(From a real bride and her wedding planner)

There’s no doubt that planning a wedding is one of the biggest investments you’ll make. It can be time-consuming and stressful, and having help can make all the difference. This is one of the most special days of your life — and it should be put in the hands of someone who knows what it takes to run a wedding smoothly.



Here are 10 tips, from one of my brides and myself, for having the destination wedding of your dreams:


1. Hire a wedding planner!
Weddings require so many decisions. It can help to have someone in your corner who takes care of calling vendors, someone you can bounce ideas off of, and just all-around carry some of the stress of planning a wedding. No one likes a stressed out bride, a good wedding planner can help with that!


2. Plan your wedding like you’re throwing a big party for all your family and friends. 

Everyone loves a big party! Yes, it’s your big day, but there’s nothing that says your guests can’t have a blast too. Incorporate those details that are near and dear to you and your future spouse, but don’t make every last detail about only you — add things that would also delight your guests!



3. A stunning venue can save you a lot of $$ on decor! 

When the venue is absolutely beautiful, you won’t even notice the decor. Find a few staple pieces to add some flare, but besides that let the location do all the work! 


4. Figure out your top three must-haves and stick to them. 

Which areas are you not willing to compromise in? For my bride, Ashley, it was photography, music, and the open bar (more below). Your top three may be different, just make sure you and your fiance (and anyone else) are on the same page!


5. Everyone loves an open bar.

Speaking of delighting your guests, an open bar is a great way to keep that big party going! If you’re going to opt for straws for those yummy drinks, though, consider using paper. The sea turtles (and all other sea creatures) thank you! 


6. Hope for the best, but expect that something may not go as planned. 
Weddings are big events with lots of moving parts. I work hard to keep everything moving smoothly, but some things can just be out of our control — Like the weather — don’t worry though, whatever happens will be addressed quickly and efficiently.



7. Keep what matters, toss the rest. 

This is your big day. There’s no rule that says you have to incorporate every tradition. If the dollar dance or garter toss isn’t your thing, ditch it! Incorporate what’s truly special to you, your fiance, and your family and it’s guaranteed to be a memorable day. 



8. Don’t worry, be happy! Enjoy your day — let me worry about the rest!


9. Make the rounds!
Make sure to thank all those who’ve traveled to be there for your big day, let them know how much it meant to have them there, they’ll love that you took the time to tell them ‘thank you.’


10. Lastly — have a blast! 
Okay, this one’s pretty self-explanatory. Sure, weddings take a lot of work to put on, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be fun. This is ultimately a celebration of the commitment and love between you and your future spouse and it should be treated as such!

Ready to talk about your big day? You can give me all your details here on my contact page. I look forward to getting to know you!


I like what you said about hiring a wedding planner since they can call vendors for you. My sister wants to make sure that her wedding goes smoothly in the coming months. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for professionals who can help her with this.