The decision of the wedding theme is the most important decision of the wedding planning. This is because the other planning decisions are planned according to the theme. The Hawaiian wedding theme is a theme of colors, exotic flowers, the sea, the greenery, Hawaiian music, beautiful traditions and true love. This theme gives the couple extraordinary options to decorate themselves, their wedding and the honeymoon. The love of Hawaii showers a joyous blessing for the couple who decide to tie the knot in the spirit of the exotic garden islands of Hawaii. Another great advantage of a Hawaiian theme is the great many beautiful options that are available for the bridal shower gifts or the wedding favor gifts. The various aspects of the theme are described here. Furthermore, a Hawaiian wedding theme can also be painted as other themes like a beach wedding theme or a tropical forest theme.
Hawaiian wedding tradition
Before embarking on the marriage voyage by the colors of Hawaii it is necessary to understand the significance of the colors. What that simply means that, it is important to have an idea about Hawaiian traditions before planning the theme. After you have the ideas, you can even add your own colors to the tradition to make your wedding a more exclusive occasion.
The traditions are an ethnic blend of old Hawaiian traditions, Western traditions, Japanese traditions and the traditions of the Pacific islands. In ethnic Hawaii, the ceremony was a simple ceremony and the couple only got the consent of the elders if they were truly in love. A Hawaiian wedding is held amid joyous music, dance, and the simple exchange of flowers and vows. An unique aspect of an ethnic Hawaiian wedding is that, after marriage the groom moves in to live with the girl. The symbolism of this tradition refers to the island people’s respect to the spirit of femininity. Each island also has individual traditions when it comes to the celebration of the newlyweds. The blend of other traditions has also enriched Hawaii. For instance, like a Japanese wedding sometimes a Hawaiian bride is also required to make 1001 origami birds and distribute them as wedding favor gifts among the invitees and the strangers at the ceremony.
The flowers add color, perfume and the Hawaiian spirit of love to the ceremony. The orchids, the blossoms and the special island flowers transpire a colorful heavenly aura to the occasion. The flowers in fact play the most important part in a Hawaiian wedding. Two most important flower traditions are the circle of flower and the lei tradition.
The circle of flower is a beautiful tradition where the guests prepare a circle of flowers surrounding the bride and the groom while they share their vows. The tradition signifies the joyous participation and the best wishes of the guests at the conjugal ceremony.
The lei tradition is the most important flower tradition of a Hawaiian ceremony. Lei simply refers to the garland of flowers that is worn around the head or adorning the neck as a garland. When it is worn around the head, the lei is known as a haku lei. A lei is worn by the women and men of Hawaii on any occasion that deserves the expression of affection from one person to another. At a wedding the exchange of lei between the bride and the groom symbolizes the wedding. The joyous barter of the lei between the couple is held in an ambiance of the Hawaiian wedding chant (or the famed Elvis Presley Hawaiian Wedding song). The lyrics of the song express the celebration of love when the melody sings,
Here and now dear,
All my love,
I vow dear
Promise me that you will leave me never
I will love you longer than forever.
The Lei tradition found its space in the Hawaiian tradition by the early Polynesian voyagers of Hawaii from Tahiti.
The Plumeria, the Bird of Paradise flower, the yellow and orange Kaunaoa (air plant), red Ohia, yellow lima, white and purple orchids and the white Tiare flowers are some of the several flowers that are used for decoration, ornamentation and for making the lei. Hawaiian flowers also have their aura as special wedding favors.
The lei is also worn by the guests, the bridesmaid, the groomsmen and the flower girl. Since flower decorations need prior planning and flowers are seasonal and fragile in nature, so it is best to make an arrangement with the right florist at least five months early of the wedding. While selecting the florist, ensure that the florist is only using fair trade flowers in the arrangement.
Hawaiian wedding favor
The selection of a Hawaiian wedding theme allows an extensive selection of favor options. there are so many different types of favors, and each one is so beautiful, that you can only do justice if you present each guest with a personal wedding favor. Palm hand fans, star fish designs, floral patterns, orchids, sea shells, exotic flower seeds…the list of wedding favors is just endless. While selecting the favors it is also important to keep the children and the priest as special recipients of the favor. The closest friends, bridesmaids and the groomsmen also deserve special attention.
Hawaii is an amazing honeymoon destination for the newlywed and for everyone who wants to celebrate their relationship. The islands of Hawaii present innumerable honeymoon choices, each one equally secluded, private and beautiful. The people of Hawaii are also special people who can understand, acknowledge and respect the love between people. This lovely spirit of Hawaii finds expression in the Hawaiian guitar and the Hawaiian music.
Best wishes for your Hawaiian wedding.
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