Week 21 Wedding tips

Wedding Tips: Now what? (Week 21)

You are engaged, what now?

It was a good Easter weekend. Your boyfriend popped the question. Your Mom is ecstatic. Dad is grumbling something about the budget.
Your little sister is jealous and your brother still does not care.
You have the ring on your finger. You are going to get married. Now what?! What are the first steps?

I know you get these “Sarie Bruid” I year, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month etc guides. Before you start using these guides, decide on a wedding date.
Eg. You want to get married towards the end of the year. Choose at least 3 to 4 possible wedding dates.
Once you have a rough guide of wedding dates, start emailing venues. Get pricing and availability. No use in looking at venues if it does not fall within your budget range.
Email 50 venues if you have to and then narrow them down to a few and do viewings.
Pencil in their available dates in your preferred month(s). If you battle with availability consider a Friday/Public holiday/Sunday. Do not secure your venue on the first available date you have in mind.
Before you pay any deposit/booking fee for securing a date at a venue, contact your preferred photographer/videographer to ensure their availability for your chosen wedding date.
These are normally service providers that can only do one wedding a day. When inquiring about pricing, make sure to always include the dates you are considering as these service providers may be booked a year in advance.
The difficult part:
Try to balance the availability of all the service providers and your chosen venue to arrive at a date that will “work” for everyone.
Book your date, your service providers and start with the rest of the details.
I know it’s much easier said than done, but this would be my advice to avoid disappointment.
Good luck and let the wedding games begin!
Ps. The world cup Rugby is this year in October. The final is on 31 October to be exact. Keep that in mind as well!

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Riekert Cloete

Riekert Cloete

Celebrating 14 years as a professional photographer, Riekert Cloete is living in Durbanville, Cape Town, with his wife (Iza) and sons (Wilhelm and Jan-Frederick). He has an unhealthy affinity for litchis, loves rugby and sometimes fluffs bridal dresses on Saturdays. He lives for telling stories through photography. He also refers to himself in the 3rd person when writing his own bio.