Venues and decoration
“Choose an off-peak day, like Friday, to save on the venue and on your weekday rehearsal dinner.” – Reese Rowe, sales director
“Host your ceremony and reception at the same venue to save on transportation.” – Jennifer Stiebel, founder of events company
“Instead of renting expensive linens, top your venue’s standard cotton tablecloths with a decorative runner.” – Emarie C Vangalio, brand director
“For a lounge-like setting for cocktails, ask to borrow sofas, chairs or tables from other rooms in the venue instead of renting furniture.” – Sara Fay Egan
“Use disposable bamboo plates for starters and dessert. They cost less, plus they’re eco-friendly.” – Marci Delozier Haas, events director
A properly drawn-up antenuptial contract done by an attorney.
Your photographer. These are images that will be with you for years to come. Go with the best you can afford and one who makes you feel comfortable.
videographer. This may seem like an unnecessary expense, but you’ll regret not getting videos of your day.
A makeup artist. Whether it’s a small or big celebration, you’ll feel more confident, you’ll photograph better and your makeup will last longer than what DIY could possibly offer.
Correct lingerie. Make sure you get fitted for support by an expert. Properly fitted underwear will offer you comfort and support, and make your dress look and fit better.
The Wedding Expo details
Cape Town 10 and 11 June, at the CTICC Durban 5 and 6 August, at the Durban exhibition Centre Joburg 26 and 27 August, at the Ticketpro Dome Tickets start at R100 via ticketpros.co.za. For more info, visit wedding-expo.co.za.