Wedding Planning Tips: Creating a Beautiful Winter Bouquet

Wedding Planning Tips: Creating a Beautiful Winter Bouquet

Winter may be the perfect time to have your special day at our country wedding venue near Johannesburg, thanks to the clear, sunny skies and scenic surroundings, but it’s often a challenging time for floral arrangements. Here are some great ideas for a winter wedding bouquet. Paper flowers: If you’re feeling crafty, paper flowers are a great way of creating a visually interesting twist on the traditional bridal bouquet. Easy to make and inexpensive, all you need is some paper (why not use a copy of a romantic novel you love?), florist’s wire and a glue gun. Go green: Just because there aren’t lots of flowers around, doesn’t mean you can’t have an organic bouquet! There’s beautiful conifer, ivy and fynbos to choose from, as well as decorative pine cones and grasses for an unusual and fragrant bouquet. White and silver: If you want a soft, snowy and winter-inspired bouquet, why not go for the classic combination of silver and white? Combine white roses with silver-dipped leaves and pinecones for a winter wonderland wedding. Berry: Berry colours add wintery warmth and give a dramatic contrast to a white wedding dress. Choose roses and flowers in rich purples, plums and reds, and add real berries for a natural, jewel-toned effect. Non-floral bouquets: Winter is the perfect season for shaking things up and doing something different, like a non-floral bouquet. Paper pinwheels, buttons, seashells, pearls, beads, wheat, fabric, paper butterflies and trinkets can all be pinned to polystyrene bouquet structures to create fanciful, eye-catching bouquets to match your theme and colours. Looking for the Perfect Wedding Venue? Look No Further! 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 well-appointed double and twin-sized rooms and you also have the option to include a wedding breakfast in your wedding package. If you would like to find out more about our wedding venue, reception and ceremony options as well as the wedding 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...

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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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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. Back to wedding venue near...

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How to plan a winter wedding

The popularity of winter weddings is on the rise, especially at countryside wedding venues like Idle Winds – and it’s not hard to see why. The Hartebeespoort area offers warm, sunny days, stunning starlit nights and beautiful natural scenery as far as the eye can see! Here’s some great wedding planning tips for planning your special day: Look out for specials: Since this time of year is considered to be outside the wedding season, many venues offer great discounts on booking and accommodation. In addition, some vendors may also be able to give you more budget-friendly prices on décor, photography, transportation services and even food! Stay warm: Brides and grooms love this season for it’s cooler temperatures that allow you to wear more layers without breaking into a sweat, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to go formal and extravagant with your outfits. If you’re choosing outfits for your bridal party, be sure to keep the temperature in mind for them too – a lovely faux fur stole for bridesmaids and long, tailored jackets for the groomsmen will look elegant while keeping everyone comfortable. Go seasonal: Winter definitely conjures up distinct themes, so go wild and enjoy what they have to offer rather than trying to force a more summery theme. Rich colours and big log fires are warm and cosy while a snowy, glittering theme brings glamour, elegance and magic! Try keep your food and décor in season as well, to avoid paying higher costs for flowers that have to be flown in. It gets dark early: While the clear winter skies look stunning in person, they are not ideal for photography. Remember to check when the sun is setting and plan your ceremony and reception accordingly so that you have enough time for photographs outdoors. Alternatively, choose a venue that has beautiful indoor settings that can provide the perfect backdrop. Plan your perfect wedding experience at our exceptional venue 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 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. Back to wedding venue near...

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Plan the perfect day with the top wedding trends for 2016

Every New Year brings something different for the wedding industry, ensuring that each couple’s special day is filled with fresh and exciting new options. At our countryside wedding venue near Johannesburg, we’re exploring the top trends for 2016. Charitable giving: Rather than the usual gifts of food processors, linen and china, more and more couples are choosing to use their wedding day to highlight a cause close to their hearts. So whether it’s an animal shelter, an orphanage or another NGO, you can use your celebration to share even more love, joy and goodwill. Jewel tones: Colour is a huge part of any wedding, from the bridesmaids dresses and bouquets to how you dress your wedding venue – and 2016 is the year of deep, rich tones. Think emerald, sapphire and ruby – opulent colours which will inspire the most luxurious experience. Personal themes: What brought you and your partner together? Was it your love of books or film? Or was it your desire to travel the world together? Use it to create a beautiful and highly personalised theme for your wedding which tells the story of your relationship’s journey. Gathering spots: Think photo booths, ice cream bars, cigar stations and custom cocktails – having these interactive elements at your wedding makes for great talking points, entertainment and lasting memories. Unusual venues: Churches are no longer a wedding essential, so think outside the box and make your event truly unique. From museums and galleries to outdoor country weddings, you can take your ceremony and reception from city chic to rural bliss. Enjoy a truly unique wedding experience at our exceptional venue At Idle Winds, just 14kms from Fourways, we offer our clients a team of professional, experienced event staff to ensure 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 luxurious 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. Back to wedding venue near...

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From accommodation to a wedding planning team, our venue near Pretoria offers the best for your special day

At Idle Winds, we know just how important your wedding day is – which is why our team works so hard to treat each couple to the most unique and romantic day they deserve. Our wedding venue, located in the scenic countryside just 14kms from Fourways, offers you a complete service for your day including a chapel set in our lush gardens, a choice of reception venue and a Guest Lodge. Our team also offers you personalised attention and services on your day as well as access to our experienced wedding planners and co-ordinators to help ensure that your event runs smoothly. With several reception options, we’re able to accommodate small, intimate gatherings as well as large parties. Our main venue is elegantly lit by chandeliers and set in a manicured rose garden and can easily accommodate up to 250 guests as well as a dance floor. Smaller venues can accommodate anything from 10 to 40 people and offer you a rage of indoor and garden settings – making them ideal for any wedding, any time of year. We also offer comfortable accommodation for you and your guests in our 58 well-appointed twin and double bedrooms. In addition, we can offer you a wedding breakfast as part of your package. Let us make your special day exceptional If you would like to find out more about our wedding venue, reception and ceremony options, as well as the services 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. Back to wedding venue near...

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