10 Biggest Mistakes Brides Make in Planning A Maui Destination Wedding

10. Not Having A Budget. This is the day you have been looking forward to for your entire life. Of course you want it to be perfect in every way! And there is nothing wrong with having a budget. A budget gives you the freedom to choose where your money will best be spent. Just because something is more expensive, does not necessarily make it the better option. Don't put yourself in years of debt; be willing to let some things go so you can enter your marriage with more financial stability.

9. Not Hiring A Wedding Consultant. While it isn't necessary, it's definitely good to look into hiring a wedding consultant to help with issues related to hotel bookings, ceremony locations, city laws, highly recommended caterers, photographers, etc. You want someone reputable, so don't be afraid to ask for references right up front. If you book your destination wedding through one of our local hotels, they will assign a wedding consultant to you, whose job is to make sure that you are connected with the services you are looking for. It would be a nightmare to plan your wedding from thousands of miles away, all by yourself.

8. Not Booking Far Enough In Advance. While it is true that you should bask in the glow of your sweet engagement, you shouldn't wait too long before booking a date for your Maui wedding. Once it is set, you will want to send out your save-the-date cards to your guests. There might be a tendency to put off booking your flight in order to shop around a bit and compare rates, but don't put this step off too long! Waiting until the last minute could potentially send you scrambling for any flight which could be disastrous. Your wedding consultant will also know which rooms are the best to book for you and your groom!

7. Not communicating enough. Set up a wedding website and have a blast! Engaged couples are using this as a means to not only tell their story, but also to help keep guests informed about upcoming events, great flight deals, hotel accommodations you've booked in the area, gift registry information, and much more. This is also a great place for you to let your guests know how much you appreciate them, by updating information that is relevant to them.

6. Assuming Everyone You Invite Will Come. A destination wedding in Maui is your dream. There are people in your life you have always imagined would be there to celebrate your special day. While everyone is probably very excited for your wedding, it isn't fair to assume that they will have the financial means to travel with you. There is a lot of cost involved for tickets, hotels, food, transportation, etc. The best option is to personally invite those you most want there with you, and then release the need to control who ends up coming - allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised by who your guests will be.

5. Not Confirming Your Plans With A Written Contract. There is so much excitement when you finally pick your venue, the florist, photographer, and caterer, because you are finally able to see your ideas become reality. However, as in any business deal, you must ensure that everything you have discussed and agreed upon is in writing, so that there is no debate on payment or services to be provided that day. Make sure you bring those documents with you just as a reference.

4. Not Asking For Help With Planning Details. While you've already talked with the Wedding Consultant and things are beginning to line up pretty well for the most part, there is probably still much to organize before you leave. Kindly ask one of your close friends or relatives to help you with a few checklist items. Remember that they are doing you a favor - don't bark orders! Let them know how much you appreciate their willingness to help get you prepared.

3. Not Taking The Time To Explore The Area. Make sure that you book your flight a few days before the ceremony to give yourself enough time to acclimate to your new surroundings. In Maui, allow yourself to enjoy the "Aloha" spirit; slow down, and explore the area. Take the time to see how long it takes you to get from your hotel to the ceremony location, and soak in the beauty around you.

2. Asking A Friend Or Relative To Take Wedding Photos To Save Money. This is something you do not want to skimp on! It is understandable that you want to cut costs, but your wedding photographs are what you will look at and remember for the rest of your life. These pictures will preserve sweet details and capture emotional memories you will never want to forget.

1. Being Too Stressed To Enjoy This Wonderful Celebration! This one is obvious, and you've probably already been told this over and over again. E-n-j-o-y the process! The point is not to have everything perfect and to be miserable trying to get there. You have chosen a Maui destination wedding for its beauty, warmth, and ultimately to celebrate your lifelong commitment of love!

We'd love to hear from you if you have other things to add to this list, or experiences that prove a point above.