Outdoor marriages in Hawaii are beautiful – except when the weather is not. This is what you need to know when preparing your outdoor marriage (on or near the beach).
1)Have a backup plan in the event of rain. Passing showers are typical in the islands and thought to be a blessing. But heavy rain make for a messy ceremony and/or reception – so, if at all possible, have a “Plan B.” Possibilities are renting a enclosure or scheduling an indoor site. Another idea is having your wedding at a beach front location with indoor facilities such as a resort or estate.
2) If you’re holding your wedding literally on the beach, don’t put chairs directly on the sand if at all possible. The sand is uneven and unstable, and some of your guests may not be dressed appropriately for remaining on the sand. Find a grassy area to place chairs for guests. If you do want your ceremony on the sand, think about renting some type of platform for the chairs to be placed on.
3)Think about the glare of the sun for you and your guests. Try to arrange people where there is minimal time staring directly into the sun. The beauty of the ocean scenery gets lost when you or your guests can’t even open their eyes.
4)If it’s a daytime marriage, discuss having bottled water available for guests as they show up. Maui’s sun can be hot; and individuals can dehydrate rapidly in the afternoon sun.
5) Consider hand-held fans to distribute to guests as wedding favors or as keepsakes to help keep the sun out of their eyes and a cool breeze handy.
6) Consider the local weather service with regard to tide and sunset times. And keep those factors in mind when discussing your wedding time.
7) Don’t neglect to find out all the rules and regulations for the beach or park you are using. Some regulations to look for are restrictions on number of guests; use or availability of electricity; use of amplified music; time allotted. Usually public beaches and parks will only allow smaller ceremonies.