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Step 1: Plan Your Budget

Your wedding is a celebration of your love for each other. That doesn’t mean you need to max out with a bank loan or use your father’s credit card. Be realistic about what you can afford and stick with it – there are plenty of services out there that will suit your needs and are within your budget whether it is £1,000 or £10,000 or £100,000. Don’t get tempted to overspend, the stress levels that will bring about will only serve to spoil your day.

Step 2: Find Your Venue

If you have a rough date in mind then the availability and choice of venue will determine the actual date. Selecting the venue that meets all your needs will take time, so if you are unsure of where to start, then ask around – friends, family, colleagues will all know of somewhere. Once you have chosen the venue and decided on your ceremony, you will find that you’re the rest of your day starts falling into place. If you are not jetting off on your honeymoon immediately after the big day, then another thing to think about is whether your venue has a place for you to stay; if not, then you need to factor this in when finding your venue.

Step 3: Insurance

It may not be the most romantic start to planning your wedding by wondering what might go wrong, however it is best to be prepared. With the average wedding costing around £20,000 there is a lot to lose if for example your venue gets cancelled at the last minute, or illness strikes and you need to postpone. Look for an insurance policy that will allow you to mix and match benefits to suit your special day and then you can go forward with peace of mind.

Step 4: Rings

The date is set, you have your insurance cover and you need to start thinking about the practicals. Rings exchanged as a token of your love have a very special meaning. The circular shape is said to symbolise an endless stream of love and wearing them on your wedding finger is supposed to connect a vein that runs from that finger to your heart. Whether you believe this or not, choosing your ring is not just about sporting a fabulous piece of jewellery on your finger, but about bonding yourselves forever.

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Steps to Heaven Step 5: Guests

This is where it gets really exciting! Your budget and choice of venue will determine numbers, but where to start with names? The best way is to start with your inner circle and then work outwards. Grab the biggest big piece of paper you can find, put your names at the top, followed by i.e. family, best man, ushers, bridesmaids and friends. Don’t worry too much about numbers – just make sure no one is missed off the list. Once you have completed this exercise, you can then either start crossing people off or at least categorising them into daytime and evening guests. Be flexible when talking to your partner about this and try to be as obliging as possible, but remember if there is someone on the list that will really make your day by being there, be firm about their invitation.

Step 6: The Frock

Without a shadow of doubt, choosing your frock will be one of THE most exciting parts of the planning. It doesn’t matter what shape or size you are, there will be a dress of your dreams out there. Don’t forget the Groom’s attire and those of ushers, bridesmaids, pageboys and other members of the wedding party. Spend some time with all of them to ensure that you are all coordinated.

Next month we will give you tips on choosing stationery, honeymoons, photographers and lots more!

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