Vendor Travel Fees
Travel fees are necessary for locations outside of Honolulu/Waikiki.
- A flat rate fee per vendor is required for each "on-site" ceremony vendor i.e. minister, photographer, musician, videographer.
- Vendor travel fees are not required for AHW transportation but, "barn-time" (the time it takes to travel to pick you up and then return to the ""barn" after drop-off) charged at the same vehicle hourly rate is required.
- Travel fees apply for hair & make-up. We suggest finding something closer or in the hotel if possible. Paying a travel fee for H&M is a bit much unless, you have a very large bridal party or no acceptable option. You can also come to town and go to the H&M vendor's salon, we've had North Shore clients do that.
Why travel fees?
- Simply, it takes time and effort to drive to outlying areas. The longer the drive, the more time, the more the cost. Time is money, the same as for most of our clients who work for a living and are not luckily retired :)
- We use top wedding professionals, they're busy, and they're also doing weddings for hotels, churches, other venues, and their own clients at a much higher cost consequently, they're less agreeable to travel without us (you) paying a fee.
- FYI: There is no fee that we charge which equals the time and effort required. None of the fees are the equivalent of ordering our smallest package or the vendor service cost for multiple hourly time-slots.
What to do?
- Simply use one of our Honolulu/Waikiki or Windward locations.
- Book a Waikiki hotel room for the day/night either the day before or for event day.
- Look for other vendors in the area (you may find that they charge just as much LOL). FYI: It's hard to find top quality vendors who are not based in the Honolulu/Waikiki area (for us, there are none we would use) simply because, for anyone but a "part-timer", living anywhere else is an aggravation and if they do live out there, they still charge the travel fee for living with that aggravation!
- For couples withe 20-30+ participants and a reception dinner to immediately follow already booked, you're stuck. If you can find a better service than ours and at a lower cost, go for it, we're OK. FYI: If you're staying far out and your guests are staying in Waikiki, you're really not doing them any favors being so far away, be nice :)
- If you're at Ko Olina or Turtle Bay, don't pay us to drive out there unless, you're "stuck". Come to us and have more services and/or products for your event or simply save your money.
- Finally, there is no location on West Oahu or the North Shore, given the geography and orientation of the island, or for the other parameters we consider for choosing a proper location, which is better or more scenic than our Windward and Honolulu/Waikiki locations. Just spend the day in Honolulu. Most couples plan to do that at least on one day and for a marriage, you're picking-up your marriage license anyway :)
What's the cost of vendor travel fees?
- See our Prices & Planing Order Form.
- Honolulu/Waikiki locations have no travel fee.
- East Oahu and Windward locations are an acceptable amount of time and distance consequently, fees are the lowest.
- Ko Olina and North Shore are the highest. For an afternoon wedding, vendors have to leave by 3:00 pm latest just to "beat the traffic" and will get home as late as 8:00 to 8:30 pm. That's 5-6 hours for a simple 30 minute beach wedding!
How much time do we need to get to a location?
- These are approximate one-way travel times from Waikiki for an average day during the times we suggest for these locations.
- If you're driving on your own, we suggest doing a "drive-by" before the wedding day at about the same time as your ceremony unless, you're in Ko Olina or North Shore... save it for wedding day :)
Portlock Beach: 30-40 minutes.
Makapuu Beach: 35-45 minutes.
Waimanalo Beach: 35-45 minutes.
Ko Olina: 45-60 minutes.
West Oahu: 60-120 minutes.
North Shore: 60-120 minutes.
- Time of day, traffic, and other factors increase the travel to and from times significantly.
- For sunset at West Oahu - Ko Olina and North Shore - Turtle Bay vendors must leave Honolulu before the start of traffic, 3:30 latest whether sunset is at 5:30 pm or 7:15 pm. If you're travel to town for a sunset with us, we suggest leaving by this time the latest.
IMPORTANT: Hawaii is a safe place but, we have one of the highest property crime rates in the country if not the highest. Do not leave any valuables or items you cannot afford to lose, unattended and/or visible in your car or car trunk, even for a few minutes. All cars are targets and thieves will bust a window, break-in a second, and steal all your stuff, they're good.