Beginner’s Guide to Wedding Planning

I’ve been meaning to start writing some Wedding related posts for this Blog and after an almost three hour conversation on Sunday with Adam’s cousin about her upcoming nuptials I thought a Beginner’s guide would be a good topic to start off with!

This Bride and Groom are at the very beginning of the planning journey having just booked their venue and naturally had lots of questions (hence the long phonecall)

Let’s not forget that with today being Valentine’s Day there’s probably a bunch of newly engaged Couples that would find a post like this both interesting and useful!

This post will focus solely on how to get inspired for your Big Day…

So let’s get started!

Pinterest
If you haven’t done so already, download the App and get yourselves an Account. Pinterest is THE place to brainstorm ideas and earmark them for future reference. Most people create just one Board for all their Wedding ideas, I on the other hand, had a Board for more or less every aspect of our Big Day!

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Here’s a few Board ideas that I had to get you guys started – Feel free to Pin away!

Wedding Stationary
Wedding Decor
Bridesmaids
Wedding Hair & Beauty
Wedding Photography

Magazines
You and Your Wedding was my favourite one. It’s available in most places such as Tesco and I felt its products and articles were more realistic to our Budget. They have a great website too full of handy hints and tips plus a Forum for fellow Brides to discuss all things Wedding related!

There are plenty of other publications such as Brides, Perfect Wedding, UKBride, Wedding Ideas available as well.

Wedding Shows
I went to about four or five different shows at the beginning of the planning process to get some ideas on what was out there…and it’s big business I can tell you! I highly recommend The National Wedding Show.

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The National Wedding Show, Earls Court – September 2014

At the London event I got to try on a few dresses, watch one of their Fashion shows, picked up a TON of leaflets and sample a few freebies along the way! I took Aoife (my Bridesmaid to be) and my Mum with me for moral support as all those exhibitors can get a little too much after a while 🙂

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Me and Mum at The National Wedding Show

Most venues hold their own Wedding Fairs and Open Days/Evenings where you will also come across local suppliers showcasing their products and services so I’d also highly recommend dragging your other half/Bridal Party along to those as well. They do get a little repetitive after a while so try not to go to too many!

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Me and Aoife at the UK Wedding Show, ExCel London

Scrapbooking
After the shows died down a little I was left with a whole stack of brochures and pamphlets that I didn’t know what to do with. I’d also built up a collection of Magazines which were full of pages folded over ready for me to go back to when I was ready.

So I decided to create a scrapbook. I went through everything I had collected and cut out all my favourite pics and suppliers which I then stuck into a pretty ring bound notebook.

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Our Wedding Scrapbook took shape pretty quickly! The A4 Notebook was from Tesco and cost £4. The Map Print Sticky Letters cost £4 from HobbyCraft and the Bride and Groom 3d stickers were also from HobbyCraft and cost £2 for the pair.

I hope you guys have found this useful! Please feel free to leave your comments and questions below 🙂

Good Luck with Planning! x

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