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Brides to Be - Wedding Planning: Your guide to Creating Your Dream Wedding. #12 Useful Planning Tips

Updated: May 19

Congratulations on your engagement!

So now you are officially a Bride-to-Be, it's time to dive into the exciting and wonderful world of wedding planning. Planning that will, for quite sometime, take over your life, in a good way. But sometimes, Wedding planning and its little details can leave you feeling, shall we say - a little overwhelmed at times. But don't panic! With some careful organisation and attention to detail, you can ensure that your special day is nothing short of unforgettably wonderful. Here's a step-by-step guide full of Wedding planning tips to help you Brides-to-be along the way:

So Brides to be, read on for your #12 Dream Wedding planning tips to guide you through this incredibly exciting time ahead of you .

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#1. How much is it all going to cost?: Before you get lost in the planning of your dream Wedding (Pinterest often gets us carried away, but we adore it all the same), sit down with your partner and determine your wedding budget. How much is it all going to cost? How much can you afford? Are parents helping out? Or are you funding it all yourselves? This will serve as the foundation for all your planning efforts, helping you prioritize your spending on the things you really really want for your perfect day.

#2. Who's coming?: Once you have settled on your budget, it's time to scribble down your guest list. Decide who you want there to share in your perfect day with and decide on whether children will be included and if guests can bring plus ones. This will give you an idea for potential venues and estimate costs more accurately.

#3. Define Your Wedding Style: Oh this is the good stuff. Take some time to envision the overall look and feel of your wedding day. Are you dreaming of a rustic outdoor affair or a glamorous ballroom soirée? Create a Dream Wedding Pinterest mood board or scrap book with colour combinations to capture your vision and use it as a reference point throughout the planning process.

#4. Choose Your Venue and Date: With your budget and style in mind, start researching potential wedding venues that align with your vision. (maybe your dog is a guest at your wedding) Check out venues on Facebook for their open days, so you can see the rooms already styled. Find out what they include in their packages. Do they offer cheaper mid week dates? Keep in mind that popular venues book up quickly, so don't hesitate to secure your date as soon as possible. Up here in the North East of England, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to Wedding venues, from Dreamy Fairy tale Castles, Mansion Houses, Hotels, Wedding specific venues for small weddings, pubs and halls.

#5. Book Your Suppliers: Once you have you venue booked, it's time to start booking your essential suppliers, such as photographers, florists, caterers, and musicians and Makeup Artists and Hair stylists. Speaking from experience, be sure to reach out to us early to ensure our availability on your chosen date. If you're searching for your perfect vendors, Wedding fayres and online directories are brilliant for finding the right professionals for your day.

#6. Create a Wedding Website : Its a fantastic idea to design and create a personalised wedding website to keep your guests informed about all the important details, including your gift registry. This is also a great opportunity to stay in touch with your guests for any special requests and to share your love story with them.

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Love Letters

#7. Send Save the Dates: Give your guests plenty of notice by sending out save the dates six to nine months before your wedding date. Choose a design that reflects your wedding style and include all the necessary information.

#8. Plan Pre-Wedding Events: Organize any pre-wedding celebrations, such as bachelor/stag and bachelorette/hen parties and rehearsal dinners, with the help of your wedding party, maid of honour (if you're having one) or parents.

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The Hen Party

#9. Sending out the official invitations: As the big day approaches, send out formal invitations six to eight weeks in advance, including all the important details and RSVP instructions and any dietary requirements.

#10. Plan Your Honeymoon: Once the major wedding details are sorted, it's probably time to have a little think and dream of your perfect honeymoon to unwind and celebrate your Wedding. Consider your destination preferences and make any necessary bookings ahead of time.

#11. Add Personal Touches: Incorporate personal touches throughout your Wedding day to make it truly unique and meaningful. Whether it's custom cocktails, unique Wedding favours, or DIY décor, infuse your personalities into every aspect of the celebration.

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#12. Get Creative: Explore DIY options and as I mentioned before - explore Pinterest to add your own twist to your wedding décor. From handmade seating charts to personalized welcome signs, get creative. I've seen some real creative couples over the years with things like home built Sweet carts, Full size Love Letters, incredible invites and so much more. If you look, you will find there is so much out there to create your own unique and stunningly beautiful elements.

Say "I Do": Finally, the moment you've been hard planning for has finally arrived! Take a moment and breathe, you did it! And appreciate that support and love around you, and savor every precious moment of your beautiful, uniquely yours, perfect wedding day. Congratulations, and here's to a lifetime of love and happiness! You may find this Blog post useful to help you focus and stay calm "#10 Ways to Stay Calm and Stress-Free on Your Wedding Day" (

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I DO....

I do hope this guide and tips helps in you in your Wedding planning process


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