8 Essential Wedding Planning Tips For A Perfect Big Day With Minimal Stress

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1. Decide on a location and lock it down ahead of time

Keep in mind that popular wedding locations usually have long waiting lists and can even be booked up years in advance. So one of the first things you need to do is decide on a location and immediately lock it down for your chosen wedding date, especially if you absolutely have to get married on an auspicious date or a date that holds significance to you.

Some other things to keep in mind when choosing your wedding location include whether it can comfortably accommodate all your guests, whether it's within your budget, and what their wedding package includes.

2. Set a realistic wedding budget and stick to it

Sure, it's a once-in-a-lifetime day, which means that you'll probably want to go all out and make it the most epic celebration ever, but do you really want to start off your marriage in debt? According to iMoney, weddings in Malaysia are expected to cost at least RM50,000 on average, and that's not even including the honeymoon!

Here's their basic budget breakdown of the average wedding in Malaysia:

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So while you may reaaalllllyyyy want to splurge on a breathtaking flower arch or book that super popular band you love, the important question to ask yourself is "can we afford this?" Sit down with your significant other at the start of your wedding planning and come up with a realistic budget that will allow for a special day without draining your bank accounts.

Websites like are a great help in budget planning, as it lets you browse through a wide network of all wedding related vendors to find the one that suits you and your budget best.

3. Setting a detailed timeline is just as important as a budget

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If your wedding date is a good year or so away, it can be easy to think that you have all the time in the world to get stuff done only to end up scrambling closer to the date. Come up with a detailed list of all the decisions that need to be made and set deadlines for each one to keep your planning on track. Keep in mind that many wedding details require advance booking so you may not have as much time as you think.

4. Send your invites out as early as possible

No matter how big or small your guest list is, send out them invites ASAP, especially to those who are really important to you. You want to make sure your guests don't have any clashing plans and also give them ample time to sort out their schedules, which may even have to include travel details.

If your official invitations aren't going to be ready anytime soon, sending out a simple Save The Date (you can even just do it over WhatsApp or Facebook) will suffice, just to give your guests a head's up.

5. Get recommendations from people around you who got married recently

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There are just so many options out there for just about everything wedding related, including locations, performers, photographer, makeup artists, outfits, flowers, food, and more! Looking through them all and trying to make a decision can be pretty daunting so who better to help than people who've done it all before?

Talk to friends, family, and coworkers who've recently gotten hitched, they'll be able to recommend good options for you to shortlist and steer you away from any potential disastrous ones. They'll also have a good idea of general price ranges and market rates, so you can avoid being overcharged.

6. Keep your guests in mind when deciding on your menu

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While it's definitely not a bad thing for you to want the menu to consist of all your favourites (it is your big day after all), you should also keep your guests and any possible dietary restrictions they may have in mind.

Does the food need to be halal? Do you need to provide a vegetarian option? Find out from your guests so that you can plan the menu accordingly. After all, you want everyone to enjoy themselves at your wedding right? :)

7. Assign someone to be the person in charge on the day

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The last thing you want is to be stressed out on your big day by having to check-in on all the last minute details and trying to figure out what to do if something goes wrong. Ideally, you'd have a wedding planner to take care of all the nitty gritty, but if you don't, assign your most reliable friend or family member to be the person in charge.

Come up with a checklist together that they can check off on your wedding day to make sure everything is on track and make sure everyone else knows that they're the go-to person for any emergencies.

8. Always have a back-up plan

Things can go wrong. Horribly wrong even. But that doesn't mean that your wedding day has to be completely ruined. Try to anticipate any hiccups that may occur and come up with contingency plans just in case.

For example, if you're having an outdoor wedding, it'll be a good idea to have umbrellas on standby or even a nearby secondary location that everything can quickly be moved to in the event of an unexpected downpour.

Looking for the perfect location for your dream wedding? Sunway Hotels & Resorts will definitely make your big day a memorable one!

Sunway Hotels & Resorts are so much more than just gorgeous wedding locations, their facilities, amenities, and exclusive packages will make planning your wedding so much easier - making them the perfect choice for a truly wonderful wedding you'll cherish forever.

For a sleek and chic city wedding right here in Kuala Lumpur:
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa | Sunway Pyramid Hotel | Sunway Clio Hotel - Take advantage of their experienced wedding planners to create your own wedding of a lifetime. Plus, the newly renovated Grand Lagoon Ballroom offers unrivaled views and will add elegance to your wedding. The pillarless ballroom even features a dramatic 30-feet high ceiling!

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Sunway Putra Hotel - A team of professional wedding specialists, various wedding packages, a classic pillarless hall, and stunning contemporary design, are just the tip of the iceberg.

Go all out in Penang and celebrate your special day in style:
Sunway Hotel Georgetown - Bring your dream wedding to romantic reality at a strategic location.
Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya - With their exciting ideas, impressive facilities, and experienced organisers, your guests are sure to be impressed.

Escape from the city for a relaxing wedding experience:
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat - Add a touch of magic and splendour to the most celebrated event of your life.

Have a fabulous destination wedding in Cambodia or Vietnam:
Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh - Make your happiest day even better at this inspiring venue that captures the heart and imagination.
Sunway Hotel Hanoi - Their intimate spaces transform ordinary events into extraordinary occasions.

Start planning your wedding with Sunway Hotels & Resorts today! Check out their website for more info and book directly to enjoy exclusive promos and save more.

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