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Surprise Elopement in Hawaii

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When Marlon and Vannessa decided to get married, they knew they wanted to do it in a budget savvy way. Read on to find out about the special Hawaiian elements they included, too!

Marlon + Vannessa

Big Island, Hawaii
- 06/22/2022
Total wedding budget $3,400

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Cake/Dessert
  • Flowers
  • Planner
  • Partner 1 Attire
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Total wedding budget

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

This was a second marriage for both of us. We had originally planned to get married in June 2020, but then the pandemic hit and we found out we had to cancel. In 2022, we finally felt we could safely reschedule. At that time, we decided on a super romantic elopement for two as a surprise to our family and friends!

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Reciting our vows with just the two of us, the officiant and the photographer was the most memorable. It was an incredibly personal and intimate moment and it felt like we were the only two people in the world.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We planned a surprise beach elopement for just the two of us with a fancy dinner at Kamuela Provision Company. By not having guests and not incurring costs for a reception, we were able to save thousands of dollars and have a romantic day.

What was your biggest splurge?

I would say my dress! As a mature bride, I was very sure I wanted an all lace, mermaid-fit dress that would be both sexy and light-weight for the beach. It also needed to be easy to carry. I was able to roll my dress up into my carry-on luggage for the trip and it arrived without any wrinkles. It was in perfect condition!

What was your favorite details?

Our favorite details were the Hawaiian elements that our officiant incorporated into our ceremony. They included our lei exchange, the blowing of the Pū ‘Ohe horn, and the blessing of our rings.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Our best advice is to sit down and really talk about what the most important aspects are when planning your wedding. Make it about you and really do something you’ll love. Your family will support you! Include personalized elements  wherever you can. We wrote our own vows in special cow books that we gifted each other after the ceremony.

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