Top 10 Timeless Wedding Planning Tips from 10 Years of Planning Weddings

Bust out the party hats, champagne and cake, because we’re turning 10 this month! Can you believe it?!

Yup, Mango Muse Events has hit double digits!

It’s crazy to think that it’s been 10 years…

It’s been 10 years since I moved from corporate planning to wedding planning… 10 years since I picked out the name Mango Muse Events… 10 years since I got my first business license… And 10 years since I did my first wedding (it had fish!)…

Live fish bowl wedding centerpiece for a wine country wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: VAS Photo)

So much has changed over the last 10 years.

Not just in the world, not just for weddings, but for Mango Muse Events. We’ve learned so much. We’ve grown and expanded and evolved.

But in 10 years, there are some things that have not changed.

People talk a lot about timeless weddings. A timeless wedding can mean traditional and white. Or a timeless wedding can mean staying away from trendy colors, decor, fashion or photography style.

For me, timeless means two things:

First, it’s a personal definition. Timeless items are whatever is considered timeless for you. Whether that’s donuts, mint green or a church wedding. What is timeless for one person is different for another.

And second, timeless means tried and true. Solid principles, ideas and advice that will always be true no matter what kind of wedding you’re having, where you’re having it or what year it is.

And since we’re celebrating 10 years, I’m sharing my top 10 timeless wedding planning tips from 10 years of planning destination weddings.

Top 10 Timeless Wedding Planning Tips

Bride and groom walking in the vineyards at their Sonoma wine country destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Andria Lo Weddings)

Tip #1 – Use Fun and Functional Ideas

Fun ideas are fun, but, they’re not always feasible, functional or realistic.

Make sure you’ve really thought them out before you decide to do them. Because, live things die, weather and people are unpredictable and things don’t always work or look right.

So, think it through, test it out and make sure your fun idea works in real life.

Tip #2 – Have a Problem Solver

Something will always go wrong.

I have never been to a wedding that didn’t have some kind of issue or problem. No matter how well you plan ahead. Because many times it’s not something you can anticipate.  

But, you don’t want to have to deal with it! So, make sure you have a problem solver (ideally a professional) in place to handle those issues for you. That way you can enjoy every moment of your wedding day.

Tip #3 – You Don’t Have to do What Everyone Else Does

Don’t be afraid to do something different. The best design ideas come not from other weddings, but outside inspiration like travel, fashion, art, food, etc…

And when something you want doesn’t exist, create it!  Perhaps not yourself, but hire someone to do it for you.

It’s amazing the things you can create when you don’t limit yourself to what is available or “normal”. But…

Custom designed hanging orchid chandelier at a Hawaii tent wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Marina Miller)

Tip #4 – Don’t Do Unique for Unique’s Sake

Everyone wants a unique wedding, but don’t do something just because it’s unique. Don’t try to be different, just to be different.

Instead, do something personal.

Because when you pull from your lives, your experiences, your memories, your favorites, that will always be unique.

Scandinavian Kransekake wedding cake with love flags at a Sonoma wine country wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Andria Lo Weddings)

Tip #5 – Don’t Worry, Be Happy

There is so much stuff around weddings.

So much stuff! And it’s so easy to get caught up in all the details. Which is really overwhelming.

Don’t worry about it! Instead, remember what’s important!

Pretty and perfect is great, but HAPPY is what you really care about. Make decisions that make you happy, that will result in a happy wedding.

Happy laughing bride at her destination wedding in Hawaii by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Day 7 Photography)

Tip #6 – Be An Adventurer

Destination weddings usually take place in a location you’ve been to.  But, that doesn’t have to be the case!  

You haven’t been everywhere, so you can’t know every location.

Give yourself the liberty to be an adventurer and discover a place that fits everything you’re looking for.

And who knows, it could become your all time favorite place.

Meads bay beach in Anguilla at the Frangipani resort Caribbean wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

Tip #7 – Ignore the Shoulds

Once you’re engaged, you’ll get advice from EVERYONE, whether you want it or not. You’ll get a lot of shoulds: Oh! You should do this… You definitely shouldn’t do that…

It’s exhausting, confusing and overwhelming. And it can result in a wedding you don’t actually want.

So, ignore all the advice and instead spend your time and money on what matters. Make decisions that make sense for you and ignore all the rest.

Tip #8 – Support Professionals You Like

Outside of maybe the venue, every wedding vendor you hire is a small business. So you want to hire vendors who you feel good about, who you like and connect with.  

But, you also want to hire vendors who you want to support and give your money to.

And if you have any reservations, trust your gut.  It will always work out better to find someone who you like and feel comfortable with instead of the one who is closest or cheapest or easiest.

415s wedding band singing at a San Francisco wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Bustle and Twine)

Tip #9 – DIY is Not Free

Handmade or homemade anything can be really special. It can have a lot of meaning. And it can potentially save you money.

But, always remember that DIY still costs you.

DIY can be a wonderful thing, but know what you’re getting into before you do it. You need to understand what you’re giving up in exchange, time for money.

And then make sure you’re comfortable with the “price” you’re paying before you dive in.

Home made apple sauce seating cards and wedding favors for a San Francisco destination wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

Tip #10 – When You Need Help, Get It

We all try to do so much ourselves. We think we can and we don’t want to bother anyone.

But, when things get hard… When you’re stressed… When you don’t have time… And when you just don’t know what to do…

Get help!

Because we all need help from time to time. And weddings are definitely not something you should do alone.

Newlyweds and guests dancing at destination wedding reception in Hawaii by destination wedding planner of Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: What a Day Photography)

Because your wedding is a celebration! Just like our birthday. And it’s always happier and more fun with others.

So, remember these timeless wedding planning tips and be you, be happy, live in the moment, savor the experience and celebrate with joy. Contact us today and let’s get this party started!

0 replies

Join the discussion!

Share your thoughts below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *