Planning a wedding can be stressful. You have to find a caterer, a florist, a photographer, a videographer, a banquet hall, an officiant, a tuxedo, a gown, some rings, a bridal party and a chocolate fountain. Brides- and grooms-to-be spend so much time sweating these details, they often bypass the basics. For example, how much thought have you given to which city should host your wedding? There’s no rule that says you have to get married in the city or town where you live or grew up. Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular and there are some cities that are particularly well-suited for tying the knot.
MainStreet thought we’d help couples plan their dream wedding by suggesting some cities tailor-made for nuptials.
Located on the island of Maui, this beautiful resort village is where Jon and Kate Gosselin renewed their vows in 2008. But don’t take that as a bad omen. Wailea is a popular place to tie the knot. Soon-to-be-married couples are drawn, primarily, to the beautiful beaches, but they commit to the island because of its reputable service providers.
The Grand Wailea Resort, with its oceanfront chapel, is the perfect place for a ceremony (though other luxury hotels, such as the Four Seasons Resort Maui and the Fairmont Kea Lani, host nice receptions). Local caterers, flower shops and photographers can fill in as needed (so no need to fly in your local florist). And the island’s got an abundance of swanky luxury shops, including Tiffany’s, Louis Vuitton and Gucci, just in case someone forgot to pack a gift.
Destination weddings in Hawaii are admittedly pricey. Wedding packages at the Grand Wailea Resort, for example, start at $5,100 (and we’re talking about an intimate, though classy wedding ceremony here, not a reception, airfare, room or board.) However, there are ways to pinch pennies. Most resorts offer discounts on room fees for member of wedding parties and booking airfare well advance will lower the cost of airfare. You can check out this article from SmartMoney for more ways to save.