Say “I do”? Be part of the onslaught of keen {couples} that’s flooding Hawaii’s wedding ceremony trade

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The wedding industry across the country is enjoying a business boom – and Hawaii is no different.

Weddings are limited to 100 people in Oahu. Despite the restrictions, workers in the islands wedding industry said they were overwhelmed by the number of people who refused to commit this.

Taryn Magalianes, the owner of A Touch of You, is excited to be planning weddings again. However, she needs to think about more details than ever before.

She keeps calling salespeople to make sure the floor plans are approved. Tables and chairs need to be properly spaced and she needs to watch out for the number of people gathering in a group.

“We can’t take in all the inquiries as much as we’d like,” said Magalianes. “It’s just not feasible.”

Many venues due to restrictions require people to work with a wedding planner so they are stretched thin.

Magalianes said it was a good problem for her.

Business ceased during the pandemic and she is grateful that it has resumed.

But everyone, including venues, vendors, and florists, is struggling to keep up.

Sue Tabbal-Yamaguchi, owner of Su-V Expressions, has a similar story to Magalianes. She runs a florist shop that specializes in events.

“I didn’t really sleep much,” she said. “I think it’s a good thing because we’ve been sleeping for a year.”

The mainland flower farms are simply not bouncing back, and while the supply has grown, it is still limited.

“Sometimes it was difficult just to get roses or even hydrangeas,” said Tabbal-Yamaguchi. “And for a while we weren’t able to get all of that.”

So having a wedding is a daunting task. One that James and Marissa Ka were ready for. They got married last weekend.

“I’m just trying to adhere to state guidelines and restrictions and plan a wedding that we knew would be memorable and yet safe for everyone,” said Marissa Ka. “It was a tough balance.”

They had problems getting flowers, tables and chairs. Not to mention they rescheduled twice.

It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of planning the big day, but all you had to do was remember what the result would be.

“I would like to think that I’m a tough person, but I kind of broke down and cried like a little baby,” said James Ka. “I was just so happy that all the hard work and planning she’s done has got to the point where we’ll finally get to know you all together. “

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