No matter how much you have been looking forward to the day, planning a destination wedding is extremely stressful. There are a million different things to keep track of and get right; at times you are thinking more of your guests than of yourself and your partner. Here are some things you can do to keep the stress at a minimum and have a blast.

Forgo the Religious Ceremony

Of course if you are from a strictly religious community, this might not be an option. But if you are thinking of having one simply for the sake of appearances, then just don’t. A civil wedding is much less hassle, plus you won’t have to commute from the wedding venue to the reception venue. This way, you can also simply plan a crazy fun reception and get married in a registry office with just the witnesses for company.

Start Planning Early

People often make the mistake of waiting for the last 6 months before they start planning their big day. The problem with that is this leaves less room for choice as others will have already started booking locations etc. whether you are looking for civil wedding ceremony venues or religious ones or even looking to elope, it might be a good idea to at least talk it over with your partner a year in advance. Discuss options, styles, ambience and overall aesthetic so that, even if you start location-hunting quite late, you are both on the same page about where to have it.

Deputize Your Friends and Family

There is no point in being a micro manager in planning your ceremony because that will simply add to your stress. Instead, delegate all the tasks by breaking them down into small, manageable pieces and asking each member of the family or friend to fulfill one small part. This way, all you have to do is stay on top of them to remember to do it. Of course, you will have to avoid those flighty friends and family who always arrive late or forget things. But things like double-checking the sizes of tuxes or making sure the caterers are on their way can be handled by a bridesmaid or best man.

Hire a Pro

The easiest way to reduce the wedding stress is to hire a planner. Leaving the details to a professional means that you get to enjoy the ceremony without having to worry about whether the champagne is chilled. Not only will this save you a ton of worry, it will also leave you free to attend to the more important details, such as guest lists and post-wedding plans. With years of experience in the industry, planners may even be able to get you discounts and deals that you would not have been able to get had you tried planning on your own.