Wedding Tattoos - Big in 2015

Recently I was looking up new wedding trends for 2015, and came across this little known fact: Wedding Tattoos Are Becoming the Hottest New Wedding Trend! Hummm, so I looked back at the last few years of photos and came up with these tattoo photos. Although they aren't tattoos that brides & grooms got just for their wedding, they definitely wanted them to be seen and even photographed at their Hawaiian weddings.

 Some of our couples have decided to get tattoos on their honeymoon, and have asked us to find them a reputable tattoo shop near their hotel and make that important appointment for them. Most of the time they bring a drawing of exactly what they want, but sometimes they just come up with it on the spot. Although we feel that this isn't something you should choose on the fly. Do some research on exactly what the two of you are thinking about and where you want it. Many couples choose to have a tattoo of a ring (or heart, or the wedding date) on their ring finger. This way they will always feel married even if they don't have their rings on. Here are a few tattoos we have seen at weddings over the years. Thanks to Bruce Forrester and Tim Clark for the photos.

Here are some tribal tattoos from our Hawaiian entertainment group.


Trash The Dress - A Fad That May Be Dangerous, Wasteful and Probably Illegal

The "Trash the dress" photography sessions are becoming a popular fad in wedding photography lately, and is becoming more and more popular.  It requires the bride (and groom many times) to pose for artistic photos in water or the surf which are more than likely going to destroy her wedding dress. The "Trashing of the wedding dress" is supposed to symbolize the deep and lasting commitment of the marriage and says to the world, "I won't need this dress again...ever".

It Can Be Dangerous

While a simple photo of you doing the From Here To Eternity beach kissing scene probably won't cause you more harm than having sand in your underwear, some photographers are having brides pose in deep rushing water off of slippery rocks. Without proper lifeguards or support crew around, once your fluffy dress gets filled with water, it can weigh 100's of pounds, and you won't be able to control what it wants to do. At least one bride was brought to her death during her "trash the dress" photo session. The 100 lb. 30-year-old bride did not anticipate that her dress would take on so much weight in the rushing waters of a Canadian river. She was swept away as the photographer tried to save her, but the weight of the dress was too much for either of them to do anything.  She died trying to get a beautiful picture.

It's Wasteful

Although some brides have a thrift-store wedding dress that they have purposely purchased just to trash, most use the dress that they bought for their wedding. Sometimes they trash the perfect dress that they spend hours pouring over, not to mention thousands of dollars spent on the dress, why would you want to trash it?  Imagine how pissed her mother would be after she spent a few thousand on a dress for her daughter just to have her destroy it for a photo! In this day and age of a downed economy, should we be throwing away the cost of an expensive dress for an unnecessary photography trend?

It's Probably Illegal

Here in Hawaii, a Beach Wedding Permit or a Hawaii Film Office permit is required to have a wedding or photograph on the beach.  According to the Hawaii Film Office, in order to qualify for a permit, the photographer must meet the following criteria:...4. No water activity.
The DLNR (Department of Land & Natural Resources) says in their Beach Wedding Permit rules, "No accessories, apparatus or equipment of any type whatsoever shall be placed on the beach including surfboards, windsurf boards, kayaks or other ocean recreation equipment "(i.e. boogie boards). 

So photographers, even if you have a bride that understands the risks involved in the trash the dress photo shoot, and you have adequate staff to help in case of an emergency, and she doesn't care about the costs in loosing her expensive dress, as a photographer, or wedding coordinator arranging such a photo shoot, you are opening yourself up for penalties and perhaps prosecution. If you are prosecuted, you will definitely loose your Beach Wedding Permit privileges and your insurance company will probably drop you. My advice is, don't do the "Trash the dress" photo session.

Last Minute Wedding in Hawaii

With the holiday shopping about to commence across the country after Thanksgiving, why not give the gift of a "Last Minute Wedding in Hawaii?" Hawaiian Island Weddings is offering a Black Friday Sale (which will go on through December) get $150 any of our 30 wedding packages on Maui, Oahu, Kauai or Hawaii during the month of December! Many folks opt to wed at the end of the year to take advantage of tax savings, and what a great time to honeymoon here in Hawaii!

Rather than shoveling snow off the driveway, use this coupon and receive $150 off your wedding... what a nice holiday gift to you! The only catch is that you would have to be married here in December. Sorry, offer not available for Renewal of Vows or Minister Only ceremonies. Certain restrictions apply.


Why Should I Have a Destination Wedding?

Still undecided on whether or not you should plan a destination wedding? Here are 10 reasons to take the plunge from the editors of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine.

At some point in the planning process, every engaged couple entertains the idea of having a destination wedding -- after all, who doesn't get excited at the prospect of going somewhere gorgeous and unique to exchange vows? But at the same time, it can be daunting -- can you actually pull off a destination do? Will your loved ones be supportive? If you find yourselves debating "should we or shouldn't we?" or needing to convince some VIGs (very important guests) to embrace your decision, we're here to help. Here are 10 fantastic reasons to take your big day on the road.

1. You can say "I do" anywhere! A destination wedding is defined as marrying at least 100 miles from where the bride currently lives. So imagine the options that definition opens up for you -- the world really is your playground.

2. You'll stand out from the pack. More than 2 million American couples wed every year -- and fewer than 25 percent of them have destination dos. Bonus: Wed away, and you won't have to choose from the same old hometown spots all your friends have booked.

Photography by Tim Clark Photography
3. It's easier. Many wedding-worthy companies offer free planning help to couples, whether the event is for two or 200, and an abundance of packages keep things simple while still giving options to customize. Want something more involved? Turn to an independent planner who specializes in more elaborate events.

Photography by Tim Clark Photography
4. You can save on decor. With a destination wedding in a stunning setting, your location of choice supplies the theme, from castle fairytale, to sea-inspired soiree. And when you choose an amazing backdrop, it doesn't take much to dress it up. Opt for a pristine beach, a tidy vineyard, a blooming garden or a historic plantation house furnished with graceful antiques, and you'll be more than covered with a few simple florals
and other modest accents.

5. Enjoy quality time with loved ones. The standard wedding lasts for five hours, and the bride and groom spend most of that time running from table to table, trying to say hello to everyone. A destination do spans a minimum of three days -- which means, now that you've finally gotten your nearest and dearest together, you can actually spend quality time with them! Hooray!

Photography by Warm Light Photography
6. It's a great excuse to limit the guest list. The very nature of destination weddings -- they require travel, a longer time commitment and hotel stays -- gives you the perfect excuse to cut down on an often unmanageable number of invitees. Think the second cousins and office mates will be miffed? You can always throw a postwedding party -- complete with plenty of photos -- when you get back home.

7. Guests can save on a vacation. Ask your host hotel about discounted room rates for your guests; most resorts are more than willing to bargain in exchange for group business. Some airlines, such as United and American, offer discounted airfares for groups of 10 of more -- on the latter, this is true even if your guests are departing from different gateways. And ultimately, your friends will have a blast! Destination weddings give friends and family that most valuable commodity: downtime -- to kick back, connect and celebrate. And what's more fun than that?

Photography by Hawaii Fun Planner

8. You'll share a locale you love. Part of the joy of a destination wedding is showing off a place that has special meaning to you, be it bringing friends and family back to a beloved college campus, sharing where you took your first vacation as a couple or finally going to a locale you've always dreamed of visiting.

9. Flexible timing helps with budgeting. You'll be at your destination for a few days, so work with your vendors to see how timing can trim costs. After all, if everyone is already there, you can wed on a Friday, a Sunday or even a Tuesday -- what does the day of the week matter in paradise? Look at seasonality too. Many Hawaii hotels drop their prices dramatically in mid-April; by planning your wedding for May, you can get the same great digs for a fraction of the price paid by visitors a few weeks earlier. 

10. You can start the honeymoon early. Just arriving at your destination is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as the pre-wedding festivities begin. Many hotels offer automatic upgrades to the wedding couples and offer special "freebies" like a bottle of Champagne or a manager's cocktail reception for honeymooners, and you may be able to negotiate an extended honeymoon at a reduced rate after the guests have gone home. 

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