FEBRUARY 24, 2009 BELGIAN: Noted book author Birgit Krols and Tectum Publishers are in the final stages of putting together his next book EXTREME VENUES, the latest in a series of EXTREME coffee table books which include EXTREME HOTELS, EXTREME RESTAURANTS and EXTREME BARS. EXTREME VENUES features the most unique event spaces in the world and has included the unique “Submarine Wedding” offered by Hawaiian Island Weddings, Inc. in Maui, Hawaii. The 192 page picture book includes 4 pages about the Submarine wedding package and gives credit to Hawaiian Island Weddings, Inc. and Atlantis Adventures of Maui.
Birgit Krols said, “We want to thank you again for supplying us images to use in our publication Extreme Venues. It is truly our pleasure to showcase your initiative as one of the most unique venues in the world. We have completed the layout process and have the pages available for your final approval (see pdf page attached).”
In 2005 Hawaiian Island Weddings, Inc.’s “Submarine Wedding” package was dreamed up by its President Tim Clark while creating new and unusual wedding venues for wedding couples coming to Maui. “We do the normal beach weddings, church weddings, garden and waterfall weddings, but we were looking for something truly unique to offer to our over 30 wedding packages in Hawaii. The idea of being married underwater in a comfortable, air conditioned real submarine, complete with all the trimmings; minister, musician, video, photography and even a Champagne toast afterwards, would appeal to the young adventurous wedding couple who were tired of the same old church wedding scene", Clark said.
Since advertising the “Submarine Wedding” on their website at hawaiianislandweddings.com, the story has been seen on the popular television travel program GETAWAY in Australia, featured in TIME magazine in the United Kingdom, U Travel magazine in Japan, among others.
Also, various websites have featured the “Submarine Wedding” package, namely; hawaii.com, locationweddings.net, brides.com, themauipage.com, mymauiwedding.net, and sunwukong.cn in China, as well as a number of blogs, including; siwwypig.wordpress.com, mymauiwedding.blogspot.com.
Hawaii.com said, “Where else but Hawaii could you arrange a private submarine wedding? Dive to 150 feet off the coast of Maui to say your vows in an underwater paradise teeming with sea life. But that's not all: expect other Hawaiian touches like a haku head lei, hula dancer, musicians, plus admission for up to 40 friends on this 45-minute adventure under the sea.”