Wedding tips are always more real when they come from someone who has had to plan their very own wedding. Our first installment of this series of wedding advice comes from the beautiful Aisling Philips!
- How did your fiancé propose to you?
I was treated to a picnic at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in Betty’s Bay – a place I had never been to visit and always wanted to – it was the 7th of January, just before the schools went back and seeing as my husband is a teacher I just thought it was a little end-of-holidays celebration… Little did I know!
2. What was your favourite thing about the planning process?
The planning of the décor, stationary, colour scheme etc. was by far my favourite part – seeing what you had planned in your mind’s eye come together was so satisfying
3. And your least favourite thing?
Least favourite would have to be finalising the guest list (making sure no-one is forgotten) as well as sorting out the seating plan – oh my, family can be difficult about who they can and can’t sit next to!
4. Describe your wedding:
Colour scheme: deep rich cerise pink, white and silver
Ambience and season: We had a wonderful Spring wedding in the afternoon followed by a dinner reception and dancing
DIY/Vendors: I don’t know what we would have done without Sue Strybis of Weddings by Sue – she was an absolute star and offers to assist her brides with as little or as much help as they want – she took all the nitty gritty hassle away from me and totally got my vision for the look and feel that I was trying to achieve
5. What inspired your wedding theme, decor and colours?
There was no real inspiration, just love the cerise pink colour and wanted the wedding to look fresh and vibrant – very Spring-y!
6. How involved was your fiancé in the planning process?
He was quite involved, we chatted quite extensively about what one another liked and disliked and tried to incorporate as many of our individual preferences as possible – I was ultimately the driving force behind most decision but he always gave his nay or A-Okay!
7. And your family and bridal party?
The opinion of my family and bridal party did matter to me, however, the final say came down to my fiancé and my preferences
8. If you had to redo your wedding, would you change anything?
Not really; I may add a few added extra things like a sweetie table or photo booth but I loved my wedding, the time of year it was planned as well as the afternoon-evening setup – what’s a wedding without dancing?!
9. What was your most memorable moment at your wedding?
Just having fun with our friends and family – the jokes, laughs and time spent on the dance floor – a celebration of our union as husband and wife with all the people who are special to us!
10. Any advice for brides planning a wedding?
It’s never too early to get your ducks in a line – the earlier you start planning the more budget friendly things are too! Never lose site of the real reason for the wedding, a sacred union between your soon-to-be husband and yourself, so don’t get too caught up and stressed out about the finer details… In the end they aren’t what matters!
Wedding date: 25 September 2010
Photographer: Leanne Evans aka The Picturess
Make-up artist: Cheryl Carrick from Oshun in Noordhoek
Hair stylist: Cheryl Carrick from Oshun in Noordhoek
Dress designer/shop (bride): Danette Kotze of Danny Dresses www.dannydresses.com
Dress designer/shop (bridesmaids): Danette Kotze of Danny Dresses
Venue: Church = St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Springfield Convent School, Wynberg
Reception = Clovelly Country Club, Clovelly
Co-ordinator: Sue Strybis of Weddings by Sue co-ordinated all my décor and floral requirements – she didn’t co-ordinate the actual event though – that was left up to us!
Entertainment (band/DJ/etc.): His name was Gary – a friend of my Dad’s