Cheryl Leanaghan
Cheryl Leanaghan 1 Aug 2017

Hi I seriously don't know where to start. Just recently got engaged and need...

Hi I seriously don't know where to start. Just recently got engaged and need help with everything!!!

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Aug 2017

Venue and church get your dates first n then go from there. Things like photographers, florists, DJ's get booked very far in advance so I'd look at them first. Dress shop whenever you like but make sure you try every style!! About a year/10 months before I'd look at bridesmaids dresses, book hair n makeup trial and get your invites sorted and sent. My advice is don't send save the dates just send your invites far enough in advance n save the extra cost. If you have talented friends use them. My friend made our cake, costs £40 instead of £475!! Let your man pick his suit n it'll be a nice surprise for you!! eBay and amazon are great for little bits for room decor and favours etc!! But most importantly enjoy the planning, do what you and your partner want. Don't change your mind to suit others, only invite people YOU want there not who your family or inlaws say you should invite!! Xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Aug 2017

Decide on date venue church best man bridesmaids etc venues get booked early so get that booked first with the church

Claire Rodgers
Claire Rodgers 1 Aug 2017

Hitched is a great site to use as a guideline and has budget facilities as well x

Jane Webb
Jane Webb 1 Aug 2017

Get yourself a notepad write a list decide on a date speak to the vicar Pinterest is my new best friend :) but as Steph said things get booked up way in advance enjoy your planning listen to others advice but remember it's your day x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Aug 2017

I doing all my planing by myself I have a great app on iPhone not sure if it on anything else it called wed happy it gives you dates for every thing you need and when to to it the only thing it doesn't have it car hire on but it help me

Naomi Chappel
Naomi Chappel 1 Aug 2017

Start with a budget then venue, registrar or church. Depending on when your getting married then depends on how much you can relax for a bit. Then photographer, DJ, dress.... x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Aug 2017

Venue for marriage and reception is the first thing. If you get married at the venue you need to speak to registrar before booking to make sure they have the date available too.

Rebecca Sullivan
Rebecca Sullivan 1 Aug 2017

Hitched is a good site, also bridebook. But just make a list of what your ideal wedding would be, when etc and what budget you have then look at dates and venues.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Aug 2017

Firstly... don't stress.
Take some time to sit with your partner and write down everything you think you need.
Venue/Church are the first to sort so you have a date. Then you want to look for photographer/videographer, band or DJ and florist.
Enjoy the planning... Good luck xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Aug 2017

I'm getting married in July 2018. I found a brilliant website called pop top. You set up your date and area and then they send u quotes of all their trusted parties from venues right down to florists. Saves so much time and you could find a hidden gem. You also add your budget so you can't fall in love with something over your price tag! Iv planned my whole wedding in bout a month. Make use of apps and talented friends and family. Good luck!! Xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Aug 2017

Congratulations 🥂

Decide if you want a church or registery office wedding. Look at dates. Look at a budget starting with a guest list day and evening. Decide if you want children involved if so how you going to entertain them. Chose a theme. Make sure if using a make up artist and hairdresser book them I had to book mine over a year and half in advance. The most expensive photographers are not always the best we used a young lad and he was amazing £500 turned out he had a second shooter and they used a drone they did from 7am in the morning till 11 at night they were amazing. We had a tipi wedding in a field perfect for children as we have 4 of our own it was most imprtant for us to have it close by so all our friends could get there without it costing a fortune and for the bar to be reasonable. Good luck xxxx

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Aug 2017

Do you want to get married in a religious venue or other venue? Once you've decided that contact some venues that you like the look of and arrange a visit. Then look at photographers and cake after that as they get booked up quickly. Visit local wedding fayres - they are great for ideas. We found the national wedding fayre very daunting.

Emily Barnett
Emily Barnett 1 Aug 2017

Start on Pinterest they have loads of free wedding planners you can print out or pick one out you like. Discuss a budget a venue and style of wedding you want such as religious or civil church or hotel. Go to a few wedding fairs in your area too to make contact with local services. Pick the colours for your wedding and any bridesmaids, groomsmen etc. Speak with your families too regarding potential guests you might not have thought of. Make a draft guest list before you look at venues as some only have space for smaller weddings. Once you have an idea of how you want your wedding to look and feel eg small and chic, big and fancy, formal or fun start thinking about the food you would like and look for caterers, cake bakers, venue decorators, photographer, band or DJ. Don't forget to make contact with your local council office registrars department for a civil wedding. They usually have a website listing their requirements and fees and all approved venues. Lists are a bride to be's best friend! First thing to do though is to have a massive party to celebrate your fantastic news!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Aug 2017

First thing to do first is enjoy yourself and celebrate that your getting married!! Then do all the important things!

Emma Gibson
Emma Gibson 1 Aug 2017

I started on hitched website and looking for a venue. In between that I did a lot of looking on Pinterest to get ideas of what I might want x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Aug 2017

I started after we set a date. I got a wedding planner. We had 1.5 year to plan. We decided what type of wedding we wanted and area. We went to look at some places. If your religious ask your minister or whoever will marry you if they have the date your looking for as they will be booked well in advance. We wrote a guest list to see if the place we decided could accommodate the number and luckily they did. (Balbirnie house in fife Scotland). We got some wedding books and looked up ideas and also went to a couple of wedding fares (1.5year b4) to get cards / info and to see some venders.

After sorting and asking our wedding party, we booked a car (limo), photographer, Dj. (1yr b4). I looked into dresses after we decided a colour scheme my husband looked for his kilt and we looked at bridesmaids dresses. (6 months b4). I tried on dresses as well and said yes to the dress (6month b4). We sent out our invites (4 months b4) you also have to inform your local registers and get the marriage licence sorted (1-3 months b4). Its then just the small details like menus, favours, things you want to make your venue feel special to you and your h2b.

Things will fall into place as long as you plan properly and don't let people tell you what to do and make you feel bad if you want to do something YOU want. You have you keep in your head it's your and your h2bs day no one else's. Good luck

Amy Taylor
Amy Taylor 2 Aug 2017

My first thing would be establish a budget and then look at venues to secure a date. Once you have a date, you have something to work with for colour schemes and then booking vendors. Good luck :)

Jennie Kelly
Jennie Kelly 5 Aug 2017

Date and venue, everything else will fall into place, me and other half are having everything in one place so we know where everyone is and they won't be worried about getting from one place to another, we also fell in love with our venue as soon as we saw it

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