Wedding Planning – 3-6 months to go
By this stage you should be brimming with excitement (and butterflies!) for your Big Day. Many important aspects of the wedding have most likely been taken care of such as the wedding venue and wedding gown and you may be wondering what to do next? Before you can walk down the aisle, there are a few more important points you need to take care of.
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 special day.
So what can you do with 3-6 months to go until your wedding day?
1. Choose your bridesmaids dresses
Choosing your bridesmaids dresses can be just as exciting as choosing your own dress. There are so many beautiful options to choose from that some brides don’t know where to start. An important factor to remember is that you should involve your bridesmaids where possible. Consider their frame, colouring and style preferences and make sure that they are happy to wear what you have chosen. A great idea is to decide on a colour that the dress needs to be and your bridesmaids can then choose their own style and design. This solution is sure to make everyone happy and keep your bridesmaids comfortable and feeling oh-so-beautiful.
2. Get your groomswear sorted
Whether you are going to arrange the groomswear yourself or leave it up to your fiancé, it’s time to start thinking about it. Decide on a desired style, whether it be very formal (top hat and tails) or informal (cargo pants and button up shirt), colour and pattern. If your husband-to-be is having a suit made from scratch it’s important to start working on this – the sooner it is ready and waiting in the cupboard the better.
3. Buy your wedding rings
If you haven’t already, it’s now time to buy your wedding rings. Remember to also get them insured to avoid any unpleasant mishaps.
4. Book your honeymoon
Your honeymoon is really a time to relax, reflect on your wedding day and just enjoy your newly wedded bliss. Whether you choose a romantic island, an extravagant trip to Europe or a local honeymoon at one of our beautiful South Africa destinations, now is the time to make your booking. To make the most of your honeymoon try to book at least a week and do something that both of you have always wanted to do (even if it’s slightly more extravagant than usual)
5. Book your wedding night accommodation
For those couples who have booked a wedding venue with accommodation onsite, this point can be overlooked, however if you haven’t yet thought of where you would be spending your first night as Mr and Mrs, now is the time to make that booking.
6. Choose readings, poems and hymns
Typically a reading or a poem is done by someone that is close to you (family or friend) during the ceremony. It is an honour to be asked to give the reading and therefore the chosen person should take this role rather seriously.
Here are a few ideas for readings:
• 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (Love is patient, Love is kind)
• Song of Solomon, Chapter 2, verses 10-13; Chapter 8, verses 6 & 7
• Thoughts on Marriage from Kahlil Gibran
• Excerpt Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
• The Apache Wedding Blessing
7. Agree your order of service with your vicar or registrar
At this stage you are able to discuss with your vicar or registrar how you would like the service to run. As they are often very experienced in officiating marriages, they will be able to guide you as to what works best.
8. Set up your gift registry
A gift registry is a great way for people to get you gifts that you really need. Most home, furniture, kitchen and décor stores allow for gift registries. Online gift registries also work excellently and have become very popular recently such as www.yuppiechef.com, www.wrapistry.co.za and www.mygiftwishlist.co.za to name a few.
9. Start writing your vows
Writing your vows can be a very emotional and beautiful journey. Starting to write your vows now allows you ample time to reflect on all you would like to say on the day. You definitely don’t want to be writing your vows the night before your wedding!
For a list of suppliers in the Somerset West area, take a look at our handy list.
For an inspirational wedding venue, visit 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 courtesy of Drikus Le Roux Photography
Chantelle and Kirstens Wedding at Waterkloof Wine Estate