Wedding Guide from Wedding Planner Malaysia
How to Plan Wedding in Malaysia
1. Wedding Vision
First & foremost, look at the big picture and imagine the style of your ideal wedding. It is going to be a destination wedding? A reception in hotel or event space? Outdoor or indoor? modern or traditional ceremony wedding? Glamourous, minimalist or somewhere in between? Don’t limit yourself first but try to imagine the vision of how you would want it to be, tips here: always open for inspirations.
2. Wedding Timeline, Wedding Budget and Wedding Checklist
This is where we come to the details part. For wedding timeline, the average planning journey lasts around 12 to 15 months, you can list out what to do at each month in a wedding checklist, to avoid being overwhelmed or clueless of what to do. Set a wedding budget by figuring out how much will be contributed your wedding. This number will affect the planning and purchasing decision, so be sure to work out your budget before you start planning. In order to allocate the budget, having a list of priorities is important. What are the most important elements to you?
3. Wedding Venue & Guest List
Once you have finalized which are the possible options, check out the pricing on each venue and schedule a visit to the venue. Of course, the venue’s capacity must be fitting the number of guests.
Credit to: Photographer - Jacques from “He is Visual” Photographer – Two Maries Photographer - Jenny Smith & Co.
4. Theme & Decoration
It could be quite difficult to decide which theme or decoration you want, you can collect some ideas at Pinterest Board, which it will be easier for your wedding planner to understand the overall feel that you like, and come out with a decoration moodboard.
Source: Letters to You
5. Wedding Vendors
Search and inquire for Photographer, Videographer, MUA, Wedding Gown & Shoes, F&B, Emcee, DJ/Liveband, sound system, photobooth, wedding cake, stationery (invitation cards, menu card, seating name card). There are also others like accessories, wedding gifts, dessert bar etc
At Memos, we can help you know how to plan a wedding, especially under challenging circumstances like workload stress that causes you have lesser time to plan, uncertain what to do, which vendors best suit you etc. We are here to prepare your entire event from A to Z. Another option is wedding coordinator, who will make sure everything goes smoothly on your wedding day, your friends and families can sit back to enjoy instead of worrying or rushing.
Note: photos & inspirations above are sourced from and credited to Pinterest
Creative Ideas to Plan Wedding amidst Pandemic
Pandemic has hugely affected weddings and couple, who had to postpone their weddings. Nevertheless, here are creative ways to make your wedding happen in the most special and memorable way
1. Intimate Wedding
You may have a small ceremony in your house backyard with limited number of guests. This will not only be cost saving but also allow you to enjoy your special day over the comfort of your own home. You may also opt for renting venue space such as hotel garden, with limited number of guests for the ceremony and followed by light refreshment and dessert.
Source: wedluxe Credit: Purple Tree Photography Source: The Wedding Shoppe Source: Pinterest
2. Seating Arrangment
You can get creative with your seating arrangements, by arranging the seats in different shapes and patterns, so that everyone can get a good view of the ceremony while having social distancing with each other.
Source: Pinterest Source: Pinterest Credit to: The Poffs
Send online wedding invitation cards to your guests is a good idea. In order to give a personal touch, you can have customized message written on each one of cards.
4. Food Truck
Caterer with individual food serving is a good way to practice social distancing. Another creative idea for your wedding reception food & beverages is.. Food Truck! Having food trucks to serve your favourite foods & beverages like pizza, ice cream, bubble milk tea and more. Guests can take turns to get their favourite foods.
Credit to: Westray's Finest Source: My Wedding Reception Ideas Credit to: Jen Rodriguez Photography
5. Open Mic
Instead of close up wishes to the couple, or traditional speeches, couple can make their wedding creative by having an open mic for guests to say their wishes.
Note: photos & inspirations above are sourced from and credited to Pinterest
Should I hire a Wedding Planner?
What if this investment can help you stress less and save more in the long-run
At first thought, hiring a wedding planner might seem like a luxurious spend, and it is a privilege of the rich. However, this is not always the case. It depends on whether there’s value in hiring a wedding planner.
The value of hiring an experienced wedding planner for your wedding or special event is, they should be able to save you the cost of around 10 to 20 percent of your total event costs.
But How? Let’s continue the read
1. Vendor Focus
A little-known fact is some vendors turn down weddings when the couple doesn't have a planner (quoted from Brides 2021). When there is a wedding planner, vendors can focus on what they are hired for, instead of needing to cover over the program flow or multitasking. This might affect their deliverables results. Money spent not worth it is definitely not something we want but often becoming a risk in weddings without wedding planner.
2. Resolve Contract Complications
Wedding planner can give good opinions on the quality of vendors instead of just looking at price factor alone. Wedding planners are professionals — and can be your best advocate to troublesome vendors.
3. Keep Track of Budget & Schedules
Wedding planner can help to retain realistic budgetary expectations, both in where you needed to spend and where you could save. Plus, wedding planner will keep you on schedule, ensuring every to-do is being done in a timely manner.
4. Free Up Your Schedule
Wedding planning requires high commitment of time, many couples are struggling with the planning process as they are also having job commitment, chores, personal obligations going on at the same time. As it is learning something for the first time, it takes at least double the time, effort, and energy to do it.
A wedding planner have knowledge on vendors profile and often communicate with them like florists, caterers, venue, stationery designers, photographers and more. They know which vendors best fit your expectation and budget for your wedding, meaning you don't need to spend hours browsing through online to do multiple comparisons and analysis.
Wedding planner has the experience of doing many weddings and you can have more focus on your schedules. Of course, you are not completely being excluded out of the box, it’s your wedding which they still need to be informed and involved on decision making. Just that it’s less stress as wedding planner has absorbed the stress part and couple will have a pleasant wedding planning process.
5. New Ideas Inspirations
One of the testimonials from Memo’s couple Jashvini – “James & I once met Leanne in KLCC to discuss our wedding themes and seating arrangements, this was pretty stressful because the venue I chose was small to accommodate 100 pax. But, she shared her creative idea with us and managed to solve the issue fast!”
A wedding planner often set out the overall concept and styling of your wedding , and they have good sense of colours combination which they can make your wedding beautiful, or make your vision come true.
6. Wedding Day Assistance & Advise for Tricky Situations
A wedding planner has been through many weddings and different situations, and a good wedding planner is even able to foresee some of the possible tricky situations. Thus, they will be able to advise for situations that might arise during big-day preparations, and can come up with plan B very quickly in case that the original plan does not work.
You will feel relieve that you hired wedding planner especially on your wedding day. You will be less stress and anxiety, knowing that your wedding planner is ‘in-charged’ by liaising with the venue and vendors, coordinating logistics, and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. You won't need to worry about anything except enjoying your special day with loved ones.