One of the great things about having a destination wedding is all the days leading up to the actual wedding. All of the little ideas that you liked while looking for wedding inspiration can be given a chance to come to life. If you have 50 different ideas you like and only one day to do it all, you are going to have to cut out almost ALL of those ideas. I know, just thinking about it makes me sad, too.
We have three days of activities leading up to the wedding and one half day after the wedding. There are so many great things to do on Maui from sunset cruises to snorkeling to exploring the many beautiful beaches and so much more. Really, I could go on and on. Because of this it was in no way easy for us to decide what to do with our wedding guests and what was best for us to do on our weddingmoon. We wanted to show our guests an amazing time, but we also didn’t want them to have to break the bank to do it. We wanted to treat our guests to as much as we could, but we didn’t want to break our bank either. (Which really means putting it on a charge card. We all know how that goes, right?)
When selecting our wedding week activities we tried to find a middle ground on what we would invite guests to do with us. We wanted to make sure that they would all enjoy the activities and that we could cover the cost of some of them. We are asking our guests to travel to Maui after all and they deserve lots of little extras as a result of it. We came up with the following:
Day 1: Hukilau- A day at the beach and welcome dinner.
Day 2: Bridal Lunch- Lunch and wedding day hair trial with my three best friends since childhood. I have a confession to make; Nicki, my maid of honor and I made this up real quick off the top of our heads to have an even amount of activities to make the insert card look its absolute best. Hehe
Cock n Hen Party- A night out on the town with our friends. Sorry parents and children, you are going to have to sit this one out!
Day 3: Wahine Party- All the ladies getting their nails done the day before the wedding and going to lunch.
Rehearsal Dinner- Family and wedding “party” going to dinner.
Day 4: Wedding Ceremony and lunch reception. Umm, I still can’t believe this is happening every time I write that! I just jumped up and down a few times. :)
Luau- The best on Maui; some say in all of the islands!
Day 5- Mahalo Brunch- A goodbye breakfast to say thank you to all of our guests before we head out on our weddingmoon.
Yup, that’s a whole lot of activities to pack into 4 and half days! But, doesn’t it sound like a ton of fun? Did you plan other activities besides your wedding day for your quests?