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That magical moment you’ve dreamed about all your life has finally happened; your dream partner got down on one knee and popped THE question! Firstly, you’ve cried a bucket load of tears, told your family and friends, announced it on Facebook and Instagram, painted your nails a hundred different colours to show off your new bling and… what now? Where do you even start? You have a whole wedding to plan!

Thankfully, we’ve got your back. All you need to plan your dream wedding can be found right here on our site, but to get you started, we’ve listed 6 go-to first steps for the bride-to-be…

Take it all in

There’s no need to dive straight into planning; take it all in and enjoy the moment. Planning a getaway with your better half is a great way to celebrate the start of this new and exciting journey together.

Set a date

Are you set on a weekend wedding or would you like to save costs by having a midweek wedding? Choosing a wedding date can be a little bit like putting together a puzzle, but you've got to find a date that fits in with your schedules and the schedules of your loved ones. Remember to ask yourselves the following questions: What kind of weather would you prefer on your big day? Can all the important people make it? How long do you want your engagement to be? Do you have a date that’s special to you?

Budget

No one really enjoys the money talk, but you need to set the goal posts right from the start to avoid any problems down the line. Decide on how much you can save leading up to your wedding and if any family members will be contributing.

Decide on your guestlist

While, again, this is easier said than done, it is best to confirm your guest list as soon as possible. Once you have a number, it takes the guesswork out of orders and planning. The size of your wedding will not only help decipher important factors like venue, but it will also help you properly allocate your budget to other costs such as invitations, flowers, catering etc.

Start venue hunting

Because there are endless picture-perfect wedding venues all over the country, you might think you have equally as endless time to book one. Think again! Wedding venues are sometimes booked as far as 2 years in advance, but don’t panic, most venues can be booked within an eight-month to one-year lead-time. So rather than leaving your venue to the last minute, book it now so it’s done and dusted. Choosing your venue first will also help you decide on details like colours, styles and accessories that match your setting.

Get creative – start a mood board

This is where the real fun begins! Start creating mood boards and inspirational galleries to work out the theme of your wedding day. Whether you’re a DIY couple or working with a wedding planner, it’s important to have visuals of what you like and envision for your big day. Once you have an idea of what you want on your wedding day, all the decisions you have to make will really fall into place.

Remember to have fun and enjoy the planning process. Rope in your girls and split tasks to lighten your load. Happy planning!