Wedding Planning – 12-18 months to go
You may be fraught with anxiety about planning a wedding or you may be completely excited about it. Either way you will need help and support in order to plan the most special day that is perfect for you and your spouse-to-be.
In our free, downloadable Your Wedding Planning Checklist, we have created an easy to use wedding planning list that will help you to plan your Big Day. Below we share a bit more detail about what to do when you still have 12-18 months to go:
1. Set your budget – This is probably the most important step and perhaps one that many people don’t put enough emphasis on. Your budget will determine everything, from the number of guests you invite, to the menu that you choose. Make sure that you and your fiancé are on the same page about budget and are also prepared for any hidden or unexpected costs that may creep in.
2. Choose and book your wedding venue – Once you have determined your budget you can start looking at wedding venues that suit the size and budget of your wedding. Do as much research as you can online and short-list your favourites to about 5 of your top wedding venue choices. These are the ones that you can set off to see in person. Book an appointment at the wedding venues you choose to view so that there is someone available for a tour, information and bookings. It’s also important to make a list of questions for when you visit your desired venue. See “Questions you should ask your wedding venue” for more.
3. Set your date – You have now decided on your wedding venue and are able to identify available dates. It’s time to set the date! Ask your most important family members and friends whether the proposed date would suit them and also remember to consider guests that need to fly in from overseas or need special travel arrangements. Book your venue and make sure there are no double bookings on your chosen day.
4. Put together your guest list – Your budget and wedding venue would probably determine the number of guests you can invite but it’s important that you and your spouse-to-be sit down and go through the guests that you both want to invite. Make sure that you and your partner are on the same page here and agree (or can compromise) on the final guest list.
5. Decide on a church or civil ceremony – This is a very personal decision and it’s important that you and your partner decide together on a ceremony that’s in line with your preferences.
6. Book your church or registrar – If you are looking to get married in a church, by a pastor or a non-denomination marriage officer, be sure to book these well in advance, this also rings true for booking a registrar.
7. Arrange a marquee if you need one – It is customary to be married under a “roof “, therefore should you require the use of a marquee at your ceremony or reception venue, it’s important to book this well in advance.
8. Take out wedding insurance – Believe it or not, wedding insurance has become very popular in South Africa over the last few years. Suppliers and venues often require a deposit in order to book their services. All these can amount to thousands of Rands, similar to the price tag of a new small car, and wouldn’t you insure your car? It is also wise to take out wedding insurance in case anything out of the ordinary happens. Imagine the wedding venue burns down the night before the wedding or the bride is so ill she can’t get out of bed. What happens then? Do you just forfeit your deposits and book somewhere else? And in the process lose a lot of money? There is of course a very slim chance of any disaster actually happening but for those who are a bit more cautious, wedding insurance could help to ease the financial anxiety.
For more ideas on wedding venues, take a look at Waterkloof Wine Estate. Waterkloof 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 Cape Winelands Wedding Venue that dreams are made of.
Photo: LVStar Photography
Wedding Couple: Warren and Danielle at Waterkloof Estate