121 total reviews
I admit, I was a very picky bride.. so when it came to my wedding there was no exceptions! there is something about Carrie that is soo calming and genuine that puts all my senses at ease. She is hands down the real deal and possibly the best investment we made for our wedding. and take it from me, (also to save yourself from learning the hard way) if Carrie gives you advice, TAKE IT!
We flew down to Hawaii for a little trip a year before our big day to make sure that this is where we wanted to have our wedding. Spending the day with Carrie and Mark, chatting about wedding ideas and visiting site after site for a possible venue locations sealed the deal for us. We described what type of wedding we wanted and Carrie knew exactly which venues would be the best fit. We fell in love with Lanikuhonua - the closeness of the beach, the privacy of the area, the breathtaking sunset... it was the ideal outdoor wedding we were hoping for. The day went without a hitch, everything was well organized and just as I imagined. Having all 90 guest fly to Hawaii was a big deal for us, and we wanted to make sure that we truly gave our family and friends a great experience and definitely a wedding to remember.. and based on our guest responses, we definitely delivered! Carrie, Mark and the Cherished in Hawaii family was soo amazing! We couldn’t have asked for more. I don’t normally write reviews for people or companies, but Carrie is definitely worth all the rave. Not only is she a great wedding planner, she is now a great friend. All the best to the aspiring aloha brides!
I found Carrie and Mark while looking for a wedding officiant on the Knot. We went to Oahu before the wedding and set up time to meet with them. We ended up spending the rest of the afternoon just talking with them like we had known them for years. They really made us feel like family. Our biggest obstacle when planning the wedding was the budget. We were on a tight one. Carrie gave us so many great options to keep us on track. She was dilligent in making sure we got the wedding we wanted for the price we could afford. In the few months leading up to the wedding we had a detrimental loss in the family. When our day came around emotions were kind of high but Carrie made sure that we were all taken care of and that our day was special no matter the circumstances.
Carrie was amazing from day one. I was scared planning my wedding from California, and i tried to do it all myself but soon realized it was not easy, then i found Cherished!! Just a few hour long conversations over the phone and some emails to Carrie were all it took for her to create the wedding i had imagined and dreamed of. Our wedding was amazing and it went without a glitch. Everything turned out perfect.
It took me a while to bring myself to sit down and write the review because it means that our time with Carrie has come to the end and I have to accept it.
When my fiancé said that he wanted to do a wedding in Hawaii, I wasn’t even sure where to start. I have never been to Hawaii and I knew I needed help. I contacted Cherished in Hawaii Weddings and Carrie responded right away. She was understanding and sweet and knew exactly what I wanted. We had our wedding at the hotel at Waikiki beach and Carrie helped me to talk to the staff at the hotel and convey what I wanted, which was exactly what I needed. She recommended amazing vendors (video, photography, make-up&hair, flowers, DJ&MC, harpist), we ended up hiring all of the vendors that she recommended and were very pleased. Carrie was on the phone with me when it was needed, sent me pictures of the ideas and responded to my emails quickly no matter how busy she was.
I am a very picky person, super organized and I like having control. Letting go of control was the hardest, but I knew I could trust Carrie. After all, look at all the amazing reviews. She led me through the process of wedding planning in the best way possible. Every time I got anxious or worried I just had to talk to her and suddenly I was excited and thrilled about our Big Day. Carrie’s well organized style helped us to always be on the same page and have recorded trail of ideas.
Carrie is the most professional and hard working person I have ever worked with. She has really good relationships with her vendors and they respect her and therefore respected my requests.
Mark did our ceremony and it was what we wanted. Mark was easy to talk to and he was very accommodating. Again, he was Carrie’s recommendation.
If I had to do it again, I would do it only by hiring Carrie again. Maybe we can plan some other party one-day on beautiful Oahu with our Carrie.
Carrie made sure our wedding was perfect. That is the single most important sentence out of this review. Not a hiccup was made during my wedding day. I had the most stress free, happy, fun, beautiful wedding day a bride could ask for, and I owe it all to Carrie and her team. She coordinated everything for me. The site, officiant, photographer, videographer, make-up and hair stylist, everything! She made sure we stayed within my budget and time frame and that I was always a happy and satisfied bride. She was on top of everything. We planned our entire wedding via phone and email from Michigan to Hawaii and I felt safe, and protected by Carrie. I was able to trust her with the most important decisions of our wedding day and I'm so glad I did. Because of our sweet, and wonderful wedding planner, my wedding was a dream come true.
Thank you for everything Carrie!
Chris & Kelly P.
From the day we met Carrie and Mark at JW Marriott lobby in Ko Olina, they have been absolutely awesome. Carrie told us to just enjoy every day leading up to our special day, and have fun. Then just show up and get married, and she would take care of the rest.
We trusted her implicitly every step of the way. After all, this is what she does! She made he whole process very simple and straightforward, and was never pushy. She was just an absolute delight to work with. Choosing her to coordinate everything was such a great decision. She reassured us the whole way that everything would be perfect, and it was. Anytime we had any doubts, she told us not to worry about it, things will be perfect. And it was.
She's so good at what she does. When she praises one of her vendors, she is NOT kidding. When someone says that someone else is the best they have ever seen, you usually take it with a grain of salt. But for once, the grain of salt was nowhere to be seen. From the party rental team to the flowers, hair and make-up, to catering, cake, music, emcee, bartender, video, transportation... she really has found the best vendors and put them together to create her wedding dream team. They work together so seamlessly that it's hard to believe they're not all the same company.
Our wedding went off without a hitch, and everything was absolutely perfect. We could not have asked for anything to have been done any differently. Thank you so much Carrie, for making our wedding the most memorable one ever. Our friends and family are still ranting and raving about it. Keep doing what you do. Aloha and mahalo from the bottom of our hearts for everything. There are not enough good things we can say, but i think there's a character limit on reviews so we'll have to leave it at that. Thank you thank you thank you for an unforgettable day. It was an absolute pleasure working with you every step of the way over the past year or so! We had a blast. Til we meet again!
Thanks to the hard work, attention to detail, and expertise of the team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings, my son and daughter-in-law's wedding day was absolutely perfect! I knew immediately as soon as I had my initial phone conversation with Carrie, that I had found the perfect coordinator. She won me over with her professional, friendly, and easy going personality. Talking to her on the phone was like talking to a close friend. I'd hang up feeling excited and worry free.
Lanikuhonua is a beautiful wedding venue. Our guests were blown away with the ceremony and the reception, and complimented everything. To this day, they are all still raving about how beautiful and special the wedding was and that it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. It was truly a memorable day for us and all our guests. Everyone had a blast!
Put all of your wedding worries and concerns to rest....choose Carrie and the team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings. It'll be the best decision you'll ever make.
My husband and I wanted to renew our vows for our ten year wedding anniversary. We wanted to do it in the majestic island of Hawaii, in the presence of our children and family. When researching wedding planners/vendors/coordinators, Hawaii was saturated with them. Many are affordable but their websites seemed outdated and I was not impressed w/their photos online. I was referred by a family friend to Cherished in Hawaii Weddings. I was immediately impressed with their website, it was modern, straight forward and had great reviews. I called and I spoke w/ Carrie on the phone. She won me over w/ her professional, friendly, easy going, "Aloha spirit" personality. She was accessible to me over emails and phone calls. Her package was affordable and out of 10, she is a 10 when it came to the actual event. She stayed in contact w/ me via email, and text messaging the day I arrived in Hawaii. She always got back to me in a timely manner and assisted not only with my vow renewal, but with hotel suggestions and a venue for our lunch reception. The day of my event, she made me feel so special, she and her husband Marc (the photographer) were spectacular!!! They were so kind, they included our children in our blessing, they are very professional, upbeat, organized, our ceremony and pictures went smoothly. They checked in periodically asking if there were any more pictures I wanted taken, they were very accommodating to my disabled aunt and just overall they made me and my family feel so comfortable. I highly recommend Cherished in Hawaii as your Hawaiian wedding/vow renewal vendor. You will be guaranteed a stress free, memorable event that you with CHERISH forever!
My husband and I are from Texas and we had our destination wedding in Ko Olina, Hawaii. I had such a relaxing and stress free wedding all because of Carrie. I simply love her!
She has a take charge attitude. You want something done, she does it. She will make sure that your day is how you want it. You will get the wedding you want if Carrie is running the show. She knows all the right vendors to work with.
She is organized and professional without being arrogant. She has her act together which is great when you are a bride on the brink of insanity. She is always on the ball and I had a perfect wedding. Everything was done just as I wanted and if there were any glitches, I was not even aware of them. She took my dream, my vision, and made it happen.
You exceeded my expectation.
Thank you Carrie! You are a gem!
I admit that I may have been a bit of a bridezilla with huge trust issues. Planning a destination in Hawaii, a place neither my husband or I have travelled to, was a huge risk and can be worrying. We relied heavily on email communication. The research process was so difficult, I tried to contact many vendors directly, most of which took forever to reply or didn't respond at all. Carrie, from Cherished in Hawaii Weddings, however, is an exception. She is very responsive, usually get a reply in within 2 business days. In my view, that's an amazing turn around time for such a demanding job!
From the first day I spoke to her, she helped us book our venue, Lanikuhonua, gave me tips and recommendations and talked me through the process very slowly. She is so friendly and very easy to get a long with. It just felt like talking to a close friend! I immediately decided to engage Carrie to assist in planning the wedding.
Being a hands on bride on a budget, I was quite a handful. Carrie was very considerate of this and provided many suggestions and assisted greatly in helping us stick to our budget.
I got to meet Carrie only a week before the wedding. She gave me her full attention for the whole week. I received messages from her everyday, keeping me posted about the final details.
The wedding day went very smoothly and way too quickly. Carrie will take us through the day step by step and made sure we had everything we need during the day. We enjoyed every minute of it all thanks to the planning by Carrie!
She works with vendors that were wonderful! Hair & makeup turned out beautiful (I didn't even do a trial!), Catering and food were delicious (all the guests loved it), bar tender was very creative, rental company and DJ company also did a great job! I would say if Carrie recommends, IT WILL BE GOOD!
For any other brides planning a destination wedding in Hawaii, I would highly recommend Carrie for her 10/10 service! :-) It will be money well spent!
My husband and I decided to get married in Hawaii while we were there on holiday. We had one week to plan the wedding. Cherished in Hawaii was highly recommended to us by a local taxi driver! After we had made initial contact with Carrie, we knew we were in great hands! From the outset, Carrie was caring, attentive to our needs and budget, and was always available to answer our questions. She immediately put us at ease and made the planning completely stress free and fun. Our wedding day was perfect in every way. Carrie had arranged for us the most beautiful private ceremony location, a warm and caring celebrant, exceptional photography and videography, and stunning flower arrangements. As well, Carrie was always spoke supportive, charming, funny and personal words for us on our special day. It was an absolute joy having Carrie organise our wedding. She went above and beyond what we could have imagined, particularly on such short notice. We cannot recommend Carrie and Cherished in Hawaii more highly. She helped make our dream become reality.
I contacted Cherished in Hawaii Weddings about 3 months prior to my wedding, and it was the best decision I ever made! I was under a tremendous amount of stress from buying a house, a bridesmaid that had just backed out, family members causing drama, and most of all, planning a Hawaiian (Oahu) wedding from California. With 3 months to go, I had a venue and a guitarist booked, but not much else. I decided to hire a coordinator after I cracked two of my back teeth in my sleep from stress!
From the very first email Carrie sent me, she eased my fears and reassured me that everything would be wonderful. I had a very limited budget and she was kind enough to work with me for less than what she normally charges. She was definitely worth every penny and more!
Little snags popped up here and there, and Carrie handled each one with ease. When my guitarist cancelled a few days before my wedding, Carrie hired an award-winning musician who was absolutely amazing! She also gave me suggestions on how to save money without sacrificing my vision. Every time I spoke with her on the phone, I hung up feeling relaxed and excited.
Thanks to Carrie, my wedding was incredible! The flowers that she had suggested looked gorgeous, the hair and makeup woman that she had suggested was wonderful, the musician was awesome, and Carrie even distracted me with a funny story to stop me from crying right before I walked down the aisle. I don't know how she made it happen, but the weather was perfect as well!
My advice to anyone who wants a perfect wedding in Hawaii is this: Call Carrie!! She is amazing, and will make your wedding dreams a reality! Working with her is like having a new best friend without any of the drama!
I can not say enough good things about Cherished in Hawaii! The fact that I did not have to stress one bit about ANYTHING was worth every penny! Carrie is the sweetest and really truly cares! She does everything to make that special day go above and beyond anything you could have imagined!
The only way to describe my wedding day is to say it was a dream. Thanks to Cherished in Hawaii.
We had a destination wedding of 60 people on March 2014. Apparently for a destination wedding, this is a huge party. We were very scared not knowing what we got ourselves into. We searched for different wedding coordinators and came across with Carrie. We left Carrie a message and we got a return call very quickly. We spoke with Carrie for a long time and she took down our details very well. We were so impressed by her that we signed her up immediately. She has this calming nature that you know she knows her stuff and you could count on her.
Throughout the process, she was very helpful. My husband and I have very hectic work schedule and we traveled a lot for work. Worst of all, we both lived in different cities and time zones. So we know we do not have much time in the vendor selection process. Carrie took care of it for us. All we had to do is pick what we want and she arranged each and everyone of them. The best part was she took care of the vendor payments as well. On the day of the wedding, all we had to do is take care of ourselves. I do not have to worry a single detail. Carrie really took care of everything on the wedding day itself. And this is not a lie.
The best part of Carrie is her responsiveness. It is as though she glued her eyes and ears to me. Two weeks before the wedding, she gave me a call to make sure I calmed my nerves, taught me how to answer questions, told me what I need to do and made sure I had a good time. Another great thing about Carrie is how she worked our budget. She was very honest with us on what we could do and what we could not. It is hard to come by a wedding coordinator who is honest.
The wedding was more than what we could ask for. It went so smoothly and all my guest had so much fun. We had so much fun that we could not believe how easy a wedding could be. It was such a pleasure to know that we could actually have fun during our wedding instead of stressing out the details. Carrie took the stress away from me.
We highly recommend brides working with her. Especially this is a destination wedding.
We hired Carrie to help us coordinate our destination wedding in Hawaii. There are not enough words to express how happy we are that we chose Carrie from Cherished in Hawaii Weddings.
She did a great job and everything went perfectly! She made the whole process stress free and fun. Communicating with her was clear and fast, she always replied fast to emails or phone calls. Also we were very satisfied with the vendors she works with.
Carrie's husband Mark served as the minister for our ceremony and he did a great job!
Thank you Carrie and Mark for making our wedding day absolutely wonderful!
We definitely recommend Cherished In Hawaii Weddings to anyone getting married in Hawaii!
How do we plan a wedding when we live in Australia . . But want to be married in Hawaii on the beach with our three precious daughters present? Who can you trust that far away?
Then we found Cherished In Hawaii Weddings!
Organising from afar was fun and stress free . . Because of Carrie! She made organising the biggest day in our lives so easy. Carrie cared about what we truly wanted (never tried to upsell) and pulled the day all together and under budget! No matter how different our requests seemed!
The day was everything we dreamed it would be and more! Sincere thanks to Carrie and the team!
We had a destination wedding with a small group of 13 and Carrie did a wonderful job! She literally planned my wedding within 2 months!
Knowing you're about to get married is already stressful enough but also planning the details is sure to make anyone's head spin!
This is where Carrie comes in and makes everything a breeze. I'm such a worrywart and Carrie made it easy for me. There's something about her nice soothing voice when you talk to her that will help ease any bride's jitters! She's so nice and is always 10 steps ahead of you. She goes above and beyond to make sure her bride is always taken care of.
I love how she always tells me to stop being so nice and tell her if I'm unhappy or that it's always okay to change something she had suggested. But the truth is, I never had to because she was planning it perfectly! She is awesome! With Carrie, she also has great vendors that she deals with so you will always get the best deal. You should trust her judgment and let her take the rein. She has so many positive reviews for a reason and that's because she's earned them all with her great work!
I would totally recommend her and thank you for planning our wedding!
Being an interior designer, I tend to be more particular with everything in life. Having a destination wedding and not having any local resources to work with was my biggest challenge. Hiring a wedding coordinator was the best decision we made and we’re extremely lucky to have found Carrie!
I looked up many websites, some of them looked very polished and impressive, but once I contacted them, I just didn’t feel they were very personal and their fees were quite high. Carrie had a different approach and I immediately felt the connection with her, plus her fee was reasonable and that made it easier for me to commit to her services.
On the planning part, she was very flexible with my budget and changing my minds, what I appreciated the most was that she had a very clear idea about what I wanted to achieve ultimately, so when I got distracted with different issues (budget, guest count, menu… etc.), she was great at taking me through the process and figuring out what’s really important to keep. She was also full of great ideas, we had a small wedding, most of our guests are not what you would call “party animals”, she suggested wonderful entertainment ideas that kept the event exciting for everyone.
The day of wedding went perfectly! Everything came alive as we planned but exceeded my expectation! Carrie took care of any potential emergencies without me even realizing… I didn’t have to worry about anything but enjoying our special day! All the vendors Carrie suggested were professional and pleasant; I can tell Carrie had wonderful relationships with everyone she works with.
We had a beautiful wedding with our closest family and friends in paradise, it was an intimate and elegant event, but also fun and exciting! We will cherish the memories for the rest of lives!
We had our wedding on Jan 25 2014. Thanks to Carrie and her crew it was perfect.
Because of our busy schedule, I only got about 3 months to plan this destination wedding at Hawaii. I am not a careless man but at first I just have no idea where to start and all my thoughts, contracts and all were depend on Carrie's detailed notes and timeline. She is extremely fast in responding my emails and phone calls. And there are something very comfortable just talking to her. I only hired her to coordinate my reception but she volunteered to help with the communications with my photographer, videographer and ceremony vendors.
On the day, we had change of plans, we encountered severe traffic, but everything worked out in the end thanks to Carrie's flexibility and creativity. I was full of joy but exhausted at the same time therefore couldn't think at all. During the reception, I just followed Carrie's instructions and that was it. The day went perfectly.
I would recommend Cherished in Hawaii Weddings to all the couples.
Jack and Erin
If you're a destination bride, HIRE HER! I cannot speak from a local point. But planning a wedding in Hawaii from Texas led me to a lot of dead ends, and unanswered questions. Brining Carrie onboard was my best wedding decision.
She knows incredible vendors, and I'm not just talking about vendors who are great at what they do. I'm talking about vendors who are great at what they do AND you will actually enjoy spending your wedding day with.
She is easy to talk to, on top of everything, no worries, positive, and always had a smile on her face (and in her voice if you're on the phone).
Her patience is out of this world. I had an issue with my bouquet (thought I would be making a brooch bouquet then misplaced the brooches during a move). Since I'm not a flower person, Carrie was able to talk me through so many options, and never once got frustrated with my indecisive manner. What our brainstorming came up with was the most beautiful and unique bouquet I could have imagined.
My heart warms just thinking about how much I enjoyed having her plan our Big Day, and start our marriage off with so much love and attention going into our celebration.
Keep Calm and Call Carrie
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