Engaged - Now what? How to start planning your wedding.

Posted by Jade MacCallum on 08 June 2017 14:02:00 CAT

How to choose the perfect wedding venue south africa

Congratulations! You are finally engaged and feeling on top of the world.  Or feeling a bit overwhelmed? You have one big question. How to start planning your wedding day.  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. 

1. how to start planning your wedding

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 greatest tip though is to book your wedding venue and photographer first.  You can read more about how to choose your wedding venue here.


2. how do i choose a colour scheme for my wedding?

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. You can read more about using marble as a wedding trend here. A 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 or rose gold, to showcase lovely seasonal flowers.

The Forum White Light wedding venue table setting

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.

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3. how do i choose a wedding venue?

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.  

Find out more about how to choose a wedding venue, or have a look at 4 of the top wedding venues in South Africa on the forum's weddings website

The Forum Embassy Hill - Constantia Cape Town

The Forum Embassy Hill Wedding Venue Constantia Cape Town

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 Newtown Johannesburg

The Forum Turbine Hall Wedding Venue Newtown Johannesburg

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 Bryanston

The Forum The Campus Bryanston Wedding Venue

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 Lanseria

The Forum White Light Lanseria Wedding Venue Gauteng

4. what about the ever important wedding dress?

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.

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5. personal touches

A wedding is all about the personalised touches, so think about different ways that you can do the same thing. If you're up for a little fun one not try these quirky masks.

The Forum White Light Wedding Venue Lanseria Johannesburg



Wrap it up:

Don't be afraid, your wedding will be as unique as you are.  By using the many free online tools and wedding blogs, you'll have your wedding day down pat. Remember start the plan, choose your venue, plan your guest list and budget, dress designs and those ultimate personal touches.  If you are looking for a wedding venue here's how to choose the perfect one. 

Congratulations! You're on your way to planning your dream wedding.

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