The best money we spent on the wedding was the incomparable Mango Season! We found them through a very serendipitous Spotify search, and I reached out asking if they were free to play for my wedding. As it turned out, they also had wedding plan...
ning services, so we decided to hire them for both their music and their planning.
To say it was 'money well spent' is an incredible understatement. Annie and Curtis made the wedding planning process smooth, which is no small feat considering how the wedding was originally planned for early 2020, and ended up going through three date changes and two and a half venues. Be it pandemic restrictions or venues closing for renovation, Mango Season was always on top of the chaos that came our way. When our first venue told us about their prolonged renovation, Mango Season provided a list of alternatives and scouted them out in record time. When new Oahu gathering restrictions (10 indoor, 25 outdoor) hit the week before our wedding, Mango Season negotiated with our new venue to help figure out a solution where we could have everything outdoors. Not only that, but they kept on top of our rental contracts, adapting everything seamlessly to fit the new venues, finding new rentals to cover new concerns, as well as drafting up new layouts to accommodate our unorthodox reception plan.
Not only were they spectacular before the wedding, but they were incredible during as well. With Annie's detailed timeline in hand, everyone was on the same page on what would happen when. Annie and her team were pneumatically efficient and organized in shepherding the guests, communicating with the wedding party, handling test and vaccination checks, making the favors, and more. The day of and the days after, our wedding party and family continually commented on how amazing Mango Season was at handling and coordinating the day.
Three paragraphs in and I haven't even gotten to the music yet! Needless to say, Mango Season Music blew me away. Before the ceremony, Curtis played some great Hawaiian slack key guitar. He also learned three songs for the ceremony - two instrumental covers of vocals, and one vocal - and pulled them off with aplomb. During the dinner portion of the reception, we had a jazz trio and they played an great set of tunes: Moondance, Fly Me To The Moon, Mango Season's own Lanikai Moon etc. They have a really fun funky, jazzy, groovy style, and my guests loved the songs they played! Some of them even asked me for a list of all the songs haha. Not only that, but for the dance party portion, they put together some of my favorite songs into an awesome dance mix. Curtis also made a great emcee, smoothly transitioning through each part of the reception.
At the end of the night we were both elated by how the day went, but also a little sad, because it marked the last day that we'd be working with Mango Season, who we've been working with for more than two years! Seriously, do not hesitate to hire them; they are incredible planners and fantastic musicians. There are so many other things they did that I don't have the space to touch on—all the suggestions Annie had to flesh out my wedding vision, their storeroom of items (signs, candle holders etc) so we didn't have to spend on more rentals, the wedding planning tool they had (Aisle Planner) that kept us on track and organized! We are grateful to them, tho running out of character space, so all we can say is:
Annie and Curtis—thank you for the best day of our lives!