Have you ever attended a wedding where you have walked away feeling less than inspired? Or perhaps there have been those weddings where the love, excitement and happiness just bubbled up inside of you and were evident in every corner you turned and on every face you saw at the wedding. So what makes these two weddings differ? And why can some be so magical while others are merely dull.
We have asked around to find out what makes a successful wedding and have concluded the following:
1. The Bride and Groom
If the Bride and Groom are totally and genuinely in love, happy and excited, chances are that this will rub off on all their guests. Comments such as “my best was the Grooms face when the Bride walked down the aisle, it brought tears to my eyes” and “You could just see they were totally in love just by the way they looked at each other” were often mentioned at weddings that were magical.
2. The Wedding Venue
Some may disagree that the wedding venue has a huge impact on the success or failure of a wedding and say that a wedding shouldn’t be about the venue, but rather about the couple. But let’s be honest… would you rather watch your friends get married in an exquisite wedding venue that lures with beauty and charm and is perfect in every way (this could be a commercial wedding venue or in the garden of their parents’ home) or in the cold office of a marriage officer? Love should be celebrated and this includes finding a perfect wedding venue that either has sentimental value, is unique or has exceptional features and allure.
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3. The Food
It’s no secret that hungry guests are angry guests. There is not much you can concentrate on with an empty stomach so food definitely plays an important role in the success of a wedding. Make sure that you have snacks or canapés available whilst you’re off having photos taken. This is definitely a part in the Wedding Day where food and drinks are most welcome (especially if you’re photo shoot lasts more than 2 hours). Choose your menu carefully and make sure that you include options for various dietary requirements. If you don’t serve vegetarian food for example you can almost guarantee that your vegetarian guests will not have pleasant things to say about your wedding. Above all, the menu should be something that you as a couple enjoy and it should be meaningful to you. If you love the food you can be certain your guests will too. Dessert is really where you can be quite creative. There are many fun ideas out there such as sweet jar tables, “cheese” cakes, cupcake towers, chocolate fountains and more. Do what works for you and your guests will have fun joining you.
4. The Drinks
By drinks we mean alcohol. If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford an open bar then you will more than likely have very happy guests. However a capped bar works just as well (for example you set a limit and after that guests have to pay for their drinks). Or why not have wine, beer and ciders on the house and the rest guests can pay for themselves. Just make sure that you do not run out of alcohol whether it’s paid for or not. Unless, of course, you want to clear the wedding venue early.
5. The Ambience
By ambience we mean, the mood, lighting, decoration, colour and general feeling one gets about a wedding. A lovely ambience can be achieved by using a variety of clever tricks and your event planner or wedding venue coordinator should be able to help you with this. A huge factor in ambience is music so be sure that you have a DJ that knows what he’s doing or a live band that you’ve heard playing before, but more about this in our next point.
6. The Music
In all of history music has played a fundamental role in celebrations. It is used to celebrate good times as well as mourn in bad times. It sets the mood, the tone of the day and has the ability to transport people to a dreamy memory or happy space. Music is one of, if not the most important aspects of a wedding. If you want a wedding where people dance the night away and celebrate until the wee hours of the morning then music will make this happen. Make sure you choose your band, DJ and playlist wisely.
So there you have it, 6 aspects that have the ability to really make your wedding a wonderful, happy and fun occasion. The most important aspect however is that your Big Day is exactly as you (the bridal couple) want it to be. Full of love and joy.
For more ideas on wedding planning and 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 Wedding Venue that dreams are made of.
Photos all at Waterkloof Wines, courtesy of:
LVStar Photography for the wedding of Warren & Danielle
Abigail K Photography
Drikus Le Roux Photography for the wedding of Kirsten & Chantelle
Abri Kruger Photography for the wedding of Gary and Nicky
Charl Smith Photography for the wedding of Renato and Alana
The Wedding of Joel and Alessandra