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Last updated: 19 January 2022
Before we get to the planning part, have a look at this idyllic boutique wedding spot on a working dairy farm in Swellendam...
A quaint private chapel, big braai boma, swimming pool and rustic-luxury accommodation for 38 people. And, there are loads of cool extra experiences: a tour of the citrus plantations and sunset safari picnics.
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It all starts with an engagement ring; that and the wedding ring should work together. There are a few good reasons to shop at Shimansky. The consultants take great care to make the entire process memorable, and will make sure you walk out with the best possible ring for your budget (let them know you’re South African). You also want to be sure your diamond has all the correct credentials, right? You’ll get all the proper certifications from Shimansky. Find out more about how to buy the perfect diamond.
The Circle of Love engagement ring and wedding band is a symbol of everlasting commitment. Image: Shimansky
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Planning a wedding can be a tremendously stressful process, one that’s typically jam-packed with daunting demands. A myriad of tiny details need to be considered, a whole host of entities and service providers need to be researched and booked long in advance (think wedding venues, a dress, decorations, catering companies and photographers), and, without a structured schedule in place, a number of small essentials can easily slip through the cracks amidst the panic and excitement.
Thus, in light of wedding season in Cape Town, and in honour of the fact that the Mother City – with its vast variety of stunning venues and outdoor wedding locations – is one of the world’s top destinations for marriage ceremonies, we, together with the help of Senior Wedding Coordinator Kim Werner from the top-notch planning enterprise Wedding Concepts and Aleit Swanepoel, founder and CEO of premier consultancy The Aleit Group, have compiled a wedding timeline to guide happy couples in their preparation. Whether you’re getting married for the first, second or fifth time, this comprehensive checklist covers all you need to know and do to pull off the picture-perfect day.
1. Start consulting with an experienced wedding planner, should you wish to work with one. Although not a necessity, hiring a professional with a wealth of relevant knowledge and several invaluable contacts to coordinate every detail of the celebration will both take the pressure off you and help to ensure the day runs smoothly.
2. Compile a wedding folder to serve as an organising tool. Use it to file all forms of correspondence, to record all decisions made and to collect inspirational images and magazine cut-outs that can form the basis for décor and dress ideas.
Discuss and decide on the size of the wedding, the proposed budget available for it, and the respective family members that will contribute to the various costs involved.
The wedding venue ultimately sets the tone for the whole occasion and must be booked early on in the process, particularly if the date chosen falls in the popular peak season (February and March in Cape Town). To reduce costs on sites, it may be worthwhile considering a midweek or winter wedding.
Although we can’t claim to be partial, it should also be noted that Cape Town is home to a broad array of stunning spots to tie the knot, so be sure to consider some of these sites (have a look at our overview of top wedding venues in the Cape Winelands for some great ideas).
Book the services of a preferred officiant (e.g., a minister, rabbi or marriage commissioner).
Start researching wedding photographers and look into hiring one’s services.
10 TO 9 MONTHS PRIOR TO GETTING MARRIED
Choose your bridal party (maid of honour, bridesmaids and groomsmen).
Start compiling a guest list database.
Send ‘save the date’ messages to all your invitees, informing them that the official invitation will follow soon. A simple, well-designed emailer should be fine for this purpose.
Make decisions about the specific design and style of your wedding dress, and hire the services of a dress designer that you personally click with.
8 MONTHS PRIOR TO GETTING MARRIED
Book a caterer if in-house catering is not an option at your chosen venue.
Discuss and put together a rough menu once you’ve decided on your caterer.
Start considering hiring bands, performers, musicians or DJs (especially if they’re very popular).
Start determining the overall look, style and colours of your wedding and making decisions about décor, floral arrangements, lighting, accessories and furniture for both your ceremony and reception venues .It’s recommended to book the services of specialists in these areas at this stage, and when it comes to decorations and furniture hire, we suggest you get in touch with Goeters, a hiring company on the other side of normal.
Start looking into booking affordable accommodation for guests travelling from afar. Be sure to give these guests a range of options (close to the reception) from which to choose.
Sign up with a few select online or retailer bridal registries.
Also, start designing your wedding invitations, ensuring that the layout and style reflects the general look and feel of the occasion. Include the time and date, the dress code, correctly-spelt names of the invitees and their partners, the right postal address, the RSVP date, and a request that guests let you know if they have any specific dietary requirements.
Direct the dress designer to start making the wedding gown, and attend the first fitting. It’s advisable to buy wedding shoes at this stage so that the correct length of the dress can be determined.
Design or purchase bridesmaids’ dresses.
Hire the services of seasoned hair and makeup artists. To choose a professional, first consult with friends to get recommendations and then attend two or three trials (do note that artists may charge for trials).
Schedule an appointment with the chosen officiant at this point to discuss the details and exact sequence of the marriage ceremony.
Book the services of transport companies to carry the bride, bridal party and guests to and from venues if required (a fancy bridal car for the couple and a minibus or shuttle service for guests generally work well).
Settle on a specific wedding cake and book a baker.
Purchase or hire the groom and groomsmens’ suits.
Decide on which passages and poems will be read at the ceremony and by whom. Consult friends and family members as they may have a few good ideas for meaningful readings.
Design or purchase wedding rings, so that there is ample time for any required resizing or alterations.
Mail out all wedding invitations.
Select and notify the individuals you would like to say speeches/toasts at the reception. Be sure to emphasise that speeches should be short and entertaining.
Finalise the following:
Contact any invitees who have not yet responded.
Develop a seating plan, bearing the following in mind:
Place an order for all booze and beverages required, either with the supplying venue or with an outside source.
Attend the final wedding dress fitting, and make sure bridesmaids visit dressmakers for their last fittings too.
Meet with the photographer at the venues to discuss specific angles, compositions, key locations for pictures, and lighting issues, and provide them with a list of the precise shots and family photos that you would like taken.
Hold a formal rehearsal with the officiant and bridal party at the venue at the same time of day that the ceremony will take place (for lighting purposes).
Treat yourself to a soothing massage at a nearby beauty spa; you may want to have a facial, manicure and pedicure at the same time.
THE WEDDING DAY:
While some final preparation and setting up will still take place on the actual day of the occasion (overseen predominantly by vendors, retinue members or a wedding planner), the key thing for the couple to remember at the wedding is to relax, enjoy each moment and step back regularly to take it all in. Also bear in mind that this event is not meant to be centred on the small, irrelevant details, but rather on celebrating a beautiful union in the company of close family and friends.
Images by Jean-Pierre Uys, Sybrand Cillie and Photofuzion Photography Service
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You can throw one helluva party at Rooftop on Bree.
From lofts among the trees to a luxurious seven bedroom villa surrounded by vineyards at Marianne Wine Estate. Plus, if you’re an SA or SADC resident, you get a 20% discount off your stay.
Grand luxury weddings deserve this winelands setting of 20 000 fairy lights at the Bona Dea wedding venue.
Getting Married? Find everything you need at Simon’s Town Wedding Expo.
Boutique wedding in a unique farm setting? Have a look at Rotterdam Guest Farm in Swellendam.
For ideas on various specific aspects of the wedding preparation process, have a look at our piece about planning a memorable wedding in Cape Town. Alternatively, if you’re considering a somewhat unconventional ceremony and reception, check out our guide to unusual wedding ideas.
There are four hot pools, accommodation for all budgets and various entertainment options at Goudini Spa. Newlyweds get a free stay in the Slanghoek Villas.
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