9 – 12 months | This Is The Time To Do Extensive Research

  1. Researching the wedding party’s attire is another thing you should be doing so you can tick it off that wedding planning checklist.
  2. Plan a few site inspections at a few of your favourite wedding venues (example, Lanzerac Wedding Venu) for the ceremony and reception, you must reserve the venue to make sure it is available at the time of the wedding. You can always pencil book the date before you confirm. Once you have found the perfect fit, pay the deposit to confirm the date.

  3. Booking an officiant should be easy, ask friends for references or if you liked one that you saw at a previous wedding. You should try to book the officiant as early as possible and make sure they are available at the specified date.

  4. We can all achieve more when we have a great team behind us so for the best experience you should hire the following people to help plan a spectacular wedding:
    • Photographer
    • Videographer
    • Caterer
    • Band/DJ
    • Florist
    • Wedding planner if you need one
    • Wedding dress designer and fitter
    • Wedding cake designer
    • Wedding decorator

  5. Send save the dates to all the people you would like to be at your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding or the date falls within a holiday, make sure to send save the dates early enough to your guests so they can make the necessary arrangements.

  6. You and your fiancé should both enter a fitness program to look the best you can on your wedding. Getting that body in shape takes time so it’s a good idea to get started early on.

  7. While exercise gets your body in shape and helps with stress, you should also establish a skin care and beauty routine for your skin to be in top form.

  8. Envision, research and discuss the menu you want at the wedding. These may include cocktail hour, reception dinner menu and anything during the day.

  9. Think about what entertainment to use at your wedding during and after ceremony for cocktail hour and also the reception. There are a limitless number of possibilities you can choose from. The best is to keep it practical and interesting.

  10. During your research you should have collected a number of different floral décor you liked and want to use at your wedding. Also discuss everything with your florist to get a professional viewpoint if you have hired one.

  11. Start researching accommodation for out-of-town guests, like hotels and guesthouses. This will also depend on where the wedding is held for instance a destination wedding or closer to home.

  12. Contact the different rental companies if you need to rent some things for the reception to make sure if it all fits into your budget.

  13. When you hire a vendor, make sure to get the contract in writing to avoid any problems at a later stage.

  14. If you are overwhelmed, take a break for a day or two and think about your honeymoon. Traditionally, it is the groom’s job to arrange the honeymoon.

  15. When you and your fiancé decided who you would like for the wedding party, ask them if they would like to be part of your wedding party.

  16. Research wedding dresses, undergarments, lingerie, shoes and everything you plan to wear on your wedding day.

  17. Think about what wedding insurance to get for the services, vendors and rentals you are planning to use, after you researched it like mentioned above.

  18. Book a pre-marriage course for you and your fiancé. Marriage is a big step and the way to ensure a smooth transition is to go for some courses before you officially getting married.

  19. Schedule a meeting between the two families to discuss all the financial contributions from each.