AMFM + Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute (Honolulu)


Destination wedding celebrations in Hawaii are magical, and AMFM was excited to be a part of this couple’s big day at the beautiful Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute planned by our friends at Moana Events. There was dinner, dancing and even a surprise Haka from the bride to the groom to end the evening!

Planning: Moana Events | Venue: Lanikuhonua Cultural Center | Live Band: Downbeat | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs | Photography: O’Malley | Videography: Elysium Productions | Wedding Cake: A Cake Life


Gold Standard + Ward Village


Yet another year Gold Standard got to be part of the Howard Hughes Broker Awards Gala at the wonderful Ward Village, Honolulu. The band brought down the house with its full horn section and everyone had an amazing evening.

Venue: Ward Village, Honolulu | Planner: Blake Entertainment | Photography: Marella Photography

Gold Standard + Meadowood (Napa Valley)


Destination wedding celebrations in Napa Valley are a Gold Standard favorite:

Wedding Planner: Amy Nichols Special Events

Venue: Meadowood Napa Valley

Wedding Band: Downbeat LA (Gold Standard)

Book the best in live entertainment for your wedding or special event! Get your free quote here, and see more from dance band Gold standard by visiting their band page here

Gold Standard + The Estate Yountville (Vintage House, Barrel Room)


Gold Standard loves traveling to Napa for destination weddings! This Yountville celebration was packed with excitement from start to finish. Music for the big day started with dreamy violin instrumentals and ended with a high energy concert given by the 10-piece band, accompanied by a bride and groom crowd surf beneath a confetti and glitter drop. Talk about wedding goals...

Planner: Cole Drake Events // Venue: The Estate Yountville (Vintage House, Barrel Room) // Florals: Loop Flowers + Event Arts // Wedding Band: Downbeat LA (Gold Standard) // Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography // Videography: Elysium Productions // Lighting: The Lux Productions // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals 

Interested in booking entertainment for your wedding or special event? Downbeat LA can meet all your live music needs, get your free quote by clicking here.  

See more from Gold Standard by visiting their band page here

Gold Standard + Paliku Gardens, Kualoa Ranch (Hawaii)


Gold Standard brought the live entertainment to this destination wedding on the beautiful island of Oahu! The ceremony and reception were held on the private nature reserve and popular filming location, Kualoa Ranch, nestled in the property's Paliku Gardens location. 

Wedding Planner: Nichole Weddings and Events // Venue: Kualoa Ranch // Photographer: Rebecca Arthurs Photography // Videographer: Seeking Films Videography // Wedding Band: Downbeat LA (Gold Standard) // Florals: SU-V Expresssions

Top Palm Springs Wedding Venues

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Palm Springs is perfect for couples looking for a quintessential desert wedding. The area known for its warm weather and summer vibes! Everything from Coachella's festival grounds to the swanky Ace Hotel can be found in this California desert oasis, making it perfect for any party!

For brides and grooms looking for a destination wedding in Palm Springs, here are the area's top venues and event spaces to consider:

Avalon Palm Springs

Designed by Kelly Wearstler, this Hollywood Regency style boutique hotel is one of the top wedding venues in Palm Springs. Located within walking distance to all downtown has to offer, Avalon has multiple event lawns that you can utilize over the course of an entire weekend, with events in all different areas of the property. Poolside? Check. Palm tree canopy? Check. Fruit tree gardens? Check. (from


Between the futuristic architecture, chic room décor, and the most gorgeous pool in Palm Springs, this 32-room boutique hotel will most definitely have guests feeling like they’ve arrived in style. ARRIVE has both indoor and outdoor options for weddings and you’ll definitely want to do a buyout so you can have this amazing venue all to yourselves. (from

Spencer's Restaurant

We've played many events at Spencer's and we must say, there's a lot to Within easy walking distance of fabled Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs lies a gateway to an unspoiled wilderness: San Jacinto Mountain, whose waterfalls and treelined canyons are held sacred by the Cahuilla tribe. Ensconced at the base of this imposing natural monument is Spencer’s Restaurant, a local hotspot with an award-winning wine list, picturesque grounds and a hip private event space, the Bougainvilla Room. The buildings are a tasteful interpretation of ’50s modernism, and picture windows, patios and outdoor event lawns make the most of the scenic desert terrain. Spencer’s shares its historic facilities with the venerable Palm Springs Tennis Club, which has been an exclusive gathering place for celebrities since its launch in the late 1940s. The Bougainvillea Room was the site of many a star-studded soirée during Hollywood’s Golden Age. (Make sure to tell your guests that they’re sipping martinis where Sinatra once partied!)

Spencer’s has recently renovated the spacious Bougainvillea Room so that contemporary hipsters, including your own entourage of glitterati, have a fresh place to party. Located on the Tennis Club’s second floor, the room is wrapped with two walls of picture windows. One side overlooks the treetops, a turquoise swimming pool, and the town just beyond. Its windows are lined with planters filled with bromeliads, ferns and other tropical foliage. The other wall of double-tall windows frames a spectacular mountainside waterfall that cascades down weathered, rocky outcroppings—a pleasant habitat for sundry birds, desert flowers, and butterflies—before flowing inside to the room’s own rock pool. When decked with luminarias, the waterfall becomes the breathtaking centerpiece of your celebration.

If all this proximity to nature has you yearning for more, then step outside to the adjacent grassy bluffs. Two expansive, terraced lawns surrounded by colorful gardens let you drink in a sweeping panorama of Palm Springs: behind you, the dramatic face of the mountain burnished by the rays of the setting sun; before you, the evening lights of the city, just beginning to sparkle. What a magnificent spot for saying “I do”!


Korakia is the kind of mediterranean venue you’d expect to find in a small town in Greece, but here it sits in the middle of colorful, playful Palm Springs. This is the kind of wedding venue where time seems to stand still while vows are exchanged. Best for a crew of 130 or less, book this spot if you’re looking for pure desert romance. (from

Mr Lyons

Mr. Lyons is a luxe steakhouse in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs. Known for its upscale, retro-style atmosphere, the venue can accommodate parties up to 140 for hosts who want to impress guests with the restaurants American cuisine with a modern twist. 

Moana Events - Wedding Planner


Hawaii is home to some of the world's most beautiful and luxurious wedding destinations and venues. Whether it's an elopement or a grand destination celebration, we cannot say enough about the wonderful boutique wedding and event planning team at Moana Events.

Owner and creative director Morgan Childs brought together and impressive vision that has allowed her and her team to build an incredible portfolio of custom-designed celebrations across Kauai, Oahu, Lanai and the Big Island of Hawaii and earn accolades from industry heavy-hitters such as Vogue, Bride, US Weekly, Style Me Pretty and more!

Moana Events' mission is as beautiful as their work: 

"We believe in CELEBRATING life’s occasions. Bringing people together in beautiful environments and creating opportunities for JOY. We believe in SERVING our clients well. We believe in getting to know our clients and what is important to them, being their advocates throughout the planning process and respecting their investment. We believe that BEAUTIFUL environments and MEANINGFUL details make a difference." 

"Custom design is a gift and there is no better job we can do than to get to know our clients so well that we can make their dream day a reality. We believe in TRANSPARENCY, HONESTY and RESPECT in dealing with our clients and vendors. We believe in GIVING BACK. We partner with Aloha Harvest to donate any and all  leftover food from our events to the needy in our community. We also partner with our florists to donate flowers after our events to hospitals and nursing homes.  We provide career coaching  & host clothing drives for Dress for Success to benefit disadvantaged women."

For more information about Moana Events, visit their website:

Destination Wedding Inspiration: Hawaii

Known for it's beautiful string of islands, crystal blue waters, white sand and lush flora, Hawaii is a highly sought after and world-renowned vacation spot, and it provides a perfect setting for couples who dream of having a destination wedding. 


The scenery is beautiful no matter what island you find yourself on, but we've rounded up our top picks for picturesque Hawaiian destination wedding venues:

1. Four Seasons Lanai

2. The Grand Wailea Hotel

3. Olowalu Plantation House, Maui

2. Dillingham Ranch, Oahu

5. The Modern Honolulu

Winter Wedding Destinations

The term “Destination Wedding” commonly incites imagery of blue oceans and white sandy beaches, but wintertime can be just as intimate and appealing for the big day if you find the right location.

For a true winter wonderland wedding, surrounding yourself with a snowy landscape and warm, luxurious accommodations is key, not to mention the added bonus of roaring fireplaces, horse drawn carriages, lodging with mountain views and more!

Get inspired to cozy up and say “I Do” with these images from real weddings, and check out our recommended locations for your dream destination winter wedding:

The St. Regis Aspen Resort (Aspen, CO) 

The Little Nell (Aspen, CO)

Dunton Hot Springs (Dolores, CO)

Hotel de Glace (Quebec City, Quebec)

ICEHOTEL (Jukkasjärvi, Sweden)

The Ranch at Rock Creek (Philipsburg, MO)

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe (Lake Tahoe, CA)

Blake Entertainment


Downbeat LA bands love traveling outside of their home base in California to perform at destination weddings and events around the world. Gold Standard recently came back from their second annual trip to Hawaii working with event planning company, Blake Entertainment

Melissa Blake and her team are an absolute dream to work with and are incredibly accommodating to the needs of both their clients and vendors. From rolling out the red carpet to creating impressive themes with gorgeous décor, they can do it all!

For more information on Blake Entertainment, visit them at



Our band AMFM had a blast performing for Whirlpool Corporate at the beautiful Esperanza Hotel and at the beautiful Villa Vista Ballena in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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Client: Whirlpool

Band: AMFM

Planners: Meeting & Incentives Worldwide

Lead Coordinator: Katie Wiesner

Venue: Esperanza Hotel and Villa Vista Ballena