Real Maui Destination Wedding Budget


August 12, 2021
Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of

A teenaged girl’s dream turned reality when she married the love of her life in Maui, Hawaii. “Carmen fell in love with Hawaii when she was 13 and had been planning her wedding there ever since,” said the groom. Over 80 people watched this lifelong dream come to fruition at the Mauka Lani Estate on the island of Maui with an exquisite sunset topping off an already magical event.

The couple struggled a bit with budgeting for the wedding, but Lorrie from Unveiled Hawaii came to their rescue. “Our amazing wedding planner always kept us in check. She told us where it was important to save and splurge. We trusted her guidance and she never led us astray!” 

Carmen and Chad wanted their wedding to feel like them – “low key, welcoming and fun.” And when it came to priorities on where to spend – photography, “to die for” food, signature drinks and a favorite local band topped the list. “Our lovely wedding planner Lorrie was another top priority. At first I had no idea how amazing it would be, but we could not have done any of it without her.”

Tips from the Planner:

  • When sticking to your spending plan: “Be REALISTIC!”
  • Make sure you don’t just discuss what’s most important with your planner, but also with each other. As well as anyone who is contributing financially to the wedding.

Tips from the Couple:

  • Take time to make all your big decisions. This way you won’t regret any of them.
  • Allow yourself to change your mind. The wedding only got better as time went on.

Photographer: Brittany Mahood Photography, Wedding Planner: Lorrie with Unveiled Hawaii, Ceremony/Reception Site: Mauka Lani Estate, Florist: Mandy Grace Designs, Gown Designer: Pronovias & Groom’s Clothing Designer: Harry Rosen

This article first appeared in Destination I Do’s Fall/Winter 2018 issue.
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