Abigail Ball
Abigail Ball 26 Mar 2018

I’ve just got engaged what’s the first thing to do when planning the...

I’ve just got engaged what’s the first thing to do when planning the wedding? Thank you in advance

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Michaela Sharp
Michaela Sharp 27 Mar 2018

Talk to your partner about your dream wedding and find out what they want

Alanna May
Alanna May 27 Mar 2018

Then set the date and start looking at venues :)

Rhian Priest-Dibben
Rhian Priest-Dibben 28 Mar 2018

Budget and guest list (rough one) haha (Boring!) But dont look at venues you cant afford or cant fit all your guests/or require a min number... its so much worse if out of your budget in the end!

Rhian Priest-Dibben
Rhian Priest-Dibben 28 Mar 2018

P.S - Congratulations!

Christina Hofmann
Christina Hofmann 28 Mar 2018

Throw an engagement party 🎉 😄👰🏻🤵🏻

Natalie Casey
Natalie Casey 28 Mar 2018

Congratulations!! Just start looking around at venues, and discuss with your partner if you haven’t already what kind of wedding you both want. Set budgets and just remember to have fun and try not let yourself get to stressed out! 🙂 xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Mar 2018

Decide how much you are willing to spend and work out roughly how many guests you want to invite. This will dictate your venue options. Then start looking at venues. I am finding Bridebook really handy as they have a check list and budgeting tool. :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Mar 2018

Date, rough budget, venue, registrar. Good luck x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Mar 2018

Congratulations first thing I'd say discuss budget or saving plan, discuss a rough guest list and set limitations for costs. We had a certain number we wouldn't exceed for the venue unless we were willing to cut back on other things. Fully agree with the don't look at venues outside your budget comment (we didn't do this for fear we'd fall in love with an outrageously expensive venue) luckily we fell in love with a reasonably priced one xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Mar 2018

Decide between you what kind of wedding you want, look at venues and think of possible dates, figure out what your budget is, contact registry office and make lists, lots of lists

Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis 28 Mar 2018

Hi decide on a budget :)

Leanne Evenson
Leanne Evenson 28 Mar 2018

Congrats I started with budget and then people who needed to be there found the close ones in family were all we needed at wedding breakfast and friends in evening as works out alot of money to have every one there at wedding breakfast as we are on a budget but still want to have as close to our dream wedding as possible. Then set a date, We then made a list of what venues were in our budget went to look round ones in our budget got prices for our numbers and waited until we was blown away by one we then put deposit down to secure date. Next step for us due to money is booking registry office but if we had the money this would have been done at same time. Each week we are buying bits and bobs that make the wedding e.g table numbers guest book invites flowers ect we have a holiday booked this year so has set us back getting the bigger things until next year that said I went dress shopping and have found my dream dress now just to save for it! A note pad and pen will be your best friend..have fun all the best x

Leanne Rees
Leanne Rees 28 Mar 2018

Congratulaions, we got engaged this month and the first thing we did was book a venue we did sunday 😃 and then booked a registra for the date then we booked the photographer surprising how fast things get booked up! We have booked the candy cart and booth already too, the next thing will be a band, cars and then working out how many guests ready for invitations the rest il sort out after christmas x

Michelle Sprules
Michelle Sprules 28 Mar 2018

Download app called Bridebook. Will give u all the info u need and when u need to do something step by step. Been invaluable for me.

Roxie Houghton
Roxie Houghton 28 Mar 2018

Our first step was agreeing a budget! Once you know your budget you can start to look at venues! Congrats and good luck xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Mar 2018

First thing is work out your budget and guest list. Once you have these then you can look for a venue. Then if you find a venue you like thats too expensive tou may have to cut back on guests to balance the budget etc.
Its important to have a budget to stick to as weddings can go out of control with costs

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Mar 2018

Registrar/religious leader depending on faith. Then venue. Once they're booked everything else can fall into place

Hannah Barnaby
Hannah Barnaby 28 Mar 2018

Make a guest list first, then look for a venue within those numbers otherwise you’d pay loads for a venue and then have to fill it, the date will follow

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Mar 2018

Budget & date. Even if the latter is flexible as date can / will affect budget. Enjoy & good luck.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Mar 2018

Relax, take it all in and celebrate! Have a get together with Friends and Family to celebrate your engagement. We spent the first few months just enjoying being engaged and celebrating with everyone. Not to say you can't talk about it or do some research but don't instantly start planning (Unless you are planning on getting married straight away) because it could become quite overwhelming. Obviously you do what is best for you but I personally loved the "Chilled time" because it meant that when we did book things we knew exactly what we wanted and we have planned for it Congrats and Happy Wedding Planning!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Mar 2018

Talk to your partner about what wedding what style you would like whats in both your price range make a date & time you both would like to get married look at where your going to get married first that you both want book it that's what we did then book your venue then go dress shopping with who ever you choose to find your dream dress get a feel of what sort of style dress you want some let you pay dress of in installments when you find the 'one' ask your close ones and ask who you want to be bridesmaid's (if you want them) maid of honor ( if you want one) whos walking you down isle what music you want if you choose then the rest slowly falls into place :) both of you work out how many guests you want to invite to wedding/ and night time party look at centre pieces favours for venue how you both would like the venue to look like you can find some nice things that isn't to much go for things you need rather than what you want if in a tight budget if your wanting photographers get big things out of way first also make a list of everything you need and tick of as you go along :) xx

Heather Perry
Heather Perry 28 Mar 2018

Congratulations, we decided on venue which took a while to suit budget and guests. Then we booked flowers, and photographer, chose our bridesmaids and best man, and then we're going to pay the registrar in august. Thats as far weve got

Shelley Rayworth
Shelley Rayworth 28 Mar 2018

Work out a budget and set a date that you can realistically pay for it all by x

Adrienne Merrick
Adrienne Merrick 28 Mar 2018

Venue and budget. The date will come once you decide on venue availability.

Bethany Smith
Bethany Smith 28 Mar 2018

A few people have said this already but work out what kind of wedding you want (big/small/registry/castle lol) and then figure out a budget and rough numbers for a guest list. And after all that figure out a rough date, having a few dates in mind or even just a month and a year will help you when you're booking a venue cause then you'll have some leeway. Going into it with a very specific date will make it more difficult to find a venue.

It seems like it's a really difficult thing to do but have a Google and look at some wedding sites and you'll be fine. There's so many websites that exist just to help people plan their wedding.

I also love the app Bridebook. It's fab with helping you keep to a budget and a timeline checklist of what needs to be done for when.

Congratulations and good luck!! :)

Kayleigh E Alman
Kayleigh E Alman 30 Mar 2018

We looked at venues first a long side dates we wanted and then went from there, didn’t matter about price because my parents are paying anyway but got an extremely good deal x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 31 Mar 2018

The first I’d say is book a venue and date!

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