If you’re recently engaged and caught up in the midst of a happy post-engagement blur, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Although getting engaged is one of the most wonderful experiences, it can easily become overwhelming. So if you’re starting to ask ‘what now?’ we suggest you read on and find out exactly what you need to tick off your checklist…

  1. As soon as you’ve got that ring on your finger it’s almost impossible to keep it a secret, but try and cherish the moment and simply take it in. Hold off from phoning anybody or posting any pictures on social media – just take the time to appreciate and savour the fact that you and your partner are going to get married. Eeek!

2) Okay, once you’ve done that it’s time to spread the good news. Let everybody know that they’re going to need to buy a new hat because you’re getting married!

3) In-between calling your best friends and checking your social media notifications, we always recommend getting your bling insured. While it may not seem important, you’ll definitely appreciate doing it if you lose it or if it gets stolen. Plus, now is your chance to get it resized if it’s feeling a little bit loose or slightly too tight.

4) Now for the serious stuff: set a wedding budget. Choosing a specific amount of money to spend on your special day will mean you can start planning within your budget.

5) Budgets mean spreadsheets! Use a spreadsheet to list all of your chosen suppliers and costs so that you can track the whole wedding planning process, without any stress. Alternatively, if you’re feeling dazed by budgets, spreadsheets and planning Lily & Lavender can lend a helping hand. We have a variety of packages to suit you. From partial planning, wedding day management (sometimes referred to as on-the-day coordination) or the full planning package – we can help you organise and  design the most important day of your life!

6) Wedding fairs are not only a brilliant day out for you and your girls, they’re a fabulous source of wedding inspiration and suppliers. You may find that you meet the majority of your suppliers there, and they’ll be able to chat to you about what you envisage for your special day. From florists to cake makers, stationers to stylists – you’ll definitely find them at a wedding fair.

7) It’s time to think about the type of day you want to have – bohemian, rustic or ultra-elegant? Discuss your wedding vision together as a couple and then you can start thinking about the style of your gown, flowers and décor.

8) Before you start searching for your dream wedding venue, you need to work out how many people you want to invite to your big day. As soon as you’ve got a number in your head, you find a venue that can accommodate that number. Choosing your guest list can be an extremely difficult task, but once it’s over and done with you can carry on with the rest of the wedding planning.

9) Now you can kick-start the venue hunting! Your wedding venue will help to provide inspiration for your wedding theme and colour scheme. If you’ve fallen head over heels with a country barn or chic stately home, make sure you know the terms and conditions before you book it. It may sound obvious, but it’s easy to make hasty decisions.

10) Pinterest is an incredible source of inspiration for wedding planning. You can easily create separate boards for different aspects of your day, and it’s a wonderful visual tool that can bring your visions to life.

11) Let your bridesmaids know that they’re going to be a part of your big day. Then you have the task of finding a dress to suit a variety of different shapes and sizes!

12) It may be worth creating a wedding website that you and your guests can log into before the big day. You can provide your guests with information on local accommodation, menu choices and directions. Plus, the majority of websites offer a simple RSVP service that is incredibly easy for your guests to use.

13) While you may want to jump headfirst into wedding planning (we totally understand), take time out without any discussion about suppliers or who’s not RSVP’ed. It’s important to have ‘wedding-free’ days and you’ll find you feel refreshed and re-inspired the next day.

14) Make sure you’re both on the same page at all times – you may be dreaming of an Autumn boho affair while your partner may love the idea of a Summer soiree. The day is about both of you, so make sure your wedding reflects that.

15) Wedding planning is bound to be exciting, stressful and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make sure you enjoy every second of it.

So if you love the sound of stress-free wedding planning or if you want to add a touch of luxe to your special day, head over to the Lily & Lavender contact us page now.

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