Congratulations on your Engagement!
Where do you start after your engagement? Well to help you over the next few weeks I’ve pulled together my top hints and tips for you.
Its an exciting time and I hope that they help you start pulling together the most awesome wedding. And as always if you have any questions just give me a shout!
Where to start after your engagement
- Work out the key things which are most important to you both and keep them front of mind throughout. The day is about the two of you.
- Decide on what type of wedding you are going to have. E.g. church or civil service?
- Where are you going to get married? Families often live far apart these days.
- Agree on numbers. A small or large wedding? Keep it realistic
- Work out rough dates for when you would like to get married. Keep flexible at this stage if you can as, for example, your perfect venue might already be booked on a specific date but could be available the weekend before or the Friday instead.
- Set a budget for your wedding. How much can you afford? Will relatives be contributing to your wedding and how much? The latter can feel awkward but you’ll need to know what you can spend.
Throw an engagement party
I had to get this one in there but you need to celebrate!
Throw an engagement party! Go out with friends to celebrate! Arrange an engagement photoshoot (which can also be practice for the big day!). However, you want to do it enjoy this moment.
Get into the detail
- Start pulling together the style/theme of your wedding
- Look in wedding magazines.
- Check out your local wedding fairs. Drag your other half along or make a day of it with your friends. Grab details of potential suppliers – they’ll come in handy later.
- Purchase an old fashioned scrap book (or get on Pinterest!). But if you go on Pinterest don’t go mad – I’ve seen brides get lost in Pinterest as there are so many photos on there!
- Make a list of things which reflect you and your personalities which you want to include in your special day.
- Decide who is in your wedding party.
- Will you have a best man, chief bridesmaid, bridesmaids, pageboys and/or flower girls? How many will you have?
- Work out how you are going to tell them the good news. There are plenty of ways you can do this. One good example is bridesmaid balloons. Or personalised gifts can give a special touch, for example, if your bridesmaid likes chocolate – ask the question on a personalised chocolate bar!
Start venue Hunting
After you’ve gone through the steps above the first main thing you need to do is start looking at wedding venues. This is one of the biggest decision you will make in planning your wedding day.
Prepare a shortlist of venues and arrange appointments to visit.
Don’t discount venues if you can’t afford the price at the height of the summer – they are often significantly cheaper in the week or at different times of the year.
Always see a venue dressed up for a wedding. If you can’t do this ask for pictures.
There is a lot to consider when choosing your wedding venue so you can check out our blog on this specific area by clicking here.
Ask for help with wedding planning if needed
Finally, its worth remembering that it usually takes around 250 hours to plan a wedding. Sometimes a lot more than this depending on the size and complexity of your wedding day. It is going to take up your time.
Pull in help and assistance where you need it. This can be from friends, family or wedding industry professionals.
If you are tight on time a wedding planner might be the best option for you. They can help you with pulling together your design, identifying venues or suppliers, negotiating on your behalf and taking care of all of the wedding administration. We can often save you money as well!
You can check out our wedding planning services by clicking here. I offer free, no obligation consultations * to understand your requirements and all our packages are flexible.
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