Indian Wedding in Hawaii? Just Don't Do This
Updated: Jun 7
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Ajay Manaktala is a Indian wedding planner, DJ and Bollywood Industry expert with over 20 years of experience doing destination weddings in Hawaii, Mexico,the Caribbeans, Phuket and beyond.
He planned his own destination wedding and travels to Hawaii at least twice a year for Indian weddings while his team does every other month. He's also a most viewed Quora writer for Indian weddings. These hacks will help you have the best wedding in Hawaii and get the most bang for your buck. They'll save you stress, if not outright cash.
Thinking about how to plan a destination Indian wedding in Hawaii?
Avoid these mistakes and you'll be good.
Destination weddings are awesome.
The views, the travel and the togetherness...who doesn't love it?
And Hawaii is no stranger to weddings with one happening at least every day. But first...
Hawaii Wedding Packages | Don't be Fooled
Couples are constantly getting tricked into seemingly simple Hawaii wedding packages. But those costs are for barely anything, and that will leave you feeling well...like stuff was missing.
Do you really expect to finish a photo shoot in 30 minutes? The average pre-wedding sunset shots take 30 minutes just for the couple to get less camera shy. Oh times up? $500 more for the photography? well we're already dressed, umm, ok.
If you're having a small less than 50 person wedding, for sure...it probably makes sense. Its simple..but for most of us..
We've done several weddings across Hawaii, and seen our fair share of ups and downs.
Somebody forgot the small Ganesha statue for the Mandap? Ok where can we find that on the Big Island at 7PM on a Sunday.
Here's seven things you need to do before planning (or even attending) an Indian wedding on the Islands.
1. Which Island is best in Hawaii for your Indian wedding?
Honolulu Oahu Destination Weddings
This is wedding destination number one and who could argue with that. Big city,It's easily accessible and has all the major things you need for an Indian wedding.
Often times couples want a "secluded beach" or off the beaten path venue but they soon realize the shortcomings of that approach.
You lose the super secluded feel, but you get a bit more sanity and less risk than being in Kauai or Hilo and realizing you need a last minute Hindu or Sikh wedding priest because the other one got sick or the date wrong.