Almost everyone who has been through the monumental event of marriage will be able to give you a wedding tip or two before your Big Day. To make it a bit easier (and less confusing) we have highlighted some of the most important ones below that brides have shared with us time and time again.
1. Set up an Exclusive Wedding Email Address
Set up an email address that is only for your wedding instead of using your work or personal email addresses for wedding replies and questions. This way you will quickly and easily be able to keep up with RSVP’s and more in just one email account.
2. Make use of Loyalty Programs
Whether it’s Voyager Miles, Ebucks or Discovery miles you want to use, it’s a good idea to pay for all your large wedding purchases using your credit card. Some of our bridal couples make most of their large wedding purchases on their credit card in order to accumulate loyalty points (and pay it back immediately in order to avoid interest).
3. Check the Calendar
You may be planning to have your wedding on the anniversary of your first date or when you first met but it’s important not to have your heart set on it. If your dream venue doesn’t have availability on that particular day you may have to choose another date. Another very important wedding planning tip is to check the calendar for large sporting events such as the Rugby World Cup final, EPL final or others that your fiancé and his friends will want to watch. It shouldn’t really be the deciding factor but then again you don’t particularly want some of your guests sneaking out to watch TV half way through your vows.
4. Have a Schedule
A crucial wedding planning tip is to put together a plan of how the wedding day will proceed. Make copies and give this to your bridal party the night before and make sure that your MC knows exactly what he/she should be saying and when. If you want to cut the cake as you walk into the venue, make sure this is on your schedule, likewise if you want the father-daughter dance to be before the speeches then make sure that everyone in your bridal party knows what is going on and knows what is expected of them.
5. Make Copies of the Speeches
This wedding planning tip is probably more for the groom but in order to not be left stranded without a speech, make copies and give them to your best man and mother to hang on to, just in case.
6. Read the Fine Print
A very important wedding planning tip that may save you money is reading, in detail, all service providers contracts. Make note of when deposits need to be paid, when final invoices need to be paid, and whether overtime charges and any other unforeseen charges will be applicable or can be avoided. For example, make sure that you’re not expected to serve the same meal as guests to the photographer, videographer and other service providers otherwise you’ll end up paying for 10 more guests that you didn’t initially budget for.
7. Give Accurate Directions on the Invitation
A good wedding planning tip is to include directions on your invitations or as an added note that guests can bring with them. This avoids any latecomers sneaking into the back pews once you’ve already walked down the aisle. Luckily the age of GPS is here but you can never be too sure.
8. Use a Wedding Planning Checklist
Finally we believe that using a wedding planning checklist is the most crucial part to any successful wedding. Having a list to tick off tasks as you go along, is a great way to be organised and ease the stress around organising a wedding. Try our free wedding planning checklist here.
One of the elements you will need to consider for your wedding, is the wedding venue. Waterkloof Estate hosts many weddings per year and is an awe-inspiring Cape Winelands Wedding Venue to celebrate your dream wedding at. Professionalism, style, elegance and sophistication are all synonymous with Waterkloof Wine Estate.
Contact Waterkloof today for a Winelands wedding venue that dreams are made of.
Photo Courtesy of Nadia and Jeremy at Waterkloof Estate.