12 Tips to Help You Plan Your Wedding

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12 Tips to Help You Plan Your Wedding



Photo by : Andries Combrink Photography Location: De Haven Oost Wedding Venue


Planning your wedding can feel overwhelming and rightfully so! There really is so much to do to make sure that everything happens just the way you’ve always dreamt.

Because your list of to-dos can feel so long, it’s a good idea to have a strategy when you approach wedding planning. To help you get started, here are our 12 best tips for planning your dream wedding.


1) Don’t forget what’s important. With so much to do, it’s easy to let the stress build up - and sometimes even get out of control. The best thing you can do is to remember to take a step back and remind yourself of the big picture - you having the best day ever in order to celebrate your love! Keep this in mind and some of the overwhelming details will start to fade into the background.


2) Control your guest list. The more guests you invite, the more intimidating your wedding planning (and its budget) can become. Do your best to control your guest list by limiting those you invite to close friends and family. Remember, most wedding venues charge a per person rate, which means that big guest lists equal big budgets.


3) Select in-season flowers. Flowers are an important piece of your wedding - but they’re also an expensive piece. To manage your flower budget without having to give up on the idea of fresh blooms altogether, pick flowers that are local and in-season. Ask your florist for recommendations and for a seasonal flower list!


Photo by : www.cowleyphotography.com/ Location: De Haven Oost Wedding Venue


4) Consider a wedding planner. A wedding planner can be a lifesaver! Not only will they keep everything organized, but they’ll give you and your family peace of mind, too.


5) Choose better guest favors. If you’re planning on giving your guest a little something as a token of your appreciation, look for something that they can either eat or something that they will use or see regularly (like a small potted plant).


6) Let guests RSVP smarter. Rather than using reply cards, let your guests RSVP on a digital wedding invitation website. Not only will you save on paper and postage, but it’s also more likely that you’ll actually get more responses!

 My Wedding Online

 Wedding Website by: My Wedding Online


7) Let flowers do double duty. Rather than paying for flowers twice (some for the ceremony and some for the wedding venue reception), use the same flowers again. For example, you can take bridesmaids’ bouquets and repurpose them as centerpieces!


8) Think about your guests. Plan your day with you and your guests in mind. If you’re planning on taking bride and groom photos during the reception (like as the sun sets), cut your wedding cake before so that everyone has something to enjoy (and eat!)


9) Make a wedding program. Planning your day with a program ensures that your wedding goes exactly (or at least as “exactly” as possible) as planned. Share this program with all of your vendors and suppliers so they know what you expect of them (and when to expect it!)

Photo by : Herman Mostert Location: De Haven Oost Wedding Venue


10) Let there be games! While a garter and bouquet toss can be fun, it’s sometimes more fun to play a game that feels a little more “fresh” (especially if many of your guests are already married). Try other fun games to keep your guests entertained and energy levels up!


11) Don’t forget ice breakers. If you want guests to really interact with each other (and take part in games, like the shoe game), then you need to make sure they feel comfortable with each other. An ice breaker or two before games begin can help everyone have more fun.


12) Make group pictures easy. The best time to take large group and family pictures is usually right after your ceremony. If you tell all family to stay at the ceremony site, you can usually get these pictures fast and painlessly. (No having to hunt down your brother or Uncle Ted!)


Article by: Nikita van Heerden. Wedding planner at De Haven Oost.




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