Only At the Royal Weddings Mark New Era of Romantic Elegance at the Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
From an everlasting classic, to whimsically fun, to chic, vintage, indigenous and en vogue, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, as elegant and timeless as love itself, introduces six distinctive wedding styles for life’s ultimate celebration.
The Royal Hawaiian’s beachfront oasis is an idyllic setting for Only at the Royal Weddings – spectacular soirees that will delight the senses with fairy-tale offerings that blend the resort’s impeccable amenities, service and setting. Couples who are planning to say “I do” may choose from the following Only at the Royal Weddings themes:
Classic Royal – A most majestic theme at The Royal Hawaiian, affectionately known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific features conch shell blowers, Hawaiian music, a hula dancer and a kahu in a ceremony that celebrates the resort’s fabled location and its ties to the Hawaiian monarchy. Conch shell blowers will signal the start of the ceremony, inviting guests to gather.
The resonating sounds of the conch shell fill the air, and slowly turn into harmony of ukulele and guitar. A graceful hula dancer sways while the kahu leads the couple through the sacred vows – the commitment and celebration of two becoming one. As one family, one ‘ohana…everyone is escorted to the reception. Vintage inspirations such as paper lanterns, monochromatic linens in champagne, antique white, and bluff, as well as seashells, and candle light…create a romantic setting from yesteryear. Locally grown flowers such as orchids, anthuriums, ginger, and plumerias help bring a tropical feel, while the stage is set with a Hawaiian musical duo, and trio of dancers. A traditional Hawaiian feast or lū‘au is the inspiration behind the finale with a visually stunning display of Hawaiian costumes, music and traditions accentuating the beauty and romance of Hawaii, along with The Royal Hawaiian’s award-winning dining experience infused with the influence of modern culinary imagination.
Pretty in Pink – Built in 1927, the Pink Palace of the Pacific has been the heart of gracious hospitality on Waikiki Beach for 89 years. “Pretty in Pink” features 89 shades of pink – a hue of pink for each aspect of a wedding. Pink flowers, pink regalia, pink drinks, pink food, everything done in the soft, whimsical color of pink. Hundreds of orchids adorn ceremony aisle, and arbors and chairs strewed with pink fabric and florals, while floating lanterns and pink tables fancifully illustrate the happiness and excitement of pink. Even the menu and cocktails are created in pink. As a special touch inspired by the lapis inlay from the hotel’s architecture, a special Tiffany & Company gift can be incorporated as a touch of “something blue.” As the saying goes, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…a Royal gift made just for you.”
Boho Chic – The movement and attitude of Bohemia is the foundation of this wedding experience – an expression of living by the moment, open and free, using what is found and indigenous. Details are simple and create a feeling of “on-hand” and spontaneous. Bouquets are created using cascading Hawaiian and seasonal flowers. It’s about using what we have at The Royal Hawaiian and from within our island community, including musicians who feature an eclectic, folk sound. Additionally, both the menu and the libations are avant-garde and reflective of the season.
Paparazzi – Click! Click! Click! “Paparazzi” brings engagement to the next level with the next generation’s answer to a wedding celebration. Think of selfies and texting! Think Instagram and Facebook! Edison lights, colorful lanterns, pennants, chalkboards, and customized signage! Let us use the inspiration of technology and the inventiveness of the next-gen to fuel creativity. The wedding theme encourages guests to get involved by bringing spontaneity and fun to the celebration with text messages, with images from the kitchen and chefs highlighting the first course, or showing the final decoration of a cake, as well as a virtual guest book with photos and videos direct from the attendees. The idea of this theme is for the wedding to unfold on social media, whether it’s through selfies taken during the wedding, or guests taking pictures at designated locations…this is a hipster’s dream.
Pearly Shells – Inspired by The Royal Hawaiian’s iconic location along Waikiki Beach, “Pearly Shells” captures the free spirit of the beach life with an airy, carefree essence. A simple ukulele player and minister, white and light blue florals and orchid leis make this the ultimate shoreline experience. Inspired by the sounds of the ocean and beachside breeze, the décor includes rustic glassware, mason jars, and candlelight for romance, as well as seashells and natural color linens, knotty driftwood and white orchids to complete the table scape. The menu of fresh island offerings of fish and seafood, along with grilled Rancher’s beef and a bounty of fruits and salad greens complete the experience. Local beers and light-hearted Hawaiian music create that local island magic for a wedding inspired by the beach.
Vintage 1927 – Relive the opulence and gilded glamour of the 1920s with “Vintage 1927.” This theme will take you back to the Great Gatsby era – a time of decadence, where experience was based on excess. Imagine the dramatic Royal Hawaiian as the back drop to this wedding celebration. Listen to jazz music wafting across the tailored lawn, and see the glitter of beads, baubles, and crystals as the soft movement of ostrich feathers and dancing candle light enhances its beauty. Cymbidium orchids in soft pastels with golden and platinum accents cover the dinner table while a customized and elegant menu that features the classic offering of international flavors is served. It is the perfect escape from the 20th century, with the theatrical architecture and immaculate estate-like grounds where everyone will be whisked away to a luxurious past.
For nearly 90 years, generations have enjoyed the palatial grounds of The Royal Hawaiian at cherished celebrations and glamorous galas. The Royal Hawaiian offers bridal couples some of the most dramatic venues such as the beachside Ocean Lawn, the venerable King Kamehameha Suite, Coconut Grove and Azure Restaurant, the culinary landmark at The Royal Hawaiian.
The Ocean Lawn – This spectacular venue sits beachfront and is the most coveted outdoor events venue along Waikiki Beach with a view of majestic Diamond Head. Spacious yet intimate, pristine and charismatic, this is a destination location at its finest.
King Kamehameha Suite – The resort’s presidential suite perched on the second floor above the Ocean Lawn, and its private and expansive lanai, one of the suite’s most impressive features, offers an unrivaled view of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and the shimmering Pacific Ocean. The outdoor space serves as the perfect area for parties, gatherings and wedding receptions.
Coconut Grove – The serenely quiet Coconut Grove, once the playground of Hawaii’s kings and queens, serves as a backdrop for a romantic garden wedding ceremony beneath the resort’s dramatic Spanish-Moorish architecture.
Azure Restaurant – The culinary landmark at The Royal Hawaiian, Azure Restaurant, serves the freshest in island seafood, including signature dishes Kona lobster and brioche, Hokkaido scallop and “foie gras,” as well as a variety of fish from the Honolulu Fish Auction at Pier 38, the only one of its kind between Tokyo and Maine. For the ultimate in dining, intimate wedding parties can enjoy personalized service and an exclusive chef’s degustation menu with wine pairings in an oceanfront cabana with unparalleled views of Diamond Head and the azure waters of Waikiki.
Only at the Royal Weddings is the result of a collaborative effort between Stuart Kotake and renowned event designer Steven Boyle of Steven Boyle Design. Kotake is Starwood Waikiki’s associate director of catering and event management, while Boyle is a preeminent event designer who started his business in California before relocating to the islands. Both Kotake and Boyle are known for creating visually stunning events for groups of any size.
“In creating these themes, we tried to focus on adjectives and emotion, rather than limit ourselves with logistical parameters,” said Kotake. “The results are six transcendent celebrations that create indelible, lifetime memories.”