Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Or have you had a “wedding book” for as long as you can remember? Here are some things to keep in mind as you start planning one of the most special days of your life.
The best place to start planning your wedding is online. Download a wedding planning app that will help you stay on track with what you need to tick off week by week. From there, it’s just about getting ideas and inspiration. Pinterest has never been so handy!
The colour scheme you choose will play a huge part on your big day – as will the season – so think carefully about the look and feel that you want to portray. Mint, Emerald and Gold is at once opulent and sophisticated and great for both summer and winter weddings, as the focus is on greenery, as opposed to flowers.
Rose Quartz and Serenity are very on-trend at the moment. This colour combination is a must for spring weddings and marries beautifully with metallics as your third colour. Great for a Parisian Chic wedding (with macaroons, of course) or as a nod to beautiful botanicals. Gorgeous.
Another colour palette that you cannot go wrong with for summer is Pastels. To add an extra (whimsical) pop of colour to mixed country bunches, simply paint glass jars that you’ve collected in a summery hue, such as Mint Green, to showcase lovely seasonal flowers.
Navy, Berry and Antique Gold is a showstopper combination for winter weddings, as you’ll get a warm and inviting pop of colour. You can keep everything else simple (a naked wedding cake and berries) – just request that your cascading blooms really make a statement.
Choosing a venue can be tricky. If you’re opting for an outside wedding, think ‘Nature’ instead of strictly ‘Gardens’. Tall, established trees and greenery will be just as beautiful in your photographs as colourful flowers – and make a good winter option too.
If you live in the city, an Urban Chic wedding is always über cool. Here, it’s all about the industrial warehouse look, which means lots of glass and steel. It’s the perfect foil for pastels and pretty finishes or the foundation for a slightly more masculine, bold colour palette. (the forum | turbine hall in Newtown).
When you’re looking at venues, peek further than just the standard function rooms that are on offer. A huge passageway, underground cellar or even an art gallery could be magnificent for your wedding – particularly if you want people to mingle. (the forum | the campus in Bryanston).
A living wall is a stunning addition to your ceremony. If your venue only has an indoor option, use trestles and creepers with lots of greenery to recreate the look or use flowers in a heart design.(the forum | white light in Lanseria).
Even if you choose to get yours made, make sure that you try on some wedding dresses first. You might have a picture in your mind of what you want, but that particular style might look different on your body. From there, do lots of research and take people you trust to the dress fitting.
A wedding is all about the personalised touches, so think about different ways that you can do the same thing. For the flower girls specifically, a lovely take on confetti is to have roses in colourful paper cones, which take design inspiration from your invites.
If you have an idea of how you would like your bachelorette party to play out (preferences in terms of what to do and the venue), then let your bridesmaids know. They will be grateful for the help and you’ll get the day that you want. Enjoy!