Planning your wedding can be one of the most exciting things you can do, and it can also be one of the most stressful.
Your wedding will be one of the best days of your life and of course you will want it to be perfect.
The first thing to consider when planning your wedding is the budget. This will determine the number of guests you can invite and the type of wedding venue to fit your style – formal, bushveld, beach, garden or destination.
It is also important for you and your fiancé to discuss what aspects of the wedding are important to you, what you can spend more on and what you can spend less on.
Weather is an important consideration if you are hoping for an outdoor wedding. Therefore, before you set the date consider the climate in that area, whether it is the rainy season or the extreme heat of the summer. You may need plenty of shade or a plan B in case rain.
A Wedding Planner
If your budget will stretch to it, a professional wedding planner will take all the stress out of planning and co-ordinating up to and including the day.
A wedding planner will deal with all the finer details and work with you according to your budget and your dreams for your special day.
To avoid disappointment, as soon as you have set the date, the venue and wedding planner will need to be booked well in advance.
Should you and your fiancé prefer to do your own wedding planning, this can really be fun and result in an opportunity to engage the help of friends and family.
This can be tricky; therefore, you will need to be strong and kindly assertive so that everyone knows what you want your dream wedding to be.
Without a registered Marriage Officer your marriage will not be legal. It is the marriage officer’s responsibility to see that the marriage register is signed and witnessed at the ceremony.
They will then ensure that the marriage certificate is signed and approved at the department of Home Affairs in South Africa.
An attorney will draw up a marriage contract or an ante nuptial contract for you. This regulates the terms and conditions of a marriage between spouses.
All marriages have to be registered at the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa.
After all the planning, anticipation and excitement of your big day, there is the honeymoon to look forward to.
Most travel agents offer special local and overseas honeymoon packages as well as destination weddings at recommended and handpicked resorts around the world. They also have all the knowledge and advice at their fingertips regarding passports and visas.
So, Happy Planning! And take advantage of all the help and advice that is available to you.