You don't have to live in Hawaii to have a Hawaiian luau-themed wedding. If you want an informal, casual wedding while having fun in the sun, a summer wedding on the beach with a traditional Hawaiian party feel may be right for you. Here are four steps to help you create an authentic luau.
Start With The Invitations
Your invitations will set the theme and let your guests know this won't be any ordinary affair. Skip the white, engraved invitations with a script font and choose instead a brightly colored design with a tropical feel and a decorative font.
Encourage your guests to come in their best theme-inspired attire. Men can summon their inner Magnum, P.I. with Hawaiian shirts, khaki shorts or slacks, and a pair of classic Sperry boat shoes. Women can go for comfortable in a loose-fitting floral muumuu dress, a sarong, or pair a long flowing skirt with a silky tank top or off-the-shoulders blouse and beach-ready sandals. The ladies can accessorize with flowers in their hair, which depending on placement, can indicate their availability to the other single guests.
Set The Scene
As your guests arrive, have a table with plenty of flower leis awaiting them to complete their wedding attire. To transform the beach into the shores of Hawaii, use tiki torches, giant faux palm trees wrapped in twinkling, battery-operated LED lights and lots of hibiscus and other tropical flowers. Add an extra splash of color with covers, bows, or artificial tropical flower garland for your folding chairs.
For your tables, choose traditional white tablecloths wrapped with fake grass table skirts. Real flower-adorned pineapples can serve as the centerpieces, while coconut halves can hold candles to add ambiance and a soft glow.
Plan Your Luau Menu
The food and drinks are the best part of any wedding! If you want your reception to feel like an authentic Hawaiian luau, choose a caterer who specializes in luaus. Kahlua pig, which is slow roasted until tender, Hawaiian rice with pineapple and ham, coconut shrimp, tropical fruit kabobs, and grilled ahi tuna are just a few of the common options served at a luau. You can even forgo the traditional wedding cake and opt for Haupia, a coconut pudding cake. A pineapple upside-down cake is another option. Don't forget the libations. Create a signature cocktail or have your bartenders prepare pina coladas and serve your guests in coconut cups with paper umbrellas.
Book The Entertainment
Your luau reception wouldn't be complete without luau and fire dancers and a band with ukulele players and drummers performing Don Ho's greatest hits. You can also have beach games, such as the limbo. Your guests will have so much fun that they'll be talking about your wedding for years to come.
Contact a company like Marians Island Wide Catering for more information.