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  • 3 Tips For Choosing a Wedding Planner

    Choosing your wedding planner is a big decision. This is the person you are trusting to bring your dream day to life! So before you sign the dotted line, consider these three tips when selecting and booking your wedding planner:

    1. Book Your Wedding Planner Early

    When booking your wedding planner, you want to hire them early on in the planning process, preferably as soon as you set your wedding budget. This goes for wedding coordinators too! Some people book their wedding planners up to two years in advance, so if you are looking to work with someone specific, it’s best to get in touch as soon as you can to get your date reserved.

    1. Determine your Budget

    Before you start reaching out to wedding pros for booking, you need to consider your budget. Full-service wedding planning averages around 15-20% of a couple’s budget. So, it is very important to sit down with your significant other, parents, or whoever is contributing to your wedding to discuss your funds and how much will be put towards a planner. Factors that can affect a planner’s pricing include their experience, location/destination of the wedding, the level of service you require, and more. 

    1. Vet your Potential Wedding Planners

    You will never regret doing too much research when selecting your wedding vendors. While there is no special license required to plan a wedding, there are other ways you can vet your potential planner or coordinator’s experience. Browse through their blogs to read their expert advice, check out reviews online, visit their Instagram or website for a visual portfolio, and ask for referrals from other couples and vendors.

    You deserve a wedding planner who is just as excited about your celebration as you are – and our team would love to hear all about your big day! Get in touch with us at 0476393929 or via email at info@darlingdontpanic.com.

  • Which Wedding Vendors Should You Book First?

    Now that you have had some time to celebrate your engagement, you may be ready to start planning your wedding, but what vendors should you book first? It may seem overwhelming when you start listing out all the vendors you need, which is why we’ve created a guide on who should be your top priority bookings that will make the rest of wedding planning a breeze!

    1. Wedding Planner

    Once you have set your budget, the first vendor you want to book is a wedding planner. They will help you find the best vendors, negotiate contracts, help manage your budget, and take care of all the final day-of details. We recommend booking your wedding planner before booking your venue so they can accompany you on site visits, ask questions, and determine the right place to bring your vision to life.

    1. Your Wedding Venue

    As stated above, the next vendor you want to mark off your list is your wedding venue. Many couples book out their venue 1-2 years in advance, especially for in-demand locations. It is extremely important to do this early on in the planning process because you won’t be able to lock in any other vendors until you have a set date and location, so don’t wait!

    1. Your Photographer & Videographer

    One of the biggest investments you can make on your wedding day is a quality photographer and videographer.  These wedding pros will help capture your memories to be treasured for years to come. When researching, be sure to check and see if your photographer also offers videography services, as there may be opportunities to bundle and save! If not, your photographer can likely recommend a videographer or vice versa. You can even ask your wedding planner for referrals! Popular dates and weekends book up fast, so be sure to reach out early to your preferred vendor and secure your date.

    Ready to book your wedding planner and start planning your dream day? Contact our team online via email at info@darlingdontpanic.com or give us a call at 0476393929. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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  • Three Things You Need To Do When Planning Your Destination Wedding

    Fact: planning a destination wedding requires a lot more attention to detail.

    Now if that first sentence made you think “is planning a destination wedding really in the cards for me?” don’t let it deter you from having the wedding of your dreams because it can be done! Below we’re dropping a few pointers to help ease the stress if a destination ceremony location is on your radar. Get a planner…

    ASAP! Now can a destination wedding be planned without a planner? Of course it can, anything is possible.

    Do you want to take on a full-time job just planning your wedding? Maybe if you’ve always dreamt about being a wedding planner but most will say “to heck with that added stress!”

    Hiring a wedding planner from the very start will be one of the best investments you’ll make, especially since there is an extra level of attention to detail needed. When looking for a planner, ensure that this person either has extensive experience when it comes to planning a destination wedding, or is someone who resides in the location where you will be traveling to.

    The benefit of hiring a wedding planner in your ceremony location is that they will know the area, and in turn, know the best vendors in the area and not just for the wedding day itself—it can also apply to local accommodations like nearby airports and transportation.

    They will have great connections and relationships established, and may even be able to hook you up with a discount or two! Split the event in two This option is great for both your wallet and your guests! If you’re wanting to have a destination wedding, unless you plan on covering travel for your guests, a destination celebration may not be in the cards for them money wise.

    If you’re trying to find a way to include everyone without putting a financial burden on your guests or yourself, consider splitting your wedding into two parts: the destination celebration for your closest family and friends, and a larger ceremony/reception back home where more people can attend!

    All inclusive is the way to go If you’re starting the search for a venue to host your destination nuptials, we highly recommend picking a venue that is all inclusive. Think about all of the things you will need: tables, chairs, linens, food, etc.

    Remember that you’ll have to individually scope out and coordinate with those vendors. If you book a ceremony and/or reception venue that is all inclusive, you will pay one price that will include all of the necessary items for your wedding day, saving you money (who doesn’t love to save money?)

    Bonus points if the venue is also a hotel allowing you or your guests to block out rooms for their overnight accommodations! Whether you were in a planning rut, or are newly engaged just starting the destination planning process, bookmark this page to easily come back and refer to these tips. Bon voyage and congratulations!

  • How To Plan a Stress-Free Wedding During a Pandemic

    It’s 2020 and in the middle of a pandemic your partner just asked you to spend forever with them! Now the question: how do I (and should I?) start planning a wedding during a pandemic…and make it stress-free?

    Below we’re sharing some of our tips for saving your sanity while planning your nuptials (and no, a pandemic shouldn’t stop you!)

    Hire a Wedding Planner

    We may be a bit biased but it is one of THE best investments you’ll make! You know that one corner of your house that collects clutter and the sigh of relief when you finally organize it? When you invest in a wedding planner, we’re that sigh of relief. We will be your go-to for questions, styling, and flawlessly executing your vision. Plus, with regulations constantly evolving, we can be the point of contact in the event of needing to make any adjustments. Say hello to your new best friend!

    Start your dress shopping online

    If you’ve created that dream dress board on Pinterest, now is the time to kick that dream into reality! Think about what silhouettes and details you are attracted to and start making a list of gowns you think you’d like to try on.

    Tip: Don’t overwhelm yourself by booking tons of appointments, you’ll end up confusing yourself trying on dress after dress (yes, we know it’s fun!) If you insist on visiting a few shops, stick to a maximum of 3. Trust your stylist, when you put on “the one,” you’ll know!

    Go the digital route

    Designing the perfect invites, custom calligraphy, beautifully lined envelopes. While it’s a nice touch, it can also take a toll on your budget! By choosing the digital route for your invitations (which can still be customized just like paper invites), you can kiss goodbye tracking down RSVP’s, as well as easily make changes with a click of a button.

    Pick a venue that offers an all-inclusive package

    If you thought the venue was just the space to hold your event and the rest was on you, think again! Many venues offer an all-inclusive package which can include your tables, chairs, dance floor, and more! Rentals can add up quickly so not only will you save time finding vendors to rent these items from, but also money!

    Just because a venue offers an all-inclusive package, doesn’t mean you HAVE to use what they offer. If you would rather rent your own chairs, go for it! Just ensure to communicate this with your vendor and brainstorm with your wedding planner as they can point you in the direction of vendors they love and trust!

    There it is, some of our top tips on planning a stress-free wedding during a pandemic! If you’re reading this after the pandemic, you can still put all of these tips to use when planning your day. Darling, don’t panic, we’ve got your back! Are you ready to bring your dream wedding to life? Download our information packet and let’s get to planning!

  • How To Shop Online For Your Special Mother Of The Bride Dress

    Your daughter’s wedding day is announced. She is ecstatically happy and cannot wait to shop for her wedding dress. However, you as the mother of the bride, may have doubts about finding your perfect mother of the bride dress.

    After all, weren’t you the one who visited countless bridal shops, department stores, and boutiques, the last time so-and-so was getting married and could not find something to wear? What about this special occasion now? Your dress has to complement the color theme of the wedding and the chosen color is fuchsia and guess what, you look terrible in pink!

    Fret no more. The internet revolution has been around for years and now almost everyone, including Grandmother Harriet, is really savvy in shopping online for anything and everything sold under the sun. You can be too!

    If you or someone you know own a computer, and you can type “mother of the bride dress” in that search box, you have opened up a new world of shopping for yourself. Here are some quick and easy tips for shopping online:

    1. First of all, understand fabric types. Most special occasion dresses are made of chiffon, georgette, silk or man-made silk, organza, or crepe. You could visit a few local bridal shops to get an idea of the different types of fabrics, their quality, and texture.

    2. Understand colors. Hopefully, by now, you will know what “fuchsia” or “magenta” is. Most online stores will have color swatches posted online. However, please be aware those colors are not color true (looking at a color in natural light and close-up), as you are looking into a computer screen. See whether the internet store will send you color swatches in the mail or at least, send you another picture with a close indication of the color you are looking for.

    3. Know your approximate size beforehand but wait, do not use this size to order your dress as every manufacturer cuts their dresses according to their OWN size charts. Measure yourself first with a tape measure, your bust, waist, and hips, over your undergarments. Compare these numbers to the manufacturer’s size chart provided to get your best size. If you are between sizes, select the next size up as the rule is “easier to take in than to let out”.

    4. Have an idea what looks good on you and what do not, through previous buying experiences and you can make a sound decision basing on those experiences. If you have large hips, an A-line skirt is definitely flattering. If you have flabby arms, a long sleeve jacket is the way to go. A longer blouse or jacket, hides a problem stomach area, so on and so forth.

    5. Online stores stock a wide variety of styles, sizes, and colors and typically more so than the physical stores. Their prices are on the most part, reasonable. Check on the return policy as every store sets their own. Remember that you are shopping for a “special occasion” outfit and the return policy is usually more strict than for regular everyday clothing.

    6. Once you have found your perfect dream dress, you would have saved yourself a lot of time, hassle, and perhaps money as well. Online shopping could definitely be the best option for you from now on and not only for your mother of the bride dress!

  • How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Bands

    The best course of action to take sometimes isn’t clear until you’ve listed and considered your alternatives. The following paragraphs should help clue you in to what the experts think is significant. So you want to seal the deal. You’ve already proposed, she has accepted. Now, it’s time to get down to business and make it official.

    Aside from your vows, there’s nothing more that makes it official than the exchange offering of wedding bands. These are the rings that the bride and groom will be wearing forever, ’til death do us part! So it is important for the bride and groom to purchase a wedding band that they both like and feel good about. One thing that you should consider when buying a wedding band, is both the personal style of the future husband and wife.

    This is a joint effort, so both parties should agree. It is essential that both are comfortable with the rings that they choose, because they’d be wearing these rings for a lifetime. There are a variety of wedding band to choose from, made from different materials. 14 karat white and yellow gold being still two of the most popular choices. A 14 karat gold wedding band is not entirely made of gold. It is mixed with an alloy of gold and other metals such as copper and silver.

    Wedding bands also come in silver and platinum. Platinum is heavier than gold. It is considered to be the most precious of all metals. It makes for a beautiful wedding ring because of its stunning white metal that shines after it has been polished. Silver is not considered superior in quality. Silver metal tend to be very soft. Wedding bands made of silver are prone to discoloration. But they are very inexpensive. So those who are shopping on a budget might want to consider this as an option.

    In choosing a wedding band, the thickness of the band must be considered, and whether the bride and groom would want a wedding band with a design, or just a plain set of wedding bands. You can see that there’s practical value in learning more about Perfect Wedding Bands. Can you think of ways to apply what’s been covered so far? Now, it is common for couples to choose the same wedding band.

    Except, that the woman’s wedding band is slightly smaller. It is advisable for couples who are shopping for rings to visit a number of jewelry stores. This way, they’d have a wide selection to choose from. They could also compare prices. If you have any questions regarding the rings, you can always ask a professional jeweler to assist you.

    He or she can also offer you an expert opinion when it comes to your selection. If couples chose to have an engraving in their rings, they should already have a dedication in mind. Also, they should be careful in choosing the type of engraving they will put in their wedding bands, because these engravings are lasting.

    Most couples chose to have their initials brandished inside their wedding rings. While others chose symbols, or dedications as a gesture, or profession of their love and devotion to each other. Engravings are a wonderful thing, because they make the rings more meaningful and special. Ask your friends and family who are blissfully married to recommend some names of places where you can acquire the wedding bands of your dream.

    If you cannot find a ready made ring that suits your style, you can always have them custom made. A lot of jeweler specialize in making wedding bands. Having your wedding bands made, actually is less expensive than purchasing in store wedding bands. The great thing about this is it also adds a personal touch to the ring selection process.

    But in the end, it’s not really just about the rings, so couples should not stress over the whole ring selection process. Rather they should enjoy and relish this special time, when they are about to be made future husband and wife, and bonded for all eternity. There’s a lot to understand about Perfect Wedding Bands. We were able to provide you with some of the facts above, but there is still plenty more to write about in subsequent articles.

  • The Top Three Wedding Vendors to Not Cut Corners On For Your Big Day

    Being newly engaged, you probably have the excitement of jumping into wedding planning. The biggest mistake that you can make which can end up setting you back (or leaving you disappointed) is cutting corners on vendors to try to save some money here or there.

    We know there’s a lot of moving pieces when it comes to choosing your vendors and categorizing what is important, so below we’re breaking down three vendors you shouldn’t skimp on when it comes to planning your wedding.

    The Videographer

    We’ll go ahead and say that among the vendors that are a must have, this one is optional but again, one worth putting some of your budget towards if you choose to hire a videographer. The videographer captures your wedding in a way that a photographer can’t. Looking back on photos, you can easily see your wedding day. With a videographer, you can hear and feel it. Being able to hear the gasps when your guests react to how beautiful you look, and hear the room burst out in laughter as the maid of honor gives their toast allows you to remember the day in an entirely different way.

    The DJ

    Some people think that Uncle Dave can just hook up his bluetooth speakers and in turn, you can save money on your music services. While you may want to support Uncle Dave’s up and coming record spinning career, your wedding is not the place to do that.

    Hiring an experienced DJ can really make the experience. Not only will they provide you with music that will get everyone on the dance floor and set the tone for the night, but they will also ensure the song changes at the right time before you walk down the aisle, the correct song is playing after you are officially announced as a married couple, but act as the emcee throughout the evening.

    They will also bring their own equipment (speakers, table, lights) which means you won’t have to worry about scouting out this equipment to rent. Trust us when we say you won’t regret devoting a portion of your budget to a quality DJ.

    The Catering

    This is a vendor that can widely vary price wise depending on if your venue offers catering or if you are needing to bring in an outside caterer. You have a lot of options when it comes to your catering (are you wanting to serve a full sit down dinner, just light hors d’oeuvres, or the whole deal including a late night snack?) but most couples can expect to set aside about $10,000, give or take.

    Your caterer can help you calculate out pricing options to find one that fits your budget (and doesn’t sacrifice quality), and be sure to take advantage of any tastings offered. After all, this is your night so have food that you enjoy. Keep these top vendors in mind while planning your big day and you’ll be well on your way to assembling your dream team!

  • How To Make Powerful Wedding Wishes

    A wedding is a very special occasion. A couple deciding to live together forever till they live. Make a family, with children who may become leaders of tomorrow in their own fields.

    As the time goes forward, weddings are losing their special place. Who knows when the newly weds will file for divorce? Earlier it was not so simple. Divorces were not looked at as a possibility to be exercised easily. How does one wish a newly wedded couple?What are wishes? What is the role of wishes in a couple’s life? Why do we wish them a happy life together?

    Let us examine. The first role of a wish is to join the couple in their happiness. Share the happiness. “Yes, I am very happy for both of you. I feel very happy myself on this beautiful occasion. I wish you a lovely life together. Please enjoy your life together. Fight your battles together and share your fruits of labor together. Please bring new children in this world. Make them happy citizens of a happy world.”

    We have such thoughts and convey our thoughts to the couple in many words. Sometimes, it so happens that watching everybody wishing the couple, we all become mechanical in our wishes. The warmth gets lost. The words lose the deeper meaning and become more of a ceremony to be finished as soon as possible.

    We can avoid this happening. When you attend a wedding next, look at the couple carefully. Imagine their future life together. The children, the middle age, and growing old together till death separates them. Imagine the whole life that they will live together. Imagine the pains and the pleasures of their life. Ignore looking at the decorations, the guests and everything else.

    Focus only upon the couple and you will find a transformation taking place in your thoughts. After this your wishes will be spoken from the heart and your wishes will truly impact the lives of the couple. Make your wishes help the couple in every way.

    Hundreds of such heart spoken wishes will bring forward such a change that the couple will surely have a beautiful life. Wishes have power. We may not be able to understand that power. But if wishes are made from the heart, that power can destroy many obstacles. Please use that power, because you have it.

  • How To Interview A Wedding Photographer

    The photographer is going to be your employee in many ways, so you will need to be absolutely sure that this is a person that you can trust with your wedding pictures. Treat him or her like a job applicant and see how you interact with each other.

    Making a list

    You can find a list of wedding photographers in your local phone book, but it’s much easier to get onto a wedding website and see who local people recommend. This list is much shorter and can lead you to higher quality people without having to call everyone from A to Z.

    Once you have a list of photographers, start to call them to set up appointments. Try not to schedule them too close to each other so that you can spend as much time as you need with each one.

    If you’re rushed, you may forget to ask particular questions and you may also forget which photographer said what. Make a list of questions that you want to ask. You can ask about pricing, hourly fees, added costs, location costs, various developing techniques, and more.

    Try to think of every question that you and your soon-to-be spouse can, even if you think they sound silly. No question is too silly, and if the photographer has been around long enough, then they will have heard them all.

    Your interview style

    One of the things that works best in talking with photographers is to try to make sure that you are leading the conversation. You want to make sure that you are getting your opinion into the talks, rather than being told what other couples are doing and saying about them and how much their fees are.

    If you feel like you’re being sold a product, rather than an opportunity to have some great pictures, then you can cut the appointment off and leave. You have no obligation to choose anyone until you’re completely satisfied with your choice.

    Look at the samples carefully and make sure that you’re looking at ones that are recent. Sometimes photographers will try to show you older photos, but if that’s not your style, then it’s really not applicable. Study the quality of the pictures and look for poses that you like.

    Your pictures will serve as a reminder of the happiness and joy of your wedding day. You need to find someone who will create masterpieces of your photos. Take your time in finding someone, but do it early—if you live in a smaller town, these professionals can book up early

  • How To Make Your Own Wedding Favors

    Everybody knows that a wedding is a costly event to organize. Gone are the days where the parents of the bride paid for the day in full.

    Now it is common for those actually getting married to contribute to the costs and many people feel that they do not wish to begin their married lives in debt, courtesy of the wedding itself.

    There are simple ways in which you can reduce the costs at a wedding without compromising on tradition, taste and quality. One of the easiest things to do at a lower price is the making of your own wedding favors.

    These can be expensive if bought for all of your guests and making your own allows you to reduce this cost significantly. It also gives you the opportunity to personalise them to your color themes and the fact that they are handmade makes them more special for your guests to receive.

    The first thing to do is to decide what to put in your favors. Most people choose to use pot pourri or confectionery in them. Once you have decided this it is important to gather all of the materials you will need together. The best place to make these is at a table where you have sufficient room to lay everything out but have it close to hand for when you need it.

    You will need to decide on a color for your favors. This can be to match the décor of the room where they will be displayed or a color found in your bouquet or bridesmaid dresses. Then select an accent color to compliment this. For example, should you decide on yellow as your main color you may choose purple to compliment it.

    You will need to purchase pre-cut wedding favor wraps. These can start at as little as $10 for 50. Then you simply place an amount of the filling in the centre, gather the wrap around it and tie the top with a small length of ribbon. The easiest way to do them quickly is to take your time making the first one and add or remove the filling until the amount is perfect.

    Then try different lengths of ribbon until you have the one you like best. Once you have one favor which is exactly how you want it, dismantle it again. Keep the parts together and use them as a guide for all of the others.

    Cut multiple pieces of ribbon, using the length of the completed favor to ensure it is the length you require. Planning a wedding can be stressful and making your own favors may seem like an additional burden. However, it is a great way of lowering costs. Why not get your bridesmaids round, open a bottle of wine (or two!) and between you they will all be made in no time.