Engaged? How to get your wedding planning off to a great start

Congratulations to you both! A whole new world of excitement and wedding talk awaits, but before you dive in the deep end, follow these simple tips for the start of some completely stress-free wedding planning

Sharing your big news

It’s no surprise you’ll want the world to know your happy news but step away from social media – at least until you’ve had a chance to tell your nearest and dearest. No one’s mum or dad wants to be told by the neighbour who’s seen it on Facebook! Telling your loved ones face to face or over the phone is much more personal and, of course, you get to see or hear how thrilled they are for you. And, when you do press that post button, show off that gorgeous ring and watch the likes flood in!

Celebrate!

Most people will want to see you and share your happiness, so try to get some close friends and family together for some celebratory drinks. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive and it does give you a great opportunity to show of your ring in person!

Slow and steady

It’s tempting to start planning straight away but take your time – at least for the first few weeks. Don’t rush into anything! Even if you want to get married quickly it’s still a good idea to take a few weeks to enjoy the moment and bask in your newly engaged bubble.

Listen… but don’t agree to anything

Everyone and anyone will want to give their well-intended advice and experiences on all things weddings. You may even get requests from family about who should be there, where it should be and even when! It never does any harm to listen, but to avoid disappointment to everyone – and most of all both of you – don’t agree to anything yet. Remember, it’s your day!

Get inspired

When it comes to weddings you’ll never be short of inspiration. Grab a few glossy magazines and browse Pinterest. Create your own boards, saving anything that inspires you – from themes, dresses, invites, cakes – you name it, it’s all there.

Take time out

It’s easy to get swept away in the plans and chaos that can come with even just thinking about planning a wedding. Take time out as a couple – maybe a weekend away, a spa day or a simple country walk. Check in with each other about your ideas and make sure you’re both on the same page about what you want from the day.

Get planning

OK, now you’ve had a breather and given yourself time to think about all the different elements to your big day, let the real fun begin and start making some firm plans. Think about dates and take a look at some venues.