Mike and Kristen's Wedding

Vendors & Venues Reviews

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Duke's Limousine, Inc.
St James, NY
Limos/Shuttles

Phil’s enthusiasm and passion for tuxedo and formal wear rental are unparalleled. He is thoroughly knowledgeable in formal wear and has extensive experience in the formal wear rental field. He was patient and helpful as my wife and I took our time to decide on … then change our minds … then finalize our decision on styles and colors. He offers many different styles of sharp formal wear at reasonable prices, and works to provide the customer with what is desired with respect to the event and budget. Unfortunately, the quality is sometimes not up to par as the stitching on the sleeve alteration was coming off my tuxedo, a button fell off, and for my brother-in-law’s wedding a few years back (he also went with Phil’s Tux Shops), a light stain a few inches in size was discovered on my vest upon its pick-up and Phil was unable to get a replacement in time. Fortunately, the stain was light and hardly noticeable. For my wedding, the fitting went well; however, the sleeves of the coat were a bit long upon its pickup a couple of days prior to the wedding. Phil was able to finely alter the coat within a day, well in time for the wedding. The groomsmen tuxedos looked sharply neat and had no problems, concerns or setbacks. Phil’s Tux Shops is well air-conditioned; however, the store is relatively small and quickly becomes overly crowded, especially if your event is planned to occur close to high school prom season. After patiently waiting, the customer receives good service with full attention. All-in-all, the experience was good and my wife and I would recommend Phil’s Tux Shops to all brides and grooms planning their special wedding day! –Mike and Kristen N.


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Florist Grand, Inc.
Honolulu, HI
Florists

Evan’s vision, artistry and uniqueness are second to none. He was flexible and delicately designed and arranged gorgeously vivid floral arrangements for our wedding at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel. He was cordial, friendly, patient and listened closely to my wife Kristen’s needs and wants for our wedding day. He met with us on several occasions (including sessions with our other florist—Fong Tagawa of Floral Inspirations Hawaii—and specialty linen vendor—Naomi Lee of Les Saisons) to make sure he completely and intimately understood what we wanted and needed. His designs and compilation of the VIP tables were absolutely breathtakingly stunning and he effortlessly incorporated handblown glass centerpieces from our friend into the arrangements and flawlessly coordinated his work with the guest round floral centerpieces by our other florist, and specialty table linens. His vision and artistry really shined to make our wedding day special and the talk of all our family, friends and guests! Florist Grand is very highly recommended to all brides and grooms planning their special wedding day! –Mike and Kristen Nishimura


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HAWAII WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
Honolulu, HI
Coordinators/Planners

Dianna, Ramona, and Wai’s vision, teamwork, knowledge and connective networking are truly exceptional as they worked together to make our wedding day a successfully smooth and stress-free event for my wife and me. Ramona Char was the key proponent in accomplishing this. My wife and I coordinated with her closely up to the day of the event with last-minute arrangements, decisions and requests. Ramona kept a cool demeanor and a positive, cordial, professional attitude and approach to all situations, which kept my wife and me in comfort as we entrusted her to handle all the decision-making that came up on the day of the event—because of Ramona, we were able to thoroughly enjoy our special day. Ramona listened carefully to what we wanted and managed and organized exactly what we needed. It was quite amazing after just meeting us a month prior to the event. She was very easy to contact and extremely conscientious, responsive and available (emails, phone calls, meetings, etc.).

My wife and I actually decided to bring aboard the Hawaii Weddings & Events team extremely late in the planning process—a little more than a month out from the wedding day—based on the shortsight that we would be able to handle the planning process ourselves. However, once we engaged them, Dianna, Ramona, and Wai began intimately familiarizing themselves with our event and commenced pulling things together right away. They are all very personable, cordial, friendly, knowledgeable and professional, which made the planning process an easy, pleasurable and fun process. Ramona worked very hard to make sure that everything down to the littlest of details was in order, addressed and set to go. Ramona made sure that all of the vendors were coordinated and all of their services provided effortlessly.

We are greatly thankful to Ramona and the rest of the Hawaii Weddings & Events team for playing such a major vital role in the success of our wedding day. My wife and I very highly recommend Hawaii Weddings & Events to assist all brides and grooms in planning their special wedding day! –Mike and Kristen Nishimura


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HAWAII WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
Honolulu, HI
Coordinators/Planners
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HAWAII WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
Honolulu, HI
Coordinators/Planners
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Central Union Church Main Sanctuary
Honolulu, HI
Ceremony Sites

The Main Chapel at Central Union is breathtakingly spacious and gorgeous. We were very privileged to have been able to have gotten married there with ceremonial services run by the reverend Ron Ching with support from our brother-in-law pastor Bryan was wonderful. The Hawaiian chant was moving and played a special role in our union. The chapel was cool on a hot day and the long walk from the entrance to the alter was very royal! One thing is that Central Union Church is very rigid on who officiates over the weddings, and the venue is run almost too much like a business than it should be; nonetheless, Central Union Church (either the Main or Atherton Chapels) is very highly recommended to all brides and grooms planning their special wedding day! –Mike and Kristen N


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Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Honolulu, HI
Reception Sites

Positives:

My wife and I met with all of the top prospective venues around the island, and ultimately decided on The Royal Hawaiian to host our wedding. This turned out to be one of the best decisions we have both made in our lives!

The Lawn cocktail area, ballrooms and hallways leading up to these areas were luxurious, immaculate and tastefully decorated with adornment. Tropical flora and the well-kept, maintained areas of the grounds instilled a Hawaiian sense of place with a relaxing, yet luxurious, feeling. The beach and view of Diamond Head from the Lawn, and Monarch Ballroom, took our breaths away, as we are sure it did as well for our guests. Recent floor, wall, lighting and stage renovations to the ballroom were fabulous and added to the grandeur of the venue.

The availability of a variety of cocktails to service our guests and wonderfully delectable dinner buffet salads, entrees, desserts, and other items were thoroughly enjoyed by all. We still receive compliments and accolades on the quality and taste of the food items to this day.

The koa wood intricately-carved doors, brightly floral carpet and framed photographs on the walls of the hallways leading to the guest rooms were very moving, and communicate and preserve the venue’s history and importance in the local culture and society. My wife and I are proud to now be a part of that.

The rooms and suites were stunning and very comfortable with wonderful views of the mountain range, ocean and grounds (nightlife, as well as, daytime activities) from the windows and nicely furnished with the latest technology (air conditioning, flat-screen televisions, phones, wireless internet, etc.). Our stay at the hotel with key members of our bridal party was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and we were all very impressed with the appearance and features of our rooms.

Complimentary pink lemonade and kukui nut lei provided upon check-in was a service unique to The Royal Hawaiian, and enhanced our feeling of being special and important, which we really appreciated. Brunch and complimentary drinks at the Royal Hawaiian’s seaside restaurant and bar the morning following our wedding were outstanding, as well as, the beach loungers and umbrellas.

Kealoha Giugni was paramount in the planning and perfect execution of our event. We would like to extend our most gracious appreciation and thank-you to Kealoha, who was extremely integral to the success of our wedding in every aspect, and made the planning up to the event, as well as, the night itself, a gorgeous, comfortable and stunning evening that was truly a wedding to remember for us and our family, friends and guests. Her patience, understanding, initiative, loving demeanor and helpfulness truly placed my wife and me at ease, and made our event problem- and stress-free. Coordination between her, us, the staff and our vendors was achieved with minimal problems. Kealoha is highly effective, conscientious, and respected by her staff. Kealoha also listened well to our requests, desires and concerns and was very accommodating to what we needed and asked for.

Julene Davis was also very helpful and key in providing our out-of-town guests with pleasant room accommodations at the nearby Sheraton Princess Ka‘iulani Hotel, as well as, arranging for a beautifully-arranged bridal party sunset cocktail and pupu hour at the Rum Fire Waikiki in the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel the night prior to our wedding. We would like to thank her for all of her coordination and participation in these events and arrangements.

We would also like to thank The Royal Hawaiian staff (valet, bellhops, front-desk and concierge, banquet workers) in general who, through their courteous and combined efforts on the evening of our event, was instrumental in the success of our wedding.

Our entire event experience was absolutely exceptional and completely exceeded our expectations in each and every aspect. The Royal Hawaiian venue and its professional, highly competent staff made our wedding the perfect, once-in-a-lifetime experience that my wife and I have always dreamed about and desired. Our family, friends and guests were also deeply impressed with our wedding, which some our friends facetiously refer to as “The True Royal Wedding” (since Prince William and Catherine Middleton also got married that same weekend, a couple days prior to our wedding).

Without a doubt, we will be recommending The Royal Hawaiian to our family, friends and colleagues to host their similar events with the highest regard, trust and confidence.

Aloha Me Ke Pumehana,
Mike & Kristen Nishimura

Negatives:

The main entrance and vehicle turnaround provides an important gateway to any hotel, and is one of the most impressionable characteristic features of an establishment. The front, main entrance at The Royal Hawaiian is very space-constrained and prone to major traffic congestion as occurred on the night of our wedding (also probably due to a concurrently on-going “Spam-Jam” celebration event in Waikiki that may have caused lane closures in some main thoroughfares for the area). Additionally, the hotel entrance traffic turnaround was too small and restricted for our wedding limousine to negotiate and after several attempts to maneuver the vehicle to pick my wife, me, the bridal party, the photographer, and the videographer up at the hotel entrance, the limousine driver had to ask all of us to inconveniently walk out and meet him further out on the entrance road.

Also, early on in the planning process (about a year prior to our event), my wife and I experienced very unpleasant and inattentive service by the valet employees, who all stood around talking to each other at the valet stand while we waited for several minutes next to our car for their service. We actually had to get out of our vehicle to flag down one of the 3 valet workers on 2 separate occasions during visits to the establishment. My wife conveyed her concerns to Kealoha after the second occurrence (we dismissed the first time to an unfortunate aberration; however, the second time indicated a regular recurrent problem), and the problem was promptly resolved. When we visited the hotel a third time in the planning process, a fourth time for a weekend getaway, and the day prior to our event to check-in for our wedding, the valet workers were very professional, cordial and quick to act.

These two items should be of great concern and importance to The Royal Hawaiian since the entrance and valet employees are the first two experiences that guests encounter at the hotel. They could very well set the precedence for guests’ entire stay with the hotel and any bad impressions invoked so early-on in the visit could be difficult to overcome by the guests and result in undesirable repercussions and consequences (such as, customers booking with other alternative hotels and venues). The Royal Hawaiian may consider prospective improvements to mitigate/alleviate these two items.

Additionally, the guest and public parking structure is relatively and inconveniently far from the hotel. However, this concern is secondary compared to the two aforementioned issues discussed above.

Additional Comments:

My wife and I look forward to future and continued relationship with The Royal Hawaiian and Sheraton Waikiki for vacation getaways and perhaps maybe even other events and banquets. Due to our highly positive experience with the venue and its staff, we plan on recommending The Royal Hawaiian to our family, friends and colleagues to host their similar events with the highest regard, trust and confidence.


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