Jessica Sanderson
Jessica Sanderson 6 Aug 2017

Hi, I have recently got engaged and I have no idea where to start with our...

Hi, I have recently got engaged and I have no idea where to start with our wedding planning. Does anyone have any great tips or advice on where to start? I have never been to a wedding before so I really do not have a clue. Thankyou x

Dannielle Bird
Dannielle Bird 6 Aug 2017

Hi, we started by discussing what we would want, then we discussed the budget we thought we would be able to afford, from there you are able to see what venues are within our budget.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

Lots of info on here if any help

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

Take your time and enjoy being engaged for a while - however, no harm in discussing the kind of wedding you want and the rough estimate of a budget. However, take your time, and enjoy the moment! Have a party, go on a night out or just spend lots of time together - I have been engaged 6 months, and we still have no date but I really love this time we have had to take it all in and celebrate with everyone :-) Good luck! xxxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

There the main things we did first and then h2b got bored and I got creative good luck xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

A month after we got engaged me and my mammy went into a bridal shops for a nose around I spotted a dress I loved and also seen another dress I asked the lady could I try them on thankfully she said yes I took the first dress I seen fell in love bought it and took it home with me there and then. Everything fell into place then. But shop around for the best deals

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

We enjoyed about 6 months of just being engaged and doing no wedding planning, but lots of celebrating!! (It took him 10 years to pop the question!!)

We started off by celebrating with all our loved ones 3 months after our engagement, and hired a Dj and venue to throw an engagement party- was great fun!
Then we sat down and worked out a budget and what sort of money we could afford to spend (although we have already managed to go about £5k over and still have 9 months left before our big day- oops!!)
Then we had a chat about what sort of a venue we had in mind . We logged onto hitched and had a browse of venues in our area, then booked in to see a few. (Most will host wedding fairs or open days!)

A friend of mine (bridesmaid) booked tickets to the national wedding show as well which was great fun, and that was where we found our photographer at a good price!

Once you have your venue booked (and your registrar) you can begin to book other bits and bobs!

GOOD LUCK! And congratulations

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

Get yourself a wedding planning book so you can start writing down ideas. Xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

Choose a date that you would like and then look around for a venue. We used uk wedding savers and it saved us a fortune! They were so helpful and made the whole process so much easier. Good luck!

Also make sure you have an engagement party!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

I got engaged in april and i would start by thinking about the venue and how many people you want so you can get an idea of prices. Finding a venue is the hardest and most expensive part...and make lists of everything you're going to need for the wedding :) also, get straight on pinterest, best app for wedding ideas ever

Rebecca Bradley
Rebecca Bradley 6 Aug 2017

have a google and do a mood board for all things u like or want and get rough prices so u can estimate a budget. then work out how much u wanna pay/ can afford and how long to save up realistically then u wil know a rough date to work by then it all should click together instead of stressing that u want a wedding in 1 year but may take u 2 years to raise that money

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

Start by deciding where you'd like to get married, what area & what type of wedding (church/hotel/registry) ect...
Also knowing rough budget at this point helps!
Go online & view some venues to get a idea, some even offer wedding package prices online so you get some ideas on prices straight away too.
Then start ringing to book viewings. Once the venue is sorted that's when you go through the real planning...
Get pen & paper at the ready, do your list of essentials (dresses/entertainment ect).
Then the guest list... If you can last through the guest list & table planning & still want to marry each other at the end of it you're on to a winner 🤣
Guest list & table planning made us sit awake until around 3am... Testing our patience with each other that's for sure hahaha

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

We first of all set a budget... then chose a date and looked at venues that fell into our budget.
The website is really helpful as you can enter all your budget and requirements into it, and it'll filter out venues for you!
Wedding shows are a great help to meet suppliers and get ideas of things you'd want. I'd recommend going to a few different ones!

Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis 6 Aug 2017

Hi we went to see the venue we liked provisionally booked it then went to see the registrar to see if the date was available with them, Make a list of everything you need to do and decide on a budget good luck :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

If you're wanting to get married next year I'd get on with everything asap!! But think of a date n then it's venue and church that need booking, following that it's photographer, florists, dj are the things that get booked quickly. My advice is don't send save the dates just send your invites 8 months in advance. If you have any talented friends that can help out with venue decor or cake baking then ask them if they would chip in

Sarah Nicholls
Sarah Nicholls 6 Aug 2017

We did our guest list first then decide what kind of day we wanted. From there we viewed our venue and talked about dates. Confirmed date and booked appointment at the venue then booked registrar. Went to appointment and paid deposit. Brought invites, choose room decor threw the company that dresses the particular venue, booked hair and make up, booked photographer reserved suits. We still need to choose rings, flowers, wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses. I wrote a list and started tackling 1 thing at a time and it all came together. Good luck xx

Ashley Power
Ashley Power 6 Aug 2017

Jayne Timmins
Jayne Timmins 6 Aug 2017

Decide a budget and a possible date, then book the church or registrar then venue, good luck x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

Sort out a venue and date.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

I think booking the venue is the way to go first. Everything stems from there you need to know how big the room for the reception is which will then determine how many guests you have, the size of the tables will determine how many sit at each table then who sits where. You need to know if there's enough room for the type of music you want, is there enough room for a band for example. The shape and size of room will determine what type of decorations you have, can you provide your own or do they provide them. Same for food do you need to use their in house caterers or can you provide your own. If you want a special menu can they provide it. Is the venue free on the date you want. Will the type of cake you want fit in with what the reception room looks like. Does the venue have a cakage charge. Is there enough room for a photo booth, sweet trolley if you want them etc, does the venue have rooms for guests or will you need to find other places for them to stay.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 6 Aug 2017

Enjoy your engagement, take time and enjoy the time it takes planning xx

Sharon Allen
Sharon Allen 6 Aug 2017

Get straight on bark as you can find everything you need for a wedding. I got most of my suppliers off there and got my budget for everything from £3000 to just over £1200 so it's definitely worth a look. Plus you can set a budget of how much you want to spend on certain things and suppliers contact you with a price and it takes the stress out of trying to find suppliers as bark will contact all the suppliers in the area you want.

Jaki Green
Jaki Green 6 Aug 2017

Good luck with your plans x

Emily Mash
Emily Mash 7 Aug 2017

Get a guest list in mind then see venues that can accommodate your guest list suitably. Think of dates you'd like and if they're suitable for your guests. Good luck

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Aug 2017

Congratulations!! Wedding planning can be stressful no matter how much time or money you have, I get married in 30 days and there are still last minute things to do. My greatest help was to purchase a wedding planner book from amazon, it took all the guess work out of it and gave me rough timescales to have things done by. Good luck x

Dani Smith
Dani Smith 7 Aug 2017

write a list of things you both would like and then visit various venues and see whats best suited for you good luck xx


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