Just Engaged? Congratulations, but now you’ve asked and she said yes is all done where do you start wedding planning? There are no hard or fast rules but here are a few essentials.

1. Budget

The most important part for most brides and grooms is to set a budget. Now just like any budget it can be chopped and changed along the way but try to stay firm, if not your perfect day won’t be so perfect if you are in debt. A perfect essential would be a little planner…a must for any bride and groom. Will help keep track of how much you have allocated for everything and how much you’ve already spent, used wisely a planner is a ultimate wedding tool. Also handy if it’s small and handy as will be great to carry along to all your wedding shopping experiences.

2. Bridal party

One of the most fun parts of just getting engaged and planning is to tell your lucky bridal party they’ve got the job! Choose your Maid of Honour, bridesmaids, best man and ushers. Great to delegate them little tasks to help ease your  load.

3. Venue

The choice that is most likely going to set the scene! When looking keep in mind style and theme and what really suits your personalities. Don’t pick a venue to large or grand if on a small budget as it’s not just the price of the venue, it will cost more to fill with beautiful things! If planning abroad try to use a company in that country, they will know all the little rules/regulations (it can be very different from the UK and differs country to country). Do your research, venue packages can be very varied. Make sure you know what’s included before saying yes! Date, if you have a set date in mind then ask in advance to avoid disappointment or a wasted journey. Venue can be booked up years in advance on popular dates!

4. Photographer/ Videographer

Just as important as venue and just as booked! If you have someone in mind book them early, just like venues they book up well in advance so if you have your heart set on one get them quick! Photographer/ videographers should not be underestimated, the pictures/videos will be the thing most likely looked back on so make sure they are what you want! It can be a tough choice when the dream venue and ideal photographers dates can’t be matched.  Look at all their work and meet with them in advance, if they offer a pre shoot take it…these images will give you a great preview of how you match and their style of what will happen on the day!

5. The dress

Obviously my favourite part! Look online and do your research but make sure you are open to change as what you see online vs. what you love in the shop can be completely different. Get a feel for fabrics and different styles, try as many as you like but don’t over do it! One thing many brides say is they get overwhelmed with all the choice and don’t know what to pick, Bridebrainfuzz! Don’t be afraid to ask the store before hand there price range. Nothing worse then falling for a dress that’s well out of budget! Take your most trusted bridal party members, you will need them! Look at our previous post about dress searching. https://www.aliceadabridal.co.uk/news/where-do-you-start/


That’s for starters…there will be lots of little bits along the way!

As always, make sure you have fun and enjoy the experience, trust me you will miss the planning when it’s done!

Love Always

Alice Ada Bridal