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The Road To Marriage: When To Start Planning Your Wedding

You've got engaged (congratulations!), but as soon as he put a ring on it come the questions about when you'll get married. Then you're faced with the reality of planning a wedding!

This will be the biggest event you will plan in your life, and even if you're getting professional help, there is a lot of work to be done. The question is when do you start? Should you start planning as soon as you change your Facebook status to 'Engaged', or should you let the dust settle and take a moment before you start?

When you start planning is influenced by how long you plan to be engaged for. If you are thinking of getting married in two years after you have saved some money then you have a moment to get your thoughts together, but if you want to get married sooner rather than later then you need to get to work!

When you start planning is down to when you want to get hitched! So sit down and decide on a rough date for your wedding. Then you can start looking at venues and working out how much money you can save for your budget.

Engagements can be as long or as short as you want them to be, but the sooner you want to get married, the sooner you need to start planning. The style of wedding will also have an impact on your wedding planning timeline – if you want a big glitzy wedding then you'll have more to book and plan, but if you're wedding is small and intimate then you can do more in a short space of time.

Most brides allow 12 to 18 months to plan a wedding, but don't feel pressured by anyone to do anything. If you want to take your time and start planning three years in advance then go ahead, or if you thrive under pressure want to do everything at once then go for it!

What works for one couple doesn't work for another, so do what suits you and you'll enjoy the planning process almost as much as the wedding.

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