Say ‘I do’ in style with Wedding Week Hawaii

In this month of love, Wedding Week Hawaii returns to showcase trends and some of Hawaii’s best wedding specialists and venues through Feb. 23.

Lovebirds planning their big day will be able to meet one-on-one with some of the best in wedding planners, photographers and designers.

The event had its launch Feb. 16 at Harry Winston, where among bridal rings on display was a 24.5-carat, emerald-cut diamond ring priced at $5 million! After seeing that, your typical 1 carat diamond looked like a real bargain.

Women ditched their smaller rings, left and right, to try on Harry Winston’s colossal $5 million diamond ring and 17-carat $2 million emerald ring during the in-store launch event of Wedding Week Hawaii.

Bringing his creative talents to the experience will be celebrity wedding and celebrations planner, TV host, author and professional speaker, David Tutera, who is known for designing spectacular weddings and events for clients including Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, Barbara Walters, and the Rolling Stones, just to name a few.

Tutera will be joined by industry leaders Lenny Talarico, executive director for MGM Resorts Event Productions and the internationally renowned Brit Bertino of Event Excellence at The Lineup Feb. 20, when they will share insider advice on the wedding planning industry. Following the session, attendees can mix and mingle with the pros during a cocktail reception at the Prince Waikiki.

Another highlight will be The Experience trunk show of gowns by Galia Lahav, whose bridal couture is sold exclusively in Hawaii through Magnolia White bridal salon.

Admission to The Experience at The Modern Honolulu Feb. 18 is free, but reservations are recommended. Guests should arrive early to take in all of the events and entertainment on stage, dine and get acquainted and shop with Hawaii’s top wedding vendors. To make your reservations for The Experience and all other events for WWH, register through

Here is the schedule:

Feb. 18
The Experience: Trunk show of gowns by Galia Lahav, who is known for her intricate beading, delicate embroidery and dramatic trains, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard. Tickets at

Feb. 19
Open House at Paradise Cove, Ko Olina from 10 a.m. to noon. View two breathtaking oceanfront settings for ceremonies and the Ocean Garden for a ceremony and reception event. This oceanfront paradise will be set-up for Island 98.5’s Wake up Crew KreyZ Oshiro’s livestreamed wedding. While there, enter to have your wedding at the Ocean Garden. The free site rental is valued at $3,000. Note: Only one entry per couple allowed. Wedding industry professionals do not qualify for the giveaway. The prize is non-transferable and must be used by Dec. 31, 2019. Winner will be announced at the end of the event. Must be present to win. The site is at 92-1089 Aliinui Drive. Free tickets at

Julie Aragaki, right, founder of Wedding Week Hawaii, with board member Jill Kuromoto.

Feb. 20
The Lineup at The Modern Honolulu, from 1 to 5 p.m. With guest speakers David Tutera, Lenny Talarico, Brit Bertino and Bernadette Baille from The Knot. Tickets are $75 to $125 at

Feb. 21
Feathers and Pearls at The Nutridge Estate. An elegant evening of live music, cuisine, craft cocktails, complimentary champagne and an exclusive fashion show featuring celebrity wedding coordinator and designer David Tutera’s latest bridesmaid line “Gather and Gown.” Dress in Roaring 20s style reflecting the time the estate, at 3280 Round Top Drive, was built.

Suggested attire:
Women: Pearls, feather boas, beaded head bands, and vintage flapper dresses.

Men: Snazzy suspenders, fedoras, bow ties, and pin stripes.

Free tickets at

Feb. 22
International Market Place is hosting its first Wedding Week Showcase & Tasting in partnership with Wedding Week Hawaii 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the third-level Grand Lanai.

The event will feature wedding party ideas, favor options for guest, exclusive discounts and sampling of wedding-inspired menus from various International Market Place restaurants.

Participants and menus:

Eating House 1849: Nalo Farms grilled baby romaine Caesar, beef shortrib & Kaua’i prawns, dark chocolate pot de creme, Hawaiian martini.

Stripsteak: Kona lobster tacos, watermelon and shishito pepper skewers, New York stripsteak.

Yauatcha: Venison puff, stir-fry Malaysian noodles, dessert, lychee rose martini.

Tickers are $85 per person; or $80 per person for two or more tickets. For tickets:

More information:

Nadine Kam
Gown: Courtesy Galia Lahav