A timeline to help plan your wedding

Planning a wedding is an exciting time, but it’s also a big job! Here’s a timeline and wedding planning tips from our wedding planning team at our country wedding venue near Pretoria to help you stay on track and keep your wedding plans running smoothly.

One year before your wedding 

  • Think about the type of wedding you want to have
  • Draw up a budget
  • Pick a wedding date and time of day
  • Start looking for the perfect wedding venue
  • Hire a wedding planner if you need one

8-10 months before your wedding 

  • Invite friends and family to be part of your wedding party
  • Shop for and order your wedding dress
  • Decide on the type of entertainment you want – a string quartet? DJ? – and book them
  • Start interviewing and booking your professional team – photographer, videographer, florist and so forth
  • If you need to rent furniture and tents for your ceremony or reception, start looking now.
  • Decide who will be your marriage official and book them

6-8 months before your wedding 

  • Decide on your wedding invitations and order them
  • Choose your wedding rings and order them – it’s especially important to do this early if you want them custom engraved
  • Renew or get your passports if you are planning an overseas honeymoon
  • Decide on what type of honeymoon you want and book it
  • Decide on what type of cake you want
  • Choose your bridesmaid’s outfits and purchase/book them

3 months before your wedding 

  • Order your wedding cake
  • Mail your invitations
  • Write your vows
  • Book your stylist and makeup artist – trials are a great idea!
  • Start dance lessons

1 month before your wedding 

  • Confirm with your marriage official what documents you will need for the day
  • If you are getting a prenuptial contract, speak to a qualified lawyer and finalise the document
  • Have a final fitting for your gown
  • Confirm with all your vendors that they have the correct details for the day
  • Contact guests for outstanding RSVPS and confirm with your venue

The last two weeks before your wedding 

  • Groom’s haircut
  • Final fitting for groom and groomsmen
  • Plan out the order of your ceremony
  • Collect and make favours for wedding guests
  • Book car rental company, if needed

The day before your wedding 

  • Have a wedding rehearsal

Have the event of your dreams at our countryside wedding venue near Pretoria

At Idle Winds, just 14kms from Fourways, we offer our clients a team of professional, experienced event staff to ensure that your day goes off perfectly. With onsite wedding planners, wait staff and chefs, we can assist you with everything from choosing linens and cutlery to setting up and taking down décor on the day. We are also happy to accommodate your own selection of service providers on the day.

We also offer you and your wedding guests use of our onsite-accommodation. This consists of 58 comfortable double and twin-sized rooms and you also have the option to include a wedding breakfast in your package.

If you would like to find out more about our wedding venue, reception and ceremony options as well as the packages we offer, please contact us today. Our wedding planner and team will be happy to assist you and guide you around our beautiful country venue.

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