If Santa bought you an extra sparkly gift this festive season then massive congratulations – we love a Christmas engagement! If you’re finally coming down from cloud nine and wedding planning has become slightly daunting, relax as we have pulled together our top ten tips for newly engaged couples.
one. take your time – I remember rushing into planning my wedding in a bubble of excitement but all the things I Pinned in the first few months never made it to the big day. Really try to take time to understand what is important to both of you before rushing out and securing vendors and a venue!
two. determine your budget – this was the most helpful thing we did as it made us set boundaires and helped us discount venues and suppliers super quickly if they were out of our price range.
three. style & vision – set up a joint Pinterest board and for the first few months PIN everything you love. You can then go in and do a ruthless cull but it will give you an idea of the theme you want to go with.
four. guest list – drawing up a draft guest list will give you a rough indication of the number of family and friends you will have at the wedding. This is helpful for picking the venue and seeing how far your budget can stretch!
five. pick the time of year you want to get married – do you want a Spring, Summer, Autumn or even a Winter wedding? The time of year is key to planning a wedding from the cost, venue type to even the flowers. You may even want to consider getting married during the week as this can bring down the cost of your wedding.
six. suppliers – identify vendors and suppliers you love and contact them first to see if they have availability. From this you will be able to start building the overall vision of your wedding.
seven. hire a photographer – we all have that friend or family member who is a whizz behind the camera but I promise you the investment in a wedding photographer whose style you love will be worth it.
eight. delegate – I found this extremely hard but a must if you’re not super organised and not a complete control freak (guilty). It might be worth giving specific tasks to family or friends or even hiring a wedding planning or coordinator to bring down the stress levels. Some venues also have their own coordinators on site, so do make use of them!
nine. have fun! – remember it doesn’t have to be stressful and you can find enjoyment if you stay true to what you want. It is good to sometimes stop and remember the wedding is about the two of you and your love for one another.
ten. read Bride and Tonic – shameless plug 😉
We hope you found the above advice helpful? Once again massive congratulations on your recent proposal and good luck for your wedding planning journey! Let us know how you’re getting on in the comments below and find loads of inspiration from these real weddings and styled shoots.
Main image by Kaci Baum