella Sophia Estate
Barkeep: Aloha on the Rocks
Cake: A Cake Life
Catering: Diamond Custom Dining
DJ/Sounds: HiDef Sound Productions
Emcee: Reginald Daguman
Florals: Shirleys Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Face Art Beauty
Officiant: Ernest Bautista
Photo/Video: Waikiki Video Productions and Island Digital Imaging
Photo Booth: Tiyan Co
Rentals: Hawaii Tents
Valet: Prestige Valet Service
Coordination: Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners

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Congratulations Tracy & Zachary! 🙂

xo, Nicole & Erika
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding & Event Designers

Ikuyo and Shane’s Best Day Ever! A Beautiful Hawaii Paradise Cove Beach Wedding

Ikuyo and Shane celebrated their Hawaii Wedding at Paradise Cove Beach, in Ko’olina on April 16th, 2014.  It was a sweet and simple ceremony that brought many, including us, to tears.  The bride and groom said “I do” in front of their closest friends and family and then celebrated their “Best Day Ever” at a traditional Hawaiian Luau afterwards, complete with fire dancing and wedding cake!

Shane & Ikuyo, it was a pleasure getting to know both of you and we were honored to be a part of such a special day! Ikuyo, your dad, singing the Hawaiian Wedding Song with Henry while you and Shane danced, was something I will never forget and whenever I see it it makes me smile. 🙂  I’ve added the video here below for you to see as well.  It was taken with my iphone, but is still such a beautiful moment!

A big mahalo to all of our vendors!
Officiant: Kahu Bruce
Cake: Diamond Head Bakery
Florals: Always Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Delish Makeup Artistry, Heather Heen
Photography: Crystal Chanel Photography
Musician: Henry Makua
Coordination: Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners

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Congratulations Ikuyo & Shane!  🙂

xo, Nicole & Erika
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding & Event Designers

Jason and Mariko’s Best Day Ever! A beautiful wedding for a perfect couple at the Hawaii State Art Museum

A bit overdue, but we have finally got our wedding photos and blog post up for our dear friends Jason & Mariko, who tied the knot at the Hawaii State Art Museum on April 5th, 2014.  It was a beautiful ceremony for a perfect couple.  Thank you both for letting us help you with your special day and Cheers to your “Best Day Ever!”

A big mahalo to all of our vendors!
Venue: Hawaii State Art Museum
Catering: Grand Cafe and Bakery
Barkeep: Aloha on the Rocks
Officiant: Robert Roche
Rentals: Accel Party Rentals and Hawaiian Rent All
Transportation: Royal Star
Tux Rentals: Phil’s Tux
Cake: A Baked Romance
Florals: Volcano Orchids
Hair & Makeup: Tomomi Kato
Photography: Makoto Ishii and Boyana Jovanovic
Videography: TBS USA Corporation
DJ/Sounds: DJ Kevo
Emcee: Chikako Asai
Live Music: Kalehua
Coordination: Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners

And now for the best part, the photos!!  —>

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Congratulations Jason & Mariko! 🙂 

xo, Nicole & Erika
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding & Event Designers

Hawaii Wedding Inspiration: Best Father Daughter Dance Ever!

Loving this Father Daughter dance, one of my favorite brides Lorrie found on YouTube.  Ok, it’s not technically a bride and her father but instead a father and daughter at her Bat Mitzvah, but think of the possibilites! Imagine doing this type of fun dance with your dad in your gown at your wedding ~ now that would be awesome!

What did you think? We’d love to hear your reaction!  Pretty awesome right?!
Happy Monday Everyone 🙂
xo,
Nicole
Best Day Ever Hawaii 
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning Team

Alex and Rita’s Best Day Ever, A Moana Surfrider Hawaii Wedding

Congratulations to Alex & Rita who tied the knot at the Moana Surfrider in front of their closest family & friends!  It was an honor to be a part of such a special occasion!  Wishing you both a lifetime of LOVE, kisses and blessings!
Cheers to your “Best Day Ever!
Nicole + Erika 🙂

 

A big mahalo to all of our vendors!
Venue – Moana Surfrider, Toni Takata
Officiant – Rev. Watters
Flowers – Sweet Blossoms
Photography – Kai Photo
Rentals – Accel Rentals
Hair & Make-up – Aneesha Gibby

5 Easy Ways to Make Sure Your Wedding is Extra Fun!

Something we hear from almost every bride we come across is “I want to make sure my wedding is Fun!”.  You want everyone to talk about it for decades, and remember it as an amazing wedding. Truth is, you want it to be the talk of the town! However, it can be difficult coming up with ideas that will keep everyone entertained. Here at Best Day Ever Hawaii we have 5 tips to share to make sure your guests have just as much fun at your wedding as you do!

 

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1. Play Games

Games come in all shapes and sizes, from outdoor lawn games to personalized crossword puzzles. You can keep your guests busy with cute little games for them to play that reveal secrets about the wedding that they didn’t know.

 

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2. Plan a Surprise

Surprising your guests with a little extra entertainment is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You could bring in a poet, caricaturist, magician or even a dance company. Any one of these is sure to surprise and delight your guests! OR…  you could surprise your groom!  What about a surprise Hula Dance especially for the groom?! How fun and sweet 🙂 Everyone will love it!

 

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3. Get your guests involved

Not only are your guests dying to celebrate your love, they are also dying to document it. Challenge your guests with a list of photos to capture like on a scavenger hunt, or provide a hashtag for guests to use to ensure you get copies of those special moments you’ve missed while twirling away on the dance floor.

You could also get your guests involved by having an “Anniversary Dance” instead of a “First Dance”.  In place of the first dance invite all married couples up to the dance floor and and have the DJ excuse couples one by one until the longest married couple is left.  They get the bouquet! Fun! 🙂

 

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4. Don’t forget the kids

If you are planning on having little munchkins running around, make sure you have a plan to keep them entertained. Coloring books, activity baskets or even a designated kid area are great options and might even give their parents a bit of break so they can be sure to enjoy your wedding.

 

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5. Say Cheese!

Setting up a Photo Booth is a sure way to keep guests entertained. Not to mention it will provide you with hysterical photos to cherish after your big day.  We LOVE Flash Lab, and so do our favorite bride and groom to be ~ Lorrie & Ky, featured above.

 

Yay! So there you have it…  Best Day Ever’s Top 5 Easy Ways to Make Sure your Hawaii Wedding is Extra Fun! Hope you found a few FUN tips that you can incorporate!

Wishing everyone a Fabulous Thursday! Don’t work too hard ~ It’s almost FRIDAY! 🙂

xo,

Nicole (& Marielle)
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planner

4 Great Wedding Suprise Ideas, Hawaii Weddings Personalized!

Everyone loves surprises and when they’re at weddings they’re even more fun!  🙂 Here’s just a couple of ways to incorporate surprises into your wedding that are unique, fun and that will create a special and personalized touch to your wedding.

4 Great Wedding Suprise Ideas, Hawaii Weddings Personalized!

 

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1. The Surprise Hula

Brides can do a surprise hula dance for their groom. Hula is a large part of the Hawaiian culture and it can be done at your wedding to make your groom feel extra special. When dancing hula, you are telling a story. You can make this moment extra special by incorporating a story about you and your hubby into your dance to share with everyone.

2. The Surprise Speech

This is where the groom can surprise the bride. The groom doesn’t normally give a speech at the wedding reception but by doing so it can make it that much more special. It will catch the bride off guard, but trust me it will make her feel so special because it was unexpected and sweet.

3. The Surprise Song

This can be for both the bride and the groom. Everyone loves getting sung to and we all know that singing for someone is very hard and nerve racking to do. So surprise your significant other by breaking into song! It’s okay if you don’t have a voice like Beyonce or Usher, it’s the thought that counts! And hey, even if you get a few laughs out of it you will be sure to keep your guests entertained!hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, hawaii prince hotel, hawaii prince hotel wedding, andrea and brian, best day ever hawaii

4. The Surprise Flash Mob

Here’s a really awesome wedding idea … incorporate a Surprise Flash Mob dance into the the wedding festivities.  You can make up a dance and teach it to a select amount of guests and have it magically go off when a specific song plays at the end of the ceremony!  I did this at my wedding and it was the highlight of the night!

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Got any other ideas for Wedding Surprises? We’d love to hear how you made your Hawaii Wedding extra special with a one of a kind surprise ~ Do share!

Happy Monday everyone!

xo,

Nicole + Marielle
Best Day Ever
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planner 

CJ and Audrey’s Best Day Ever! An intimate and gorgeous O’ahu beach wedding at Makapu’u Beach!

CJ & Audrey tied the knot at Makapu’u Beach on June 8th, 2014.  The ceremony was held on one of the most beautiful days of the year so far.  Clear skies (bright blue with little white clouds) made the turquoise ocean even more vibrant and the white sand glow next to the dark black coral rocks.  It was a perfect day for the lovely couple!

Of course, everyone knows nothing ever starts out so perfect, we’ll not usually anyway when it comes to weddings.  For Audrey & CJ, this not-so-perfect day was the day before the wedding, the first day Audrey and CJ were actually getting to check out their ceremony spot in person. There were also a few things that came up a few weeks prior that none of us had expected. Nothing to worry about though, that is just the way weddings go sometimes, and the main thing is that everything worked out perfectly in the end.  Bet I have you curious now huh?

I met Audrey months prior to her wedding day and had been helping her find the perfect beach location, secure her all of her bouquets and flowers and organize all the little details of her wedding.  I feel in love with Audrey immediately, she was the sweetest bride to be, completely in love with her groom and oh-so-excited about her upcoming beautiful beach wedding on Oahu!  Everything was falling into place quite effortlessly, and it seemed inevitable that Audrey would have the beach wedding of her dreams.

Until … a few weeks prior to the ceremony, while trying to secure the permit for the ocean front, breathtaking location Audrey had chosen, I found out that there was actually a big parade that was going to happen at exactly the same time as Audrey’s ceremony AND the parade was scheduled to pass right in front of the entrance to the beach location.  This is the first time I had ever dealt with something like this and I immediately got to work calling the State Park Permit Office, the Honolulu Police Dept. and the General Parade Office to get all the details straight before coming up with a back-up plan for Audrey and CJ.

I found out that we could move the ceremony up an hour and miss the parade but then we still might have trouble getting out of the parking lot, and would have to wait to pass between floats.  This was no good, but an option.  We could also, change dates or we could change locations.

I called Audrey and went over the news with her and she decided upon switching locations. I spent the next day scouting new beaches that had grassy areas overlooking the ocean (as she didn’t want her dress or heels in the sand) and then sent her three new options to choose from. Audrey chose a new location and I got to work making the necessary changes to the timeline and calling all the vendors to confirm the change.

On the day of the rehearsal, which was also the day before the wedding, Erika and I met Audrey and CJ at their new location.  We were ready to go over the ceremony details and go through the rehearsal.  After introducing me to the family, Audrey asked if she could speak to me in private.  She said, almost in tears, that she just wasn’t 100% happy with the new location.  It wasn’t as green as she had hoped, a bit too windy and the sand bar (reefy area that was showing through the ocean) didn’t sit right with her.

I told her not to worry, this was her day and if she wasn’t happy, we could try and change the location one more time.  I suggested another beach I thought she would like better and we moved the entire group over to the new location on the spot.  It was only about a 15 minute drive away.

Audrey loved the new location (I knew she would!) and the rehearsal went on as planned.  Unfortunately there was one more hiccup. With all that was going on, the wedding ring was now missing 😦  We had one of Audrey’s uncles, someone not in the wedding party, search the car and the first beach for the ring as we continued on with the rehearsal.  Luckily, just as we were wrapping up the rehearsal, he came back with the ring in hand.

A beautiful new location and found wedding ring, and once more – all was well! Just a few more details to get sorted out (I still had to call all the vendors – again, to advise them of the change to the location), but other than that, things were looking up 🙂

Perhaps we just needed to get all that out of the way so that on the real wedding day everything would be perfect.  And quite honestly, that’s exactly what happened.  Before we knew it, it was Audrey and CJ’s “Best Day Ever!” ~ June 8, 2013!

Audrey & CJ’s wedding in a nutshell:  Gorgeous weather, not a rain cloud in the sky, bright blue turquoise ocean with a few lovely islands in the background, a beautiful wedding party, a hand full of their favorite guests, a handsome bride and of course, a beautiful bride!

To Audrey and CJ ~ A Big Congratulations to you both!  We’re so very excited for you and it was an absolute honor to be a part of your very special day.  We wish you both a lifetime of LOVE, Joy, Laughter, KISSES and tons of Blessings! Cheers to your “Best Day Ever!” 🙂 🙂 

A Big Mahalo to all of our Vendors!
Officiant : Cynthia Smoot
Flowers : Marie Blooms, Kristin
Photography : Pure Media Hawaii, Christian
Videography : Imaginewurks, Jody + Eric
Coordination : Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners

And now for the best part…  The pictures!  🙂 Enjoy!

Congratulations Audrey & CJ!
xo, Nicole (+Erika)
Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners

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