Retro Hawaiian Themed Weddings

Aloha! Hawaii is on my brain today… And when I think of this awesome Island, I think of those vintage postcards back from the 1940’s and 50’s with surfers, beaches, and hula girls. For those of you who’ve been to Hawaii and it’s neighboring islands, I’m sure you are well aware of its natural beauty and perfect climate. It’s so beautiful, that thousands of couples go there to get married each year! So, today’s post will be perfect for those of you who are planning a destination wedding in Hawaii, or those who can’t make it out there but still want the theme!

First thing’s first, you need leis. You can’t have a Hawaiian wedding without the most traditional Hawaiian decoration! But please, make sure they are real flowers… the fake ones just don’t look as amazing! Next, if you want to keep in mind the vintage postcard idea, you can incorporate that into your save the dates, the invitations, and any other paper details you’d like. It can both keep the theme cohesive as well as give your guests a heads up on what to expect at your wedding! Also, you could never go wrong with native Hawaiian flowers, and they will add so much color to your ceremony and reception. With that said, brighter colors, such as teal, orange, yellow, and ocean blue would make for a lovely retro Hawaii wedding palette! You should try finding a postcard that really grabs your attention and pull your colors from that (if it’s on the dark side, you can always opt for lighter shades… or not!) Finally, you can use different elements found in Hawaii to use in your decor without going overboard: Speaking of boards, a creative way to incorporate the surf board (a popular Hawaiian symbol and sport) could be as a menu or seating arrangement sign, or you could use tiny ones as place cards. Or if you’d rather use pineapples, then you could always go for  a traditional Hawaiian wedding cake, which of course, has pineapple!

You can do so much with this theme and have so much fun at the same time (not that you wouldn’t have fun otherwise!) so keep these few planning tips in mind. Mahalo!

vintage Hawaii wedding

{Photos- Couple: Fire Bird Photography via Modern Weddings Hawaii, “Please join us in Hawaii”: Etsy, Save the Date postcard: Etsy, Surf board cake: My Sweet and Saucy, Leis: Found Rentals, Chalk board surf board menu: Event Jubilee}