Matthew and Kimberly DeCovich renewed their vows with Outrigger. // © 2013 Outrigger Hotels and Resorts
Valentine’s Day 2013 turned out to be very special for Matthew and Kimberly DeCovich of Waterford, Mich., who were celebrating their fifth anniversary on Oahu.
As the 10,000th couple to renew their wedding vows with Outrigger Reef on the Beach and Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, the DeCoviches received a $100 dining gift card and a free four-night stay for their next visit to either of the resorts.
Outrigger’s free vow renewal program began 10 years ago, in 2003. The non-denominational ceremony begins with a traditional Hawaiian welcome chant. Couples are then treated to a graceful hula and serenaded in Hawaiian before being blessed with a gentle sprinkling of sea water and exchanging vows in the Hawaiian language. The ceremony concludes with a performance of the Hawaiian Wedding Song, accompanied by a hula. Participants receive a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
“When people think of Hawaii, they often think of romance, which is why we’re so happy to be able to offer our guests the opportunity to renew their vows while staying at our beachfront properties,” said Patsy Narimatsu, director of sales and marketing for Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach and Outrigger Reef on the Beach.
Vow-renewal ceremonies are held year-round at both properties. Available exclusively to hotel guests, the events take place at 7:45 a.m. every Monday and Thursday at the Outrigger Waikiki and every Tuesday and Friday at the Outrigger Reef. Couples must make an advance reservation at their respective hotel's concierge desk by 3 p.m. the day before the ceremony.