Picturesque beaches, warm water, and stunning resorts have made Maui one of the top choices for a destination wedding. This idyllic Hawaiian island offers everything from lush, restored ruins in the mountains and a spacious plantation by the sea, to luxury oceanfront resorts and a laid back eatery brimming with local culture. And as Hawaii is known for its year-round ideal weather, you’re almost guaranteed to have comfortable temps on your special day.
In addition, you and your guests are sure to enjoy a truly restorative getaway, as Maui offers a range of resorts that feature finely appointed accommodations, world-class food and drink, ample activities, and often, live entertainment. It’s hard to go wrong when hosting a wedding on Maui.
Tips for a Maui Destination Wedding
These pointers will help ensure your Maui destination wedding goes off without a hitch.
Say I do in the off-season. If you’re looking to save money, plan your wedding for Maui’s off-season, which is mid-September to the end of November, and February to May.
Create a wedding website. Setting up a wedding website with Joy allows you to provide wedding guests with all the needed information about your wedding in one easy location. On this personalized website you can include the details of your wedding events and FAQs, send digital invites, accept digital RSVPs, provide registry information, and do so much more.
Register for honeymoon experiences. If you’ll be enjoying a honeymoon in Hawaii, you can ask wedding guests to gift you experiences like a scuba diving excursion, guided hike, and other Hawaiian adventures through your wedding registry.
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Located in Lahaina and backed by the West Maui Mountains, the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is an oceanfront oasis that’s a prime venue choice for a Hawaiian wedding. This site includes four lush lawns, including the Naupaka Lawn, Molokaʻi Lawn, and Kiawe Lawn, which all provide ocean views, and the Kukui Lawn that can accommodate larger parties and is surrounded by tropical gardens that feature exotic flowers. Ceremonies and receptions can be enjoyed in these outdoor areas. For those that would like an indoor reception, the hotel offers three indoor event spaces.
To simplify wedding planning the hotel offers two packages. The Kāʻanapali Signature packages includes your ceremony venue of choice, a wedding coordinator, assistance procuring the marriage license, a non‐denominational officiate, a traditional Hawaiian Oil Blessing and conch shell blowing, leis for the bride and groom, and a Bridal Bouquet and Groom’s Boutonniere. This package also includes a rose petal path, ceremony musician, bamboo arch, tiki torches, and chairs for the ceremony.
For the wedding reception you’ll receive your venue of choice, a two-tier wedding cake, two floral centerpieces, a champagne toast for up to 20 guests, a sound system with microphone, and a dance floor. The Kāʻanapali Kiss package includes a more abbreviated version of these offerings.
Typical Cost: Wedding packages start at $6,975
Bonus: The hotel can provide floral arrangements, specialty entertainment, wedding decor, and audio-visual equipment.
One of the most coveted Maui wedding venues, the Montage Kapalua Bay offers a scenic ambiance for a dream wedding. For your wedding ceremony this venue provides a point overlooking the Pacific, pristine beaches, and beautifully manicured lawns to choose from. They also offer a variety of charming sites for the reception.
When it’s time to eat, the culinary team will provide dishes inspired by Hawaii’s diverse cultural influences that include fresh, local ingredients. Favorite dishes include sweet taro rolls, pua’a kalua, Kona kanpachi and Kauai shrimp, and Hamachi poke.
Between wedding events you’ll be able to enjoy plush accommodations, golfing, tennis, hiking, swimming, and of course, napping by the pool or on the beach.
Typical Cost: Starts at $7,500
Bonus: Their spa offers a range of couples’ treatments, such as the Maui Memories package that is set in the spa’s private couple’s sanctuary and includes a 60-minute personalized massage and 60-minute facial.
Situated in Kihei, the Wailea Beach Resort is a wonderland of palm trees, dazzling water, powder soft sand, and luxury accommodations. Those getting hitched at this world-class resort can choose to wed on the Kahoolawe Lawn, on the beach, or in the Aulani Ballroom. The Kahoolawe Lawn features views of the ocean and is an especially spectacular site at sunset. If you’d like a beach wedding, the resort lets you pick your favorite sandy spot, and they take care of the rest.
For indoor celebrations most couples utilize the Aulani Ballroom or one of the resort’s other contemporary event spaces that have sophisticated décor, which serves as an ideal backdrop for your wedding theme of choice.
And it’s not just the environment that’s stunning at the Wailea Beach Resort. You and your guests will enjoy an unforgettable feast during the reception, as the resort’s catering team will work with you to create a custom menu.
Typical Cost: Starts at $2,200
Bonus: Guests will have access to the Wailea Golf Club, which features 18-hole, championship-level golf courses that are rated amongst the best in the country by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.
The Haiku Mill is a botanical paradise on the north shore off the famed road to Hana. This is a whimsical al fresco space that makes you feel as though you’ve stumbled into the Hawaiian version of Alice in Wonderland. This fairytale setting wows with vine coated restored ruins, referred to as The Mill, that many guests make even more magical by hanging chandeliers, long strands of tropical flowers, or delicate, billowing fabrics. After the ceremony guests can enjoy cocktail hour under the venue’s 100-year-old mango tree as The Mill is set-up for the reception.
The bridal party can prep for the nuptials in the comfort of the venue’s Cane House, which serves as a bridal suite, and the Courtyard that’s a finely-appointed indoor-outdoor space.
It’s easy to see that the team at Haiku Mill work hard to ensure the venue emanates the essence of Aloha: love, peace and compassion.
Typical Cost: Starts at $7,000
Bonus: The chandeliers are included with the rental fee.
A wedding at Olowalu Plantation House will have you sipping a glass of champagne on the lanai (veranda) of a historic plantation house, as you watch an expert team set up your wedding on a sprawling manicured lawn that seems to melt into the sea. After pledging your love during a sun-kissed ceremony on the lawn, you can relocate to the large, paved area overlooking the beach, which is ideal for receptions and dancing. This area glows under a large tree adorned by a canopy of twinkle lights, which makes it a perfect location for your celebration to flow from day to night.
When it’s time for photos you’ll have your pick of a variety of jaw-dropping backdrops that include everything from the beach to a rich display of palms and other tropical plants surrounding the property. This venue is a top-choice for couples envisioning a classic Hawaiian wedding day on the sparkling shores of the Pacific.
Typical Cost: $4,000 – $13,000
Bonus: As this venue is far removed from commercial or residential areas, you receive structure-free views and an empty beach.
At Duke’s Beach House you’ll celebrate your special day amongst soaring palms, tropical foliage, an immaculate beach, and views of Molokai and Lanai. After exchanging vows during an outdoor ceremony on a spacious lawn beside the beach, you’ll head to an open air dining area to feast on an impressive selection of freshly caught sustainable fish, premium steaks, and sides crafted from produce procured from local farms. You and your guests will also get to indulge in classic Hawaii cocktails with a twist, like the ‘Dig Me’ Daiquiri, Molokai Margarita, Lava Flow, and more.
When you explore the interior of Duke’s you’ll be treated to a nostalgic journey through Hawaii’s past as you check out the Ohia wood, lava rock, native artifacts, and historical photography. This is the venue for you if you’re envisioning a laid back, super charming wedding on the shores of Maui.
Typical Cost: $800 – $5,000 for the event space, and $2,000 – $6,000 for food and drink
Bonus: Duke’s is known for their hospitality. Many couples report that the staff is so kind and helpful they feel like friends.