Toni Whitwell-Stanford
Toni Whitwell-Stanford 22 Oct 2019

Where did you start?

Where did you all start planning? I’m still overwhelmed by everything & just want to get booking!

29 Comments
Vittoria Di Franco
Vittoria Di Franco 22 Oct 2019

Go to all the wedding fayres at all the venues . We won a hotel break for two at one of them with 3 course dinner lol have a date in mind set a budget then later on you can throw budget in the bin just start with intentions and inspiration lol

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Oct 2019

I got a rough estimate of numbers then looked at venues to get a rough idea of pricing to see what I could afford

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Oct 2019

We started by estimate of guests and then started looking at venues to gauge prices ..we didn't set a budget immediately..get a wedding planner and pinterest gives you loads of inspiration and tips

Ashley Power
Ashley Power 22 Oct 2019

I used the bride book app and first thing we picked was date and theme then looked at venues xx

Simone Gabriella
Simone Gabriella 22 Oct 2019

Can totally understand the feeling of being overwhelmed. Take it bit by bit, tick lists and calendars can be helpful. Finding our perfect venue is where it all started for us and we knew we wanted a summer wedding 👰 happy wedding planning 💕

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Oct 2019

We started by deciding the date, then visited venues we liked, narrowed it down and then held the date at the one we liked then booked registrar, once that was firmly in the diary we secured the venue with a deposit x

Chelsea-Anne Horrocks
Chelsea-Anne Horrocks 22 Oct 2019

Budget, rough estimate on guests and date then decided what we wanted from a venue ie parking, disabled access etc and started looking. We narrowed it down and then arranged to view the ones we liked.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Oct 2019

Find the venue and pencil in a date then confirm date with registrar and take the rest from there x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Oct 2019

I booked the wedding in May and started after then xx

Sara Pearson
Sara Pearson 22 Oct 2019

Set a budget and a date. Then venue shopping.... The rest can be done as and when you want :)

Michelle Moore
Michelle Moore 22 Oct 2019

I sorted everything 16 month before the wedding 🙈 10 month to go 😂 xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Oct 2019

Pinterest! Setting a date helped, but that was largely a random date based on the fact I wanted 2 years to plan and we needed to incorporate people coming from abroad. I used hitched.co.uk to help me research venues and had a hard copy planner for guest lists etc - we knew we wanted about 50 people so looked for venues that suited that. I googled the average wedding budget and then worked out what I actually wanted from that and that helped with setting an approximate budget.

Nicole Ainsworth
Nicole Ainsworth 22 Oct 2019

I started by making a list of everything I could think of that I might need for a wedding.
I then looked into venues for a few months until we found one we liked, chose a date and then booked it.
After that I've just been booking things as and when I've found something I like and made a note against my list when I have so I know not to keep looking for that.
It's good to have it to keep referring back to when I start to think what should I be looking at next :)
Most vendors won't let you book with them if you don't have a venue & date booked anyway xx

Nicole Ainsworth
Nicole Ainsworth 22 Oct 2019

I also created a wedding email address that I use to contact my venue and the vendors so they are all in one place.
I have access to One Drive through the email as well so have all my spreadsheets set up on there so I can log in and access them wherever I go if I need to check anything 😊 xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Oct 2019

I booked the church and reception about 3 months ago I’ve booked the band, car...etc this month wedding is sept 2020. Just do bit by bit (big things first) don’t let it get too much and ask for help where you need

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Oct 2019

I started with the venue & registrar, they're the biggest & most expensive bit but once its done its such a relief. I booked both of them 18 months in advance but am taking my time with the rest.

Sue Harpin
Sue Harpin 22 Oct 2019

I started with venue and registry office we booked ours 10 months in advance and stuff what i needed from the lists i made came together easily was done and finished with 2 months to spare and last thing was my final fitting which dress ad to av minor alteration in the august and chilled out for the last bit

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Oct 2019

I started with the venue and church to see what dates were available and once that was sorted we went from there. We decided on our wedding date a year in advance
I bought a wedding planner guide and sort of followed it and it gave some tips. Have fun xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Oct 2019

I started the day after I got engaged (July this year) and I’m getting married June 2021. You can’t have too much time 🤷‍️ you need to know your budget and the price of things sooner rather than later unless you’re well off or have thousands in savings...

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Oct 2019

I downloaded Bridebooks app and started on the checklist x

Jo Ferguson
Jo Ferguson 22 Oct 2019

Started in January this year, getting married in June next year and the only thing left to do is find an outfit for the Best Woman and a ring for the groom! We found the venue in January (we shortlisted before Christmas and visited 4 in a week) and then hit the wedding fairs....

Courtney Bartlett
Courtney Bartlett 22 Oct 2019

I started like a day or two after getting engaged.

If you're struggling, download the Bridebook app, it splits everything into weekly and daily tasks which makes it manageable!

Gilly Carey
Gilly Carey 22 Oct 2019

2 years before so we could afford the type of wedding we both really wanted and have a perfect honeymoon

Jill Bartley
Jill Bartley 22 Oct 2019

First thing we done was both work out who we wanted to have there, and then booked the venue making sure would fit everyone we wanted x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Oct 2019

I used an app called bridebook and it's been amazing! You put in your date (Or rough estimate) and it creates a checklist and puts it in order of when it needs doing!! Then you can tick stuff off and it clears from the list and you see how much you've done. You can also do your guest list and budget on it, as well as searching for venues and suppliers! Honestly would be tearing my hair out without it

Jody Marie
Jody Marie 23 Oct 2019

I felt like this at first but we looked around at wedding venues and and wedding Fayre’s for ideas and we got quite excited and stuck in. I had a wedding planner given to me from a friend which really helped organise my thoughts and what I should be looking at.

We chose a couple of venues and then decided on a date, wrote a budget plan but quickly realised there were things that we wanted that we hadn’t thought of so glad we had the two years to plan and save! We booked everything really early on and never had any trouble with our dates and even managed to haggle some money off and get vouchers for different wedding Fayre’s.
Congratulations on your engagement, hope you enjoy the process and have a brilliant wedding 💖

Natasha Finn
Natasha Finn 24 Oct 2019

About 18 months in advance and I was told I was leaving it quite late lol x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Oct 2019

Venue first and go from there. My wedding isn’t until September 2021 and iv booked venue, registrar, cake, magician and fireworks. Iv also desiged and sent out the save the date cards..iv purchased 100 flameless candles for the venue (it’s a castle and I’m having them all up the stone steps at the entrance.) And that’s it for now, I’m having a break until March 2020 then I’ll tackle the rest. I think always you must start with the Venue..but if it’s a civil ceremony be sure to book the registrar early too as they tend to get booked up fast! Xxx

Rachael Price
Rachael Price 24 Oct 2019

Me too !

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