Kauai, the Garden Isle of Hawaii, is a beautiful and romantic location for a beach or hotel wedding. Poipu Beach on the south shore has perfect beaches and warm trade winds to set the romantic South Pacific mood.
Several hotels and condominiums with wedding facilities, including Koloa Landing, are located in Poipu. This is the perfect venue for a Kauai wedding on a soft sand beach or around lagoon pools with lush tropical landscaping. Beach weddings in Kauai can be held any time of the day or evening; and, your reception can be held inside or outside.
A morning or afternoon wedding on the beach is typically a casual affair. Guests can stand around the couple tying the knot or they can sit on beach chairs. Clothing for all is casual. The bride typically wears a comfortable, light wedding dress to complement the beach location, and carries a small bouquet of local flowers including orchids and fragrant plumeria. The bride and groom are traditionally adorned with fresh flower leis.
A barefoot wedding in warm sand adds to the romantic ambiance. A more formal wedding can be held poolside or indoors at a nearby ballroom facility. But for many, the beach and the sound of the waves provide the perfect backdrop for the nuptials.
An after-dark beach wedding can be arranged with torches lighting the way for the wedding party. This type of wedding can be accompanied by a luau reception.
Hotels have meeting rooms that are used for more formal evening weddings. Catered meals are usually included, featuring fresh local foods either with a table service or buffet style.
Professional photographers can usually be hired for weddings in Kauai. Bands and DJs are available to provide all types of music for dancing. Florists will provide elegant floral arrangements for weddings and receptions featuring fresh local flowers and greenery.
The newlyweds do not have to travel further for a romantic honeymoon in a beautiful setting. They can enjoy the luxury of their accommodations and make day trips around the island. Some suggested day trips include:
- Helicopter flights along the rugged Na Pali coast at the north end of the island. You can see the rugged landscape and waterfalls highlighted in Jurassic Park, filmed here in the early 1990s. Arrangements can be made to spend time on a deserted beach in this area.
- Boat tours to the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park where cliffs tower 3,000 feet over the crashing surf. This 11-mile coastline is Kauai at its most spectacular. You can safely explore sea caves and see dolphins. Sport fishing charters are also available.
- The Kalalau Trail is a steep hiking path through the park from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach. The beach at Ke’e is protected by a reef that forms a tidal lagoon. Additionally, hikers can enjoy unique views of Kauai’s many waterfalls, including Kalihiwai with five tiers of water cascading down its walls. This is a moderately strenuous hike from the valley up the Green Hill.
- Waimea Canyon’s lookout points can be enjoyed on a Jeep tour of the 10-mile long, 3,500 feet deep canyon. These tours usually include the spectacular Waimea Falls.
- Kayaking the Kalihiwai Stream and hiking through the jungle to the Uluhe Fern Ridge where you can experience a zipline is another popular activity.
- Golfers can enjoy the links at Princeville, along with the Poipu Golf Course.
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Honeymooners may also want to relax and enjoy massages and other spa treatments at their favorite resort. This is a great way to end a busy day of sightseeing and prepare for a romantic evening.
Resorts on Kauai, including Koloa Landing, have wedding planners available for to help you plan your perfect small or large wedding. Several wedding packages include an official to perform the ceremony, as well as music and flowers. Honeymoon packages are also offered for newlyweds in this beautiful and romantic location.