How to plan a sincere and honest wedding.
If you are reading this, you might be newly engaged- YAY!! HOW FREAKING STOKED ARE YOU?? (seriously- how many wedding pins have you pinned?)
When I stared planning my wedding- I was super overwhelmed by everything that needed to be done (and all the opinions, choices and options had me close to a having a panic attack. Pinterest is great for Inspo- but I hear so many people complaining about the pressure it puts on them to create this ‘perfect’ wedding and overwhelming them with all the possibilities!!
I found it super helpful to stick to some basic ‘guides’ or foundations if you will- (it totally helped calm my nerves and helped me and my now husband to enjoy our engagement season to the max!I’m all for less stress and more time with my people- am I right?)
Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and at the end of the day, plan a wedding that reflect who you are as a couple. Not into being flashy (rather want to focus on your friends and family)- DO IT. Want your wedding to have the feel of a music festival/because you love that- hire a live band and make some bonfires (That sound pretty epic- can I come?)
INTENT/VIBE and FEELING
What type of wedding do you want- what is the heart/essence of what you want to create for yourselves and your guests.
My husband and I wanted an intimate wedding, with our best people close to us. We both love the outdoor/farm life, so we wanted a venue with that vibe. We wanted focussed on the promise we were to make to each other, and we wanted dancing!!!! (So needless to say- a good DJ was top of the list!)
We are both very hands on and wanted to make most things ourselves- from table numbers to flower arrangements (this not only cut down of cost, but added a personal touch to our wedding that we loved.)
- are you more focussed on having a big party (hire an excellent Dj, and maybe have a Gin bar or Drinks on Tap)
-Do you want to treat your guests and focus on relaxing (maybe look at a destination wedding)
Try and ID what the feel and intent and feeling of your wedding is, and that can help set the course for all the rest of the planning.
NON NEGOTIABLES/TOP PRIOTITIES
Try to sit down and decide what is the most important aspects of your wedding day.
Do you want to have a simple wedding and focus on spending time with your guests? Do you want to save as much as you can, and go on an epic honeymoon ? Do you want to have amazing food (find the best caterer/restaurant) Do you want to invest in the things that will last after your wedding day (photos’s and video)?
Sitting together to find our what your priorities are, will help you to shuffle through all the options and keep you focussed on what you want to create.
Well, that’s my 2 cents!
I’d love to hear your thoughts- pop me a message!
I am SOO freaking STOKED that you are here!
I’m Lika (from Lik.a.girl) See what I did there- with my name- I’m funny like that!! ( I also laugh at my own jokes just FYI- I’m HILARIOUS)
I’m a Johannesburg based destination wedding photographer (which is a just a ‘fancy’ way of saying that I will shoot a wedding pretty much anywhere!!)
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