Friday, November 11, 2011

Big Island Wedding Venues

Together, the Big Island of Hawaii's natural beauty and tranquility create one of the world's most majestic wedding destinations. Whatever setting you desire for your wedding, the Big Island offers many locations that are true gems and are sure to meet your standards and awe your guests. It is home to world-class resorts, top-rated beaches, quaint island churches, and lush tropical gardens that all make great locations for a dream Hawaii Wedding.

Photo: Toby Hoogs Photography

The resorts along the sunny Kona-Kohala Coast are plentiful and luxurious, each with its own island flair. Perhaps the most upscale is the exquisite Four Seasons Resort Hualalai which is always an excellent choice because of its secluded beach that is frequented by the protected Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. The Fairmont Orchid is also a great choice because it too offers a beach ceremony option, as is the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel or Mauna Kea Beach Hotel which have the famed Hapuna Beach nearby. The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort or Hilton Waikoloa are also nice choices, especially for those with large families because of their many family-friendly activities and amenities. Keep in mind that most of these resorts are about 20-50 minutes North of Kona. The Sheraton, much closer to Kona, is the exception, however, it doesn't offer a sandy beach on sight.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Photo: Toby Hoogs Photography
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Photo: Toby Hoogs Photography
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Photo: Toby Hoogs Photography
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Photo: Toby Hoogs Photography
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Photo: Toby Hoogs Photography

Mauna Kea Beach Resort Photo: Toby Hoogs Photography
The Fairmont Orchid, Photo: Toby Hoogs Photography

If you prefer a more intimate Big Island setting, there are also many great Bed & Breakfasts on the Island of Hawaii. Our favorite in this category is the Holualoa Inn tucked up on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano just above Kona. We also like Honu Kai for a lush garden wedding but with both locations, rain is always more of a possibility than along the coast so be sure to plan accordingly.

Holualoa Inn, Photo:
Honu Kai Bed and Breakfast, Photo:

There are also several interesting alternatives and historic buildings available for weddings and receptions like the beautiful  Holuakoa Cafe and Gardens which also makes a lovely rehearsal dinner location. Additionally, we love Waimea's country-garden setting at Anna Ranch.

Holuakoa Cafe and Gardens, Photo:
Anna Ranch, Photo: Toby Hoogs Photography

Another option is to rent one of the many beautiful rental properties and homes on the Big Island that allow smaller weddings (be sure to check with the owners or property manager first!). These range from ocean and beach front homes to those perched on lava fields amongst the slopes of one of the Island's many volcanos. Two rental properties we like for a small intimate ceremony are The Sleeping Turtle Sanctuary located in Puako or Villa Quattro which is closer to Kona. Please inquire for many more options!

Sleeping Turtle Sanctuary, photo:
Villa Quattro, photo:

Outside of resort properties and home rentals, there are also several options for beach ceremony locations but be aware that most require a Beach Wedding Permit and some have special restrictions regarding the use of equipment.  For more information on choosing a beach wedding location, it is best to contact us for help. We will be happy to help you choose the right spot and arrange all the details.

Photo: Toby Hoogs Photography

There are also several very unique Big Island Church Wedding locations. One of the most famous is "The Little Blue Church" or St. Peter's Catholic Church which is located right along the ocean on Alli Drive in Kona town.  St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Captain Cook (about 45 minutes south of Kona) is also a great choice with its truly unique and colorful murals. And, many many more of course!

"Little Blue Church", Photo:
St. Benedict's Church, Photo: Toby Hoogs Photography

We have only scratched the surface with these few options! Most of these suggestions are strictly on the West Side of the Hawaii Island where the weather is usually more favorable to outdoor weddings. However, there are also many other beautiful options around the island and especially in lush Hilo and along the Hamakua Coast with it's many waterfalls.

Amongst locals, the Big Island is said to have the greatest amount of Aloha -a spirit of love, goodwill, and acceptance. This is evident in the peaceful pace of life that tends to relax Big Island visitors almost immediately upon their arrival -a feeling that is only exemplified as guests discover the Big Island's many secluded and romantic spots.

Contact us for more information on finding the perfect location for your Big Island Wedding. With so many options and many of those that are hard to find, it is highly advisable to seek professional help. At Vintage&Lace, we offer affordable Wedding Packages and Services to help you plan your Big Island Wedding.

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Aloha and we look forward to meeting you on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii! Congratulations!

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