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10 Top Tips to Get Your Wedding Planning Started

Now that you're engaged, you might be lost at what you need to do first. You have been dreaming about your wedding day. Now it's real!

So where to start - we have some top tips to help you make your dream wedding a reality.

Inspiration

Visit wedding fairs and showcases to get ideas about what's available and how much things cost. Visit local businesses and find what they have on offer. This will help you plan your big day and give you an idea of what is available.

Scrapbook

It might sound old school, but a scrapbook is a great way to gather together ideas and things you might use on your big day. If you show your vendors images then they have a better idea of what you want your wedding to be.

Trending

Check out what the latest wedding trends are and see if they can fit into your wedding. Use Twitter and other social media outlets to see what is big and check out trend reports for the year ahead.

The Dress

Start researching your wedding dress ideas and see what fits within your budget. You could get one specially made, buy one off the hanger, or go for a second hand dress. You'll possibly need several fittings and adjustments, so the sooner you start the better!

Theme

Having some consistency like a color scheme will help when choosing everything from your wedding invitations to flowers. Choose a theme that is easy to plan and execute and use that as the basis for your wedding.

Ceremony

What sort of wedding ceremony you want can determine where you can get married and what type of wedding you have. Do some research about what's available in your area.

Music

When you walk into the venue do you want a quartet, a choir or your favorite song playing? Don't be afraid to ask the person who's conducting the ceremony what has worked there in the past. You will also have to think about the entertainment you will have at your reception, whether it be a live band or a DJ. Your venue will have people they can recommend, so see what they advise.

Photography

You'll have a better time if you hire a professional to take photos on your big day. Ask around for recommendations or speak to your wedding venue where you are getting married if they have anyone they work with.

Delegate

Ask your loved ones for some help with your planning. Allocate tasks to people in the bridal party, but make sure they know exactly what you want them to do. People are generally happy to be a part of planning your big day, so don't be shy about asking for help.

Be Prepared

Your dream wedding might be bathed in sunshine, but the weather might have other ideas. Bring umbrellas in the wedding cars just in case you have to walk into your venue through a downpour.

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