Wearing lei is common practice in Hawai‘i, used to mark special occasions of any kind — especially weddings. Here are just five that make for a memorable way to mark such a special day.
Maile lei have long been included in wedding ceremonies. Often worn by the officiant, maile lei also adorn the necks of grooms and their wedding parties, as well as important family members. Maile lei can be made all the more special when they are wrapped with another flower, like fragrant pīkake or tuberose, or white orchids.
A favorite among brides for their sweet fragrance and full-bodied blooms, tuberose lei are available in both single and double strands. They also are not exclusive to the soon-to-be-Mrs. and often are worn by mothers, future mothers-in-law, grandmas and other close relatives.
Micronesian Ginger Lei
Another favorite for its alluring fragrant, Micronesian ginger lei have an eye-catching pattern — when you look closely, it's easy to spot their delicate strands intricately woven into quite the stunner.
There are always guests in attendance who deserve a special nod — a close friend tasked with making a toast, the friend who introduced the couple, or a loved one being remembered and included in their own way. Cigar lei, usually worn by men, make for a vibrant addition to the festivities, typically featuring yellow, orange and red tones (depending on what's in season and available).
Ti Leaf Lei
Ti leaf lei also frequently make appearances in weddings as a popular choice for men. Double ti leaf lei are usually reserved for the groom (and, like maile lei, can be woven with strands of another flower), while groomsmen don single ti leaf lei to tie it all together.
The options are limitless when it comes to orchid lei for weddings — every style and color can be worn by both men and women, with an array of eye-catching patters and styles.
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