Hawaii Wedding Planners & Coordination Services
A Perfect Day, LLC was created with the vision of being able to offer every bride peace of mind through planning and organization. Our mission is to pass the knowledge and know-how that we’ve acquired over years of coordination & close relationships with vendors to all of our clients. We strongly believe in precision planning, and that there is no such thing as too much information. As a company made up of well respected Hawaii Wedding Planners, planning and coordination is our PASSION.
We enjoy helping couples. See what’s new, past weddings, get ideas, and learn from tips!
We enjoy customizing our services for each of our couples but here are some of our popular services.
Simple, easy & inexpensive. Our beach weddings are created for parties of 20 or less.
To get ideas, personalize your wedding, and see some of our favorites from past weddings.
To get your search started & save time, we hope you will enjoy pictures & videos of our favorite venues.
Most couples we meet, tell us that one of their biggest concerns or reasons why they are interested in hiring a Wedding Planner is to save money or stay in their budget. Budgets are ALWAYS important and even more so when starting a life together. We can’t express how important having a sold grasp on your budget is for your combined happiness and ability to enjoy the planning process is. For this reason, we are VERY excited to help shed some light on this VERY IMPORTANT topic.
From Venue to Vendors, setting a budget can be daunting and initially overwhelming as many don’t know where to begin and what to consider. Since it can take months research multiple vendors to determine the “average” cost of something and there is still NO way to determine if your wedding is “average”, we recommend looking at YOUR own finances and determine what both of you (Bride & Groom…or if you are lucky, any parents) are able to CONFIRM spending. Once you know what your budget is, make sure it is an amount you BOTH are comfortable with and won’t need to eat instant saimin everyday to afford ;-). This will help you to enjoy being engaged as well! NOTE: If parents or Sponsors offer to “help” with the cost of your wedding, ask them to deposit their generosity into a “Wedding Bank Account” for you. *You can tell them you are requesting this so you can keep track of your expenses.* This will give you the peace of mind knowing what you actually have in your budget and not plan with what “might” come through. ***If it isn’t deposited, DON’T count on it.***
Here come the actual steps to work with AND STAY within your budget (***IF you want to***). NOTE: For the sake of examples, we will be working with a budget of $50,000. This is NOT an average, just an example.
These are just some pictures we pulled for a Bride we will be meeting tomorrow (for the first time). Just some ideas we think she might like (from past APD weddings) based on her Pinterest Board :-).
Lance and Sara were such a loving couple who really “got” each other. They really only wanted to make each other happy and enjoy their special day with their friends and family! Thanks to their amazing vendors, Sara & Lance were able to enjoy every minute of their wedding day (even with the remnants of Hurricaine Iselle lingering). CONGRATULATIONS Mr. & Mrs. Lance & Sara Okuda!!!
Please enjoy this “SDE” (Same Day Edit) by Video 21 Productions:
Thanks to all the Vendors who helped make this a great day!
A Perfect Day was happy to spend the day assisting Lisa and Michael on their big day! Their beautiful ceremony was held at the Anela Gardens and their reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa. Even with a hurricane scheduled to hit, nothing was going to stop this beautiful couple from having an amazing wedding!
DJ Kevo Kevin Okutani
Wedding Lingo 101: Venue
You will hear and see many wedding terms appear and reappear in many different places. Let us guide you down the aisle of basic wedding terminology!
#1. Minimum Requirements and Room Rental Fees:
Most wedding venues will have a “minimum requirement”. Whether it is food, beverages, the amount of guests, there will be a minimum dollar amount you will need to spend in order to host your event at their establishment. These terms will usually be found in your BEO/catering contract or menu options and may vary depending on each venue.
Remember, no matter how much your plans change over the months of planning your wedding, you are locked into that minimum number so you have to be comfortable with hitting it. If the minimum requirement isn’t met, the venue will offset the cost by applying fees. Sometimes a labor charge or room rental fee will be applied if the minimum requirement is not met. On the bright side, at some venues, your room rental fees can possibly be waived depending on your minimum expenditure. Some venues may even allow you to exchange the Labor Charge with the Room Rental Fee. Please keep in mind that each of these fees may have additional service fees + state tax.
#2. Bar Services and Special Requests:
When deciding the specifics of your bar and beverage service, you will come across many different options and exceptions. But don’t worry, we’ll go over some popular bar service options to give you a better idea on which service will work best for you. (NOTE: not all options are offered at all locations. Country Clubs usually require you to have a completely hosted bar)
A. ONLY the Bride & Groom
B. ONLY the Wedding Party
C. Only the Wedding Party & Immediate Family
***NOTE: If you plan to host the immediate family (but not the guests), they can often only be “hosted” while seated at their “family table”. Otherwise, the banquet staff would not be able to identify the “immediate family”. It is usually easy to identify the wedding party, so they would not need to be seated, to be hosted.
#3. Vendor Meals:
Although it is not required to feed your vendors (unless it is mentioned in their contract), it is customary to do so. Especially for the vendors that will be at your event for an extended amount of time like your coordinators, photographers, videographers, DJ and MC. These people will be at your event from start to finish and they won’t be able to step out to grab food elsewhere, nor do the venues allow. Each venue offers different “Vendor Meals”. You have the option to provide them with the same meal you and your guests are having, a version of your what your guests will have, or even a “vendor meal” (something completely different) from the venue.
#4. Final Gte (Final Guarantee):
This is the final count and guaranteed number of guests that will be attending your wedding. If more guests are in attendance than the guaranteed number, the actual number served will be charged. Venues are aware that the counts are constantly changing (even on the wedding day) so it is understood that the “Final Guarantee” might not be final. However, if you have a significant count increase, the venue can’t guarantee that they will be able to accommodate your large increase due to shortage in food or wait staff. Please keep in mind that the food is purchased and prepared based on the final guarantee. In order for your venue to efficiently serve you on your big day, this number needs to be as accurate as possible and in most cases, provided to your venue at least 3 BUSINESS days prior to your event date.
We hope this information was helpful and will continue to post more information about other “Wedding Lingo” in the future :-).
~A Perfect Day~
There are a lot of people that will be an essential part of your big day to make your dream become a reality. To name a few, there is a Catering Sales Manager, Banquet Captain, Wedding Designer, and Wedding Coordinator. What role does each person play? Here is a brief description of their specialties and how they’re an important contribution to your special day.
Catering Sales Manager
The title of Catering Sales Manager may differ for each venue. Most commonly, their primary role is to assist you with securing the venue, along with the floor plan, food, and beverages should you decide to order from the venue. Sometimes the Catering Sales Manager will be confused as a Wedding Coordinator. Please keep in mind that the Catering Sales Manager specializes in the venue, available amenities, and their menu options. Unlike a Wedding Coordinator, they won’t be able to assist you with reminding your bridal party of all pertinent call times and “don’t forgets” on the wedding day.
Now let’s introduce the Banquet Captain! Their role is to execute what was agreed upon in your Catering Contract/BEO (Banquet Event Order). They are responsible for overseeing the execution of all details arranged with the Catering Sale Manager/banquet operations. Therefore, if you have any concerns about the venue on your big day, it should be communicated with your Banquet Captain. After spending the amount of time, whether it’s days, weeks, or months, communicating with your Catering Sales Manager about your selections, pricing, and details, there is a high possibility that your Catering Sales Manager will be present on your wedding day for a limited amount of time (if at all). Rest assured; this is when your Banquet Captain steps in! The Catering Sales Manager and the Banquet Captain work closely together in communicating the specifications for your big day. Your BEO (Banquet Event Order/Private Party Agreement/Wedding Detail Report) is one of their most essential tools of communication, which is why it is so important to make sure it’s accurate and delivered to your Catering Sales Manager by the deadline. NOTE: If you hire A Perfect Day, we will work VERY closely with your Banquet Captain on your behalf.
Behind door number three, we have your Wedding Designer! Your Wedding Designer specializes in collaborating every element in a way that will bring each couple’s wedding ideas to life; creating the perfect ambiance for your special day. They have skills in décor, lighting, layout, texture, and color design. From table linens, napkins, chair types and shapes, flowers, walls, to spotlights that pulsate to the music, your Wedding Designer will be able to provide insight and design to keep your wedding aesthetically constant with your invitations and thank you notes.
TIP: Some vendors (including A Perfect Day) might even give you their design input for FREE!
Finally, we are pleased to present… your Wedding Coordinator! This is the person that gather all your details together, organizes, and manages all aspects of the wedding to ensure that things run smoothly on your big day. Essentially, their role is to alleviate the stress from the Bride & Groom so the couple can enjoy their wedding! From having a copy of your speech handy, making sure you have the lucky envelope (li-cee) ready for the Chinese Lion Dance performers, to locating your photographer, your Wedding Coordinator will know each person’s role and make sure each of them plays their part so you won’t have to run around in your extravagant wedding heels. Above all, their main concern is the happiness of the Bride & Groom!
Your Wedding Coordinator is also a great resource for everything wedding related! Coordinators may offer excellent consulting services to point you in the right direction, such as advice on which photographer fits your budget. However, it is entirely up to the couple to decide how involved or not involved they want the coordinator to be in the planning process. This is how your coordinator determines a price quote for their services. The price may vary, depending on the coordinator and the services they provide.
~A Perfect Day~