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Day-Of Coordination, Full Service Wedding Planning, Planning
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 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!!!
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 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
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 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!
Being from Australia and having never actually visited Hawaii, we felt very overcome with the magnitude of options available. How do you know which company/service is good? How accommodating will they be? How much will they actually care about what we want? Well let me just say that this team at Cherished in Hawaii is the best of the best. Carrie was our wedding planner and she not only dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's she really did go above and beyond so ensure our day was spectacularly special AND that it came in at our budget!! We couldn't have asked for a better day and she replied so quickly to all our emails which was very important to us since we were so far away! Being in the business for so long they knew which vendors to trust and which to steer away from - and they did all of this honestly. I don't think I could've found a better wedding planner team anywhere else in the world! So thank you to all the team for being so amazing, so fabulous and actually CARING about us.
Are you looking for a wedding planner who is reliable, hard working, and passionate in her work? Then Cherished in Hawaii Weddings is an absolute must! My wife and I had apprehensions about wedding planners because of experiences with her sister's planner. Top that off with the costs associated with well liked planners, we were worried we would have to sacrifice our budget in order to get a quality individual. I believe that meeting Ms. Carrie Lance was one of those rare opportunities we were truly fortunate to have, thank God! Carrie is a planner who understands her customers and makes the couple her top priority. Throughout our planning process, she accomodated our needs before conveniences and was prompt to respond to any questions we had; I need to also mention that ours was a destination wedding which inevitably increased the complexity of getting the right "things". Carrie was efficient and reliable in resolving conflicts/problems with vendors, hotels, and other organizations associated with the event. An added bonus was her husband, Mark, being a registered minister who understands the legal and administrative processes for marriages; he provided advice to our pastor and even assisted in getting the paperwork complete. I personally liked Carrie's optimistic and calming personality, which was influential in calming my bride's nerves. Carrie literally would absorb all the coordinating requirements while managing the vendors leading up to and on the day of the wedding. It is quite remarkable how such a sweet young lady can manage so much stress without even losing her composure or temperament. She had a great attitude from day one to the end and was absolutely instrumental in the success of the wedding day. My wife and I are truly thankful and blesssed to have worked with such an incredible planner. Thank you again and we truly hope the best to you and Mark. Mahalo!!
Planning: + Helped with prioritization of the planning process to minimize stress + Coordinated a detailed itinerary for our visit a few months before the wedding Communication: + Very quick and efficient response to all of our e-mails + Extremely friendly and always makes you smile through exchanges Day Of: + Detailed timeline that takes all of the stress out of the actual wedding day + Very flexible and able to deal with various hiccups that come up. It feels like there isn’t a hiccup that they haven’t already dealt with Bonus: + Great recommendations for vendors that were all amazing. Cherished in Hawaii Weddings' recommended vendors love them and will go above and beyond for CIHW clients + Provided a ton of tips and tricks along the way to help us save money as well as pre-correct for any potential mishaps that could happen Cherished in Hawaii Weddings (CIHW) helped us plan our November wedding at Lanikuhonua. Planning a blank slate wedding from California was daunting due to the sheer number of things that needed to be coordinated. Carrie and her team did an awesome job taking us through each of the major decision points as well as the million tiny details leading up to our wedding day. We started working with CIHW ~9 months before our planned wedding date. CIHW helped keep my wife and I focused on the most important decisions first as opposed to trying to work on everything all at once. Despite being in California during most of the planning, communication with CIHW went without a hitch as they always get back to you within 48hours (most of the time much sooner). A few months before our wedding date, CIHW helped coordinate a wedding planning visit for my wife and me. CIHW worked around our tight schedule and before we even got to Hawaii, we had a detailed itinerary complete with a schedule as well as contact info for all of the planning meetings. During our stay, we had a face-to-face meeting with Carrie where she sat down with us for 3-4 hours to work through the big opens and helped us close on many smaller details as well. CIHW always provides fantastic tips and tricks along the way to try to help couples save money. They were extremely respectful about making sure that they worked within the budget that we set. We loved all of the vendors that CIHW recommended and it was clear that all of the vendors love working with them. On the day of the wedding, all of the hard work from CIHW really crystalized for me. The timeline that they put together went without a hitch! I didn’t carry a phone from the moment that I stepped onto the venue. During our ceremony, our flower girl and ring bearer got shy (my wife’s niece and nephew), CIHW was able to change the procession order and get the little ones to their parents without skipping a beat. When my wife and I had our first dance, I accidentally stepped on her dress when picking her up (oops!). It broke a strap on my wife’s dress and popped off one of the buttons for the bustle. Carrie swooped in right after the first dance finished, and immediately safety pinned her strap back on and fixed the bustle. My wife didn’t even notice the strap and Carrie was already on it fixing it for her. Even though my wife and I didn’t want the event to end, it was relieving to know that CIHW had worked through all the details and made cleaning up after the event so easy for us. It was an amazing day and we couldn’t have pulled it off without the great team at CIHW.
Carrie and her team are absolutely wonderful! I imagine I must have been the most indecisive bride known to Cherished in Hawai'i Weddings. Ever. I'm so grateful for Carrie because at no point in time did she ever make me feel uncomfortable about my constant flipping back and forth on a wedding date. She was always patient and kind. I'm fortunate to have found her and had her assist me throughout the way. It was a little nerve wrecking being that I was planning all the way from California. She told me to rest assured everything would turn out fine and location would be breathtaking; it was. If any of my friends or family ever choose to wed in Hawai'i, I'll be sure to send them over to Carrie and her team. Wouldn't have it any other way.
Aloha mai kakou Carrie and Mark. Words alone cannot convey the gratitude that Ardis and I have for all you’ve done to make Billie and Mike’s wedding….. a very special day. The thing I noticed most is that you truly care about Mike and Billie. The enitre family had a great time and one of her cousins told her, “whatever she paid for the party, it was worth every penney!” I couldnt have said it any better. A lot of the atmosphere of the wedding was cultivated by your calm demeanor. You are absolutely correct in saying the wedding is planned and carried out with NO STRESS! If we ever have to do this again, the one thing thats certain is that we wouldnt do it WITHOUT YOU! Ardis and I have so much aloha for the both of you. Thank you for making Billie’s day, a special one for us too! I promise to send you my next born child. Malama Pu!
The Team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings was extraordinary! After researching the best wedding coordinators in Hawaii, I feel so lucky to have found this group, and specifically, Carrie. Destination weddings are challenging from a logistics perspective. Ultimately, it requires trust in your coordinator to know the reliable vendors (floral, rentals, catering, etc.) Carrie and her team were all exceptional in quality, timing, creativity, and overall professionalism. The wedding ceremony and reception exceeded my expectations. Carrie understood my vision and assembled the ideal team for success. The day went so smoothly because Carrie and her team cared so deeply, having spent many hours planning, conducting site visits, and reviewing every detail prior to the day. Save yourself time and hire this team. You won't regret it, and congratulations!!!
Hold on to your hats brides and grooms, I'm going to tell you a story about how my wedding was a set up for disaster and Carrie Lance and her amazing vendors came to the rescue to give us the perfect day. First off, we were planning my wedding from 5000 miles away BUT the groom's family was local to Hawaii and our guestlist ended up topping 200. Carrie worked with my crazy schedule and the time difference to nail down all the details. She helped us meet quality vendors who would have been hard for us to find, and because of her longtime relationships with them, they were responsive and flexible to meet our needs. I was able to do a scouting trip during the wedding planning process and she set up meetings and tastings so that we got everything done. Most of all, her planning process is about focusing on the FUN part of wedding planning. Carrie has a system and a timeline that she uses for all her weddings, and it's in your best interest to stick to it! It helps you and her keep all the wedding details organized so that your big day goes off without a hitch. I didn't even realize how spacey or vague I could be until I tried to work within the system, and it really helped focus me. Once you give Carrie all the details, she zooms in on the details and makes it happen without you having to worry about it. Okay, now the cream. We arrived in Hawaii and during our first meeting with Carrie and Mark (her husband and also our minister) 5 days before the wedding, they mentioned that a hurricane might be hitting Oahu on our wedding day. We had the event booked at Lanikuhonua, a beautiful and fully outdoor venue. As the week progressed, the hurricane warnings became more dire, stores were running out of bottled water, other people began cancelling outdoor events, and we got a phone call from the freakin' Navy highly suggesting that we relocate our event to an indoor venue. Most people would panic. Not Carrie (nor Mark, who became our personal emergency hurricane news tracker). Two days before the wedding we're frantically calling indoor venues who are, of course, all booked up. So she gives me the choice of moving the wedding up one day - our venue is available, and the weather is expected to be glorious. It's pure insanity, and of course we agree. So with 48 hours to go before the wedding, she arranges to have all my vendors come a day early (even the off-island ones came!), the rehearsal dinner to be booked early, the food to be prepared, the rentals to be delivered - it was madness. All the important vendors were able to do it, and we only had to switch out a few things because of scheduling conflicts (I didn't even notice the difference). My only job was calling 200 guests about the date change (yay). The whole wedding was a whirlwind and PERFECT, and Carrie made it happen. I think that, because of her years of experience and extensive vendor network, she's the only person who could've pulled this off. We even got some upgrades due to the date change (like the bigger site within Lanikuhonua) that worked out for the best. People were saying it was the best wedding they've ever been to and wondering how they were going to top it. Thanks to Carrie Lance and Hurricane Lester, we have the most amazing story to tell about our wedding. The punchline is that at 6am on our first day as newlyweds, hurricane watch for Lester was cancelled.
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, 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
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 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!!!
Carrie was so helpful throughout the whole process! It was a simple elopement, but planning from Ohio was so easy with her help.
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 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!
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 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!
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 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.
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 and Team a million times over
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. 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!
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 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!
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 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.
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 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
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 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.
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 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
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.
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. 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!