Each couple we work with always asks for Lei advice! 'Do we wear them? And if so, what kind?' Choosing to wear a Lei is completely up to you, but it sure is fun to have a bit of your destination's culture included in your big day! As for what kind, we always recommend Maile for the groom, and Pikake for the bride!
We love these Lei's because of their neutral colors and significances in Hawaiian culture. Lei's are a sweet, tasteful way to incorporate ‘Hawaii’ into your wedding, without pulling away from your personalized elegance and tasteful vibe. Maile & Pikake are our all time favorite kinds of Lei's, so we highly recommend them to every client! .
In Hawaii, the placing of a Lei over the head and around the shoulders exemplifies the bestowing of honor and respect - sharing the spirit of Aloha! Maile (the green, groom Lei) is known to many as the “Lei of Royalty,” given to signify deep respect and honor.
Pikake (the white, bride Lei) is known as a sweetly fragrant flower, believed to have been a part of the old courtship ritual, symbolizing the surest way to a woman’s heart. Pikake received its name from Hawaiian Princess Kaiulani, who named the flower after the beautiful peacocks who roamed her Waikiki gardens.
To Lei or not-to-Lei is up to you! But if you do choose to incorporate some Hawaiian magic into your day, we cannot say enough about the timeless, elegant, and beautiful Maile & Pikake!