Aloha Everyone!Old Timey Kuya
Planning your wedding/vow renewal ceremony is definitely the most important part of your big day! At home, this would be rather routine as you go to your place of worship or to the justice of peace and arrange the ceremony. But when you are having a destination ceremony, there is more to think about. This is where a coordinator can be of service to you!
First of all, at Maui Aloha Weddings, we take this part of your day very seriously and will not give you an 8 minute ceremony. If you are pledging to spend the rest of your life with someone, the words and meaning of the ceremony should take longer then eight minutes. You will find that many weddings in Maui are just about that long. Make sure to find out what your ceremony is going to be like. Ask how long it will be and if you can see the ceremony and what the minister is going to say.
If you have complete confidence in your coordinator, you can ask them to book you a minister with the guidelines that you would like. We have many couples asking us for a Hawaiian minister since they will be getting married in Maui. Some request a male and some request a female minister. Please don’t feel that this is something that you shouldn’t do. Since you do not know the minister and he/she hasn’t known you for all of your life, it is important that you will feel comfortable with them. You will find that our ministers will make you comfortable and help you to enjoy the service too. Ask your coordinator if they will put you in touch with your minister so that you may speak to them if that will make you feel easier about this person conducting your ceremony. Be sure to ask if your coordinator is going to send out a confirmation to all of your wedding team so that they will have your phone number and you will have the phone number of someone on the wedding team as well.
In Maui, we do have a few different options for your ceremony. You can have the Hawaiian ceremony with the conch shell blowing and your minister doing some Hawaiian chants. There is also a religious ceremony that you can ask for. Or as most couples like, you may have a mixture of both. You can read these on our web page to see what they are like.
In the Jewish religion they use the Huppah for the couple to stand under. We cannot put arches or chairs on our beaches (we do have special chairs for the elderly or those who must sit). To have a Huppah we would have to have the ceremony in a park or venue so that we may set it up. We do have a few temples on island that we can use. Of course we would ask their Rabbi to conduct the ceremony. If you want to do the traditional Torah readings – it would be necessary to use a temple.