Sugar Beach, I Love You
I planned the wedding, alongside Kristen the wedding coordinator at Sugar Beach Events, from abroad and I CANNOT emphasize enough how much having Kristen as a point of contact and as a coordinator/planner saved my sanity and created a wedding so gorgeous I literally screamed when I saw it all put together. Kristen is patient, endlessly helpful, responds to emails thoroughly and promptly, and as far as I can tell, never takes time off – even when she’s supposed to be on vacation she still responds. On the day of the wedding, she was calm, organized, and incredibly thoughtful and attuned to us as a couple. I gave Kristen exacting instructions about what I wanted the tables and the wedding visuals to look like and she ABSOLUTELY executed everything I wanted. She went above and beyond what I expected or dreamed and our tablescapes were so beautiful, I think I liked them more then I liked my wedding dress. All the vendors she recommended also went above and beyond – in particular Sunya’s Flowers brought in some of the most lush and beautiful garlands I have ever seen, as well as stunning golden candlesticks. As to the venue itself and the Sugar Beach staff, I can’t be complimentary enough honestly. There was a moment during the wedding where I walked out the lawn onto the beach and watched the moon on the water. Stars were everywhere. What more can you want? The lawn where we ate and were formally married is manicured perfectly and landscaped beautifully and the indoor event space is elegant, extremely well maintained, and I have to highlight the bridal suite which is so elegant and pretty we ended up taking a ton of photos in there with our photographer. The staff that worked our wedding were all so kind and thoughtful to us that I felt as though they knew me personally. The food WAY surpassed my high expectations, and the bartender made me one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. Little details that Sugar Beach didn’t have to do but did transformed our day: from appetizers in the side room for us before photos to constant drink service to huge smiles and congratulations from the chefs. When we showed up from photos there was even trays of water and champagne ready for us. If you want to eat really superior food and drink very well, as well as feel like an entire caring family of people have rallied around you to make every vision and hope you’ve ever had come true, then get married at Sugar Beach. The venue as well as Kristen is beautiful, understanding, supportive, experienced, and deeply caring and professional. There is nothing like showing up to see everything you wanted is in place, and discovering at every moment, how much the staff cares for you, thought about you, and heard your dreams for the day. Sugar Beach: you gave me a wedding that went so far beyond anything I imagined, and for this, I am deeply happy.
Dream Wedding Come to Life
If you are considering a destination wedding in paradise and need to trust that all the details will be in the most capable hands – look no further. Thanks to the amazing Sugar Beach Events team (coordinator Kristen and Gabrielle), I had the wedding of my dreams. I knew that I was not going to be able to visit the venue prior to the wedding week and that I would have to fully entrust that my vision would come to life via emails and phone calls. And it did. The venue is breath taking and intimate. The entrees that I choose were delicious and the little details that make a big difference were all thoughtfully carried out. It is the perfect space for curating an intimate, romantic and scenic celebration for your loved ones. I always felt heard and always received a prompt responses from Kristen which made me feel taken care of – all the way. I also had a positive experience with all of the vendors that I selected from via Sugar Beach Events preferred lists. I LOVED my make-up/hair artist Bree Rubin (HIGHLY RECOMMEND), the photo booth is a huge hit and the DJ, bartender, servers ALL top notch and devoted to exceptional service. I only wish it wasn’t over.
Best Day Ever!
My husband and I chose Sugar Beach Events for our destination wedding about 8 months before the big day. The communication with Kristen from the point of interest all the way up until the day of the wedding (and beyond) was impeccable! I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter, more accommodating wedding planner. She and I conceptualized a beautiful design and the outcome was so much more than I could have ever expected. Having only seen pictures of the venue before arriving in Maui, there were obvious nerves when we pulled up to the venue for the first time for our rehearsal. To say that we were pleased is an incredible understatement! We were in awe of the ambiance and the views. It was exactly what I had hoped it would be. Our wedding day truly was the best day ever, and I couldn’t have asked for a better location and team to work with!
This place is amazing all around. From the very beginning planning stages to the food, drinks, & beautiful grounds, Sugar Beach Events is top notch. Kristen & her team were professional, accommodating, & understanding to our needs. The food was incredible and bartending staff were one of a kind. All of the vendors were also amazing; I thoroughly enjoyed how easy it was to work with everyone. Thank you for making our day absolutely unforgettable!
Kristen and the Sugar Beach Events team exceeded our expectations! We are a couple based in San Francisco and consider ourselves perfectionists. Kristen did an amazing job with communicating, keeping us organized, and helping us make the right decisions. She addressed any and all of our concerns – which helps when you’re planning from afar. The day of execution was also perfect. The venue came together just as we envisioned and our guests loved the food, especially the unique appetizers. Everything went to plan and we couldn’t be happier.
Beyond the obvious reasons to choose SBE (the beautiful facilities and grounds, and the amazing food options), one should know that SBE truly takes care of their couples. They’re obviously busy year round, but I never felt like Kristen (the in-house coordinator) was too busy for me. She truly made me feel like my wedding day should be extra special and that she would do whatever she could to ensure that. She patiently answered countless emails (note: she is very timely in her responses); helped me think of ways to stay within budget; received and inspected my favor delivery (we had personalized coca-cola bottles shipped to SBE a month prior to the wedding); and handled all the little details that most people probably take for granted. And its not just Kristen; the entire SBE staff was amazing on our wedding day! They were professional, polite, and attentive. The vendors they work with are all first class. The food didn’t just look good….it was super duper delicious too! Everything about our wedding day came out perfect. We couldn’t have asked for a better day, a better coordinator, or a better place to have our wedding.
A Bride’s Mom Review!
Sugar Beach Events was magical! From a bride’s mom’s point of view, working with Kristen and her team was so easy. My daughter lives in Taipei, Taiwan, and we live in Tennessee. So we planned a wedding that was “half-way” in between. Kristen made it easy for both of us to work together to plan such a magical night for our daughter and her sweet husband. The venue was perfect for 115+ guests, and just beautiful Kristen helped so much with vendors and great ideas to make the evening exactly what my daughter wanted, and we kept (very close!) to our budget. Thank you to Kristen and her team, and many thanks to Chef Lee, the food was amazing. Judy-Mother of the Bride, Lui Wedding, August 2018
Til Death Do Us Party
My husband and I got married at Sugar Beach Events in July, 2018. We booked the venue sight unseen and were so impressed that the space was even more beautiful than we imagined. Thanks to Kristen and her team, the entire wedding planning process was so easy. Kristen was flexible, responsive, and perfectly catered to our needs. We had several hiccups along the way and she made everything flow effortlessly making the entire process stress free and fun. The bridal suite was gorgeous, the setting was stunning, the bar was amazing, and decor was top notch. Everyone love the food. Like others have said, it was worth every penny to have someone else take on all the work so we could just enjoy our family and friends and the night magically unfolded in the most perfect way. My husband even said our wedding was the best night of his life! Thank you Kristen!!
The Most Perfect – and Delicious – Night
We had a wonderful experience with Sugar Beach. Chef Lee and her wonderful team put together an incredible charcuterie spread and family style dinner for us for our wedding. We are huge foodies and the meal was so important to us. They have world class food and world class service. Everything was executed seamlessly and helped us feel so at ease on our wedding night. From the poached fish to the chimichurri sauce (our special request) we still have guests talking to us about the food and how much they loved it. Thank you so much!
Much Compliments To The Chef
Food: Being major foodies, my husband and I were excited to piece our wedding menu together. To us, food played an important role of our wedding. We really wanted our family to be blown away and Sugar Beach events did just that. They were innovative with the appetizers, from taste to presentation they wowed and captivated all of us. From our first encounter at our taste testing up until our big day we were beyond satisfied with every bite. Our family will be raving about this for years to come! Much compliments to the chef! Bar Service: John was our talented and friendly bartender. He provided us a list of cocktails to choose from and we went with two. Both were delicious and refreshing! John not only made awesome cocktails but he was friendly and made conversation with our guests throughout the night. He was very attentive and made sure we had a full beverage at all times! He was also considerate of those who did not drink alcohol and was able to create mocktails for those guests! Awesome job JOHN! Servers: The servers were not only attentive but also very professional. Being that we had a more intimate wedding I wanted to make sure they were all going to be taken care of; and they sure were! Our waters were constantly filled, the appetizers were being passed and the dinner service was amazing from start to finish. They were all so friendly and our families definitely noticed how awesome they all were. You guys killed it and I would recommend you all to anyone and everyone!! Mahalo for the epic experience!
The food at our reception was one of our biggest priorities and we were not disappointed with the catering from Sugar Beach Events. Everything was absolutely delicious!! My only downside was that as our reception started late, we had our first dance before I could finish my dinner. When I went back to finish eating, my plate was cleared. One of the servers overheard me saying that I wish I had more to eat, and she created me another plate and brought it out, saving the night for me! Highly recommend Sugar Beach Events, especially the coffee rub beef and the lilikoi creme brûlée!
An Absolute Dream
This venue and entire experience was an absolute dream! First off, the pictures don’t even do it justice! When my mom and I were scouting out venues the moment that we walked in we knew right away this place was it, we ended up canceling the rest of our appointments that day because this place just had everything we were looking for. Food and drinks were at the top of our list and Chef Lee’s creativity with her food presentation was one of my favorite things about this place, not to mention how delicious everything was. Our guests would not stop talking about how amazing the food was and how beautiful this venue is. We loved how we were able to transition to different areas of the venue and yet everything was still so intimate. Kristen was a DREAM and I mean DREAM to work with! I am a planner myself so for me I always had a ton of questions throughout the whole process and Kristen was always so responsive and patient. Everyone kept telling me how calm I was leading up to the wedding and that is because I knew I was in good hands with her. Not once did I ever feel stressed out, Kristen took care of it all and knew exactly what I wanted (even when we forgot the map to bustle my dress, Kristen figured it out like a pro!). I wish I had the time to go up to every single person on staff and give them a huge hug because they were just so amazing! Not once did I have to go to the bar to refill my drink as the servers knew exactly what I was drinking and made sure I always had a fresh drink. Now that is service! Chef Lee- you have created and mastered the absolute perfect experience that a wedding couple should have when they get married. Your venue is absolutely gorgeous and yet it feels so intimate. Your staff is top notch and you truly made us feel like we were the only couple getting married at your venue and we weren’t just another number. Kristen – Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything that you did! I wish I could work with you all the time!!
Dream Wedding Venue!
My husband and I can’t thank Kristen and the Sugar Beach Events team enough for creating such a perfect day for us! Kristen was so great and easy to work with. She was great at responding to emails promptly, listened to all of our ideas, had great suggestions, and made us feel at ease that everything was organized and on track. We arrived in Maui a week before our wedding from Seattle. Seeing our venue for the first time in person, far exceeded our expectations, Sugar Beach Events is a stunning wedding venue! It truly wowed us and all of our guests. Our April wedding was perfect and exactly how we pictured it to be. We had 47 guests and went with an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour, with the reception inside. Their preferred vendor list is top notch, the food and signature cocktails were amazing, and our cake was beautiful.
It was all magical, we couldn’t be happier with our venue choice. Maui will forever be special to us!
The best wedding venue!
What an incredible and gorgeous venue! Sugar Beach Events was perfect all the way from the beginning with the contacting and planning to the actual wedding day with the execution and delivery…I could not have picked a better venue! Best decision ever! I chose Sugar Beach Events not only because of its stunning location, but because Kristen was extremely responsive (usually responds in minutes to hours!), which is so important when it comes to planning a destination wedding! Kristen is absolutely amazing. She is extremely understanding, supportive, organized, and experienced; she was committed to our wedding and went above and beyond to make sure our wedding day was everything we wanted, and it was! Our wedding day was PERFECT and surpassed our expectations! The staff were all so friendly and professional. They were super attentive during the entire wedding and always made sure that all water glasses were constantly filled. We were so appreciative that they even left a plate of appetizers for us on our sweetheart table. The bridal suite was gorgeous and was stocked with water and any last minute things you can think of. The vendors that were recommended were PHENOMENAL and I really felt they were all the best out of the best! I was so blown away by every aspect of the wedding and could not have asked for anything more! The food and cake were also outstanding, and everyone raved about them! I am so happy I chose Sugar Beach Events, and I highly highly recommend it! I cannot say enough great things about Kristen and Sugar Beach Events. They truly care about you and want you to have the best day of your life. Thank you so much, Kristen and the rest of the Sugar Beach Events team, for such a magical and memorable day that I will never forget! You guys are truly the best!!
Wedding stress? What wedding stress?
If you have Sugar Beach Events coordinate your wedding in Hawaii, “wedding stress” is nothing more than a myth that other married couples tell brides and grooms to be. Maui is the perfect place to hold your wedding and reception. Sugar Beach Events makes this all possible with fantastic value, expertise, professionalism and with your well-being in mind.
A destination wedding seems daunting and time-consuming. We can testify that this was NOT the case at all! Kristen and team made planning, executing and maintaining a beautiful wedding look so, so easy. It was clear the team has put together so many weddings that they were comfortable recommending several vendors that would execute and compliment our vision. Between the typical and unique requests, Kristen made it all come true on our special day. Chef Lee and the catering team put together a tremendous meal that all of our guests enjoyed. Not only were the appetizers and entrees delicious, but the desserts were both well presented and amazing during our reception. We had guests asking if there was anymore left in the back at the end of the wedding! Especially the taro bread! The entire team handled even the smallest of details that really impressed us mid-wedding. While we took our pictures during a beautiful sunset (which our photographer handled perfectly as he was familiar with the venue; a very big plus!), the catering team thoughtfully set aside a platter of appetizers that guests enjoyed while we couldn’t. They also offered to fix us plates when we looked like we needed a break and brought us drinks, so that we never had to walk over to the bar. We never asked them to do this, so we were incredibly impressed by their service to us.
Sugar Beach Events is the place for your wedding ceremony and reception. We could not have dreamed of a better venue. Kristen is the best! Thank you!!
Thank you for our dream wedding!
We could not have asked for a more perfect day for our wedding. Sugar Beach Events was the perfect venue for our 116 guests. The ceremony and dinner were on the lawn, giving us gorgeous views throughout the night including a perfect sunset and photos on the beach. We had cocktail hour and dancing inside the beautiful building, which created a nice flow and made it feel spacious, but not too big. The setting is breath taking and beautifully landscaped. Kristen did an incredible job coordinating the wedding. She went above and beyond to make sure all the details were exactly what we envisioned. She was very prompt in responding to emails, very organized and easy to work with. The vendors recommended were all excellent and Kristen was able to coordinate them all seamlessly. Chef Lee’s food was delicious, including local ingredients and they have many options, so we could make the menu exactly what we wanted. My cousin said the potsticker was the best appetizer he has ever had, many people commented on the delicious poke cones. People said we wouldn’t have time to eat, but the filet and fresh fish entrees were so delicious, we cleaned our plates. Guests also commented on how attentive the staff were. We asked for a banana split station instead of the traditional wedding cake and they agreed without hesitation and nailed it. We gave the bartenders ingredients for our signature cocktail and they created a delicious drink that was perfect. I would recommend Sugar Beach Events without hesitation!
Incredible Wedding Venue
Incredible venue. Our entire wedding was gorgeous because this venue was absolutely beautiful. We had 85 people and it was comfortable and spacious. The indoor/outdoor option is awesome. The food was delicious and we did creme brûlée instead of cake and it was delicious as well. The staff is courteous and accommodating. Spendy, but well worth the money spent for the best day of your life in a beautiful place!
This place was beyond amazing! Everyone was so friendly and kind, and my coordinator, Kristen, helped me every step of the way to give me my dream wedding.
More than we had hoped for!
This was more than we had hoped for in our dream wedding and reception venue! Everything, literally everything went off without any issues. From day one of contacting the venue, they were very responsive and super helpful! We started working with Denise and she was amazing! She did leave in the midst of our planning, but handed the reigns over to Kristen who was just as amazing! It was an easy transition, with no bumps! Kristen did an incredible job with every aspect! We couldn’t have asked for more! This was such a perfect evening for us. She made my vision come to life! Absolutely stunning beach setting great for those sunset pics, gorgeous bridal sweet, private ceremony (no beach goers watching), perfect venue! The food was top notch, the waitstaff was incredible, the officiant was superb, the drinks were strong, the flowers were gorgeous, the fire thrower was sooo cool, the dj kept me dancing all night long, the photographer was outstanding, and everyone there was so attentive! Every vendor Kristen recommended was more than we dreamed of! She was so incredibly helpful, and always very responsive! She really made this such a memorable day for us! I’m so happy we chose this place! You should too! You won’t regret it!
Our Wedding Was PERFECT
We had our wedding at Sugar Beach Events in July 2017. It was PERFECT, and we couldn’t have possibly improved anything.
We liked Sugar Beach Events from when we started our search, but thought it was out of our budget – nevertheless we kept coming back to it. Once we contacted them for a quote to start the process, we realized how helpful and flexible they were. They walked us through areas where we could save money, and in the end we came exactly where we had budgeted.
The venue is ideal: We had our ceremony outside, which is dreamy beautiful. We then had our reception (dinner and dancing) inside. The indoor/outdoor combo worked out beautifully; people slid in and out of the reception area throughout the night; we saw couples walking to the beach having their own moments, kids were playing outside with beach balls and bubbles we had provided, adults were drinking and dancing inside, etc. Overall the space provided the right refuge for every single guest, and everyone appeared to be having a great time.
The staff was incredibly professional AND personable. Example: One of our speech-givers had recited a line of Persian poetry, and much later in the night one of the bartenders asked me to write than line down for him because he liked it so much. The staff seemed like they were part of the party, and made the whole night proceed seamlessly.
Chef Lee’s food was on point; we had fish, pork, beef, tofu and veggie combos (we had some vegetarian guests), and everyone raved about how great the food was. The cake was beautiful and delicious too.
And finally, our wedding coordinator, Kristen Sterback, was a godsend. She started at the role about 2 months before our wedding; you can imagine that we were a little nervous. But she caught up with everything within the first few days, always had lists handy of what we needed to do to move the ball forward, and had some very good, insightful suggestions (like buying toys for the kids that kept them busy all night and allowed them and their parents to have so much fun!). She was always available and responsive, and had this calm about her that made us enjoy the process and the wedding so much more.
I can’t lie, when I now see friends posting pictures of their weddings, I can’t help but a chuckle a little on the inside for having had the best wedding venue / staff / coordinator.
The Perfect Spot
Sugar Beach Events was the perfect spot for my 115 guests. It is a gorgeous self-contained venue. The garden looks down on the beach and the reception hall opens up to the garden (which opens up to the beach). I saw the venue once before booking it but it blew my mind the day of. My friends won’t stop talking about the outrigger canoes that just happened to canoe past the venue during the ceremony. I swear it wasn’t planned.
A little annoying at first but actually very convenient in the end, if you go with Sugar Beach you’re basically locked into their food and alcohol. Luckily, the food is FANTASTIC and Chef Lee’s creative presentation is remarkable. Fresh, local ingredients, creative diverse options and beautiful presentation. I don’t LIKE wedding cake, but I liked the cake Chef Lee made. Yes, she’s that good.
We couldn’t have asked for anything more!
Sugar Beach Events was perfect for our wedding! The venue is in a great location, is very well maintained and the sunset view is unbeatable. The wedding coordinator Denise was so calm and professional throughout the whole process, and definitely had the experience to make sure our whole day ran so smoothly, which really let us relax and enjoy our day even more. We couldn’t have asked for anything more!
The food by Chef Lee was also incredible; having a commercial kitchen and chef on site makes such a difference. We are real foodies and couldn’t have been happier with every dish, from appetisers right through to dessert! And the cake (lilikoi cream) was seriously out of this world, even our friends without a sweet tooth were impressed!
The Perfect Beach Setting
Sugar Beach Events was the perfect beach setting for our October 2016 wedding! The site, music from DJ Sol, amazing cake and food from Chef Lee, and all the wonderful staff was all I could have asked for and more!
I can’t imagine anything more perfect than our beautiful marriage celebration. Getting Maui’d at Sugar Beach Events was the most beautiful day in our lives. Our awesome beach wedding in Maui is something we’ll always have memories of forever in our hearts.
Best. Day. Ever.
I have to admit that Sugar Beach was not our original venue. 4 days before our wedding day we found out the entire ceremony and reception had to be moved. We had already chosen Chef Lee to cater. Her food is simply the best. But also having a wedding venue made the change seamless and now I couldn’t imagine having it anywhere else because it went perfectly. I mean there isn’t anything I would change about it. The guests thought it was gorgeous and it is. The staff were like ninjas and your needs were always somehow met.
There was a perfect combination of indoor and outdoor space. Everyone simply had a magical time. Sunsets there are beautiful and the pictures we took look so good. Having a December wedding in Hawaii is always a gamble with the weather.
We were able to do a tasting back in April and what impressed us about Chef Lee was that she not only made everything we requested, but she made it all gluten free. She was able to make our final menu entirely gluten free at our request. And it was delicious.
Thanks for everything Sugar Beach! Best. Day. Ever.
An Amazing Experience
I had my wedding and reception at Sugar Beach Events in October 2016. It was an an amazing experience. I selected the intimate package with a few add-ons. I worked with Denise. She is friendly, always available, and very easy to work with. Her response time is typically 1 day or less. I shopped around in Maui, and in my opinion Denise and Sugar Beach Events are by far the most responsive and committed to your wedding. Denise is also very flexible (we threw her a last minute change and she was very accommodating). Denise is very knowledgeable about all the vendors, and provides great recommendations to make sure your wedding is what you want. I really like that Sugar Beach uses specific vendors, as they have chosen the best of the best. The vendors are also familiar with the venue, which makes the event run smoothly. For example, the photographers know the best places to take photos on site since they have worked there many times before.
The venue itself is beautiful. The furnishings are all updated. The koa wood bar is more beautiful in person than in the pictures online. I love how the building is open, so you feel like you’re outside even when you’re indoors. Sugar Beach Events sits right on the ocean, so you’re guaranteed to have an amazing view for your wedding ceremony. The bridal suite is beautiful, clean, and stocked with everything you need for last minute fixing up. The bartender was outstanding. Our guests loved the fully stocked open bar, and that they could get custom cocktails. This isn’t just a wine, beer and a few spirits kind of place. The bartender will customize your drink however you would like. The mai tais were the best I have ever had. The meal and cake that Chef Lee and her staff prepared were wonderful. I am very picky about wedding cakes, but I loved ours. It was icing and not fondant, so it tasted wonderful. I highly recommend Sugar Beach Events!
Worth The Money Spent
What a fantastic venue! The venue is even more stunning than their photos. The food was phenomenal, so much better than I had expected. I was absolutely in love with the appetizers, definitely order the ahi poke cone. The bar tender was the talk of the night and beloved by all of our guests. I would recommend using the wedding planner who works at Sugar Beach. I had an outside planner who was ok, but I wish we had used theirs as she was very responsive and easy to work with. We had some guests stay at the condos next door and they really enjoyed it. This venue was well worth the money spent!
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