A few tips for planning your wedding day & juggling the details gracefully

In the first place, the team at Ever After Bridal would love to meet you, so that your journey to your wedding day, and the dream you’ve always had of the perfect wedding dress, will be a joyful, memorable one.

They know that shopping for your wedding dress is a rather daunting experience, after all, you’ll only be wearing the dress once, on the most important day of your life.

This is a team that’ll do all they can to help you find your dream dress, whether you’re buying it or hiring it.  Hiring wedding dresses is a trend that just keeps growing.

Whether it’s because you don’t want to pack away a dress that’ll never be worn again or you’d rather use the money to splash out on the wedding…or the honeymoon, Ever After Bridal will happily find you a stunning designer wedding dress to hire in Cape Town.

A great tip from Ever After Bridal is to find and book your wedding venue before you start fitting wedding dresses, it’ll help you to define your style and what you’d like to look like on the big day in that setting.

With the dream dress in the making, the next of many steps begins, long before you walk down the aisle.

With the date having been set, the flurry of planning your wedding begins. It can either be an utter nightmare of disorganisation and shortage of time, or a journey taken at a more comfortable pace, starting from the right place.

Essential first step; the wedding checklist

If you break your plans into smaller chunks, taking into account those details that need to be made ahead of others on the list, it’s going to make planning your wedding and sorting out the checklist far less stressful than it need be.

Of course, having a wedding planner is going to take all that stress off your shoulders, but that would take a lot of fun and excitement out of your journey.

This is especially true if you’re planning to call on friends and family to help with some of the really personal touches.

Knowing when to start planning what is important. The first thing you do need to do is to get the wedding venue locked down. Remember, Cape Town is considered the most beautiful place in South Africa to say ‘I do’, which means many venues are pretty booked up, to say the least.

Before you even start the list though, it’s a good thing to have an idea of how many guests you’ll be inviting, whether you need to organise transport to the venue or plan accommodation for your guests.

Having a theme will also make getting your checklist organised a whole lot easier!

Stay flexible

There are two of you involved in the important decisions that’ll be made leading up to the wedding day, which means that there will be a few points on which you both may have to come to a compromise…it’s worth it anyway!

Once you both decide on what’s most important to you on your wedding day, being flexible about the checklist will be a cinch, and it’s a great place to start.

The big B…for budget!

Determining your budget is a pretty tough but essential step in planning your wedding. If you know more or less what you’d be up for spending on every item, from the wedding venue to flowers and catering, it’ll start taking shape a lot easier.

Setting your budget, as much as is possible, will set the tone for virtually everything else on your wedding day.

Of course, unless you’ve been a wedding planner, you won’t know much about the costs involved for things like hiring a company to create beautiful décor at the venue, catering or even flowers perfect for the day.

To get as close to finalising the budget as you can, make sure you get quotes from a selection of vendors you’ll need to pull everything together.

Check into the references and recommendations for each as well. This is important especially if you’re trying to save on costs where you can; you may end up with cheap but definitely not good!

Oh, and tag on a little extra to the budget for costs that may pop up that you might have missed.

Allocate your time well, learn to delegate, and stay on point as much as possible with your wedding checklist, and you’ll be breathing a lot easier through on the way to the altar!

Besides which, all of this helps you look truly graceful and unflustered, even during the moments you feel like you may come apart!

Ultimately, the most important thing about all of this is that you’ll be marrying the man of your dreams, if you miss a little here or there in all the planning, well, what the heck!