Natalie Owen
Natalie Owen 20 Jun 2018

Im newly engaged...... I have no idea where to start with planning.... it...

Im newly engaged...... I have no idea where to start with planning.... it sorting finance/budget first?

19 Comments
Kerrie Randall
Kerrie Randall 20 Jun 2018

look at a budget first.
congrats on your engagement

Susan Coleclough
Susan Coleclough 20 Jun 2018

Congratulations. Personally I would be inclined to look at the people you really want there and what you really want and work out how much it would cost. Budget accordingly and cut out what you can't afford.

Rachael Lee
Rachael Lee 22 Jun 2018

Congratulations! Shop around and go visit some shows! Make a list of things you have to have and things you would like if possible!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Jun 2018

Pick a time of year(specific dates make it harder), guestimate your guest list and budget then look for venues. If you can’t find a venue is your budget, then reassess
Good luck!

Kim Domican
Kim Domican 22 Jun 2018

Congratulations. If you haven't got a clue, get a wedding planner book. That's a useful place to start think about what you have to pay for.x

Carrie Ann Laister
Carrie Ann Laister 22 Jun 2018

Congratulations exciting times ahead, I'd put pen to paper and look at your budget what's doable and what isn't, then begin to make a list of who you would and wouldn't like that way when you go look at venues you know your numbers and if they can accommodate you. That way you have an idea of size and prices for venues to its a very exciting time ahead enjoy the planning xx

Becky Fletcher
Rebecca Fletcher 22 Jun 2018

Get the bridebook app. It’s been my bible since I got engaged. Has everything you need all in one place. Congratulations on you engagement and good luck with the planning!

Amy Eager
Amy Eager 22 Jun 2018

Budget is a huge thing. But you can't realistically do that without knowing what you want. We had an idea in mind. That idea for what we want was absolutely ridiculous and not possible. That's okay, we can afford more so we're fine. But it was a shock realising just how much everything comes to

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Jun 2018

Congratulations I got engaged in April. There is no rush but at the same time if you want to get started and planning then go for it. A lot of people will tell you what they think and what they want but your wedding..
I started by looking at a max how much money I had. I used a app called bridebook to then start getting an idea of venues and started thinking about basic numbers.

Michelle Sprules
Michelle Sprules 22 Jun 2018

Agree with Becky Fletcher. Bridebook app is brilliant. I use it and getting married in 7 weeks. It's has been invaluable. Congratulations

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Jun 2018

Prices also go up every year so if you want a deal on a venue then book when you can. We did and saved £4000

Shakira Badwal
Shakira Badwal 22 Jun 2018

We started with a rough guest list of people we wanted to invite. I knew I wanted a private and exclusive use venue with large outdoor space. So i started searching for venues that were right for us. X

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Jun 2018

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Jun 2018

Work out the budget you need to have the wedding you want as this will determine when you have the wedding. If might be that you want to wait a couple of years before you start planning if you need more time to save. But budget one way or another is going to determine the entire wedding so start there.xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Jun 2018

We got engaged in April and booked the wedding a month later for 2020! Do you budget first and see what is affordable then everything will fall in the place xxx

Sammie Mulhearn
Sammie Mulhearn 22 Jun 2018

Is recommend a rough guest list and then research the sort of venue you’re looking for. We made a budget that was unrealistic because we hadn’t done enough research x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Jun 2018

The way I did it was do a list of everything we wanted and then research prices. We worked out was a must have and would be nice but not essential. We looked at our realistic budget and did pricing around this. We had to compromise on some stuff but that was reality financially. We then looked at time frames. We got engaged end of October and I wanted to make sure the big stuff like the church and venue was booked before Xmas. After new year we then started looking invites, cake, florist and photographer and then everything else we did as and when we wanted or had time to do. We have managed to save money on some stuff cause we haggled and wouldn’t be lured with sales pitches. You find that being a bit cheeky can actually save you quite a bit of money and don’t accept the first thing you see. It pays to shop around. Good Luck! X

Rhian Priest-Dibben
Rhian Priest-Dibben 25 Jun 2018

Congratulations! First thing we did was try to research an estimate budget and guest list. It ruled out alot of venues fast!

Rhian Priest-Dibben
Rhian Priest-Dibben 25 Jun 2018

Oh & because we booked our 2020 wedding in November 2017, they allowed us 2017 prices for the venue, and 2018 prices for the food! So saved quite a bit, same with photographer and florist (2018 prices). There prices will go up, but as most people, wages dont go up that much every year.

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