BY A STIFF | 08 NOVEMBER 2018 | 16:00PM

Wedding planning can be very stressful and hectic on a journey to what should be one of the most magical days of our lives, which is why today, we are here to give you a helping hand. We have compiled a list of the first steps that you should take to ease you into the wedding planning process so that you are spending more time enjoying a blissful engagement with your partner and less time worrying about what you should be doing next.

1. Bask in The Moment

Getting engaged to the one that you love is a cause for celebration. Soak in every moment, share the big news with your loved ones and contemplate on the future ahead of you after this joyous occasion

2. Set A Date

Setting a vague date should definitely be one of the first steps taken as it will be the first question that people will ask you. It will also make planning much easier for you as it gives you a target to work towards and make booking the vendors a simpler process.

3. Plan Your Time

It may be a good idea to invest in a wedding planning journal or create your own with a large binder as they will keep track of your thoughts, arrangements and inspiration. Storing everything in one space will help you visualise what you have organised and what is still left to do. If it is in the budget, then it may also be worth considering a wedding planner who can help to take most of the weight off your shoulders.

We recently discovered North-East wedding planner Emma Jordan, the owner of Emma Jordan Weddings¬†and we are absolutely in love. She offers beautifully crafted wedding plans that are personally tailored to you. You can choose between her ‘Full Service Wedding Planning’ and ‘Partial Wedding Planning Service’, which have been flexibly created to suit all brides to be.

4. Set the Tone

Now is the time to start thinking about how you want to establish the manner in which your wedding is conducted. Sit down with your partner and brainstorm your ideas on the theme and ceremony. Note down the keywords used in your discussion as a starting point.

5. Work Out Your Budget

Take a look at your finances and work out how much you already have saved up and whether or not you want to continue saving. Figuring out how much you are wanting to put away per week or month will give you an estimate of how much you have in your budget. It may also be worth discussing your budget with your parents as most typically prefer to make contributions.

6. Assign Your Bridal Party

Thinking about who you want in your bridal party and getting them involved as early as possible will save you a lot of unwanted stress as they will be there to help and support you. Talking to them about their responsibilities and duties will allow you to divide up your tasks and make that to-do list a little less hefty.

7. Start Looking for Venues

The time has come to start putting those ideas into action. Begin looking for where you want your ceremony and reception to be held, given that this will take up a big proportion of your budget. It will also give you a better estimate on the dates, times and prices available. Once you have your venues booked, you will then have a better idea on how to budget for your dresses, catering, cake, transport, etc.

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