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Congratulations On Your Engagement. What’s Next?

January 2, 2014

So congratulations.  He’s popped the question and you’re getting married.

You may be already sporting a shiny new engagement ring on your finger. Making plans, reading wedding magazines and sifting through the Internet for bridal inspiration.

bride with updo and strapless bridal gown There’s a lot to do.  But what should you be thinking about right now and what can wait until later?

Here’s a list of 10 things that you should be considering from the word go. (And if you’re a bride-to-be and have any tips to add, please let us know by adding a comment in the box below.)

What To Do When You Get Engaged

  1. Set a date.  It sounds obvious but until you’ve set a date you really can’t get on with planning any aspect of your wedding as the time of year you get married (and the location) is going to have a major effect on the venue you choose, what you wear, the flowers you use for decoration, the colours you want to feature … so diaries out and set a date to work with.
  2. Next on your list should be setting a budget. And keeping it. You really don’t want to overspend and your budget may determine your wedding date … if you want to save up, you could decide to wait a bit longer to get married.
  3. Book a venue. If you want to, you can hold your nerve and book a venue very last minute but really, all the best venues get booked up well in advance, particularly on Saturdays in the summer months. Remember it can be cheaper to get married on a Wednesday and also you may find more availability for your chosen venue in the winter months.
    Mint and peach vintage wedding table stationery 2013

    Mint and peach themed wedding at St Ermin’s Hotel

    Peacock feather, exotic table stationery

    Peacock themed wedding at Sanctuary House

  4. Consider using an online wedding planning tool which will help you to sort out your guestlist, budget and to do list. You can also find wedding planning tools as an app, so you can get organised whilst on the move.
  5. Once you’ve set a date, you should also book a photographer.  Have a look at some wedding blogs of real weddings to see the style of photography that suits you.  Reportage is very popular just now but you may want something a little more traditional and old school.
    Indian wedding with brightly coloured saris

    Indian wedding

    Interior of wedding marquee with greenery

    Summer Wedding in Jersey

  6. Ask your friends if they’ll be your bridesmaids.  They’ll need to put the date in their diaries!
  7. Send out save-the-date cards. If you’re getting married in the summer, or at Christmas, people have an annoying habit of being away on holiday!  Ananya has some beautiful save the date cards to choose from. bridesmaid wearing purple sari with purple wedding bouquet
  8. Pinterest is a fabulous place to set up a moodboard to plan your wedding.  You can make boards of wedding dresses, wedding cakes, shoes, bridesmaid dresses, venues … it’s great fun, addictive and best of all, it gathers all your thoughts together in one place.
  9. Okay. The dress.  You may already have ideas of how you’d like to look but all the top designers say that you should really keep an open mind.  Try on a dress you may not have considered and it may surprise you.   If you want to save some money, keep an eye out for wedding dress designer sample sales which can save you hundreds of pounds on your dream dress.
  10. Book your caterer. As before, the good caterers book up in advance and by booking ahead, you’ll find you have a lot more choice in the matter.

Perhaps most importantly of all, remember to enjoy planning your wedding! It’s a wonderful time, so don’t get stressed out about it.  Just relax and try to stay calm.

Have you any wedding planning tips to share with us?  Any advice you found invaluable?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Credits: Top image via Pinterest; Mint and peach image by Victoria Grech Photography with styling by Pocketful of Dreams and stationery by Ananya; Peacock theme image designed by Vivah Weddings with stationery by Ananya; Indian Wedding image by Sanjay D Gohil photography; Summer Wedding in Jersey image by Natalie Mayer Photography with stationery by Ananya; Floral bouquet via Project Wedding

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