What I wish all brides knew.”

In the course of her work, mar­ket­ing man­ager Janet Ger­icke has seen some 260 000 brides visit The Wed­ding Expo. So trust her ad­vice to en­sure that your big day will be a piece of cake. Stick to your bud­get Visit an expo Work around that open bar When it

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1Re­search prices be­fore you put to­gether your wed­ding bud­get, rather than the other way around. Re­mem­ber, even though this is a very special day, it is, hope­fully, just one of many special days to come in your fu­ture to­gether. Don’t set your­self up for an over­draft – it’s no way to start mar­ried life.

2It’s a great place to do re­search, com­pare prices and meet ser­vice providers – all un­der the same roof. The bar can be a con­tentious is­sue, but don’t be in­tim­i­dated into think­ing you have to pay for ev­ery­thing. If you can, ne­go­ti­ate with the venue to bring your own al­co­hol and pay cork­age, as this is the most cost-ef­fec­tive op­tion and you get to en­joy your own special drinks. Al­ter­na­tively, serve only wine and cham­pagne. Or don’t cover the bar at all. There’s noth­ing wrong with ask­ing guests to pay for their drinks. You don’t need a big bud­get to have a beau­ti­ful wed­ding. Find out what your venue can of­fer from their stock of decor items. Or go bold with a sim­ple sea­sonal theme, like large bowls of ap­ples or lemons and masses of green­ery.

5venues, pho­tog­ra­phers and hair and makeup stylists get snapped up quickly, and you don’t want your second choice.

6Many brides lament the fact that they missed so much of their wed­ding day be­cause they were wor­ry­ing about things like the food or how the cen­tre­pieces looked. Re­lax and en­joy it all. And if some­thing goes wrong, re­mem­ber that your guests don’t know what’s sup­posed to hap­pen. Be­sides, any be­hind-thescenes mishaps will pro­vide amus­ing sto­ries to tell at the next din­ner party. There may be other peo­ple who are sure of what you should do or wear on your big day, but you don’t want to be the cou­ple who wish they’d eloped. Make sure that ev­ery­thing, from the in­vi­ta­tions and at­tire to the venue and food, re­flects you and your part­ner’s per­son­al­i­ties. Yes, the party is im­por­tant, but it’s not the be all and end all. This is a cel­e­bra­tion to be­gin your jour­ney as a mar­ried cou­ple. Don’t let the stress of plan­ning a wed­ding be at the ex­pense of your mar­riage.

THE DAY BE­FORE

Have a mani or pedi Opt for gel or cured nails, which last about two weeks.

BACK DE­TAIL

An art­ful de­sign acts as a point of in­ter­est dur­ing the wed­ding cer­e­mony.

TWO PIECE

Bang on trend – and the ideal ex­cuse to flaunt those hot abs!

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