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Newly Engaged? How to get started

First things first, congratulations on your engagement! I hope that you and your partner are still in a bubble of euphoria. It's completely understandable to have thousands of questions racing round your head with no idea where to start. The best thing to do is block out a couple of hours in an evening or on a day off, grab a drink and work through the guide below.


Don't worry, there's no right or wrong way to work through this guide. One tip I'll give you is to establish your priorities; from the of number of guests, the venue or the wedding date. Each one will affect the others and there might be a need for a bit of compromise.


Guest List

The guest list is tricky task. To help you set your budget and choose a venue, you'll need a rough idea on the number of guests you'll be inviting . You don't want to be setting your heart on a small country house if you also plan to be inviting 200 guests.


To get started, begin with those that you have to have there, such as immediate family and close friends. The next task will be to establish if children are going to be invited, as you'll need to think about any friends who have young families, and if they are going to be able to find a babysitter, should you decide to have an adults only day. From there you should move onto other friends and colleagues who you want to celebrate your day with. Just remember, because you know them, doesn't mean you have to invite them.


Budget

This is probably one of the most daunting tasks when you start planning, but trust me, as soon as you've decided on a budget you'll feel like a weight has been lifted off of your shoulders and then the real fun can begin!


To get the leg work started you may need to do some research into the cost of suppliers in your area.  Check out some wedding blogs as these may give you some good ideas, or you can also chat to some suppliers who'll be more than happy to help. If time is a little restricted, consider working with a wedding planner, as a planner will already know the cost of suppliers in the area, and can help you to draw up a budget. Make sure you set a realistic budget and talk to anyone who has said they'll be happy to contribute. The last thing you want to be doing is paying off credit cards or loans.


Determine your style/theme

This is where the fun begins, or if you're like me it's time to dig out the Wedding Inspiration board from Pinterest!


When choosing a style, try not to become overwhelmed with the endless ideas available on Pinterest. The most important thing is to stay true to yourself and inject your own personal style into your day. Consider the style within your home, is it quite minimalistic or homely? Are there specific colours you love? One of my favourite things to do when choosing images is to create a physical mood board, that way you can have a moment to step back and take everything in.


Once you've chosen the style/theme, selecting your suppliers will be so much easier to do. Not only that, but it also gives your florist and cake artist a concept to work with. Just remember not to become sidetracked by anything which doesn't fit.


Venue

It's time to set a date and location. Some questions to ask yourself would be: Do you want to get married close to home, or is there a location that means a lot to the both of you? If you want to be married during a popular time of year, then your first choice may not be available meaning that you may need to be a bit more flexible with your dates. If possible, always visit the venue before you make any commitments as photos alone can be very deceiving, and you don't want any unexpected surprises.


If you're still feeling a little overwhelmed then you can always check out the services that we offer. I'll be more than happy to have a chat to get you started!

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