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If you read my blog on a regular basis, you’ll know that a couple of years ago I got engaged. (I might only be in my early twenties, but when you know, you know.) Since then, the fiance and I have been saving like mad. Sadly, thanks to recently moving, we can’t quite afford to tie the knot just yet. However, this hasn’t stopped us daydreaming about the perfect wedding.


When we first started out wedding planning, we struggled to get to grips with everything. Wedding planning is a lot of fun, but with so much to think about, it’s also incredibly stressful. In case you are struggling to get your wedding planning organised and on track, I thought that I would share some tips with you.


First things first, set your budget


The first thing that we did was talk about our budget and how much we would like to spend. While some couples opt to spend over £25,000 on their wedding, others prefer to work with a more modest budget. The truth is, that whether you’ve got a budget of £5000 or £50,000, there are venues, caterers, and services all within your price range. So don’t panic about what you’re spending, your budget won’t define your wedding.


While I could go mad and spend a massive amount on my wedding, I don’t want to enter my married life in debt. I would much rather plan a smaller and more affordable do so that I can pay for the venue, caterers and services beforehand.


Get inspiration


I found that one of the best ways to get an idea of the type of wedding that I wanted was by spending hours browsing Pinterest. The key to planning the most incredible wedding is knowing what you want, and the best way to do this is by getting inspiration.


Spend some time browsing wedding ideas and flipping through wedding magazines – yes, you’re allowed to buy these now!  Anything that you like the look of, be it a dress, type of food, or venue, write it down so that you don’t forget.


I’ve always loved the idea of a classic wedding, something elegant and sophisticated. While I was browsing wedding ideas, I came across some beautiful vintage style wedding invitations. These invitations gave me the idea of having an elegant, vintage wedding, which luckily is a theme the fiance and I are both happy with.


Go for tours and search for vendors


Before you set a date for the big day, take the time to go for tours of potential venues and search for vendors. Many couples make the mistake of setting a date before choosing a venue. They then end up not being able to get married where they want, as it’s already booked up. Pick your venue first, and then set a date, that way you ensure that you can get married in the place of your dreams.


As for vendors, once you’ve found a venue, the next step is to start researching vendors in the local area. While many companies are willing to travel for weddings, they’ll charge you more for their services. That’s why, when it comes to keeping the costs down, it’s best to go with local vendors.


So there you have it, the first steps for planning your wedding. Obviously, there is a lot more to planning a wedding than that, but these are a few of the first crucial steps.