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The Diamond Head Gazebo ceremony location fits up to 150 people.

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 The Diamond Head Gazebo ceremony location fits up to 150 people.
Kahala is one of Hawaii's most romantic hotels and its beachfront weddings are simply gorgeous. Plus, while a wedding here will be pricey, all the little extras aren't quite as outrageously expensive as they are at some of Hawaii's larger, less-intimate luxury resorts. Read more about weddings at the Kahala Hotel The Diamond Head Gazebo ceremony location fits up to 150 people. The most basic, "Say 'I Do'" wedding package ($2,300) includes a beach ceremony (on the beach, not under the gazebo), a minister and all the marriage paperwork, a lei for the bride and groom, a photographer for the ceremony, and a champagne toast for up to 10 guests. Rooms vary a lot by type -- and there are many types -- but they're all spacious, pristine, and beautiful. The Mountain Lanai room is one of the more modest the hotel has, yet it delivers 550 square feet of functionality and class. The spa offers a full range of treatments, including hair and makeup. Turtle Bay is a great choice for large weddings, given its gorgeous location, ample space, and great food. Plus, the 880-acre resort includes five miles of shoreline, so there are lots of ceremony and reception locations to choose from. Read more about weddings at Turtle Bay Guests can surf, snorkel, or swim at the beach right outside the door. Protective coral reef keeps the water fairly calm and clear. The ceremony location site fee for the grassy Kuilima Point lawn is $800 per hour. Turtle Bay has activities galore, including horseback riding. A private beach near the horse stables is one of the resort's more secluded ceremony locations, and will run you $1,000 an hour. Spa Luana offers massages in lovely oceanfront huts that put typical "massage-by-the-sea" cabanas to shame. Built in 1901, the beautiful, historic Moana Surfirider offers great food and a convenient, if crowded location in Waikiki. Read more about weddings at the Moana Surfrider The Diamond Lawn makes a picturesque ceremony location. There's no special honeymoon suite, but most newlyweds opt for the oceanfront suite, which has phenomenal views. The brand's signature "Heavenly" beds live up to the hype: They have pillow-top mattress, goose-down pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets, and a thick, duvet better suited for a Northeastern climate. The Moana Surfrider is located on arguably one of the nicest stretches of Waikiki Beach -- it's sandy and relatively clean, but it's packed. Excellent food, alcohol (despite the lack of flat-fee open bar options), and reception space make the Halekulani a great choice for a classy, yet less Hawaiian-feeling, wedding. Read more about weddings at Halekulani The semiprivate garden courtyard is the most popular ceremony location. The Halekulani boasts direct beach access, via the pool deck, to an extremely small plot of sand no more than 40 feet across and about as wide, depending on the tide. Pool attendants provide towels and folding beach chairs for guests to arrange themselves on the sand. With an understated color scheme, plenty of square footage, upscale bedding, and up-to-date electronics, rooms are luxurious, if a tad less bright and modern-looking than those at the Kahala, just outside of Waikiki. The JW Marriott Ihilani is a top-notch wedding destination -- just don't expect an intimate experience at this massive hotel. Read more about weddings at the JW Marriott Ihilani The gazebo is one of two ceremony locations -- the other is the lagoon lawn. The impressively large, 35,000-square-foot Ihilani Spa offers a long menu of services, including classic Hawaiian treatments utilizing local ingredients, along with lovely relaxation areas. Relaxation lounges have hot-water Roman pools, steam rooms, saunas, and terraces. Brides can get their hair and makeup done for $150 and up. The Ihilani's 387 rooms provide a fine level of comfort and elegance. The acclaimed fine-dining restaurant Azul serves elegant dinners each night except Sunday, and specializes in surf and turf (the three-course prix fixe is $45).
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