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Much hub-bub on the wedding front has happened in the past month. We’ve booked our photographers, DJ and a vendor for lounge furniture (all of which I’ll talk about in a future post). However one of the things I’m most excited about is that I bought my wedding dress. As much as I’d love to reveal it to you, I know that the boy checks out my posts and therefore, I can’t risk him seeing it.

What I will do is talk about what the heck is going on my head for the ceremony. In the spirit of tradition, it will be a veil. But you know, it won’t be your normal fingertip lace frou-frou kind of veil.

To put it simply, I want something ridiculous. Now I’m not talking about crazy Celine Dion blingy headpiece crown ridiculous.

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Nor am I talking about Lady Gaga crazy albino lion mane ridiculous.

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Whilst I love both of those lovely ladies, I was thinking something a little more refined. I stumbled upon Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces after seeing this piece over and over.

I was smitten with it and once I visited Sara Gabriel’s site – my eyes popped out of my head. This was what I was talking about.

I’m talking about vintage with a twist ridiculous.

I’m talking about beautiful ridiculous.

I’m talking about perfect ridiculous.

After seeing the last veil I was floored. I NEED THAT VEIL.

But true to form – there are no retailers in Hawaii. Ah yes, the price of paradise. Perhaps I can DIY it? Maria vs. tulle – think I can have my dream veil?

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After the budget, some folks may say that choosing a “theme” is the first step to planning your wedding.  I think it’s the venue(s) that really should be that first step.

Once you secure a venue, it dictates the date of your wedding, the tone (formal, casual) and the options you have for decor. Not to mention that the venue might also affect your budget.

Now, living in Hawaii you would think that finding a venue would be easy as pie, right? Just pick a beach/hotel and be done with it. Unfortunately, I’m not that kind of bride, and I don’t want that kind of wedding.

The beach part I like, but I can’t think of anything I would like less than to be married at a hotel, motel or Holiday Inn (I had to put that reference in). While I think there are a lot of advantages – resources, indoor, consistent – it’s just not my cuppa tea.

Instead I’d love an outdoor, fierce (yeah, I said fierce) and budget friendly wedding of my dreams…with the venue to match. And unlike our mainland counterparts, Hawaii has very few appropriate venues for such an event. Not as many big historic wedding-friendly places, or even suitable warehouse/loft type spaces within my budget.  The closest to perfection is the Haiku Sugar Mill, but two big caveats there are the site fee – $4,500! – oh yeah, and it’s on Maui. We’re looking for something on Oahu.

Here are some of my ideas so far:

  • Morning ceremony + reception at the park by my parents house; bar after party for friends – probably most cost effective option
  • C+R at a beach house – will probably cost more, but no need to rent a hotel for the big night and we can house our friends and fam bam at the same time
  • Molii Gardens at Kualoa Ranch – gorgeous with a ton of possibilities

I’ve been lurking on several blogs, collecting ideas to use in my own wedding and I bookmarked this stunner from Eat Drink Chic.  I showed a mock-up to my girlfriend last night and she thought I was crazy.

This is possible, but I will brave the paper cuts for these adorable lovelies.

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