Exchange Vows at Hyatt Regency Maui During Rare Astronomical Event

Two Brides at the Hyatt Maui by Anna Kim Photography Maui, the island home of haleakala (house of the sun), will be the prime viewing location to see the sun as it is transited by the planet Venus on June 5, 2012. Experience the Venus transit, the rarest of all planetary alignments, from noon to sunset at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, where sunny skies and a state-of-the-art Celestron high-definition 14-inch aplanic telescope – Hawaii’s only recreational HD telescope – provide an ideal combination for viewers.

Travelers can rekindle their romance on sunny Maui with the Sunshine on Sale package for a fifth night free and free daily breakfast for two. Special offerings to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime event (it won’t happen again until 2117) include:

  • Televised broadcast – The historic transit will be broadcast on a big screen by the pool, allowing prime access for guests and locals to experience the show all afternoon at no charge. The resort’s director of astronomy, Eddie Mahoney, who also leads the nightly Tour of the Stars program, will be on-hand to answer any questions.
  • Group Vow Renewal Paying homage to Venus, the goddess of love, Hyatt Maui will host a special group vow renewal ceremony to coincide with the transit. The ceremony, which will take place just before sunset, will be led by a kahu (priest) and will include the exchange of a fresh flower lei and a Champagne toast. Couples will take home a Hawaiian keepsake album.
  • Dinner at Japengo Couples who wish to end the evening with a romantic dinner at Japengo, known for its exotic flavors, fresh sushi and Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine will receive a 20% discount on all food purchases./li>
  • Spa Discount – Participants in the vow renewal ceremony can feel like goddesses with a 20 percent discount off all spa and salon treatments at Spa Moana, the only oceanfront spa in Maui.
  • Solar Shades – Protect your eyes and observe the transit of Venus safely with solar glasses, branded as takeaway pieces to commemorate the event.

If you and your partner are interested in celebrating your one-of-a-kind love under a memorable sky and beautiful setting (like Dallas-based couple, Gracie & Casey) , contact the Hyatt Regency team.


photo credit: Anna Kim Photography

Real Lesbian Wedding: Renee & Daniece


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Married September 5, 2011 One can’t help but get the sense that Daniece and Renee picked the perfect day to celebrate their steadfast love. Idyllic is really the word which comes to mind. From the personally meaningful theme elements to … Continue reading

Event Designer Spencer McCormack on Getting Started

We asked Spencer McCormack, of Main Event Caterers, to share a few tips with us about what a couple should keep in mind when getting started with planning a wedding. Here’s what he said:
So, you’re engaged? Congratulations! Now what do you do? An increasing number of gay and lesbian couples are finding themselves in this very predicament. The processes, the research and the expenses can be overwhelming at first, but if you take a deep breath and break down the process into digestible segments, you will be fine. People have been successfully planning their weddings for hundreds of years, now it’s your turn.

One of the most important first steps is to identify a realistic budget. Wedding costs vary wildly and the celebration can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. First, identify the amount you are willing to spend on the total event, and then work backwards. Carefully take into consideration all of the necessary costs associated with organizing a wedding. Invitations, the venue rental, a catering company, a wedding cake and a DJ are expenses you are likely prepared for. However, there are other substantial costs to consider as well; chair and table rental, the renting of glassware, flatware, china and linens, floral arrangements, venue lighting, décor and valet parking, to name a few.

After identifying a big picture budget, research and identify reasonable costs for the individual components of the event. Perhaps flowers are really important to you. Speak to several florists and share your thoughts so that you get a ballpark idea of where your vision and budget intersect. If you and your partner fancy yourselves “foodies”, the caterer you select will be very important. Research caterers and find out what their past clients are saying about them. In addition to the food, many caterers will provide the food, service staff, tables, chairs, linens, all necessary service ware, and more.

Research and visit many venues. Renting a space can be a substantial percentage of your budget. Oftentimes, overzealous couples will rush out to secure the “perfect” venue, not considering what the remaining percentage of the budget must still accomplish.
Overspending on a venue without realistically considering the remaining expenses can force a couple to compromise on the quality of the food and even have a forced cut in number of invitees. Remember to consider the cost of a venue in terms of your overall budget.

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