How to plan a stress-free wedding

When it comes to planning events, stress is a common factor. Weddings are more than just social events; they are a celebration of love and the union of two individuals. But if you follow the next simple steps, you will be able to plan a wedding without all the hassle.


Set a realistic budget, and stick to it. We know money talk is always hard but doing this first is the best decision you can make. Having a real number of the amount you can spend will let you know what size of event you can afford. When you go and fall in love with a venue or start your guest list without knowing your numbers, it can be frustrating finding out you are out of range.

Set a theme

Once you know the size of the venue you need, you must think about the style you prefer for your wedding. Keep in mind also the season or month of the year you want to celebrate your wedding. When you start looking for venues, check availability for the date you prefer and make sure the existing decoration goes with the theme you choose. If you are planning a rustic or bohemian wedding, prefer outdoor venues and wood tables or chairs. A hotel reception will suit better for a classic and romantic theme.

Make a schedule

Have a list of tasks to complete each month. Start with the big things like finding a venue, catering, flowers, decoration, music, and photographer. You should focus on invitations, guest list, wedding register, and finding your wedding attire in the following months. When you have three months left, it is time to set up makeup and hair trials, cake and catering tasting, and dress fitting. A couple of months before the big day, you should mail invitations. The last month touch base with all your vendors, make any final payment and confirm arrival time.

Always enjoy the process, you are planning an event that you and your guests will forever remember.

Tropical destination weddings

Destination weddings are an excellent option for intimate celebrations. Couples can have their dreamed wedding and honeymoon at the same time. Tropical destinations are ideal if you love paradisiac islands and warm weather. Planning a destination wedding may be challenging. Make sure you notify your guests in advance, and you can accommodate everyone at the location before setting the wedding date. Plan a visit before the big day to sign contracts and meet your vendors in person. Always consider hiring a professional planner that knows the destination.

The most popular tropical destination in Indonesia is Bali. This island is filled with forested mountains, beaches, and coral reefs, known for its exotic cuisine and fun nightlife. You can have a beach wedding right in the sand or a mountain villa venue with a view of the ocean and tropical forest surroundings. There are many all-inclusive hotels and resorts. Keep in mind that rain in the tropics will not allow you to enjoy a wedding, avoid setting a date from November to March.

The best part of having a destination wedding is that you can turn it into your honeymoon. After the ceremony and reception, you can spend a day with your guests, and then you can go to a different resort and enjoy the rest of the days as a couple. Bali offers numerous experiences to enjoy nature and relax.

Of course, to make things run even smoother, you can enlist the assistance of a wedding planner, like Darling Don’t Panic. We’ll work with you to cover off all these details and also, execute your wedding event vision flawlessly so you can relax, and soak up the whole experience! Download our Information Pack to find out more.


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So you can’t have the wedding you want unless you know what you want, right?

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