Maui Ocean Center has announced a selection of new romance options
that range from underwater marriage proposals, rehearsal dinners
and receptions to a choice of indoor, outdoor and underwater
wedding ceremonies. Those wanting to tie the knot in an unusual way
can customize these options to fit their tastes and budgets.
“Hawaii’s one of the top locations for destination weddings, and
couples are always looking for new and different places for their
ceremony and reception,” remarked Lori Mellenbruch, Group Sales
Manager for the center. “Maui Ocean Center combines all the best
parts of the islands, ocean and mountain views, amazing marine
life, incredible food and the true aloha spirit.”
Marriage Proposals: The Center will customize a special
underwater sign to be displayed by a diver at the Open Ocean
Exhibit, timed with a couple’s arrival. Rate: $150.
Rehearsal Dinners: Couples may select from sites with ocean or
mountain views, the center’s Open Ocean Exhibit or the Living Reef
Building. Mellenbruch will assist with planning the evening and
menu. Rates vary.
Wedding Ceremonies: Options include officiates, park tours,
chairs, tables, cake, champagne toast and more. Packages are based
on a one-hour maximum time in the park and are limited to ceremony
locations. Rates vary.
Wedding Receptions: The aquarium accommodates receptions for up
to 500 guests. Packages include lei greetings for all guests,
buffet or plated meals, complete aquarium tour with marine
naturalists, special diver presentation, tables, chairs, linens and
house centerpieces. Rates: From $100 per person.
Full Service Wedding Consultant Packages: Maui Ocean Center has
worked with two wedding consultants to create full-service
packages. Custom packages are also available.
Eve Hogan’s Heartpath Ceremony Packages:
Above Water Package: With a choice of ceremony settings within
the aquarium, the package includes officiate, wedding certificate,
written copy of customized ceremony, coordinator, two flower leis
for exchange, professional photography package and deluxe video
edited with music. Rate: $1,470.
Underwater Package: If the bride and groom are both scuba
certified, they can take the plunge inside the aquarium’s Open
Ocean Exhibit all with sharks, stingrays and hundreds of tropical
reef fish as witnesses. The package includes officiate, decorative
“I Do” signs, ceremony, clam shell ring holder, underwater leis,
underwater toast with champagne glasses, coordinator, professional
photography package (not underwater) and deluxe video above and
below water edited to music. Rate: $2,450.
Above and Below Package: Combining both worlds, this package
includes all the details of the Underwater Package, plus a vow
exchange in front of the aquarium windows. It also includes a make
up and hair artist to “regroup” the bride after her dive, and
chauffeured limousine transports. Rate: $3,300.
Suzann Holden’s “Paradize” Package: The “Paradize” Package
includes wedding cake for up to 50 people, ceremony vocalist, hula
dancers, fire dancer and drummer, floral leis, bridal bouquet, up
to five floral table centerpieces and two standing floral
arrangements for the ceremony. Rate: $4,500.
The Maui Ocean Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $20 for adults and $13 for children 3 - 12. Children
under 3 are admitted free.