Here are some pretty awesome ‘Wedding Secrets’ from www.everythingandwedding.co.za

  1. Start planning Your Wedding from as early as possible: Budget and rough guest numbers should be a beginning priority to your wedding planning.  Start as many months and years you can in advance.  Get a little bit done every month and you’ll be so grateful you did.  It’s the smartest way to actually enjoy every special aspect of your wedding, with no time pressure. By the date of your wedding it’ll be a breeze.

 

  1. Set Your Budget: Your budget is an influential force backing your wedding decisions. Assess what budget suits you and your Fiancé. If any of your family or friends are fitting parts of your wedding, meet with them to chat about their comfort zone of spending.  Know your budget lines before starting your wedding planning.

 

  1. Guests’: Before picking your venue, communicate with your Groom of approximately how many guests you’re planning to invite together.  This will open the avenue to which wedding venues will be suited to house your wedding.  Remember about 10-25% of your guest’s invited won’t attend, so create a plan b guest list. But please just never tell your guests they were on the plan b guest list!

 

  1. What are your Wedding Priorities? Chat with your Fiancé and decide together which priorities are most important to you both. Are your wedding priorities the Ceremony? Or DJ and entertainment?  Or bar?  Or food? Or spectacular venue?  Then throughout your planning prioritise and highlight your wedding priorities – this will help keep your focus when you may need to compromise.

 

  1. Know your Dates: Consider which dates there maybe large sporting events or concerts in your wedding venue area. This would influence the accommodation for your guests around the radius of your wedding venue. Also ask yourselves if you prefer an Autumn or Winter or Spring or Summer wedding?  Your choice of season will also help define your choice of wedding date.  If you have family or friends travelling from abroad, consider their availability too – if their presence at your wedding is important to you.

 

  1. Pick your Bridal Party: At about this point, pick your bridesmaid and groomsman.  Don’t take the stress of everything alone, keep your bridal team close and designate tasks amongst them.  They are there to support you during this extremely special and blessed time of your lives.  Obviously you get final say, but use your support team to lean on.  Give each person on your team a task list to get through months, weeks, days and hours before your wedding.  Remember the golden rule, treat your Bridesmaid the way you’d like to be treated.

 

  1. Get Wedding Organised: Do not be overwhelmed! It’s much easier than you think!  Somehow, somewhere use a method which suits you.

 

  • There’s some pretty awesome wedding apps and checklists. Depend on them.

 

  • Create a file and tuck your correspondence with your suppliers in here. Save your to do lists here.  It’ll be very useful to see how far your plans have come, lowering your stress too. Get wedding organised.  Be sure to document and include terms/conditions into your contracts. Don’t assume you’ll be able to use your venue with loud music until 3am.  Often venues will charge an additional per hour fee from midnight.  Ensure you have a thorough wedding checklist and you can’t go wrong. Most important about your wedding folder is keeping it to a time frame, a deadline.

 

  • Awaken your dream wedding ideas with scrapbooking ideas.

 

  • Wedding journals also work fabulously great in organising!

 

  1. Create a Vision Board: Find wedding inspiration through reading articles, flipping through wedding books and magazines.  Connect with experts in the field, such as everythingandwedding.co.za and get wedding ideas from Pinterest and social media platforms. Once you’ve decided on your wedding style, try to stick with it.   Don’t get overwhelmed by the global wedding waffle.  Keep your eyes on your chosen style goals and this will help eradicate the millions of other idea styles that come along this journey.

 

  1. Network: Chat to couples who recently got married.  What did they love? What was a potential disaster? What would they do differently?  Especially try connect with recently married couples at your same venue. Newlyweds love talking about their wedding experience, which does fly by so very fast.  You might make some special and good friends on this wedding journey.

 

  1. Is a Wedding Planner important? Having a Wedding Planner organise your Wedding is a bonus. However with or without a wedding planner’s presence, it will not make/break your wedding success. Wedding planning is not rocket science and if you prepare and plan well in advance, you could probably achieve similar outcomes.  If you opt not to have a wedding planner, look for a venue (hotel, resort, restaurant) who have logistic structures in place (such as a catering restaurant or an entertainment area) – as this will make your wedding planning processes easier. Ask your venue if they have an on-site event coordinator that can run through the agenda smoothly and attend to any event or food hiccoughs.

 

  1. Mother Nature: It might rain, it might not rain – but heed caution to prepare adequately for either.  Also consider tight fitting tents might cause guests to want to leave earlier because of the heat.  Consider bugs and mosquitoes in certain areas – you can place a bug repellent in the guest’s gift favour bag or rent a pest control tank. Brides, wear a perfume that repels mosquitoes (not your Groom) if you’re having an outside wedding prone to bugs.

 

  1. Be smart with credit: Weddings cost, so sign up a credit card with a rewards point scheme programme on it.  Then join together all your wedding purchases to this card and perhaps the amount of points you earn will contribute towards a complimentary Honeymoon.

 

  1. Word of mouth is powerful: Speak to your wedding suppliers.  Let them refer to you to the best suppliers in the wedding industry in your area. They know the market and are pretty good at doing your networking for you.  Save yourself the work and spoil of finding the right suppliers.  Remember to only book your suppliers once you’ve settled on a Wedding date. Pick suppliers which you’re comfortable with. Remember to keep your supplier’s direct mobile numbers nearby you on the day for any emergencies.  You’re not an expert in everything, so caution on the DIY.  Use reputable suppliers.

 

  1. How do I cut wedding budget? There are many tricks of the trade which can help lighten your budget load. Here’s a few:

 

  • Shorten your guest list because more than half of your wedding costs will likely go towards dining your guests. Do your single guest’s need a plus one? Do you really need kids at your Wedding?  This is the quickest way to save on any wedding budget.

 

  • If you’re feeding your photographer, DJ and decorators on the day – pick them a cheaper meal from the caterers.

 

  • Another wedding budget helper is asking your bridesmaid to buy their own dresses and shoes, and your groomsman to purchase their attire. Remember sooner or later your bridal team will also be in the same wedding boat one day.

 

  • Another helper is not having a cash bar, or at least having a cash bar with a cash limit. Or only open the bar to wine and beers, avoiding spirits on your cash float because spirits are steeper.

 

  • Another helper is asking your photographer to photo the ceremony and not the reception. (For us personally, photos are the evidence of a great wedding. These are your memories. So in our experience, keep your photographer close for your ceremony and reception.)

 

  • A simple saver is having your wedding on a weekday instead of the weekends! Venues will sometimes cancel the venue hire altogether or discount the venue hire by up to 70% for a weekday wedding. Don’t feel shy to (politely) request a discount.

 

  • Remember to release hotel rooms you’ve pre-booked or you’ll be held liable to pay whether the guests showed up or not.

 

  • Where not to cut! My personal advice is never cut on the photographer budget – book the best photographer! Your photos will be your lifelong memories.

 

  1. What’s a rough Wedding Budget Formula? 40% to your reception, 5% to flowers and décor, 8% dressing your crew, 10% entertainment, 10% photographer or videographer, 2% save the date and wedding invitations, 18% wedding gifts, 5% gift favours, 2% unforeseen expenses.

 

  1. Helping Avenues: Use social media! Make a Facebook group or temporary website – as platforms for guest RSVP’s.  It’s easy to track and work with. Hashtag your Wedding (deciding on the hashtag name with your Fiancé is so much fun!)  Awesome wedding signs, décor and photo booths are a great way to plug your ceremony in.  However if you’d rather prefer a private event, make an announcement of your wedding being unplugged. There’s a cool signboard. Here’s a cool signboard to make it easy: https://everythingandwedding.co.za/product/there-is-a-guy-here-taking-pictures-wedding-sign-board/

 

  1. Keep focused: Keep focused on Your Wedding and don’t get caught up in the small details. The biggest focus here is that YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED! Don’t forget what is important.

 

  1. Plan, plan and plan some more….