We are on some of the most exclusive property and venue preferred vendor lists.....B U T
Before we talk about vendor lists, you have to understand it's purpose.
Vendor lists were created as a way for prospective clients, of a particular venue, to first find the best of the best in the industry as well as understand who has met the venue and/or industry standards.
Most vendors will be asked to provide a COI or certificate of insurance, naming the venue as additional named insured.
Why this is good for the customer
This is especially useful to the destination customer because they are probably not familiar with all the fabulous vendors here on the island, nor do they know who meets and/or exceeds the venue's expectations. With names like Kukio, Kohanaiki, Auberge and Hale Wailele, it goes without saying, that the bar is set pretty high. Not to mention the venue is usually one of the first choices you'll make.
Now let's talk about why not all vendors who are on the list is right for you.
Vendors come in all sizes and specialties. Some are new and eager to satisfy all you require.
However, not all venues vet their vendors by their qualifications. What I mean is, I was once asked if I wanted to be on a vendor list because the venue "liked our vibe" Albeit flattering, safety, skill, insurance and a lot of other criteria should be at the top of your list. Insurance is another issue. If vendors are selling you lighing packages, are they insured for that?
I can go on for days on this topic alone, but we recommend you do your homework.
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If you have a Glam Cowgirl vision like Rachel, of Vintage and Lace, choosing a venue like Kahua Ranch is PERFECT. She transformed the barn into a gorgeous lounge space while still keeping to her Paniolo vision. If she chose a beachfront venue with old Plantation charm, would she have been able to execute this particular vision? ABSO-EFFIN-LUTELY she's a very talented designer. I think your budget could be better spent on really good food, amazing details and the best in entertainment, rather than trying to fit your vision to the venue.
Plus WHY??? Right?
We say choose an appropriately matched venue for your vision, and not the other way around.
Hawaii Island has so many gorgeous venues, each with it's own "personality"
!!! NOT AGAIN !!!
My phone is ringing off the hook ya'll
Clients are concerned, and for good reason. Today the governor stopped all Oahu Weddings for the next 28 days. So far Hawaii Island remains open for weddings with professional mitigation. It's imperative coordinators submit a detailed plan with layout and details that ensure guest and vendor safety. As of today there has been only one indoor wedding associated with an outbreak on Oahu island. The report does not say how many people were affected. I cannot find any cluster linked to a Big Island Wedding. That gives me hope.
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES WE ARE TAKING
NO dance floors
(Unless you choose our NEW option)
Tables of 8 family members or less
A minimum of 6' between tables
(This is more complicated than it seems-trust me)
Provide signage and protocol for every area of your wedding
(we offer a tastefully designed PPE packages that includes everything you need)
Allowing Cocktail and Dining styles that do not encourage congregation
We only work with vendors who are professionally trained and commit to our guidelines
Requiring everyone, including guests to mask up
(YES, including fully vaccinated because unless you've been living under a rock, you know the fully vaccinated can be infected, carry, and spread the virus)
Temperature and symptom checks upon arrival for all
Additional measures are in place for our clients.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help keep you, guests and vendors safe.
Not every planner has the same plan. Consult your planner to see how he/she can help you navigate your wedding strategy.
*disclaimer-at any given time, the rules can change. This is not something we have control over.
Stay distanced, masked up and stay home if possible.