You’re Engaged! Now What? { Advice }

Posted by The YesBabyDaily Team on 06 January 2014

You’re Engaged! Now What?

How to Plan Your Wedding: Getting Started

Getting engaged is SO exciting, but what’s the next step? We’ve put together a handy guide for Brides planning a South African wedding, along with a printable checklist to keep you on track.

General Style & The Venue

The first thing you’ll want to do is start putting together the general style / theme of your wedding. You’ll need this in order to begin looking for wedding venues to compliment the general theme of your day. Picking your venue is always the first step so that you can book your date, and can then begin selecting your different service providers.

You can start getting an idea of what sort of venue you should be looking for by collecting pictures of weddings and inspiration you love. Build a scrapbook or a folder with your favourite pictures, you can also start a pinterest board and get pinning! We’ve got lots of inspiration for different wedding themes and styles to help you get started.

Looking for wedding venues can be an intimidating task, there are so many beautiful South African wedding venues to choose from! Before you start shortlisting your venues, get an idea of your wedding budget. Sit down with your partner and discuss who will pay for what so that you know which venues are in your price range before getting quotes. Remember that wedding venues will be less expensive on Sundays, during the week and during quieter winter months.

Below we’ve listed some of our most popular Wedding Venue blog posts, inspiration and guides.

Choosing your Wedding Venue

Use our Getting Started tool to find your perfect South African Wedding Venue
Be inspired by our blogs on local Wedding Venues
See our recommended & favourite directory listing Wedding Venues

Once you’ve collected a list of your favourite venues, call them to arrange a viewing and find out more about their pricing & what they include in their venue hire fee. When you’ve found your favourite, you can book your wedding date and start finalising your other service providers!

Planning Your Wedding: The Photographer & Caterer

Booking your photographer and caterer are the next steps once you’ve finalised your date. Browse south africa wedding blogs to help you find photographers you love! We’ve also got lots of resources to assist you in finding your perfect wedding photographer & caterer. We’ve also got awesome inspiration for creative wedding catering, and unique wedding photos!

Choosing your Wedding Photographer

Browse our blogs on Wedding Photography
See our favourite photographers - Top SA Wedding Photographers

Planning Your Wedding: Ask Your Bridal Party

There are so many fun & unique ways to propose to your Bridal Party. You can browse our blog on Amazing Bridesmaids Proposals here to give you ideas!

Asking your bridal party early is important as they will help you with the planning of your wedding, and it’s fun to share the excitement with your girls! You may also want to take them along to find your dress.

Planning Your Wedding: Start Looking for other Service Providers & The Dress

Now that you’ve got your wedding venue, the date, the photographer, the caterer & you’ve chosen your bridal party - you can begin booking your other service providers & start selecting your decor & other important parts of your wedding day. You can use our checklist below to make sure you’re on track, and we’ve got lots of resources to inspire you with ideas for your wedding!

Don’t forget to browse our Wedding Deals to help you save!

Your Wedding Planning Checklist

We put together this helpful planning checklist to take you from I-Do to Happily Ever After! You can save the pics and print them out & pin to your fridge, or just pin them to your Pinterest Board for later.

free wedding planning checklist

free wedding planning checklist printable

Looking for more?

1. Our View our SA Wedding Deals
2. Ideas for a New Years Eve Wedding
3. See our Dreamy Underwater Wedding Photography

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