How to Easily Create a
Hawaiian Theme Wedding!
If you aren't able
to have your wedding in Hawaii you can still make your dream Hawaiian wedding come true!
Below are suggestion on how you can easily create an "island style"
Having a Hawaii theme wedding is a very unique and elegant way to accent your special day.
Guests at Hawaiian theme weddings tend to be more relaxed and have a great time. You will
also find having a Hawaiian theme wedding will not cost as much as a more formal wedding
ceremony and reception.
There are many ways
to incorporate Hawaii traditions and a Hawaii theme so review the suggestions and choose
what appeals to you and will make your special day even more memorable.
Whether you are having your wedding on a beach, on a boat, at a lakeside, in a
garden, in a backyard, in a home, or in a church it is easy to incorporate touches of
Hawaii to your special day...
Send Hawaii Theme Invitations to Your Wedding Guests
You can create your own wedding invitations using your home computer and printer or add
touches of Hawaii to professionally printed invitations.
Hawaiian words and phrases. Click here to
review our resource of popular Hawaiian words and phrase.
the invited peoples names into Hawaiian. Click here to review our resource of
first names into Hawaiian.
the Lords Prayer in Hawaiian. Click here for the translation of the
Lords Prayer in Hawaiian.
Encourage Your Wedding Guests to Wear Hawaiian Attire
Hawaiian attire is very popular and many people have a Hawaiian shirt or dress in their
wardrobe, especially those who have visited Hawaii. Since Hawaiian attire is popular many
stores offer it. Thrift stores are also a great resource for Hawaii attire. The internet
also makes acquiring Hawaii attire anywhere just a click away.
Have Your Wedding Party Dress in Hawaiian Attire
There is no right or wrong way to go about dressing your wedding party for a Hawaii theme
wedding. Some people have all the ladies in Hawaiian print dresses and the men in Hawaiian
print shirts. Some have the men wear pants while other have them wear shorts. Some wedding
couples have the ladies in the Hawaiian print dresses but the men in full tuxedos. How
formal or informal you have your wedding party is up to you.
Have Your Wedding Party Wear Leis
A lei is a garland or necklace made from fresh flowers, fresh leaves, silk flowers, nuts,
shells, or pretty much anything. There are leis for the neck, head, wrist, and ankles. In
Hawaii a lei is given as a symbol of love, respect and appreciation for all kinds of
celebrations. For weddings it is popular to have the entire wedding party wear leis. For
men who do not want to wear flowers popular masculine leis are maile leis or kukui nut
leis. Maile leis are green leafy vine looking leis. Kukui nut leis are made from the nut
of the state tree and in ancient Hawaiian times were only give to people of great
importance since they were very sacred. Silk leis, kukui nut leis and shell leis
which are a nice economical alternative to fresh leis which require expensive express
shipping and special packaging.
For female wedding brides maids and maid of honor a simple touch of aloha can be added
with wrist or ankle leis: lifelike silk bougainvillea, silk plumeria, or real kukui nut
wrist/ankle leis. They also make nice keepsakes!
Bride Wear a Head Lei Rather Than
a Formal Veil
For a Hawaii theme wedding a bride can wear a lei on her head rather than a traditional
veil. The head lei is know as a haku and sits like a crown of flowers on the brides head.
Some brides add a veil on a hair comb to the haku so they have both the formal traditional
and the Hawaii traditional options. The veil on a hair comb is typically available through
any bridal shop.
The most popular lifelike silk head leis used for weddings are:
Rainbow Bougainvillea, Fern, Shell Ginger,
Kahili Ginger, Pikake, Orchid
Dogs in the Wedding Party
For many people their dog is more than a pet, it is part of their family, and they want to
incorporate them into the wedding or have them attend the wedding. The silk wrist/ankle
leis work well for small size dogs, silk head leis work well for medium size dogs, and
silk neck leis work well for large dogs.
Acknowledge Special People at the Wedding with Leis
For significant people who will be attending the wedding but who are not in the wedding
party like the parents and/or grandparents of the wedding couple, children of the wedding
couple, god parents of the wedding couple and the wedding official a special way to
acknowledge them and have them stand out as special people at the wedding is to give them
Most Popular Lifelike Silk Flower Leis: Plumeria, Rainbow Bougainvillea,
Puakenikeni-Pakalana-Pikake, Shell Ginger
Most Popular Masculine Forever Leis: Kukui Nut, Silk Maile
Have a Hula Girl or Girls Welcome Your Guests with Leis
If you would like to adorn all of your wedding guests in leis a great thing to do is have
one or a few girls dress in Hawaii attire or as hula girls and greet each guest before
they are seated for the ceremony with a lei. Silk leis, nut leis, or shell leis are the
most economical options when you plan to adorn a number of people in leis. Shell leis are
the most cost effective lei available and make great keepsakes from the luau.
Most popular forever leis for guests: Silk Rainbow Lei, Dovetail Shell with Cowry Shell
Lei, Kukui Nut Lei
Use Strands of Flowers to Decorate Arches, Alters, and Isles at
Strands of flowers are the easiest way to add a tropical touch to arches and alters, line
the isle, decorate fences and more.
Forever Leis and Decorations
Lifelike silk leis, shell leis, kukui nut leis, lifelike silk plumeria blooms, and
lifelike silk plumeria garland strands make great keepsakes from your wedding. Forever
leis and lifelike decorations are a more economical option than fresh leis and fresh
decorations which require special packaging and expensive express shipping.
Great ideas for using forever leis and decorations are:
* Wear the forever leis for your wedding rehearsal, rehearsal dinner and/or wedding.
Forever leis are available for the neck, head, wrists, and ankles.
* Use lifelike silk plumeria blooms for your flower girl to drop, sprinkle on ground where
you will exchange vows, decorate tables, decorate cake boxes or favor boxes, use for
flower toss instead of a rice toss.
* Use lifelike silk plumeria garland strands to line the isle the bride will be walking
down, to create a circle of flowers where you will exchange vows, on chairs, on trellises,
fences, alters, etc.
* After the wedding, drape your forever wedding leis around a photo enlargement from your
* After the wedding, create a shadowbox with keepsakes from your wedding including the
* Do a lei exchange with your forever leis every anniversary to relive your special day
and recommit your love.
* Have a luau to celebrate your 1st Anniversary and wear your forever wedding leis to your
Tiki Torches Make Great Decorations for Day or Evening Luaus
Tiki Torches are a great way to add a tropical atmosphere. If the wedding is in the
evening the torches can be lit, if the wedding is during the day the tiki torch makes a
great flower arrangement holder. To use as a flower arrangement holder as shown above
remove the fuel holder and put the fresh or silk flower stems in it's place. Orchid
sprays, shower tree branches, anthuriums and other tropical flowers are great for tiki
torch flower displays. Silk leis are ideal for tying on to the torch stand to add more
tropical flare. Lightweight chiffon fabric can also be tied between the tiki torches to
create an isle, section off areas, etc. Tiki torches are typically available in home
improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes and can also be found in the patio section of
stores like Walmart and Kmart.
Have Romantic Hawaiian Music Playing Before, During, and After
You can have a live Hawaiian band serenade your guests or play a cd of romantic Hawaiian
music. Some popular Hawaiian Wedding songs are:
Song performed by Elvis Presley
Ke Kali Nei Au - The
Hawaiian Wedding Song performed by Makaha Sons
Love and Honesty
by The Hawaiian Style Band
I'll Weave A Lei Of
Stars For You by the Royal Hawaiian Serenaders
Kiss You In The
Morning by Kalaeloa
Stuck On You by
by Jack Johnson
My Best Friend -
For the First Time
- Keali'i Reichel
In My Life - by
The Beatles; performed & interpreted by Keali'i Reichel
Mele 'Ohana -
Somewhere Over the
Rainbow & What A Wonderful World - performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Have the Flower Girl Drop Blooms Down the Isle During the
A tropical alternative to the flower girl dropping rose petals is to have her drop
lifelike silk plumeria blooms. The flower girl can carry the orchids in a traditional
basket or for more of a beach theme in a beach pail.
Have the Ring Bearer Carry the Ring in a Shell, Coconut Shell or
Tropical Wood Bowl
Rather than the ring bearer using a pillow for a more tropical twist have him carry the
rings in a real shell, coconut shell or tropical wooden bowl. An abalone shell or a
oyster shell work great. Craft stores typically have a nice selection of real shells and
coconuts. A silk flower wrist/ankle lei can be placed around the bottom of the coconut
shell and a nice piece of fabric (velvet or silk) inside the coconut shell or wooden bowl
to make the presentation even fancier as shown above.
Have a Circle of Flowers
In Hawaii it is common for the wedding couple to have a circle of blooms mark the spot
where they will exchange vows. The circle of flowers is symbolic of their never ending
love for one another and their eternal pledge they commit to one another in the circle.
The wedding couple stands in the circle and the wedding officiant stands outside the
It typically takes 250 loose blooms to create a thin circle. It is more common to use
500-1,000 blooms to create a full circle of flowers or use strands of blooms to more
easily create the circle. The photos above show 2 10-foot long lifelike silk plumeria
strands forming the circle and 40 lifelike silk plumeria blooms scattered around it.
Incorporate Hawaii Theme Wedding Vows
For religious or non-religious weddings you can easily incorporate some touches of Hawaii
into your ceremony and vow exchange. We offer a few specific options on how to do so.
Click here to review Hawaii theme wedding vow suggestions.
Incorporate a Lei Exchange into the Ceremony
Rather than wearing leis from the start of the wedding some wedding couples incorporate a
lei exchange as part of the wedding ceremony. Like the exchange of rings the exchange of
leis symbolizes love, respect, appreciation. If either of the wedding couple has children
some wedding couples incorporate a lei exchange ceremony to include the child or children
to symbolize the uniting of the family. We offer several specific suggestions on
incorporating a lei exchange to a wedding ceremony.
Click here to view suggestions on incorporating a lei
Incorporate a Sand Unity Ceremony into the Ceremony
A sand unity ceremony is a more tropical alternative to a candle unity ceremony. The
wedding couple starts off with two separate containers of sand representing their lives.
They then simultaneously pour their containers of sand into another bottle or vile
symbolizing their lives joining together as one, just as the sand. Most craft stores offer
beautiful decorative bottles and vile options as well as sand. If the ceremony is held on
a beach it is customary for the couple to use the sand they are standing on when doing the
ceremony. We offer specific suggestions for incorporating a sand unity ceremony to a
Click here to view suggestions on incorporating a sand unity
Incorporate a Hawaii Theme Candle Unity Ceremony into the
You can add a Hawaii twist to the traditional candle unity ceremony by using a tropical
candle from Hawaii in a real coconut shell or bamboo. We also offer specific suggestions
for incorporating a Hawaii theme candle unity ceremony to a wedding.
Click here to view suggestions on incorporating a candle
Have a Shower of Flowers
After the couple is pronounced by the wedding official it is traditional to toss rice or
blow bubbles at the wedding couple. A more tropical alternative is to have the wedding
guests toss blooms. Some wedding couples provide a small pouch of fresh or silk
flowers on each seat at the ceremony while others have several baskets of blooms at the
ceremony for the guests to take a handful to toss. The shower of flowers looks great in
Have a Hawaii Theme Wedding Cake
It is easy to turn a simple cake or a formal wedding cake into a Hawaii theme cake by
adding an adorable Hawaiian kissing couple cake topper, lifelike silk plumeria blooms,
lifelike silk leis, or fresh tropical flowers to the cake. The cute Hawaiian kissing
couple cake topper are actually high quality salt & pepper shakers and are used by a
lot of couples as their wedding cake topper and then make a great keepsake from the
Have a Hawaii Theme Wedding Reception
Once the wedding couple are official you can celebrate by having a luau style reception.
We offer additional resources of specific decorating suggestions, popular luau
recipes, and fun Hawaii theme game suggestions to easily create a luau anywhere.
creating a luau anywhere.
fun Hawaii theme game ideas.
of Hawaii theme cake and table centerpiece decorations
Be sure to check out our
additional tips and resources
for having a Hawaii theme luau!