Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Big Day

It's technically less than one month away! OMG! So the blogs will slow down as I scramble to finish up some research and then fly back home to Hawaii.

Today the had an article about the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele. According to Travel and Leisure magazine, it's ranked the 15th best hotel in the WORLD! And guess who's going there for her honeymoon?

I've never been to Lanai before, but I've heard that it's supposed to be gorgeous! We decided to just take a honeymoon to another island because I have to return back to Illinois and we also plan to save up for a big trip next year (I'm crossing my fingers and hoping there's a conference next summer in Florence that I would like to attend).

This will be a food quasi-wedding blog for a few more weeks. Planning a wedding is quite time-consuming. And we haven't been following our budget as well as we had planned. We're conservative people, but we've been splurging a tad bit...I think we've spent over $10,000 and we haven't even paid off our vendors or for the food and drinks! That's just downpayments and misc. stuff. Considering that I don't get paid much as a grad student...yeah, we'll be eating 10 cent ramen for a while....maybe 25 cent ramen. Lucky for us we've never had to pay for school so both of us were/are debt-free from college.

***Factoid: In Hawaii, it's customary for the bride and groom to cover all our wedding party's expenses. so for us, that tacked on about $2000 right there! Weddings are crazy!

FYI, for any Hawaii brides to be out there:

Our Vendors:
Hair and Makeup - Dorys Foltin
Photographer - Mark Nomura
Videographer - imaginewurks
Entertainment- Jon Yamasato and Darin Leong
Florists - Eventful, Lei's by Ron (808)838-1455
Invitations - My mom, paper from paper and more
My Dress - Kiyomi's (which my mom told me will close down this summer)
BM Dresses - Ann Taylor
BM Shoes - Shoebuy
BM Accessories - Tsang and Mirai
Tux Rentals - A Black Tie Affair (808) 732-9474
I'm probably missing some vendors, but everything Else - My mom, and Mike and my family and friends


K & S said...

OMG you will love the Lodge at Koele! I loved the afternoon tea with scones :) Enjoy!

Lori said...

I think you'll like Lanai, I had a really good time there. It's so laid back and relaxing. My favorite meal there was at a place called Blue Ginger in that little town area. They had some good local food!

genkitummy said...

thanks for the suggestion, i'll make sure we schedule in afternoon tea at the lodge.

i'll look for that restaurant too. besides the restaurants at the hotel i wasn't sure what we were going to eat. i was contemplating packing food in my suitcase...seriously. :)

shayna said...

we're (me and ian) getting so excited for your big day! i'm sure everything will turn out great!
did you get the four seasons special? they're doing a really good kamaaina rate/special for the summer. i've heard such good things about the hotel. you'll have a blast!

genkitummy said...

hey shayna!
the wedding is so soon it's starting to scare me. i randomly think about things like, "oh no there are not enough decorations" or "we need straws for the bridesmaids." or "i don't know what hairstyle i want" etc.

no, i didn't know there was a special. we booked it a while ago, but maybe we'll extend it. we're only there for 3 days.