Destination Weddings are on the Rise

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Increased Interest In Destination Weddings Have Maui's Most Hawaiian Hotel Taking Important Steps To Make Weddings More Affordable

I predict this will only increase as the next generation of brides begin to wed. Our readers spend upwards of $20,000 per wedding, which doesn't take into account the additional money spent by their 50+ guests on everything from flights to accommodations to meals.

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Every girl dreams about what her wedding will be like, and now more brides are dreaming about tying the knot away from home on a sandy beach with the sparkling blue ocean as a backdrop. Maui is one of the top locations for destination weddings but according to the most recent Condé Nast Bridal Group American Wedding Study, the average cost of a destination wedding is $25,806, which is too expensive for most brides.

"Destination weddings are the fastest-growing segment of the wedding business, and currently constitute an estimated 15 to 20 percent of all weddings," says Susan Moynihan, editor in chief of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine. "I predict this will only increase as the next generation of brides begin to wed. Our readers spend upwards of $20,000 per wedding, which doesn't take into account the additional money spent by their 50+ guests on everything from flights to accommodations to meals."

Located on Maui and known for offering guests competitive value driven rates, Kaanapali Beach Hotel is making destination weddings a reality for brides. The hotel is now offering two new weddings packages that make wedding planning easy and reachable. "We are unveiling a new weddings program at the hotel in response to rising consumer demands for affordable weddings in Maui," says Luana Paahana, Director of Sales and Marketing at Kaanapali Beach Hotel. "We expect to have a significant increase in visitors to the hotel who are coming for weddings upon the release of our new packages, which will have an emphasis on Hawaiian cultural touches and traditions for a truly memorable wedding day in paradise."

Kaanapali Beach Hotel's wedding packages include an oceanfront location, a Minister and Hawaiian Ceremony, Ukulele Serenade, photography package, fresh flower leis for the bride and groom, Hawaiian Wedding prayer amenity and in-room chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling wine. Packages start at $950. The hotel also has an on-site wedding planner for a more personalized wedding to fit any budget.

Kaanapali Beach Hotel leads the travel industry in preserving Hawaiian culture and offering guests a unique Hawaiian experience for more than 20 years with the most extensive Hawaiian cultural arts program, an Ohana Welcome Breakfast and a Farewell Lei Ceremony. The oceanfront property has spacious guestrooms, plenty of on-property activities including a nightly hula show and live music, a beach activities center equipped with snorkel gear, boogie boards and access to a catamaran offering sunset sails, and a variety of complimentary Hawaiian cultural activities from hula lessons to a cultural garden walk that explores native foods and traditional healing plants.

About Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Oceanfront within the world-famous Kaanapali Beach Resort, the 430-room Kaanapali Beach Hotel is set majestically on a three-mile stretch of sandy beach along the sunny western shores of Maui. Known as Maui's most Hawaiian hotel, the property is an ideal setting for a memorable Hawaiian experience. For reservations, visit http://www.kbhmaui.com or call 1-800-262-8450.

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