The Wedding Toast

The venue and caterer have been booked for months. The band is lined up. The photographer is ready. Everything for the wedding seems to ready, Or is it? The groom just remembered he has to give a toast. The bridesmaid is afraid of speaking in public. The mother of the bride keeps crying on her notes and ruining them. And Uncle Johnny doesn’t know the difference between a toast and, well, a piece of toast.

Anyone who helps plan weddings is all too aware of the embarrassment that can be caused by a series of poorly executed speeches. Thankfully, Hawaiian Island Weddings can help. We have some classic quick toasts that can we used by the Groom to his Bride, or the Bestman or Bridesmaid to the Couple, see The Wedding Toast page.



Royal Hawaiian Wedding & Honeymoon

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Our newest Wedding and Honeymoon package takes you to the heart of Waikiki and includes deluxe oceanfront accommodations at the "Pink Lady of the Pacific", The Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel was the first hotel in Waikiki and catered to Kings and Queens. Your stay includes seven days six nights deluxe oceanfront room (with upgrade to suite based on availability at check-in) in the modern Royal Tower. Amenities include private lanai, air conditioning, high speed internet access, in room coffee & tea, daily maid service, safe, iron/ironing board, mini refrigerator, 2 line telephone, and many extras. Your package also includes convertible rental car during your stay, all hotel excise taxes and complementary Champagne for honeymoon couples.

The resort also offers a swimming pool, valet services, three restaurants, concierge services, activity desk, nearby health spa and children program, and is close to shopping and fine dining.

Your wedding includes: Minister, license arrangements, coordination, decorative wedding certificate, witnesses, non alcoholic toast, French style bridal bouquet, traditional Hawaiian flower leis, hair flowers and professional photography.

Our ministers are non denominational and marry all faiths. Our associate ministers are: Reverend Rodney Shim, our popular Hawaiian minister who will perform a religious ceremony, and, Rev. Toni Baran who custom tailors your ceremony to your personalities and wishes. If you wish, we can put you in touch any of our ministers prior to your ceremony.

The flowers included in this package are: Traditional Maile leaf lei for the groom, a six foot lei made from fragrant leaves -- and a beautiful two strand tuberose lei, French style bridal bouquet, matching hair flowers or Haku head lei for the bride. If you wish, we will substitute other leis that match your color scheme.

Your wedding photography includes ceremony, formal and candid shots after the ceremony. Your photography package includes 24 - 4x6 inch photographs in a white wedding album. Your photographer will take a number of shots of which you may choose the final 24 photos for your album. If you have guests, ask for additional photography when booking.

The bride and groom´s toast takes place following the ceremony. If you have guests you may want to order additional beverages for them. Sparkling apple cider is included.

* Price does not include Resort Service Charge, Airport Concession Fees, State Highway Tax, Insurance or Rental Car Taxes. Additional Rental Car Fees apply if under 25 years old.

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Famous Guests That Have Stayed At The Royal

After visiting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks wrote in their syndicated travel column, that Honolulu "was the most beautiful place in the world".

Since that time, the Royal has played host to numerous celebrities, financiers, politicians, heads of state and other notables. Curly topped Shirley Temple created a stir strumming the ukulele on Waikiki Beach when she visited the Royal in the 1930's. Even President Franklin Roosevelt found the charm of the Royal hard to resist when he visited Hawaii.

A more contemporary guest list includes Kevin Costner, William Defoe, Rosanna Arquette and many others. Although honored by the attention of its celebrity clientele, The Royal Hawaiian takes great pride in extending gracious service to each and every one of its special guests.



The Beach Boys

The fun loving beachboys at The Royal Hawaiian were a popular fixture at the hotel. The beachboys not only introduced guests to the myriad of beach activities that Waikiki had to offer, but lifelong friendships were often formed.

A rousing game of surfboard polo always attracted attention on a crowded day at the beach. It seems guests could not get enough surfing lessons or riding the waves on outrigger canoes. Surfing with sails was a popular pre-war sport. This, no doubt, was the start of today's popular sport of windsurfing.

As visitors continue to be lured to Hawaii by the tropical weather, sun and surf, nowhere does this combination meld as perfectly as at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the Hotel on Waikiki Beach.


The Coconut Grove

From the earliest of times, the land surrounding The Royal Hawaiian Hotel was the playground of the ali'i (chiefs).

The lush landscape was fed by several springs encouraging tropical vegetation and the growth of the native staple, taro.

The Great Chief Kakuhihewa planted the Royal Coconut Grove on the site which later became the summer home of Queen Kaahumanu.

Today, remnants of the original coconut grove, now hundreds of years old, provide a tranquil respite in the east courtyard of the hotel.