Our “Get Matched” Feature

On Hawaii Wedding Match their is a feature called “Get Matched”…this feature really separates us from other websites because couples can quickly and easily find vendors that meet their personal criteria.

The “Get Matched” function has 5 questions:

  1. Island (ie. Maui, Oahu…etc.)
  2. Services Needed (ie. Photography, Bakery, Florist…etc.)
  3. Theme
  4. Maximum Guest Size
  5. Budget

After these 5 questions are answered you are presented with a list of vendors that match
your
survey answers! This feature cuts down on your research, the vendor interview process and your planing stress.

This feature is very beneficial for couples that want to have a beautiful wedding in Hawaii but think it is too complicated to plan. Hawaii Wedding Match reviews each vendor before they are listed on the website to ensure that we are providing couples with the best wedding vendors. We take out the complication and let you do more relaxing.

Create your free Hawaii Wedding Match profile today so you can start searching for wedding vendors in Hawaii now!

-XO

*If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at info@hawaiiweddingmatch.com

The Name Change Game

Congratulation on your upcoming wedding! Now you are stating to think about whether or not to change your name. If this had been 50 years ago you wouldn’t even of had this concern because not changing your name really wasn’t an option; but in today’s day and age things are a little more complicated. Many women are choosing to get married later in life and they have a career to take into consideration and others feel that their name is part of their identity, so they are pushing back on the notion of taking their new husband’s name.

No matter what path you take in the name change game (whether it be a full last name change, hyphenated last name or keeping your maiden name) we SUPPORT you 100%. Many couples overlook the fact that even after the wedding you need to have address labels made so that you can send out ‘Thank You” cards and for all future cards you send out together. Based on your name decision (& our research) this is how you should present yourself as a couple:

Traditionally the man’s name would come first.
If the woman has taken her husband’s last name there are two ways to address:
Mr. & Mrs. John Doe
Mr. John Doe and Jane Doe.
If one is professional then it could be:
Dr. & Mrs. John Doe
Mr. John & Dr. Jane Doe
If the woman has combined his name with hers the couple would be addressed as:
Mr. John Doe & Mrs. Jane Smith-Doe.
If the woman has kept her own name:
Mr. John Doe & Mrs. Jane Smith.

But keep in mind these are only options, feel free to be creative and let your uniqueness as a couple shine!

XO

 

Research:

  • http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/starting/archive/5-choices-for-changing-your-name-after-marriage.html
  • http://wiki.answers.com/Q/After_you_are_married_whose_name_comes_first_the_man_or_woman#ixzz1uyepFpzL
  • http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-invitations/articles/wedding-invitations-etiquette.aspx
  • http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/planning-a-wedding/articles/name-change-101.aspx

Getting Married BEFORE Your Wedding

Okay so there seems to be a trend in the wedding industry with couples getting married before their actual wedding. Some couples are deciding that they want to share their vows with one another before the day of their wedding.

Planning a wedding can be stressful and I can defiantly see why couples might want to alleviate some of the stress by already being married. If you are already married you don’t have the added stress of making sure the ceremony goes off without a hitch. At that point, you can just let the stress of a screaming child at your ceremony just roll right off your shoulders, right? Also, many young couples are strapped for cash and really just care about sharing their love with one another…but their families might be pressuring them to have a big fancy wedding. Well if your family wants to pay for a big wedding but it isn’t a priority for you, go ahead and get married and then the big family wedding will be more fun for you both!

I have a friend that was planning her elaborate wedding with both families but soon realized that things were becoming very materialistic. Her and her fiance decided to go on a hike one beautiful morning with a friend (that just so happened to also be an officiant). When they reached the top of the trail that looked out onto the lush green landscape of rolling hills they realized that this is where they wanted to be married. Everything just felt right. They shared their vows together then! As they were hiking back to their car they passed a gentleman and couldn’t resist telling them what they had just done. This gentleman just so happened to be a painter and wanted to paint them a picture of the view that day from where they exchanged vows. They shared contact information and a couple weeks later received a beautiful painting in the mail…never underestimate the kindness of strangers.

Getting hitched before your wedding does have its downfall though…your family isn’t there to see you officially become married. The signing of the marriage certificate might be an exciting event for your mom and not doing this with her present might make her feel a little blue.

In the end though isn’t it the fact that you are happily married what matters. Whatever your path to “happily married” is, we hope that you are smiling the whole way…

XO

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Tipping Your Wedding Vendors

Even after paying the vendors fees, it is still a common practice to tip them the day of your wedding. I know you are probably thinking “SERIOUSLY?!” Yes, we know, you’ve already paid an absolute fortune for those vendors and now you have to shell out some more. Sorry. We came across a great website that has valuable tipping information based on vendor type and can help you decide on how much you should be tipping.

Here are the general rules for tipping. Although it is generally thought to be a voluntary thing (I’d like to know who said that), there are still areas of your wedding that require tipping, but you can still use your discretion. Firstly, you may want to find out from your vendors if tipping is allowed. There are several vendors, caterers for example, that include the wages of their staff in their price. They sometimes discourage tipping. (Bet you hope to hear that a lot!) And some vendors will add gratuities to their bills. Be sure not to double tip.

If you are using a wedding coordinator, they should be responsible for delivering the tips and payments to the related vendors. If not, then it should be your best man. If you don’t feel comfortable asking the best man, ask one of the fathers. All tips should be calculated and prepared in separate envelopes ahead of time, thereby making it much easier for the individual responsible to deliver the tips.

TIPS ON TIPPING:

  • All tips should be given in cash. If the person serving you is an employee of the company, their tip should be in a separate envelope.
  • No one/single person should get more then $150.00. For example: Let’s say your limo bus is $2000.00. 10 or 15% of that total is 200 or 300 dollars, not necessary.
  • Tips should be given just before your vendor leaves. That way you can judge how much to give, according to the job they did for you.
  • All vendors would love a thank you card. It is a great reminder of happy clients and let’s face it, it’ll help them book future clients.
  • Giving vendors a favour/bomboniere is totally up to the couple and how many they can spare.

THE ONES YOU SHOULD TIP

  • Altar boys or girls – $10-15.00 each
  • Limousine Drivers – 10-15% of the limousine bill, given at the end of the evening. See “FB Tip” above.
  • Valet Parking Attendants – $.50 to $1.00 per car, prearrange this amount with the supervisor based on an estimate of how many cars will be arriving and a sign should be posted to guests that the gratuity has been taken care of.
  • Wait staff – If the tip is not on the contract already, 15% of the total catering bill is tipped. Wait staff do the hardest physical labour on your wedding day.
  • Bartenders – 10% of the total liquor bill, presented to the head bartender or divided equally among the total number of bartenders who worked the full evening. Make sure that a tip hasn’t been added to your contract already.
  • Restroom and/or Coatroom Attendants – $.50 to $1.00 per guest, prearranged again based on the number of guests.
  • Makeup artist or Hair Stylists – You don’t have to tip them if they come to you. If you go to the salon, then you should tip them 15%. Why you ask, well the salon makes the money, not the individual. If you have received a good job, and you would tip normally, then go ahead.
  • DJ – If your DJ owns the company then the tip is optional but if the DJ is an employee $50-100.00. If you have 2 DJs (DJ & MC), give each person $50.00 in separate envelopes. When your guests rave about your reception later, it’s the DJ that had everything to do with the fun.

OPTIONAL TIPPING (amounts reflect optional tips)

  • Business Owners – You don’t have to tip the owner of a business, unless you feel that they have gone beyond the call of duty and you want to give them a token of your appreciation.
  • Ceremony or Reception Musicians – $5-10/hr per person, in one lump sum given to the person in charge.
  • Banquet or catering manager – Doesn’t need to be tipped unless they’ve thrown in extras or saved you a few hundred dollars on your bill. The tip would be between $50-$100.
  • Photographer and Videographer – If these vendors own the company, then the tip is optional. If they are employees $50.00 goes to the main photographer and he/she can give a split to the assistant.
  • Officiant – To tip them is to trivialize their profession and extremely bad etiquette. Generally you pay your fee and that’s it. If you wish to make a financial contribution to the church, you can do that separately.
  • Florist – You don’t need to tip the florist for making your arrangements but you can tip them an extra $5.00 per delivery location (3 locations=$15.00) or $10-20.00 per staff member in one lump sum, for set-up and delivery.
  • Wedding Cake Baker – You don’t have to tip for the baking of the cake but if you are at your reception venue at time of delivery and set-up = $10.00
  • Wedding Coordinator or Room Manager- This is the person managing the reception venues staff and facility the night of your wedding = $50.00
  • Your Wedding Coordinator – If this vendor owns the company, then the tip is optional. If they are an employee = $50.00
  • Your Wedding Planner – This person has planned your wedding from start to finish. An appropriate tip would be 10% of their total commission or bill.

To see the complete article from Frugal Bride please click here.