Card ontop of a book that says 'we are getting married'

NAVIGATING YOUR WEDDING PLANNING & COVID-19

Recently I have had two brides contact me who are planning weddings in  March 2021. They needed help with finding Hair and makeup artists, cake companies and caterers. They had short listed their favourite vendors but were very disappointed to find out that they had been booked already.

Yes! these are very uncertain times but we are positive that the wedding industry will open and hopefully sooner rather than later.

THINGS TO START WITH RIGHT AWAY

  1. Set a date, choose at least 3 at first to be more flexible. Keeping in mind which season you would like to get married in.
  2. Decide on the size of the wedding, how many guests
  3. Put a detailed budget together with your fiancé 
  4. Create a wedding email address

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR KEY SERVICE PROVIDERS BOOKED TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

  1. Your venue (try and choose service providers close to the venue to save on travel costs)
  2. Decor and floral company of choice
  3. Your photographer and videographer
  4. A wedding planner if this is what you are wanting
  5. Start looking at dress designers and/or bridal houses
  6. Hair and Makeup artists
How gorgeous is this setup from Event Architect?

THE NEXT STEP

  1. Your look and feel and wedding mood board.
  2. Stationery, do you want your invitations done digitally or printed? Also think about printed stationery for on the day as well as signage.
  3. Decide on the entertainment for your wedding eg. DJ, Live Band, special songs etc
  4. Do you need caterers?
  5. Do you need staffing ?
  6. Do you want bar services, coffee station, ice-cream station etc
  7. Choose what cake you want, maybe you prefer a candy station?
  8. Book an officiant, ask family and friends, always good to get references for this

ONCE THE ABOVE IS DONE, GET ONTO THE FOLLOWING

  1. Think about your wedding party, this can be difficult but just remember to choose helpful and reliable people. Don’t over complicate things by having too many people involved.
  2. Once you have your date and venue confirmed, you should start looking at accommodation close by for out of town guests.
  3. Set up your Gift Registry
  4. Transport companies as well as your choice of transport to your wedding. 
  5. Speak to your Officiant about a pre-marriage course, make sure you do not leave this until the last minute.
  6. Get all the Legalities in place, speak to a lawyer.

Carrol Boyes making all our gift registry dreams come true!

THINGS TO REMEMBER CLOSER TO THE WEDDING

  1. Start getting yourself as the bride ready for your big day!
  2. Fitness programme
  3. Get your skin ready
  4. Make sure you have all your accessories, veil, earrings, garter, shoes etc
  5. Wedding bands
  6. Have you had your hair and makeup trial?
  7. Compile a shot list for your photographer, this makes such a difference for your photographer and for the end result.

There is so much more to share with you, I will be sharing more soon.

Katherine Ballantyne

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