You may think that planning a destination wedding will require hours and hours of research, but getting to know the area is the best way to ensure all of your decision making is easy and seamless. Here is a list of a few of our favorite beach locations to get married on Maui.
Makena Cove, also known as the Secret Beach or Secret Cove, is a small stretch of beach that is a real hidden gem. Cut off from the buzzing outside world by residential homes and a rocky veil, this is a perfect spot for intimate and small wedding ceremonies and elopements. Beautiful views of sunsets and Molokini & Kahoolawe on the horizon will create an unforgettable ambiance and will also be perfect for wedding photos.
South Maluaka Beach
South Maluaka Beach in Makena, south of Wailea, is a long stretch of beach that is perfect both for a small wedding ceremony or elopement as well as larger ceremonies. Incredible outer-island views, a delicately laced edge of green foliage and the odd few rocks on the beach add a lovely texture to the beach, which would look perfect in wedding photos. The beach has good parking and adequate facilities, which is convenient for larger weddings.
In front of the Andaz Wailea Hotel lies the Mokapu Beach. This quarter mile long stretch of beach features lava rocks and beautifully swaying palm trees which combined with a striking sunset will look great both in person and wedding photos. The beach can get crowded during the daytime, so later hours are best.
Sitting in front of the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel, Polo Beach offers a long and wide stretch of gorgeous white-sand beach with natural lava formations, palm trees, sand dunes inland and sunsets that are out of this world. Perfect both for intimate and larger ceremonies Polo Beach has easy access and good facilities.
White Rock Beach
White Rock Beach, also knows as Paulauea Beach, is one of the most beautiful beaches Souh Maui has to offer. It is a nice, wide and uncrowded location, which some consider a hidden gem. The beach is lined with a kiawe forest with a few public access trails strategically located, making parking along the under developed portions of Makena Road easier than most. All in all, this is a gorgeous beach location and offers quite a few unique photo opportunities so you truly cannot go wrong!
This hidden gem beach is located in the northern portion of West Maui in Kapalua, and due to its position, you won’t find huge crowds of people here. Perfect for the special day! 20-foot lava cliffs border the beach in certain parts, and there is also a beautiful “boardwalk” that connects the beach to the many private residences and condos. What you will also find is a great view of Molokai.
This West Maui Beach is perfect for smaller and more intimate weddings. The crescent-shaped beach with beautiful white sands and calm blue waters is not only a favorite beach altogether, but it has also been favored by couples who want a stunning sunset backdrop in their wedding photos. Should you wish to have a celebration dinner afterward, Merriman’s Kapalua has stairs leading from the beach steps to the restaurant.
When it comes to crafting the perfect wedding day, every detail matters. Finding a wedding dress of your dreams, picking the most beautiful location, flowers – you get the idea. If yours is going to be a destination wedding, it’s worth considering certain aspects that might be location-specific. Especially for a beach wedding. Wearing heels in the sand might not be the best idea (flats, wedges or a shoe with a thicker heel work better), and a shorter veil would be better than getting tangled in a church-length veil. Let’s not forget about hair and makeup. While it is every bride’s personal preference and style, here are our top tips for hair and makeup island style for your intimate Maui beach wedding.
Best Hairstyles for a Beach Wedding
If a wedding is not the perfect occasion for playing with gorgeous hairstyles and, quite literally, wearing flowers in your hair, we don’t know what is. Every bride has her style and preferences. Whether rocking a short bob or long wavy locks, blond or a brunette, thick hair or fine, we all want that unforgettable ‘do that enhances our natural charm.
When getting married on a beach, there are a few factors you need to consider – wind and humidity above all. What we most love about beach weddings is the ease and being in touch with your surroundings, and that’s what we’ve tried to incorporate in our favorite hairstyle picks for an island wedding.
Curls & Waves
Beach waves in your hair aren’t just for everyday wear. If there is one place to fully embrace them, it’s on an island wedding, for sure. Waves or curls look stunning on almost anyone, and they work not only in long hair but even in a longer bob. They will naturally look good in a light breeze, and you won’t have to worry about a misplaced hair – it’s part of the look. Refined curls and waves also look beautiful with a haku lei, if you’re going for the ultimate Maui wedding look. For brides with longer hair, a side twist will not only look great but will also serve a purpose by keeping hair from your face on a particularly windy day.
Let’s be honest, ladies. Most of us don’t wear braids every day. Unless you’re a pro, a gorgeous braid does take a bit of time, and there are only so many hours in a day. However, a braid is one of our top choices for an island wedding hairstyle for sure. It looks elegant, perfect for an occasion, and there are so many different ways it can be done. A braided updo will beautifully enhance your face and contours, as well as the neckline which would look stunning with a strapless dress. A dutch halo braid is ideal if your long hair struggles with humidity. If you like braids but want something seemingly effortless and boho-chic, opt for a fishtail braid. Any braided hairstyle will help with managing locks in the wind and will look lovely with a flower accent or a hair accessory.
If you prefer a more sleek hairstyle but don’t want to look out of place on the beach, a low bun is your go-to pick. Classy and tamed on the top, with a traditional, twisted, or even braided bun on the back and loose curls framing your face. This hairstyle is great if you want to wear a veil.
Wedding Makeup Island Style
We’ve covered hair, so what about makeup? Again, every bride has her style. Feeling comfortable is the most important thing on the most beautiful day in your life. It’s essential that you communicate any ideas and preferences to your makeup artist. Intimate beach weddings are our specialty, and we have a couple of recommendations for the perfect beach wedding makeup look.
Firstly, you should consider the weather. Wind and humidity can play a part, and on top of that, shedding a tear of happiness is not impossible, which is why we always suggest waterproof mascara. It is long-wearing and will protect your overall makeup look from watery eyes due to possible wind or crying.
Secondly, romantic and subtle makeup will always look better on a beach wedding than a heavy and dark smokey eye fit for an evening event indoors. You can still recreate your favorite smokey eye look with lighter eyeshadow shades – that will enhance the shape of your eye without being overwhelming. And thin layers are what you want. A long-wearing and high-coverage foundation will ensure your makeup lasts, and applying it in a thin layer will allow you to look natural. You are outdoors, after all, so embrace the dewy look – it’s all about soft tones and textures, and radiant skin.
Above all, nothing makes you look better than happiness and being in love. Embrace it, and anything else will just be the icing on the cake.
Reasons to Elope in Maui
If you have always dreamed of a destination wedding but have a reason or two that have kept this dream from becoming a reality, elopement might be the way to go. Running off to an exotic destination with your other half to secretly wed without the fuss of a big wedding might not be the obvious first choice for most couples, but there are so many reasons why more and more couples are not only considering elopement but are choosing that rather than a traditional wedding. Let’s take a look at why you should consider eloping in Maui!
Eloping Is All About You and Your Partner
When putting together a big wedding, it can quickly become overwhelming and stressful. When you are trying to figure out options that suit everyone, it can take away from your original idea of the wedding you have imagined. Especially when considering a destination wedding, you can easily get lost in long guest lists, family drama, finances, and thinking about logistics rather than saying your “I do’s”.
When you opt for elopement, it is literally about you and your partner. Maui is within such easy reach from the mainland US that it’s much easier to have your wedding without long and complex planning months and months ahead of time. You don’t have to think whether your dream location will be fit for a large group of guests, and you can easily pick any location you and your partner have envisioned.
Maui’s paradise-like surroundings are made for weddings, and it’s easy to see why so many couples have chosen to elope in one of the world’s most beautiful places.
Eloping in Maui is Easy
If you haven’t considered elopement before, you might think that planning an elopement is complex and more challenging than preparing for a traditional wedding, but it’s not the case. Maui has been a favored wedding destination for decades, and everything you might need for a wedding or an elopement is within easy reach. The infrastructure is there. While eloping doesn’t mean getting rid of any planning altogether, it makes it easier. Over the years we have helped many couples elope, and we know what matters. If you prefer less or no hassle, choosing an elopement package for your intimate beach wedding is the way to go. It covers everything from licensing, picking a location, and an on-site wedding planner to keepsake wedding certificate and a minister to perform the ceremony.
On top of that, getting to Maui couldn’t be easier. Whether you fly directly to Maui or travel from Oahu, getting to Maui is quite easy. Not only do you get to marry in one of the world’s most beautiful places, but you’re already somewhere, where you can also have your honeymoon or travel to a nearby island like Lanai, for example.
Elopement is Cheaper Than a Traditional Wedding
Destination weddings are expensive. That’s a fact. While there are ways to make them more budget-friendly, especially with the help of an experienced wedding planner, they can still add up, and it can quickly damage the dream of your perfect wedding day. Elopement, on the other hand, is much more affordable without sacrificing the luxury and stunning location. Elopement packages have been created to suit various needs, and you can pick one that fits your vision and budget.
You Can Add Traditional Hawaiian Elements to Your Wedding
There are many ways how you can customize your intimate wedding day and adding a traditional Hawaiian element is one of them. Whether it is a simple as wearing flower leis or having a ukulele player or having the ceremony initiated by the blowing of the conch shell, it can be the perfect addition to make your elopement unforgettable and extra special.
At the end of the day, any wedding, big or small, is deeply personal and should be one of the happiest days of your life. So whether you and your partner choose to elope or have a traditional wedding, this choice should be entirely yours and fit your wishes and needs. After all, when you say “I do”, nothing else matters.