Yay, you're engaged, congratulations!!
But what now? Where do you actually start with your wedding planning? That is something I remember asking myself when I got engaged (I was not a wedding planner at the time).
Well here are my first 4 steps to planning your wedding!
First port of call, guest numbers! Without guest numbers you won't know the size of venue you're looking at or know whether your budget is realistic! Sit down with your partner and go over your full list together, have a glass of wine and enjoy that wedding planning process. Once that first step is done you can really get the ball rolling!
Budget is a very important step. Don't go into things thinking, it's ok we'll work it out as we go. Sadly it doesn't work like that and you'll either find you come unstuck, end up spending too much or have to miss out certain elements because yu spent to much on something else.
Work out what savings you have and are willing to put towards the day. Do you have family members that want to contribute? Do you need time to save? If so how much are you willing to spend, how long will that take to save and how much do you need to save per month to hit that? These are all things that you need to work out before you can start spending money and booking things. You'll then have a fantastic idea of what size venue you need (because you know your guest numbers) and how much you actually have to spend. Then you can suss out if you actually need to cut numbers, increase your budget or if it's spot on!