Wedding Planner

Meet Your Wedding Planner

Marissa Ugale
phone: 808 667 0166

“I began my journey here at Kaanapali Beach Hotel in 1977 as a busgirl.  I am very Happy to come full circle as I continue my career path as Catering Sales Manager. Worked in various hotels, such as The Westin Maui, Maui Marriott, Embassy Beach Club, Pineapple Grill Restaurant and the Grand Wailea Hotel.

When I am not servicing guests, I enjoy spending time with my husband Nestor, and my grandchildren Capo and Isla Lehua. I have the natural ability to connect with guests from all walks of life with the highest priority to provide world class service.

What I value the most about the industry and my career?  It’s the genuine relationships I form with guests and co-workers alike.  My experiences in the hotel industry especially Food & Beverage is something I am very proud of and hope to bring to the team." 

Best Tips from Your Wedding Planner

1. Guests Come First

Before choosing your Maui wedding venue it is helpful to decide how many guests will be in attendance, as this will ensure there's ample space for everyone on your list. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. With a range of outdoor wedding options at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel, you can choose our Naupaka Lawn for an intimate 20-25 person ceremony, before moving to the Plumeria Lawn for a larger dinner reception. Our stunning Molokaʻi Lawn can comfortably accommodate 30 guests for an oceanfront ceremony and dining. If you have over 300 guests, our ocean view Signature Lawn is an ideal choice. 

2. You Don't Want to Miss the Sunset

Nothing says dream Maui wedding quite like watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean—a stunning sight and a wonderful backdrop for your wedding photographs. To time your photoshoot perfectly, schedule your wedding ceremony to start at 5:00 pm in the summertime, and 4:30 pm during the winter. 

3. Make a Meal Plan

If you plan to dine after tying the knot at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel, I’m here here to help you choose the best catering options for your guests, whether you plan on a large or intimate reception. Our selections include Hawaiian style pupu—tasty appetizers with local flavors that will keep guests content between your wedding ceremony and official dinner. For intimate weddings, Family Style dining is an excellent choice and, if you plan to invite over 100 guests, I recommend opting for a Buffet . Should there be guests with allergies/dietary restrictions, you can accommodate their needs with a customized sharing dinner or Plated Dinner option.

4. Tend to Your Bar

To keep the celebratory drinks flowing and the line at a minimum, it’s best to have one bartender per every 50 guests. However, if you choose to offer a signature tropical cocktail, such as a Mai Tai, you may want to consider adding an extra bartender as these fresh drinks can’t be made ahead of time or in large quantities.

5. Set Your Color Scheme 

Setting a color scheme for your Maui wedding? The easiest way is to simply select your favorite colors, or you can browse Pinterest or Pantone for inspiration. You can choose bold and unique colors but be careful to keep it balanced with no more than three colors. I like to set a color scheme first, and then stick with the same three colors throughout the design process. Then, when it’s time to choose decorative flowers, bouquets, tablecloths and utensils etc., it’s all cohesive and much easier for you!

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