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Hawaiian Wedding Theme | Hawaiian Wedding Favors

Updated on March 28, 2015

Hawaiian Wedding Theme and Favors

A Hawaiian wedding theme with brightly colored and festive favors can make your ceremony and party more delightful for everyone. I attended a wedding in Hawaii last summer. Although they didn't turn the whole thing into a luau, it was an outdoor event and they used a Hawaiian theme.

They had a Hawaiian band, tiki torches, colorful centerpieces, and leis for the guests. The flavorful Hawaiian style appetizers made the party more festive. At the end of the party they let everyone take home the wedding favors.

One good thing about having a Hawaiian wedding theme is that everything doesn't have to look very serious and elegant like with a traditional theme. You can be less formal and use bright colors. Nevertheless, it still requires a lot of planning and work. It's not enough to just throw in some Hawaiian wedding favors and give everyone a lei. In fact, some people find this type of practice silly or even tacky, especially if you use cheaply made plastic flowers and other small decorations.

Having a certain theme for your wedding means you have to go all out. The favors are only a part of it. Everything else, from the invitations, the hors d'oeuvres, the cake, the meal and drinks, and the entertainment needs to comply with the theme. When you do it wholeheartedly you will make the special occasion more fun and memorable for all your guests.

Another good thing is that you don't have to have your wedding in Hawaii to use a Hawaiian theme. You can have it just about anywhere in the world. Just make sure the weather is warm, though. Following are a few great ideas for your Hawaiian wedding theme and favors.

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Tiki Torches For a Hawaiian Themed Wedding

Tiki torches are widely used in Hawaii as part of the Polynesian culture. They will give your wedding party venue an exotic look.

Hawaiian Themed Wedding Accessories

Coconut cups with flowers/parasols are a must for your tropical Hawaiian wedding. Other exotic items include leis and beachcomber straw hats.

Wedding Favor Ideas and Tips

Make your special day unique and memorable

Wedding favors are important because they are something tangible that your guests can take home as a souvenir of your special day. Unique wedding favors serve to show your guests that their presence at your special occasion was important to you and can make them feel appreciated for being part of it. Therefore, they are not something that you can leave until the last minute.

Although Hawaiian wedding favors in general are inexpensive, they don't have to give a cheap impression if you choose the right items and be a little creative. You can customize the favors so that they reflect the special qualities that you and your bride or groom share in your relationship.

Something as simple as including a line from your favorite poem or song, and inscribing your names and your wedding date would create a unique and special wedding favor.

If you will be using a planner then of course, they will help you pick the appropriate favors that go along with your theme and everything else. Otherwise, search online for sites that specialize in custom designing wedding favors, and they are cheaper than hiring a planner.

Oh, one more thing in regards to Hawaiian wedding favors. Always use real fresh flowers, even for the leis. Never use plastic!

Barefoot Hawaiian Wedding - Shoes not required in paradise - leave them at home

Perfect for someone who loves going barefoot like I do.

Cool Bridal Flip Flops - Perfect for a Hawaiian wedding

If going barefoot is not your thing, the bride and other ladies can wear these.

Elegance by Carbonneau CRYSTALS Women's High Heel Flip Flop White Foam Rubber Sandal - 11 M US
Elegance by Carbonneau CRYSTALS Women's High Heel Flip Flop White Foam Rubber Sandal - 11 M US

Crystals White Elegant high wedge special occasion bridal flip flops with a double row of crystal accents. The flip flops feature a stunning 3-1/2" heel with a 1" front platform. Available in different sizes.


More Classy Bridal Flip Flops - Choose comfort and class!

You can go casual and still look classy and elegant in these bridal flip flops. They are the perfect accent to anyone looking for a comfortable yet trendy alternative to wedding shoes. Whether worn to a destination wedding or an elegant event, you'll have happy feet!

Elegance by Carbonneau BREEZE Women's High Heel Flip Flop White Foam Rubber Sandal - 11 M US
Elegance by Carbonneau BREEZE Women's High Heel Flip Flop White Foam Rubber Sandal - 11 M US

Many bridesmaids are choosing to purchase these flip flops and change into them at the reception for a comfortable and stylish alternative. These flip flops are great since the bridesmaids can change into them and their gown wont drag on the floor. The back of these flip flops measure at 3 1/2" tall and the front of the flip flop has a 1" platform. Sizes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11.


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    • Richard-H profile image

      Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Unique ideas here for a themed wedding!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love your lens, have rolled it to my wedding lenses also. Great work.

    • norma-holt profile image

      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great ideas and resources. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on

      How to Buy Bargain Wedding Clothes

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      Lovely ideas for a casual tropical themed wedding. I was married in Hawaii, but much more of an involved preparation endeavor LOL.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I wanted a Hawaiian wedding in Hawaii. Did not do it though. Nice lens!

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Lots of ideas for a different theme wedding. I never thought about favors...and yes, plastic flowers would be tacky. My daughter is getting married next year so really appreciate your tips! Thank you. :)

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Definitely a different idea for a wedding theme and very well presented

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      semas 8 years ago

      A different idea for a wedding theme!