Destination Weddings in New Caledonia

  • Interview with our Head Planner, Jac Bowie

    Jac Bowie is the owner & head planner at Darling Don’t Panic and is the wedding planner who services our destination weddings in New Caledonia. She comes from a 10+ year background in events including founding Business in Heels and producing theatre shows including The Hurly Burly Show in Australia. In addition to planning destination weddings in New Caledonia she supports the entire Darling Don’t Panic wedding planning team with backup support & travel agent services.

    AREAS YOU SERVICE
    Destination weddings in New Caledonia, plus backup wedding planner for Australia – if clients need us in a location that is not serviced or one of our planners can’t do that date!

    WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WEDDING PLANNING?
    I was a theatre producer for many years, and then founded Business in Heels – so had a really strong background in events. I’ve produced over 500 events including bringing West End shows out to Australia and touring shows around Australia like The Burlesque Ball.

    Making the transition to wedding planning was a simple one. I’ve absolutely loved getting to know my clients and creating their dream event. It’s also nice to not stress about ticket sales, PR, costumes and just focus on creating something beautiful!

    FAVE WEDDING VIBES RIGHT NOW
    Love something a bit luxe boho – really into corals and unstructured florals – love love love!

    5 FAVE LOCAL WEDDING VENUES & WHY
    I service our clients in New Caledonia and love Le Meridien, Chataeu Royal as hotel wedding venues in Noumea – but also am dying for someone to book Duck Island – you can have your own island for your wedding with food, drinks, music for under 10K – please someone book me for that!

    In Australia I have a few local faves down here in Geelong – love Rocklea Farm, Rusty Gate Weddings & in the Yarra Valley – Stones of the Yarra Valley!

    WHAT MAKES YOU AN AWESOME WEDDING PLANNER?
    Aside from my strong logistical background in events, I’m passionate about what I do. I love getting to know my clients and creating something unique that truly represents them.

    Alex & Justin’s wedding at Rusty Gate Weddings.

    CHECK OUT SOME OF JAC’s WEDDING WORK

    FAVE WEDDING PLANNING TOOLS
    I use Thymebase for all my wedding planning tasks and also my on the day timeline. For communication with my clients I use Aisle Planner . For invoicing, questionnaires, contracts I use Dubsado. We offer full access to Aisle Planner to all of our clients.

    A look inside Aisle Planner
  • Destination Honeymoon: A Planning Cheat-Sheet

    Are you overwhelmed with wedding preparations? Follow these easy steps and planning your honeymoon will be a breeze!

    Scouting locations, purchasing décor, contacting vendors, working on your design scheme, making a seating plan, writing your vows, sending out invitations, buying gifts for the bridal party… The list of wedding planning tasks goes on and on and you barely have time to even think about your honeymoon. Don’t worry, if you start with the preparations early enough and take one step at a time, it will be an easy job!

    Honeymoon Planning Timeline

    To take the stress out of planning, you need to be organised. It is never too early to start thinking about your trip, especially if you don’t have a clear idea where you want to go. Begin by creating a planning timeline and make sure you stick to it. The key is to have everything booked and all the documents sorted well before the most hectic period of wedding preparations commences.
    6 Months Prior

    • Do your research and gather information on various destinations
    • Decide on the budget
    • Find a travel agent

    3 Months Prior

    • Have all your documents ready
    • Book a flight
    • Book accommodation
    • Arrange transfers

    1 Month Prior

    • Buy everything you need for the journey
    • Create your honeymoon itinerary
    • Purchase travel insurance

    1 Week Prior

    • Exchange cash if you are travelling to another country
    • Get informed on the weather at your destination
    • Make final purchases
    • Pack your bags
    • Prepare your documents

    How to Set the Budget?

    Divide your honeymoon costs into different categories as this will make your job much easier. You will need to cover the transport, accommodation, meals, sightseeing, local transfers and shopping. Find out if you can get any discounts if you are travelling as a newly-wed couple and ask which documents you need to show to prove that. Then calculate all the costs to get the idea of how much money you will have to spend.
    If you are on a limited budget, then make sure to get the most of it. You can considerably cut your costs if you look for good all-inclusive deals or consider travelling out of season when there will be fewer tourists anyway.
    Another great advice is to make privacy and comfort one of your main priorities. Island honeymoons are perfect because you will be far away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, surrounded by beautiful nature. There will be things to explore, but there will be no pressure to make complicated itineraries. The Canary Islands is a destination that ticks all the boxes because it offers a really good mix of culture, activities and the newly-wed bliss!
    Choosing a less popular destination that is off-the-beaten-track can also help you maximise your budget. Spend a little more time browsing the internet until you find a hidden gem you can call your own honeymoon paradise. And don’t forget to make a list of the best affordable restaurants and bars in the area!

    How to choose your destination?

    From cosy mountain retreats and romantic cities to remote beaches, uninhabited deserts and wellness retreats, there are so many beautiful places where you can unwind. Of course, there is pressure to make this journey a unique and memorable one. Not to mention that you will be exhausted after the wedding!
    Our best tip is to make a good balance between adventure and a relaxing holiday. Make your journey fun and eventful, do something you have never done before and try new gourmet delicacies, but be a little lazy too!