New Ocean Center Wedding Packages

Couples can literally take the plunge at popular Maui attraction

By: Dawna Robertson

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.