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Welcome to our series on destination weddings. This month: Hawai’i! Be sure to check out the companion piece over on our MK Bridal website.

If you and your bride-to-be have been looking into the possibility of a destination wedding, then you’d be truly missing out if you didn’t at least take a close look at Hawaii as a possibility. 

The Aloha state has a lot more to offer for a destination wedding than you might imagine. 

Plus, it’s far enough away from Springfield, MO to definitely qualify as ‘exotic.’ 

With that being said—there are more than a few things to consider as you ponder this location as a potential wedding destination. 

For one, it’s a fair distance away—so planning in advance is crucial. 

Second, it’s actually a surprisingly busy wedding venue state—so you’ll need to make sure to start planning early in order to get everything done on time. 

(And that includes getting measured and ordering your tuxedo, sir.) 

So in this blog post, we’re going to explore a few of the details you might want to look at when contemplating a possible trip to the Islands

Here’s everything a groom should know about a destination wedding in Hawaii. 

Hawaii As A Wedding Destination: An Overview

Hawaii (or to use its proper spelling, Hawai’i) is actually amazing as a wedding destination—especially considering that there are so many different types of settings to enjoy. 

For example—you could hold your wedding in a modern-day venue, in a very ‘traditional’ ranch-type setting, on a beautiful beach during the sunset, or even in a garden amongst swaying palm trees and other botanical wonders. 

There are a lot of options for destination weddings in Hawaii. 

In fact, just to give you a small sample of options, you could get married:

  • On the beach
  • In a botanical garden
  • In a beautiful indoor ceremony room
  • At a resort
  • At the top of a mountain
  • Beside a beautiful waterfall

All of your options are pretty amazing when it comes to Hawaii. 

Being A Groom In Hawaii

Hawaii is filled with fun stuff to do. 

There’ll be beaches to visit, fine dining to sample, adventures to embark on, and memories to be made. 

As a groom, your job will be to take charge of the activities and festivities—not only for you and the wedding party, but also for your bride-to-be. 

You’ll want to make the most of your stay, and you’ll want to do that by doing some research and planning before you even arrive. You’ll want to reserve your spot at the places you tend to visit, plan out tours and activities for each day, and just overall take charge of making the occasion as memorable as possible. 

You can check out this page by TripAdvisor to figure out some of the best things to do while visiting the Islands. 

Let’s take a moment to discuss the most popular activity options. 

Entertainment Options In Hawaii (For You And Your Bride To Be)

There are a lot of fun and amazing things to do in Hawaii. And as the groom, it’ll be your job to plan out the most amazing wedding getaway for everyone. 

Here are just a few ideas to get you started. 

  • Snorkeling
  • Nature and wildlife tours
  • Bus tours
  • Whale watching tours
  • Park hiking
  • 4WD tours
  • Eco tours
  • Plantation tours
  • Special events
  • Helicopter tours
  • Hulu shows
  • The Volcanoes National Park Safari
  • Ziplining

You’ll also want to visit some of the most popular cities in Hawaii. 

Some of the best options include:

  • Honolulu
  • Kailua-Kona
  • Lahaina
  • Hilo

Hawaii Travel Preparation Tips

Obviously, you’ll need to get your wardrobe in order. 

And this will start with getting fitted for the perfect tuxedo for the occasion. 

Stop in at Karl’s Tuxedo and let us help you with this part. And make sure that you start the process sooner rather than later

You don’t want to run late getting your tux for such an important event. 

Now, aside from the tuxedo, there are also some other clothing items that you should make sure to bring with you on your trip. 

Some of these include items like:

  • T-shirts
  • Polo shirts
  • Shorts
  • Some long pants
  • A lightweight jacket
  • Some formal attire for special occasions
  • A pair of hiking shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Sneakers
  • Water shoes

Conclusion

There you have it. 

Everything you need to know about preparing for a destination wedding in Hawaii as a groom. 

Equipped with this information, you’re now ready to make preparations and embark on your trip. 

Hey—destination weddings aren’t for everyone. 

But if you’re seriously looking into this idea—you should really consider taking action to make it happen. 
Because Hawaii is truly a beautiful place to get married.

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Welcome to our series on destination weddings. First stop: Las Vegas, baby! Be sure to check out the companion piece to this article, over on our MK Bridal website.

Las Vegas is known for its thrilling nightlife, high-stakes casinos, beautiful landmark hotels, and exciting shows. 

But it’s also known for being the marriage capital of the world

Yes, Las Vegas has plenty of ‘gimmicky’ wedding opportunities. 

For example—you can get married by Elvis, get hitched in a drive-through wedding chapel, or even get suited up for a horror-themed wedding (with the Grim Reaper himself making an appearance in your wedding photos). 

But it’s also true that you can host almost any other type of wedding in Vegas as well. 

In fact, there are venues and locations where you can hold traditional weddings, vintage weddings, contemporary weddings, modern weddings—and more. 

So as a groom, it’s important for you to know the ‘lay of the land’ if your bride-to-be is looking at Las Vegas as a potential wedding destination. 

Las Vegas: An Overview

The truth of the matter is that, as ‘gimmicky’ as some of the wedding services might be in the so-called Sin City, couples from all over the world travel there to get married in legitimate wedding venues—mostly because there are so many opportunities in Las Vegas to create unique and memorable wedding experiences. 

There are expansive resorts, bustling nightlife scenes, and virtually endless entertainment options. 

And for couples looking to get married in an exciting destination that offers a lot of amenities, Las Vegas is tough to beat. 

You can find wedding venues ranging from elegant ballrooms, to outdoor gardens, to rooftop terraces, and more. 

It’s also an amazing place to source services like photography, limousines, and so on. (Thinking about wedding flowers? We can arrange anything you need right here in Springfield, at Linda’s Flowers!)

Being A Groom In Las Vegas

As a groom who’s preparing to travel to Las Vegas with his bride for a destination wedding, there are a few different things that you should know about. 

First off, it’s literally a city that never sleeps—so make sure that you spearhead plans to take your bride (and your wedding entourage) out to see the sites and explore the city. 

You could hit the casino, explore the city’s many attractions, attend some shows, and dine in a few of the many specialty restaurants available to you. 

Also, make sure to pack appropriately. The weather will tend to be warm and pleasant (even in the winter). But always check the weather reports to make sure that you’re packing the right types of clothes for your journey. 

Entertainment Options In Las Vegas (For You, Your Entourage, And Your Bride To Be)

As the groom-to-be, you’ll most likely be responsible for making the trip memorable from a planning perspective. So set some time aside to plan ahead and figure out what types of activities you, your entourage, and your bride-to-be may want to partake in. 

Some ideas could include: 

  • Nightclubs
  • Pool parties
  • Sports events
  • Shows
  • Adventure activities (ATV tours, skydiving, zip-lining, etc.)
  • Casinos, casinos, and even more casinos

For best results, try to choose activities that’ll be more likely to appeal to your guests. For example—if nobody in your party wants to actually go to a casino, then you may want to skip that option and choose something else. 

Sending out a few messages and conducting a poll to see what people are interested in doing beforehand could be the key to planning activities that everyone will enjoy. 

Las Vegas Travel Preparation Tips

Before traveling to Las Vegas for the ‘big day’ itself, here are some tips that you should follow as you prepare and get ready to travel. 

First, help your bride with the planning phase. Help her look for the perfect wedding venue, photographer, etc. 

Also, make sure that you get fitted for your tux, and order it well in advance to make sure that you’ll have it before you actually leave for the event. For tips on how to travel with your tux, see our article here.

Call us or swing by to get fitted and pick out the perfect tux for your big Las Vegas destination wedding day!

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Getting married is always an exciting occasion. 

But when the wedding time falls around the Christmas season—well, that certainly calls for something a little bit extra special. 

There are a lot of awesome reasons to consider planning a Christmas wedding. 

And of course, as a groom-to-be, it’ll be your job to help see to all of the important details—both in the planning phase and when it comes to deploying those plans to make them real. 

But it’s also understandable that planning a Christmas wedding is really an experience all its own. 

There’s really nothing quite like planning a Christmas wedding. 

Why?

Because Christmas is already a very festive and specifically themed time of the year. 

With that being said—there are some things that you can do to help yourself plan the best wedding ever

Here are some of our favorite Christmas wedding tips to help provide you with some inspiration. 

1. Decide If You’re Going To Host A ‘Christmas’ Or ‘Winter’ Wedding

You can host winter weddings near Christmas time. And make no mistake—these weddings can be every bit as magical as actual Christmas-themed weddings. 

But here’s the thing. 

Sometimes, ‘winter’ themed weddings give you a bit more leeway to do stuff that may not specifically fit into a ‘Christmas’ wedding theme.

And sometimes, Christmas weddings can put your style options into a more typical holiday ‘box.’ 

This can be a bit of an issue if you’d rather just flirt with Christmas elements without diving headfirst into trees, Santa, reindeer, presents, red and blue lights, etc. 

In other words—think about whether you actually want to host a Christmas-themed wedding—or a winter-themed wedding with Christmas elements included in it. 

This is actually a pretty important distinction to make. 

And it really matters. 

2. Decide If You Want To Stay Local, Or Travel For A Destination Wedding

Sometimes, traveling to popular, romantic, or beautiful holiday getaway locations can be the best way to experience a truly memorable Christmas wedding. 

This is especially true if you don’t plan to have a large ceremony or a particularly big wedding party. 

Just keep in mind that if you plan a destination wedding around the Christmas season, not everyone will be able to make it. 

People get busy at this time of the year. So if having everyone in attendance is important to you, you may want to consider sticking closer to home. 

3. Give Friends And Family Plenty Of Advance Notice

Once again, the holiday season can be a particularly busy time of year for almost everyone. 

Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and several other very important holidays that also fall within this timespan—people tend to have full calendars and limited availability. 

So make sure to send out those ‘save the date’ cards as early as possible. 

Not sure when to send them? You’ll probably want to jump on this in the late spring or mid-summer. 

Then, the invitations can go out to give everyone more specific instructions at the beginning or in the middle of fall (at the latest). 

4. Get Specific About A Theme

Along with specifying whether you’re going to have a dedicated Christmas or winter wedding, you should probably also settle on pretty specific theme to go along with it. 

For example—Christmas is a ‘loose’ theme. But you may want to get more specific about whether you’re going to embrace a more ‘minimalist’ Christmas theme, a ‘traditional’ or ‘old-fashioned’ theme—or maybe even something a bit more exotic. 

There are all kinds of ways to leverage more specific themes within the overarching Christmas theme as a whole to make your special day even more amazing. And there are even more ways to leverage more specific themes within the winter theme framework to do the same thing. 

So sit down with your bride-to-be, and go over some Christmas/winter theme ideas to really get focused on the specifics of your wedding day, ceremony, decorations, etc. 

Conclusion

Hopefully, this post has helped to give you some ideas and inspiration that you can utilize to make your Christmas wedding as memorable as possible. 

And of course—don’t forget the tuxedo. 

Finding the perfect tuxedo to fit your theme is just part of the process. 

When you’re ready to get up-to-date measurements and order everything, feel free to call or come on by

We’d love to help you prepare for your big, amazing Christmas wedding celebration and ceremony.

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