Cherished in Hawaii Weddings

Oahu & All Islands


Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Wedding Activities


Wedding Categories

Day-Of Coordination, Full Service Wedding Planning, Planning


Contact Info

92-1025 A. Koio Dr., Honolulu, HI
Oahu & All Islands

Reviewed on 10/23/2015

We are an Australian couple who were married in Hawaii this October. As you can imagine a daunting task getting married in a foreign olace and country with 80 of our closest friends and family. Well we found Carrie. This woman not only promised to deliver the wedding of our... Read More dreams, but actually delivered a Wedding better than we could have ever imagined. Her communication and then execution of what we wanted was unbelievable. Carrie and her infinite team/network of everything from husband Mark (our celebrant) to the florists, wait staff, chefs, musicians, bar tenders not only delivered on every promise but they dealt and worked with us with a smile and caring nature that was truely exceptional. As you can tell we could not recommend Carrie and the team more highly. Without her the best day of our lives would never have come true. (We even had guests, some of whom already happily married, that our wedding was the best day of their lives.) The hilariously ridiculous thing is there are literally plently of other planners who charge more than Carrie and I can be certain would not deliver the personal service that Carrie did us. An absolute no brainer we would recommend Carrie to anyone. Thankyou Carrie - we are forever grateful for your hard work and dedication.

Reviewed on 3/13/2016 Azaleah M

Words cannot express our gratitude enough for the team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings. When we decided to have a destination wedding, our original plan was to do all the work ourselves and hire either a “day of” or “month and a half” coordinator as we had a budget. After... Read More inquiring from multiple coordinators, we were incredibly fortunate to come across Carrie with Cherished in Hawaii Weddings. We exchanged a couple of emails and after giving her our budget, she mentioned she might be able to offer a one stop shop, which was a huge relief. After speaking with her for a couple hours on the phone, we knew immediately that she was the coordinator we wanted to hire. Carrie is one of the most accommodating and most kind-hearted person we’ve ever met. After working with all the contracts, she showed us the invoice from all the vendors and we were ecstatic that she was so respectful of our budget. Fast forward to the week of the wedding, we had our pre wedding meeting with Carrie to go over the logistics of the wedding. She informed us multiple times to just relax and enjoy our wedding as she will take care of everything else. During the day of the wedding, Carrie ensured the timeline go as smooth as possible while also communicating with us each step of the way. After the ceremony and taking photos, we finally walked into the reception and we were blown away of what Carrie and her team was able to do. Carrie and her team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings easily exceeded our expectations and we could not thank them enough!

Reviewed on 2/29/2016 Gaby W

We are an Australian couple who decided to do things a bit differently. We had a Jewish Orthodox wedding at Lanikohuanua in February 2016 and were so fortunate that Carrie was our planner and coordinator. Our wedding wasn't a simple task for any of the vendors. It was strictly... Read More kosher, and there were lots of traditions and customs that were included that they weren't used to. Carrie was very flexible and went way above and beyond for us compared to what she normally does, while keeping the costs very affordable. The wedding was absolutely perfect. It was a dream come true. And Carrie is incredible at co-0rdinating everything and everyone. She replies to emails straight away and has a very gentle way of communicating and keeping things calm. We highly recommend Carrie and Lanikohonua as a venue and are so happy with how everything turned out. She had a 4.5 hour meeting with us the day after we arrived in Oahu, consolidating everything and going over all the details. At the end of the night, she even made sure a lost wallet was returned to my cousins hotel. Her extreme attention to detail ensured our wedding was executed absolutely perfectly.

Reviewed on 10/16/2016 Jacqueline Y

Carrie is Hawaii's best kept secret! If you are looking for a planner whose experienced, knowledgable, organized, and will get what you want done with minimal stress to you. Carrie is your girl. I spent hours on the phone with Carrie leading up to the wedding day. She kept me... Read More calm and reassured that everything would be perfect and she was right. Without her I would have been a hot mess. Prior to our big day, Carrie warned me that guest would leave our wedding/reception saying that our wedding is the best that they've attended. We just got back from our wedding and all we can say is WOW!!! Even though I didn't believe her at the time, she was right! Every guest that we have spoken with has said "your wedding is the best that we've ever attended", "your going to be a tough act to follow", or "I can never go to another wedding again". All thanks to Carrie! First off TRUST CARRIE AND HER NO NAME VENDORS. If you are a baller on a wedding budget which I was, her vendors executed everything that I wanted to a T. The catering, cake, Polynesian Show, Flowers, Decor, Rentals, and DJ came out amazing. I provided photos to Carrie and her "no name" vendors gave me exactly what I wanted. If not they even went above my expectations. Not only are they great but they are completely affordable! Officiant wise use her Husband Mark Kurnow. He is awesome!!! He is genuine, funny, and he carries great energy. Everyone loved him. Carrie recommended him to us because we didn't have an officiant and we are so glad we used him. He performed our christian ceremony perfectly and he ended our ceremony with a Hawaiian Blessing and a blowing of the conch shell (a nice surprise that Carrie and him saved for us). Not to mention Mark gave us the VIP treatment, since Carrie was our planner. Mark stayed on site to help Carrie with anything that she needed help with. Great Husband :) He was in the sand taking photos, he helped set up the sound system for the Polynesian show, etc. Another nice thing about Carrie is that she gets excited when she save you money. Which I love!!! She also saved small surprises for us on the day of the wedding. An example is we booked the Polynesian Show through her! All we knew was that there was going to be fire, she surprised us with the kids World Champion Firedancers! Also with group participation. It was a really touch and an amazing way to end the night. Adam and I couldn't be happier with it. If you have no clue what you are doing Carrie simplifies everything with her experienced process and forms. She really does amazing work. She makes it so simple that I forgot I was a first time bride planning my first wedding :) All in all if your looking for a planner or an officiant or both Mark and Carrie are the way to go. They are a power couple when it comes to wedding planning and officiating. Carrie will be able to provide you your dream wedding within your budget. I cannot recommend her/her husband/her team highly enough. They are also genuine and caring people. I felt more like I was planning with a friend than I did with a planner. PS. I had my wedding and reception at Lanikuhonua Phase 2 (sunset). Everything really did come out Amazing and there is no other words that I could use to describe it. Thank you Carrie!!!

Reviewed on 10/15/2016 Joy B

Well - where do I begin! I guess to review the outstanding team at Cherished In Hawaii Weddings, I first have to share a bit about myself first. I am an Australian bride and a real perfectionist/control freak at the best of times! This makes destination weddings for brides like... Read More me a real 'challenge' because you can't be there supervising and sampling and overseeing every decision and choice! But let me tell you - Carrie and the team at Cherished In Hawaii Weddings were beyond brilliant! For the months leading up to the wedding, I would send the team pictures of things I liked - cakes, flowers, arch set up, tent vision...and I hoped for the best. I cannot emphasize enough how perfect, amazing, breathtaking absolutely perfect everything was! And the team made sure I stuck to my budget in creating the wedding of my dreams. The day not only met my expectations as set by the pictures I sent through - it exceeded them a hundred fold! The day was a fairytale. Every minutiae of detail absolute perfection. The team not only took care of my every wish to create my dream wedding, but on the day they took care of me too! Reminding me to eat and drink and mingle so that we could savor every moment of the magical day. The team at Cherished In Hawaii Weddings has become a part of my family and will forever hold a special place in my heart for the friendship, trust and dream wedding that was created. I urge every couple reading this to look no further. Your dream wedding is guaranteed if you choose Cherished In Hawaii Weddings. A million thank yous are not enough to express my eternal gratitude for the collaboration, professionalism, patience, support and the great fun that the team showed me in the lead up and during our brilliant wedding! I didn't have to worry about a thing and I look back now with a big smile at the most perfect Wedding I could have ever imagined that was ours. Thank you again xxx

Reviewed on 10/14/2016 Stacy W

We are so THANKFUL that we found Cherished in Hawaii Weddings!! My fiancé and I originally chose a different company to go through when we were planning our destination wedding in Oahu for October 2016 (before we knew Cherished in Hawaii Weddings was an option....) and in short,... Read More two weeks prior to our wedding day the company we chose was unresponsive and left us completely in the dark after putting a deposit down!! At this point I was in panic mode -- seeing as our wedding was only 2 weeks away!! I found Cherished in Hawaii Weddings online and contacted Carrie -- from the very first moment I talked to Carrie I knew in my heart I was in good hands. Carrie listened to me and talked to me as if we were long time friends. She has a very positive contagious personality! She made me and my fiancé feel at such ease! She was so kind and so comfortable to talk to. She really went above and beyond. Carrie and Mark took care of everything and was able to make our dream wedding come true in just two weeks with no stress!! If I was able to give them unlimited stars I would.... they absolutely earned it!! Our wedding was so beautiful and so memorable because of Carrie and Mark! Everything truly does happen for a reason and we are so grateful our lives crossed paths with theirs and that we shared such a special unforgettable day with them!! Carrie and Mark at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings WILL NOT disappoint -- they are amazing on every single level!!!!! They will exceed your expectations with flying colors!! They will go the extra mile to listen to your vision and make it come to life!! Mark officiated our wedding and made it so unique and spoke from his heart and our ceremony couldn't have been any more beautiful!!!! We got married in the most beautiful cove we have ever seen thanks to Carrie!! We cannot say enough wonderful things about them!! We cannot THANK Cherished in Hawaii Weddings, Carrie and Mark enough!!!! We are so pleased and hopes everyone choses them!!!!! :) Thank you Carrie and Mark times a million, we love you guys!!!!!! Happiest newly weds -- Stacy and Jake Welch 10.2.16

Reviewed on 10/13/2016 Lokahi E

We found Cherished in Hawaii Weddings online and contacted Carrie. She was AWESOME to work with!! Super easy to talk to and always addressing any of our concerns. Her experience made everything run soooo smooth. The wedding was EVERYTHING I DREAMED OF AND MORE. Very easy to work... Read More with, ton of experience, excellent suggestions, and super organized. The wedding turned out better than I could of imagined and was truly a night to remember. I loved that our friends and family felt the same and kept telling us that our wedding was the best they've ever been to. Thanks Carrie!!!

Reviewed on 10/04/2016 Molly D

Carrie was so helpful throughout the whole process! It was a simple elopement, but planning from Ohio was so easy with her help.

Reviewed on 9/18/2016 Mary Anne S

We had a destination wedding in Oahu that took a year of planning and Carrie was there to help us plan it one step at a time. It seemed overwhelming but Carrie was able to break it down and made it very fun and stress-free. Carrie goes above and beyond and will always have... Read More your best interest at heart. Her expertise was very useful in helping us make decisions but always kept our ideas of our dream wedding in mind. And with a good relationship with vendors, she was able to get us the biggest bang for our buck. It's the little things that makes Carrie and the team at Cherished in Hawaii the best. On the morning of the wedding, Carrie called me asking how I was doing. She could tell I was anxious, but reminded me what she's been telling me since day 1 of our planning: "You're not nervous, you're excited!" I'll never forget how she took care of me! She also said when things don't go according to plan, don't let it ruin the moment because it will always make a great story. Sure enough, a few major things, that were out of her control, went wrong and she was right on it before we could even react to them and assured us that everything would be ok. We now have the best stories! When we look back, we still describe it as the perfect day and everyone that was able to share it with us says it was the most beautiful wedding they've attended and it's all thanks to Carrie! We are so thankful for all of her hard work. If you are looking for a wedding coordinator, look no further than Carrie and the team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings!

Reviewed on 8/11/2016

If you are searching for a wedding planning team, CHOOSE CHERISHED IN HAWAII!! I am so happy I selected their team to plan my wedding! I am the type of bride that wanted someone else to handle all of the details; ideally, I wanted someone to plan the entire wedding and I just... Read More show up on THE DAY ready to walk down the aisle. I gave Carrie a few ideas and she asked me some questions over the course of a few phone calls and traded emails. She made me feel comfortable and at ease all of the time. About 5 days ahead of time, I emailed Carrie and moved up my wedding date by 6 months! I was originally planning to get married in December 2016, and completely changed the timeline. I let poor Carrie know that we were coming next week and wanted to get married right away! She took it in stride, found a new (and less expensive!) venue, found a great hair/makeup artist, coordinated everything with the restaurant we chose for the reception, found a minister and made sure we got our wedding license. She never even seemed stressed about the last minute change of plans! I could not have asked for a more perfect team to plan my wedding. I would choose Cherished in Hawaii over and over again!

Reviewed on 7/24/2016

It’s been two months since our dream wedding in Oahu, but we still can’t stop smiling ear to ear just thinking back to our special day. We have one very special lady to thank for this – Carrie is simply the most amazing wedding planner anyone could ever ask for! She pays good... Read More attention to detail, has impeccable taste in her recommendations, is flexible in accommodating our changing ideas and really goes the extra mile. Right from the start, she has always been there for us with prompt replies and suitable notifications whenever she might be a little harder to reach due to events and travel. Not once during our entire planning phase did we feel any sense of panic, because we always had Carrie’s steady hands at the wheel. On the day of the wedding itself, she was ninja-like! It sounds funny, but there is no other way to describe it. Her presence was not at all imposing nor overbearing, but she was always just within reach for any questions we had, and even pre-empted a few of our requests! We could go on and on for pages about how amazing Carrie is at everything she did for us, but really, for a couple travelling to Hawaii for our destination wedding, she simply made the entire experience so assured, relaxed and easy for us. Thank you, Carrie, for the bottom of our hearts. We are so extremely happy to have you be a part of our wedding. Love from Sydney, Yoshie & Alan.

Reviewed on 7/10/2016 Ally J

The team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings made our dream come true. From the very first interaction I had with Carrie I felt at ease and taken care of. She did a great job to give us a beautiful wedding full of happy memories. It was STRESS FREE & easy, I'd recommend Carrie... Read More and Team a million times over

Reviewed on 6/20/2016

Carrie and her team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings were EXCELLENT in planning, organizing and fulfilling all our needs for my daughter's destination wedding at Paradise Cove. From the first moment we spoke, I knew I was making a wise decision by hiring Carrie and her team.... Read More She reminded me several times, "no reason to stress over any of this. You will see" and she was absolutely right; she made sure everything was perfect and exactly what we wanted. My daughter wanted to pray with her fiance' privately before the ceremony and Carrie made sure they were able to do this without the groom seeing the bride on their wedding day before the wedding. The team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings made my daughter's dream wedding a reality and we are thankful for their teamwork. Thank you Carrie and the Team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings, we have a life time of memories because of your hard work and dedication!

Reviewed on 6/16/2016

We can't thank Carrie and her team enough!! We are an Australian couple who got married at Paradise Cove with our reception at Top of Roy's in Ko Olina and the whole experience was amazing. All the wedding planning from the other side of the world was so easy with the... Read More Cherished in Hawaii team and I don't think there are enough words to do their work justice. Our day was even better than we imagined and if you truly want a dream wedding, in a dream location organised with no-stress and by an amazing lady and her team, then look no further than Cherished in Hawaii!

Reviewed on 6/10/2016

I found Carrie online while looking for a wedding coordinator. Everything I read about her from reviews to her own profile sounded great! I called Carrie because I needed a day of coordinator, and when we spoke she was extremely helpful. Carrie let me know about details I... Read More didn't realize I had to consider and also suggested vendors for me. She gave me good advice and spoke to me more like a friend and not a business. I ended up using three of the vendors she suggested and I couldn't be happier with them. Everyone has been very responsive and affordable. I would recommend Carrie to anyone looking for a planner.

Reviewed on 6/03/2016 Sin Ian S

We are giving them 10 stars for their professional services and being the best of the best. Thanks to the whole team at Cherished in Hawaii Wedding for helping us run a memorable destination wedding. We appreciated your unfailing attention to detail. With all the last minute... Read More snags, we worried that something would fall through the cracks, but you anticipated every contingency. Many guests commented on how well you all had organized the wedding. We could not have done all of this without you! Thank you Carrie and Mark! You guys and your team Rocks!!!!! -Jackie and Katie

Reviewed on 6/03/2016 Charmain B

Recently I had the honor or participating in one of my very best friends' wedding. It was so beautiful. The ceremony location at Paradise Cove and the reception at Roy's in Ko'Olina were outstanding. The decor, flowers, everything was AMAZING!!! My friend told me her wedding... Read More coordinator was Carrie Lance of Cherished in Hawaii Weddings; she was the one who created her dream wedding. And, the officiant was Reverend Mark Kurnow. He delivered a beautiful blessing to the bride and groom and I was truly touched by his words. I just want to say thank you for making my friends' day so special. And, when I plan my dream wedding I will be calling the team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings to make it happen.

Reviewed on 6/02/2016

When my other half told me let’s get married within two months, I was hesitated not because I do not want to marry him, but because of the time frame, the planning and how much stress it’s going to cost me. Then we found Carrie and Mark, spoke to them just one time, assured me... Read More that is doable and do not stress. She put quotes together from place of ceremony, receptions, Music, flowers…. you name it and within a couple of days our needs are within reach. All of them were within our budget. We thought our dream was beyond reach! We have booked our wedding with Carrie’s and Mark’s helped every step of the way. All in all, Cherished in Hawaii Weddings is awesome... My fiancé and I are over the moon and our friends cannot believe how lucky we have got to know them. We never felt stress or worry, we totally trust Cherished in Hawaii Weddings and our special day was fabulous. We love you guys. Thank you so much form the bottom of our heart. Love, Thelma and Jeff

Reviewed on 5/26/2016 Rosalee Y

I simply could not have enjoyed our big day as much as I did without Carrie. I felt she really listened to us and helped us to manifest our vision. She went above and beyond what we expected of her.

Reviewed on 5/24/2016 Gennessey L

Carrie and her team did SUCH an amazing job with our wedding at Lanikuhonua. I wanted a lot of specific elements and Carrie patiently worked through all the details with me over countless emails and phone calls - all the while remaining professional but still keeping things fun.... Read More Her organizational skills made it so easy to keep track of everything and I knew that our wedding day would go exactly as planned - which it did! She also has a GREAT network of vendors whom we completely trusted - especially the food! Nao was absolutely amazing and people couldn't stop talking about how great the food was. Carrie also has lots of tips to keep the day going smoothly, but she always made it work when we wanted to do something other than what she recommended. Many thanks to Carrie and her team for making our dream wedding happen!

Reviewed on 5/06/2016

I was told to show up on my wedding day, relax, stress-free and have fun. As a lazy groom, done deal. Since I know nothing about weddings, Carrie took the time to explain and guided me through the entire process like I was at a buffet selecting venue, food catering, photography... Read More vendors, flowers, etc. There were a lot to select from. Communication with Carrie was excellent. She was down to earth, easy to talk to, and very friendly. What I like most about Carrie is that she doesn't tell you if your ideas are doable or not, she goes one step further. If your idea was good, she'll provide her personal feedback and recommendation to improve your ideas. If it was bad, she'll state reasons why and provide alternative options. This made my wedding extra special. I can't thank her enough for this. I hope all wedding planners out there follow suit. Come to the wedding day, as promised, my bride (now wife) and I showed up stress-free and had a lot of fun. CHW literally did everything. It was beautifully decorated, magically all set up, and awesomely played out from the DJ playing the music to the entire ceremony. Guests were very surprised not knowing how the wedding was going to be. The Polynesian show made it that more unique. At this point, the guests were blown away from the entire event as my wife and I were. Carrie and team at Cherished in Hawaii Wedding, thank for everything!! My wife and I highly recommend Cherished in Hawaii Weddings. My only advice, save budget for the Polynesian show and send me a thank you card afterward. A day or so after the wedding, my wife and I was treated to a dinner with another Polynesian show and it was entertaining but definitely not as great as the performers from our wedding.

Reviewed on 5/02/2016

We are from Alaska, and it was our first time ever going to Hawaii. We had no idea what to look for so I started browsing wedding websites for a wedding coordinator. Cherished Weddings in Hawaii caught my eye. Carrie is amazing! If you are looking for someone to help you with... Read More your big day from beginning to end stress free. You are at the right place. Our wedding was held at Paradise Cove, and it was gorgeous. The weather was amazing. She had many options of vendors & the ones we worked with were amazing. Our big day went smoothly. Our photos & video looks gorgeous, and will be cherished for the rest of our lives. If you want to remember your ceremony it’s a good idea to video the whole thing. From picking a venue to finding a cake vendor, hair & makeup, photography & videography to our reception Carrie had all the answers. She makes you feel special. She takes care of everything, and pays attention to detail. Tiki’s Bar & Grill, the Coconut Room has an amazing view on Waikiki for a reception. Especially if it’s on a Friday, so we got to watch the Hilton Hawaiian Village fireworks. Thank you Carrie & your team for doing an awesome job on our wedding day! You all made us feel so special. I would highly recommend Cherished Weddings in Hawaii.

Reviewed on 5/02/2016

We are from Alaska, and it was our first time ever going to Hawaii. We had no idea what to look for so I started browsing wedding websites for a wedding coordinator. Cherished Weddings in Hawaii caught my eye. Carrie is amazing! If you are looking for someone to help you with... Read More your big day from beginning to end stress free. You are at the right place. Our wedding was held at Paradise Cove, and it was gorgeous. The weather was amazing. She had many options of vendors & the ones we worked with were amazing. Our big day went smoothly. Our photos & video looks gorgeous, and will be cherished for the rest of our lives. If you want to remember your ceremony it’s a good idea to video the whole thing. From picking a venue to finding a cake vendor, hair & makeup, photography & videography to our reception Carrie had all the answers. She makes you feel special. She takes care of everything, and pays attention to detail. Tiki’s Bar & Grill, the Coconut Room has an amazing view on Waikiki for a reception. Especially if it’s on a Friday, so we got to watch the Hilton Hawaiian Village fireworks. Thank you Carrie & your team for doing an awesome job on our wedding day! You all made us feel so special. I would highly recommend Cherished Weddings in Hawaii.

Reviewed on 4/17/2016 Jazmarie O

Carrie and her vendors did such a wonderful job on making our wedding perfect! Our ceremony was held at Paradise Cove which was so beautiful with the ocean and palm trees in the background. We were on the grass and shaded by palm trees. The ceremony was held on time because... Read More everything was so well organized by Cherished in Hawaii Weddings. We didn't have the usual rehearsal prior since Paradise Cove is strict, but Carrie was great on instructing our family and wedding party so everything went smoothly. The only problem was that everything finished early that my guests had to wait around until they can get to our reception at Roy's Ko Olina. Carrie is also great at trying to keep you in your budget and saving you money. We had a small budget with 50 guests, including my husband and I. I was so fortunate to find a full time coordinator with our small budget. Carrie coordinated our wedding throughout the entire year up until the day. I was a little worried half the year because she was so busy with other weddings that I thought nothing was moving forward. Plus, we mostly exchanged emails so I felt like it was harder to communicate what I was envisioning or explain what I was asking for. It's just hard to explain the details over email and text messages. I'm a perfectionist and I'm a creative person so I was worried that our wedding wouldn't turn out the way I envisioned, but it did. :) I also, had problems making decisions, but Carrie reassured me along the way and did her best to fulfill my requests. There were some hiccups but that happens in any event. One was, the DJ didn't play enough hip hop mostly 70's music but most of my guests were still dancing and had a great time! And Oli from Roy's Ko Olina also did a great job on taking care of us. Our guests were stuffed from the pupus and dinner entree. There were plenty of cocktails and wine that lasted until 9pm and were still within budget. :) Overall, I highly suggest to use Cherished in Hawaii Weddings! I was completely stress free before the day of and during my wedding.

Reviewed on 3/21/2016

Woohoo! As good as it gets! We had a small wedding of 15 people, but Carrie and Mark still made the entire process so easy. They took care of everything, and even found us a public beach that was secluded. They are both so easy going and extremely friendly to work with. And the... Read More pictures Mark took looked amazing! Thanks Carrie and Mark for sharing in our special day! - Lin and Tony

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