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You’ve just got engaged. Congratulations! Wondering what to do next? Here are my top ten tips following that gorgeous proposal.

The moment

Your partner has just popped the question. You’ve said yes and maybe shared some tears of joy. Take some time just the two of you to enjoy the moment. Open the bubbles and have a toast of your own. It will be a memory that lasts forever.

The news

You’re still grinning from ear to ear. You’re engaged to the love of your life. Start letting your nearest and dearest know. Make sure you have told everyone you need to before showing off your sparkler on social media.

The celebration

Throw an engagement party to celebrate with your friends and family. This is the time to let your hair down and enjoy being engaged. Everyone that is invited to the engagement party should be invited to the wedding so it’s worth planning the list wisely. Take the date of the party in to account – you might not want to be organising a wedding and an engagement celebration at the same time.

The Ring

Now is the time to get your engagement ring resized and insured (if it is not already). If you fiancé didn’t get an appraisal for the ring you can take it to a reputable jeweller and get it done separately. Although boring this little task will take a lot off your mind. You’ll be heartbroken if something happened to your beautiful ring.

The first discussion

Time to start thinking about the big day. What kind of wedding do you and your fiancé want? A big celebration with all your family and friends or more of an intimate affair? What about destination – UK or overseas? Church or civil ceremony? How do you want the day to feel? All good questions to discuss as you start to plan your wedding.

The Budget

You’ve identified the type of wedding you would like so now’s time to set a realistic budget and work out a savings plan. The average UK wedding costs £28,000. It is worth talking to parents or family that have offered to contribute to the wedding, so you know what you have to spend. Confirm the budget before you start committing to anything.

Get a wedding planner

Planning a wedding can be a daunting and stressful task. If the budget allows you should invest in a Wedding Planner to guide you through the planning process. Whether you need support with the logistics or styling or both, a Wedding Planner wants you to have the day you dreamed of – their focus will be ensuring your vision becomes a reality and they can be as involved as you want them to be. I offer a range of wedding planning packages to suit all needs. See my wedding planning service here  

The guestlist

A big part of understanding and setting your budget is knowing how many guests you will be inviting. Draft a guest list with your fiancé including everyone you would like to invite including plus ones. It’s always easier to add to a guestlist than cut it down. Decide who you want for the whole day and who’ll be invited to the evening do only. The number of guests will help you when it comes to choosing the venue.

The date

As soon as you share your news you’ll start being asked “when is the wedding?”. You and your fiancé should have a couple of dates in mind, so you have more flexibility when it comes to finding your venue.

The suppliers

The venue is the first priority then work back from there. Once you have found the perfect venue check that the photographer/videographer you want is available as they tend to book up to two years in advance. These are the important ones to get confirmed asap then you can move on to the florist, cake, stationer etc.

And one more good luck. Make sure you enjoy quality time with your fiancé. Go on date nights, long walks or weekends away. Just the two of you. Enjoy your engagement.

Good luck with the planning.

Sarah x

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