From expos to venue visits – Here are our essential wedding planning tips!

Planning a wedding can seem an overwhelming task – but not when you have expert advice on your side! Here are some great tips from the wedding planners at Idle Winds, a romantic country wedding venue near Johannesburg. Picking a date: We’ve all heard stories of couples who have picked the perfect date only to realise it’s on the same day as the Rugby World Cup final, or that a famous marathon will be running past their hotel, cutting off all traffic – so be sure to check your date. A quick run through Google should be enough. Get referrals: You’ve met your photographer and love their work, perfect! Because they do so much work in the industry, they probably know some fantastic florists too or a brilliant band. Don’t be afraid to ask for their recommendations, but be sure to check them out first-hand for yourself before you make a final decision. Be open: The wedding industry is full of creative and unusual ideas, whether you’re a traditional couple or want to really stand out from the crowd. If you aren’t sure quite what you want, wedding expos are a great way to get some inspiration. They’ll showcase everything from different venues and dresses to champagne and cakes. See for yourself: Love a venue you’ve seen online? Go and visit it in person. Seen a dress in a window? Try it on. Want to book the perfect photographer? Try them out for a fun engagement shoot. This will make sure that you are getting exactly what you want, and that the products and services you get are the quality you deserve on your special day. Keep up with your budget: As you plan, get quotes and start spending, keep track of the money in your budget to make sure that you’re not overspending. You might be able to get that incredible dress you want, but you’re going to have to sacrifice somewhere else in order to make it work. Tracking your budget will help you find the wiggle room you need. Visit our exclusive wedding venue 14kms from Fourways today (H2) Our wedding venue, located in beautiful evergreen gardens in the heart of the countryside, offers couples a chance to escape the city for their special day. With professional, experienced staff to assist you with choosing the right wedding package, choosing linens and décor, takedown and set up services and catering your reception, you’ll have complete peace of mind. We also offer you and your wedding guests use of our onsite-accommodation. This consists of 58 well-appointed double and twin-sized rooms and you also have the option to include a wedding breakfast in your package. At Idle Winds, we aim to deliver a fantastic event that fits your needs as well as your budget. To find out more about what we can offer you, please contact us and speak to our wedding planning team today.   Back to wedding venue near...

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Start planning your business year-end function today

Spring has arrived and it’s time to start preparing for the summer holidays, which means planning your company party and booking the ideal year-end function venue while it’s still available! Here are some tips from Idle Winds, our leading function venue and restaurant, just 14kms from Fourways. Start today: For many businesses, the end of the year is a very busy time – so trying to plan a year-end function and keep on top of work can be an impossible task. Start your planning process as early as possible in the spring so that it’s easy and stress-free. Compare venues: Venues book up quickly for this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you should go with the first one you see. Get quotes from at least three different venues to make sure that you’re getting value for your money. Be sure to compare their services, location and ability to host your group. Know your food requirements: Is someone in your company a vegan or vegetarian? What about anyone with religious or allergy-based dietary requirements? Your venue needs to be able to cater to all members of your group with ease, making sure that there are tasty options for everyone! Activities: If paintball is more your company’s style than a sit-down dinner, why not choose a venue that has teambuilding facilities? This is a fun and relaxing way for your group to blow off some steam, enjoy the summer sun and bond with one another. Make a date: There’s a lot happening at the end of the year and various staff members may be booking early holidays or are being invited to year-end functions held by clients and partners, so it’s important to make sure you send out invites as soon as you’ve booked your venue. This will also help you make final decisions on catering, décor, gifts and activities early. Let our function venue deliver a year-end function you won’t forget  Our friendly, experienced staff are ready and waiting to assist you in planning and hosting a memorable year-end function. In addition to a variety of function spaces, including an award-winning restaurant, we also offer overnight accommodation, conferencing space and teambuilding packages. For more information about our services, function rooms and venue, please contact us today. Back to year-end function venue near...

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