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!!!

xo,
Nicole
Hawaii Wedding Planner
Best Day Ever Hawaii

Hawaii Weddings Go Green!

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Sustainability is a beautiful thing!! Hawaii is one of those places where nature takes center stage.  It’s important for us to preserve our plants and resources so future generations can experience the same beauty.  I think it’s great when Hawaii weddings can incorporate things that are good for the environment.  Marvelous Things Photography shot a beautiful wedding that incorporated sustainability in a meaningful and elegant fashion.  The couple Danny and Janelle planted a tree together in place of doing a unity candle or sand pouring.  A young tree was placed into a clear vase and the bride and groom each had a small glass filled with soil which they poured into the main vase and generously watered. (Don’t worry the bride and groom remained dirt and sweat free!) The idea behind this was to watch the newly potted plant grow alongside their marriage.

If you remember our previous post on the Fisherman’s Knot you’ll know that at Best Day Ever we’re all about one-of-a-kind personalized weddings.  We love unique wedding touches that make a ceremony extra special.  This idea has beautiful symbolism and would be a perfect addition to any outdoor wedding.

Do you have any sustainable wedding ideas to share? We’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Happy Friday!
Kelli

Best Day Ever
Hawaii Wedding Planning & Event Design

Inspiration Tuesdays ~ Hawaii Rustic Weddings

We Love this Hawaii Rustic Inspired Wedding we found on Modern Weddings Hawaii (a terrific wedding resource!) and had to share.  Shot at the gorgeous Sunset Ranch, this wedding is nothing short of ah-maz-balls! Loving all the details and the boots~ Oh the boots!

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The pictures above were taken by What A Day! Photography at Oahu’s Sunset Ranch, and the lovely florals were done by the amazing floral designers Passion Roots. Hope you’re feeling a little bit inspired !!

Happy Tuesday !
xo,
Nicole (& Erika)
Hawaii Wedding Planners, Best Day Ever 

Hawaii wedding inspiration: Beachy Bliss

We love a well thought out and put together beachy themed wedding.  We live in such a beautiful place, why shouldn’t we play off of the islands wonderful details?  Hawaiian sea shells, sheer ocean blue fabrics, beach glass, coral, and old vintage bottles in greens and light blues can be stitched together to create beautiful beachy bliss wedding. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for a beach inspired wedding:

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Original post from Snippit and Ink. Top row from left: palm tree on beach photo by You Look Nice Today, hibiscus embellished envelope with calligraphy by Laura HooperSaipua pineapple centerpiece photo by Justin & Mary, Hawaiian quilt wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings Row 2: photo of bride by Beloved Photo Boutique, vintage Waikiki surfer postcard, orchid and fern bouquet by Ariella Chezar Row 3: photo of vintage fan by Jose Villa, white hibiscus, photo of leather strappy sandals by Garance Dore, photo with vintage toy plane and brass pineapple by Emma Mitchell via sfgirlbybayhawaii wedding inspiration, beachy bliss, beach weddings

Table number ideas from Pacific Weddings.

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Hanging Capiz Shell Chandelier from one of my favorite furniture/design stores ever… West Elm. Debbie Hemingway, local florist and designer actually has these capiz shell chandeliers for rent too! How cool!hawaii wedding inspiration, beachy bliss, beach wedding

Beach canopy honeymoon table design by Designs by Hemingway.  Wouldn’t you love to have a private dining table on the beach like this?hawaii wedding inspiration, beachy bliss, beach wedding

Beachy details by Designs by Hemingway. Loving this!

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Vintage glass bottles make the perfect floral holders.  The best part – You don’t need many stems to make a statement.  These beautiful glasses almost scream for simplicity.

For more Hawaii beach inspired wedding ideas contact Best Day Ever, Hawaii’s favorite wedding planner & event designer today!

A Heart Attack, A Wedding & an iPad.

This morning around 2am Hawaii standard time, I got a call from a familiar number… Kaiser Permanente Moanalua. I thought it was my mom (who is a nurse there) wanting to talk story on her way home from work so I let it go to voicemail. My husband said “aren’t you going to listen to it?”, I replied – “nah, its my mom, probably nothing.. “. But for some reason, we were both wide awake at this point and so we listened to the voicemail. To my surprise, it was not my mom, but Josie (my fathers girlfriend) who left a very brief voicemail saying “Your fathers having a heart attack, we’re at Kaiser in the ER, just wanted to let you know.”

My heart stopped for a second and I felt like I was in a dream. Wait – my dad? I just took him up Kokohead two weeks ago (granted he only made it halfway) and to Bikram Yoga last week (granted he looked like he was going to pass out – although that isn’t abnormal for Bikram Yoga as it is 107 degrees or so in there).. but my dad – No way. This isn’t happening.

My husband & I rushed down to the hospital and waited in the waiting room for over 3 hours in the middle of the night on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday morning with my fathers girlfriend and his brother while he was in surgery.

It’s funny how life’s worries become completely unimportant when something like this happens. Financial struggles, the not so good economy, the house cleaning that needed to be done, the roof leak – suddenly none of that matters. It got me to thinking.. what if this had happened a month ago at my wedding. He wouldn’t have been able to walk me down the isle.. or have our father daughter dance or lead my flashmob that I made him practice for weeks. Or what if it had happend to my husband or my sister?

Sometimes we forget about the important things. Weddings especially tend to do that to you. The planning, the details, the financial costs, the table seating chart, the menu.. none of that really matters if the people who are closest to you can’t be there to share it with you. The celebration of starting a life with your soulmate is so much more than how beautiful, fun, and successful the event is. It’s really about sharing your love with your closest friends and family… thats it. It really doesn’t matter who is and isn’t in your bridal party or what favors you got your guests or who does and does not like the music that is playing – what matters is that those who are closest to you (you know – the ones who really matter) are there to share the love exchanged on this very special day.

Life: It is about the gift not the package it comes in.  ~Dennis P. Costea, Jr.

So, as I was sitting in the waiting room thinking about this I googled “Wedding & Heart Attack” and came across this touching article thoughtfully titled “A Heart Attack, a Wedding & an ipad“, posted in June 2011 in The Star-Toronto. It’s a short read – and I think you’ll like it..

A Heart Attack, a Wedding & an IPad
by Daniel Dale, Urban Affairs Reporter.

Arie Levit thought the pain in his chest was just bad heartburn. A cardiologist cousin who happened to be sitting with him knew better. He wanted to call 911.

“I’m not calling 911,” Arie said. “I’m not going to the hospital. I have a wedding.”

It was about 6 p.m. on the Friday before last. His 25-year-old daughter, Dana, was getting married in precisely 48 hours. He was having a heart attack at his kitchen table.

Paramedics arrived five minutes later. He was taken to York Central Hospital, and he was okay. But the doctor didn’t think he was healthy enough to attend the Sunday ceremony.

wedding, ipad, heart attackShe broke the news to him on Saturday morning. He cried more than his wife of 34 years, Mila, had ever seen him cry. Then Dana’s fiancé, Darren Abenstein, drove to her Thornhill house to tell her the worst thing he’d ever had to tell her since they met as Camp Northland counsellors 10 years ago.

“Without even being able to look up,” says Darren, a 28-year-old teacher, “I just said, ‘He’s not going to be able to come to the wedding.’ And I look up, and she’s just — shattering.”

She had been angry that the flower she was planning to put in her hair came in ivory instead of the white she wanted. She had been irritated about a forecast of wedding-day thunderstorms. As she bawled on Darren’s shoulder, she cared only that she would never have a father-daughter dance, never have her father walk her down the aisle, never see him smile under the Jewish ceremonial chuppah.

“Everyone always talks about their wedding day being the best day of their lives,” says Dana, a soft-spoken doctor with an easy smile. “And I was just like, ‘Well, it’s not going to be.’ Because he wasn’t going to be there — and also because it wasn’t going to be the day I thought it would be. Everybody was going to think of it as a sad day.”

It wasn’t going to be the day she thought it would be.

Twenty minutes after Darren told Dana, he texted Robert Burko. Burko, a close friend of the couple, is a big-dreaming, big-risk-taking web entrepreneur. His own wedding was a Las Vegas extravaganza that involved impersonators of Gwen Stefani, Rod Stewart and Elvis. His idea for this wedding was grander.

Burko, 29, called the hospital to ask if Arie’s room had wireless Internet access. It did. He called Vaughan’s Bellagio to ask if the banquet hall had wireless Internet access. It did. And the plan was sealed.

Arie would “attend” the wedding after all. From his hospital bed. Via Skype. On an iPad.

Burko tested the iPad for two hours Saturday afternoon. He wrote a “Dear Drunk Rob” letter with simple instructions to his inebriated wedding-night self. He still got less sleep than the bride.

“Dana and Darren have been telling me all day that they love me. I have Dana’s mother hugging me, crying,” Burko says. “I’m thinkin’, ‘At this point, if this thing doesn’t work, this is like the worst thing I’ve ever done.’”

On Sunday morning, Arie, a 61-year-old computer consultant, took off his hospital gown and put on his tuxedo, cufflinks and all. Dana put on her dress. Outside emergency, without asking permission, they held a ceremony to sign the Jewish marriage contract. Then, with Rabbi Daniel Gottlieb and about 25 teary guests looking on, someone pressed play on a laptop, and they danced their father-daughter dance to a song Arie wrote for Dana and got recorded: “My Little Girl.”

Your day has come, my little girl, I know/This is a day your wishes will come true. . .

Said Gottlieb: “If you’re a rabbi long enough, you’ll get to see everything.”

Says Dana: “He didn’t even know what he was in for.”

More than 200 people filled the Bellagio hall Sunday evening for the ceremony. Dana and Darren’s grandmothers walked down the aisle, then Darren’s parents, then Darren.

Then Mila. Her son-in-law, David Tsivian, held her hand with his right hand. He cradled an iPad tightly with his left. And Arie, wearing his gown, 13 kilometres away, attached to machines that monitored his heartbeat and blood pressure and oxygen, “walked” down the aisle at the wedding of his little girl.

In the Apple commercial, “walking” would have been just as good as walking. In real life, it wasn’t quite. Tsivian took Arie to the chuppah so he could see Dana’s entire walk down the aisle. She was radiant, and he beamed, but he couldn’t hold her hand, and he ached.

But this was still a wish come true. Arie made eye contact with Dana and Darren under the chuppah, and they smiled and they cried. He watched Darren stomp on the ceremonial glass. He watched them kiss.

“Up until then,” says Dana, “I was so mad about everything. But then at the chuppah, I stopped being mad. That’s when I started to feel really lucky.”

During the traditional hora dance, a friend sat on a chair with the iPad, and Burko and others lifted Arie in the air, right beside Mila. During Dana’s speech, someone held him in front of the podium, and she told him directly how much she loved him. During dinner, Mila took him to every table — and, at one point, he called her on her cellphone with a request: “Would you please bring me to Table 6 so I can talk to my coworkers?”

Arie had just one complaint: the way the wedding ended for him. At around 1 a.m., only Dana and Darren’s drunk friends remained on the dance floor. Arie watched them intently. Then his wife approached the screen.

“Mila came,” Arie says, “and said, ‘It’s 1 o’clock. You have to go to sleep.’ I said, ‘No, I want to watch.’ She said, ‘No, it’s time to sleep.’ And she turned the iPad off!”

If you were super touched by this story, like I was.. check out the additional photos from their wedding here.

And just incase you were wondering – my dad is out of surgery, and doing fine. Two arteries were unclogged and one more that was 85% clogged will have to be worked on later. New meds, diet, & lifestyle may be in the works.. and a few more days in the hospital. But otherwise, he looked to be in good spirits joking with the nurses and telling us to go home already. Glad he’s ok, we’ll see when the test results come back just how bad the damage was.. but for now, its just another Tuesday – but feeling a little more appreciative, thankful and lucky for the friends and family who really matter.

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My dad, best friend, sister & I at my wedding in November