Lindsey Cooke
Lindsey Cooke 28 Jun 2018

I am recently engaged. Trying to figure out where to even start.... any...

I am recently engaged. Trying to figure out where to even start.... any advice would be greatly received. TIA X

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Joanne Oliver
Joanne Oliver 28 Jun 2018

First things first.. Figure out a budget.. Don't start booking things till u have enough money... There is no need to rush... I get married in August, we got engaged in 2013. Most importantly make sure what ever u do its what u want..

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Jun 2018

Work out a budget. Write down everything ie venue, photography, dress etc. Decide on a date. Shop around for everything. Go to wedding fairs and see what on offer. Remember there is no rush, you do things in your own time and don't let people bully you into doing things that you don't want to. Congratulations and good luck.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Jun 2018

Enjoy being engaged and just take it all in! Then go to wedding fairs and buy some bridal magazines to get some ideas. When it's all kind of sunk in, sit together with your fiancé and work out a realistic budget and decide what's non negotiable. Enjoy!!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Jun 2018

Congratulations! Plan your budget and go from there. Once you know how much you have to spend, you can look at venues and dresses and all the important things. Find ways to save money like make your own centrepieces. We are only sending invites to family and are going to do a Facebook group for friends to cut the cost on stationary. Look on Pinterest and places like groupon and wowcher for wedding related savings.... it’s amazing the things they offer on there. But most importantly don’t rush it xx

Amy Eager
Amy Eager 28 Jun 2018

As much as everyone says work out a budget - you also need to look online at places to get an idea of the prices you were looking at. We set a budget and then realised we couldn't get what we wanted for that. Our budget has now changed and we're still happy with it.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Jun 2018

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Emma Harvey
Emma Harvey 28 Jun 2018

Download the bridebook app. Make a list of all of the people you must have at your special day. Then you can look around at some venues and work out a realistic budget based on what you want. Find “the emboldened bride” group on Facebook - she has loads of hints and tips on how to decide what you want, manage your budget and control overbearing family members 😂 enjoy being engaged - don’t rush the wedding planning process, it really can be quite fun 😇🙌🏻 xx

Donna Barber
Donna Barber 28 Jun 2018

As above the bride book app is great

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Jun 2018

I would say budget, possible guest list and venue/date.

Gwyneth Bland
Gwyneth Bland 28 Jun 2018

Write a To Do list , Guest List , get fiancé to discuss budget, look online at wedding related things including your dress ,bridesmaids etc to get idea of prices. Google local / county venues to get idea of prices etc. Choose a date and enquire re dates available church ,register office, hotel and when take bookings. If getting married in 2019, start buying things , including stationary (maybe cheaper to design & print yourself).

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Jun 2018

Congrats. I’d suggest budget, then date, then venue as some venues cost more on certain dates! Also rough amount of guests as this will cater into venue and price. Once that’s done you can look at booking the other big things like dress, photographer, cake etc we tried to pre book as much as possible when we knew our date because some suppliers get booked so quickly and we wanted certain suppliers for things like photography!

Michelle Sprules
Michelle Sprules 29 Jun 2018

Download Bridebook app. It will help with budgeting and planning. Brilliant app. Congratulations x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Jun 2018

After you’ve figured out how much you can spend. Find your venue. Your venue will then either provide some services or not and you can then figure out what you need to get. Xx

Sarah Pollard
Sarah Pollard 29 Jun 2018

Budget .... Location to get married in , banns or registrar ........Summer or January sales for your dress & bridesmaids ,
Go slow and gather stuff slowly ....
Photography and catering next .....
Wedding fairs but don't buy from them unless reasonably priced , just enjoy all the freebies .....
Average apparently is £37 thousand but we manage to get ours done at £7 thousand as we were on a budget ....
Warm wishes for your special day ....
Xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Jun 2018

Finding a venue and setting a date and sorting a budget out is a good start

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Jul 2018

Budget is a good starting place but like people have already said, look online at a few venues (most of them have a wedding brochure available for download) to get a rough idea as to what they charge. Then you can get a better idea as to where your budget will need to be set. And a very very rough guestlist as some venues when you request a show around ask for how many numbers there will be. Definitely download the Bridebook app if you haven’t already, it’s brilliant! Happy planning!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Jul 2018

I found our number 1 priority was to have a chat about what we both wanted. There’s nothing worse when the woman takes over a wedding that’s supposed to be for the both of you. It all becomes a selfish ideology and budgets can spiral out of control. Once you’ve had that chat over a couple of glasses of wine, a budget forms itself and you have an idea of what’s suitable and right for you both.

Once that’s happened have a look at venues and go from there. Everything falls into place once you’ve had a chat, set the budget/date & booked the venue. There’s so much guidance online and on this page in particular, you’re definitely not alone 🤗 Happy wedding planning! P.s. try to enjoy it xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 4 Jul 2018

I used WeddingWire was an absolute godsend for helping me. We’ve got 5 weeks left to go and don’t know what I’d have done without it xxx

Becky Mitchinson
Becky Mitchinson 12 Jul 2018

Budget first especially if your having help my dad is helping me but we have very different ideas about what we need and want x

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