We arrived at the Royal Hawaiian for the reception portion of the wedding. We were just at the Monarch Room a few months ago for another wedding and I was so happy to be back.
Their sleek buffet presentation is one of the most creative I’ve seen (trust me, it’s hard to make a banquet buffet look elegant) and the cuisine is delightfully refined. Dinner did not disappoint – the menu included shrimp cocktail, prime rib, ahi poke, oriental style snapper, wok-fried vegetables, field greens with candied walnuts, caesar salad with smoked duck, and thai beef salad. But I think my favorite here was the kaffir-lime scented jasmine rice. Prime rib and shrimp cocktail are things you see on just about every wedding buffet, but this rice, this beautifully perfumed jasmine rice, was what made the meal memorable for me.
We got to reconnect with extended family and see their growing families. And when you have a big family like we do, we take up an entire table so that in itself is a fun party. The evening’s entertainment included live music, impromptu dance-offs, and a traditional Japanese dance by the bride’s aunt who flew in from Kyoto. The emcee also solicited marital advice from married couples in the audience – some stressed the importance of communication and forgiveness, and others (husbands) said to just do whatever the wife says. Ha! All good advice.
I love weddings because it’s all about love and family. Just think about it, if you can think of all the people in your life who love you and have touched your life in some way, and fill a room with these people, well guess what? It’s called your wedding day.
Congratulations to the lovely bride and groom!