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2018 wedding trends

Colour is back

Colour is an easy way to bring in your personality. Keep an eye out for warm corals, brighter pinks, purples and blues, and moody jewel tones. Or do something completely unexpected and pair high contrast colours, like cherry red and aqua!

And so is black

Look for black ribbons to grace bouquets, invitations and table runners. Or go all out and request black chairs and black chargers, which look stunning paired with gold cutlery and glassware.

Dramatic backdrops

Ceremony backdrops for outdoor weddings, escort card displays, backdrops for photo booths and food stations are getting more and more creative.

Whimsical embellishments and towering florals

Who says florals need to be fresh picked, or even real? Crafters are doing amazing things with paper, like jaw-dropping “flower” garlands with blooms so realistic even master gardeners will need to look twice. Ribbon streamers, tassels and balloons are other unconventional materials that lend themselves well to both ethereal and modern celebrations.

A nod to mod

Glitter and sequins aren’t the only ways to add shine to your party. Light-reflecting lucite is striking and modern. The transparent material commands attention without distracting from the view.

Creative signage

Signs aren’t just necessary (‘This way to the ceremony’), they’re fun. In addition to clever directional signage, consider putting a portion of your vows, a signature saying or the lyrics to your favourite song on display near the bar, the photo booth or the cake table.

The eats

Just about everyone’s a foodie these days, so think beyond the classic steak and chicken dinner. Instead, view food and drinks as entertainment.

Interactive stations

A Sunday morning wedding might include a juice bar where guests can pick their mix-ins.

Cakes (almost) too pretty to eat

Go ahead and serve petite desserts after dinner, or have cookies-and-milk delivered onto the dance floor, but don’t skip the cake!

Bring back punch

Signature drinks and open bars aren’t going anywhere, but what’s new again are “help yourself cocktails” — aka, punch.

Five ways to cut costs:

1. Have your wedding reception at a small restaurant. If you book well in advance, most restaurants will accommodate you. Some have been known to scrap the venue hire fee if you have more than a certain number of guests to cater.

2. Don’t invite the town. People you haven’t seen for more than six months but who you promised an invitation to back in college? They’re probably already married, and guess what? You weren’t invited.

3. Make a playlist. Put some time and effort in and make an awesome wedding playlist with some wedding classics as well as a few songs that are special to you.

4. Ask your friends and family to chip in. Go through the guest list and ask around to see who has special talents they can contribute.

5. Have the right savings plan in place for your big day. This will avoid any unnecessary credit. Financial stress should happen before the nuptials, not after.

Planning on a budget!

According to the wedding planning website, Great Occasions, the total cost for an average wedding in South Africa is between R70 000 and R80 000 for 80 to 100 people. That’s an average of R700 to R800 per wedding guest. And just hold your shock-horror for a second, because that was an estimate for 2014!

A professional wedding planner would split your wedding budget as follows:

  • Venue accounts for 50 per cent of the budget and includes hire costs, catering, and alcohol.
  • Your wedding dress and accessories; photography; music; flowers, and decor each account for 10 to 15 per cent.
  • Allocate 2 to 5 per cent each for the cake, invitations, table gift, candles, thank you notes and so on.
  • Also, Great Occasions recommends factoring in an extra 10 to 15 per cent on top of the total budget for unforeseen costs. One cost most people don’t consider is a donation for the person officiating, as they often offer their services at no cost.

11 things not to do on your wedding day

  1. Don’t be in charge
  2. Don’t stress about the weather
  3. Don’t get a massage
  4. Don’t drink too much champagne
  5. Don’t answer your phone
  6. Don’t pack for your honeymoon
  7. Don’t underestimate your schedule
  8. Don’t skip a meal
  9. Don’t exercise too hard
  10. Don’t wear your shoes for the first time
  11. Don’t try out new makeup

Must have apps – when planning a wedding

1. South Africa Bridal & Weddings: This app is your guide to a list of service providers and suppliers who can help you plan a magical wedding day.
2. Wedding Invitation Design App: Design your own wedding invitation, choose from a selection of sizes, layouts, colour themes, and embellishments. Save your creation to your portfolio, email it to yourself or share it with friends.
3. Modern Wedding Songs: Music is the party starter at all weddings, so plan your playlist from this selection of romantic, party and dance-floor fillers.

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