SMI

WEDDING DATE:

May 31, 2008

SMI
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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Dan did a great job of keeping our party going all night. We had a long list of music we wanted played at our reception, and somehow he got it all in. He also met with us before the wedding just to make sure everything was going to go smoothly, as he also served as the MC for the reception. I also liked that he stayed late when our party wasn't ready to leave at the end of the night. He was there about 45 minutes longer and did not charge us for this. Maybe the tip helped!
Services used: DJ

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Alii Leis
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We didn't want to have leis because we thought it was a bit too Hawaiian for our taste. However, at the wedding rehearsal we realized that our minister required a lei exchange for our parents as part of the ceremony. Our coordinator, Jackie, was able to get all of our leis at the very last minute, and they were all beautiful. Both of our mothers loved the scent of tuberose leis. I was grateful that they could accommodate this last minute request.
Services used: Unique Services

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Hawaii Video Memories
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We did the largest package with Hawaii Video Memories -- All Day coverage with their Ultimate Video Presentation. They did a great job. The owner and his entire staff of 5 covered all of the wedding events, including pre-ceremony coverage of Matt and guys while also covering me & the girls. It was nice having them at the event because they didn't draw any attention to themselves. I actually didn't even realize them there at all on the day of the wedding! However, when I saw the complete edited DVD, I was surprised to see that they covered all sorts of elements that I didn't even realize they were there to cover. Excellent company and fantastic product.
Services used: Videography

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Country Bouquets
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I changed my mind on flowers ALOT and Shelly at Country Bouquets handled my changes very well. Because she is a wholesaler, we had to work with my coordinator on every detail. I think this helped because she kept all of the changes and decisions very organzied. I couldn't decide between all pinks, or green and white for the colour scheme. We must have exchanged hundreds of photos reviewing the different options. Our flowers (green was the winner) were amazing, and actually lived long past the wedding night. We used them at the brunch following the ceremony, and then all of my friends & family took the flowers back to their rooms for the rest of their stay. Even when we were all ready to leave Maui, the flowers were still alive. This was a great value for our dollar.
Services used: Unique Services

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Dellables.com
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My coordinator hired Dellables to create and set up all of the church decor. She did an amazing job! The flowers were beautiful. We had them placed on each of the pews, so there were alot of flowers. The best part was that they were designed in a way where they could be reused at the reception. My coordinator explained that using Dellables for the decor was a great idea because she always tries to create things that can be used again. Matt and I liked this 'green' idea. Della transported all of the flowers to the reception while we were taking post-ceremony photos, and when we arrived at the reception it was all set up. The appetizer and cake tables looked amazing with all these extra flowers. Plus, my family and friends were able to take these back to their rooms at the end of the night. Very nice work.
Services used: Flowers

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Seawatch Restaurant
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We did a buy-out of the entire restaurant for our reception. The whole dining room was re-set with round tables and custom linens, and the place looked amazing. The staff was very accommodating. The views were amazing. I think this feels much more like a country club than a restaurant on a golf course. Plus, the valet staff was wonderful to my guests that did not take the group transportation because of small children. We stayed about a half hour past the end time for our event because we were having so much fun. It was a classy move that they did not charge us for over time for this.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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BBJ Linens
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Maui didn't have many options for linen rentals, so we went with BBJ. they had lovely white hemstitch linen with chiffon overlays. We also did silver eternity sheer napkins and chair ties. All of their linens were in excellent condition and well worth the money. Plus, I found out after the wedding that my mother actually look several chair ties as mementos. I was horrified by this and told my coordinator ASAP. However, she told me that BBJ often provides 'extras' with any order, and when she did the final count up of all the linens she still had enough for to return the order in full. How nice that I didn't have to pay for this!
Services used: Unique Services

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Wailea Beach Villas
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We choose to stay at Wailea Beach Villas with our entire group rather than one of the resorts. The thing we liked best was that the rooms where much larger than 2 bedroom suites at the Four Seasons or the Grand Wailea, and had the benefit of a full kitchen in each vacation rental. Plus, they have a wonderful concierge, Tracy Dill, that took care of everything we wanted. He even set up our entire bunch for the day after the ceremony.
Services used: Unique Services

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Jamie Lawrence
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Jamie was our live musician at the church. His voice sounds very much like Jack Johnson live, so we knew we wanted him right away. Great musician and played exactly what we asked him perfectly. His fee was included in the cost of using Keawalai Church.
Services used: Ceremony Music

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Akina Aloha Tours
 
( 2.0 / 5.0 )
This was the one vendor that we didn't really care for. We hired them for group transportation for all of our guests. Akina Aloha was LATE the day our wedding. We found this even more ridculous because they REQUIRED that we pay them for 15 minutes travel time to and from their parking lot. So instead of showing up at 4:00, when we paid them from 3:45, they arrived at 4:10. I feel like this company was just riping us off. They also tried to charge overtime at the end of the night, but my coordinator stopped that issue ASAP. It was definitely worth it to have Jackie on our side when dealing with this company.
Services used: Transportation

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Cakes by JoAnn
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This might be my favorite vendor. I am a vegan, so there are very few types of cake I can enjoy without dairy or any animal products. Though JoAnn had not done this before, she was the one vendor that my coordinator found who was willing to do this. The top tier of our cake was a vegan carrot cake that was so tasty, no one even believed it was vegan! The other 3 tiers of our cake were 'normal', and the whole thing was covered in vegan icing. This was so good that no one knew it was vegan. JoAnn also baked several sample vegan cakes and would bring them to my coordinator to make sure she perfected the recipe. Classy move. JoAnn also went above & beyond by agreeing to recreate a family recipe for English fruit cake, which is traditionally handed out as favors at the end of the wedding. The fruit cake was a perfect replication of my recipe, and the pieces were all very generously sized.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Maui Wedding Cakes created our slipper (flip flop) favors. These are cookies hand tipped in either white or dark chocolate, and decorated. They also put raw sugar in the bottom of the small bag so it looks like sand. Very nice favor that was placed at each place setting upon our guests' arrival at the reception. Highly recommend.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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San Ramon Marriott
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Instead of just bringing our wedding party to the Rehearsal, we brought all of our guests. They gave us 8 tables in the front of the luau. The food was good (our chance to try poi and kalua pig), and all of the drinks were included in the cost of the luau. Excellent value, and talented Hawaiian dancers/musicians.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Maui Prince Luau
 
( 1.0 / 5.0 )
We booked this luau for our rehearsal dinner almost a year in advance. Then they decided to change the luau schedule & cancel Thursday night shows in May. However, they didn't call to tell us or my wedding coordinator. Luckily, Jackie (coordinator) read something about this in a local trade journal and called them ASAP to figure this out. Turns out it was cancelled, and they weren't calling to tell anyone. She was able to get us booked at a different luau, but they had to wait list half my part to start off with. We ended up getting everyone in at the other luau, but it was only because my coordinator was on the ball. This was one of the instances that really proved value to have her on our side.
Services used: Unique Services