Getting engaged is a wonderful time in anyone’s life; it is a memorable occasion and one to be savoured and celebrated with loved ones. However, once the dust has settled on the congratulatory engagement cards and all the champagne has been drank, there is the issue of organising the wedding to consider.

Generally it is advised to book your details approximately 18 months in advance or at least 12 months. If you get engaged and don’t plan on having your big day anytime soon or maybe you just don’t know what date in the future it will happen, the best thing to do is to start making notes. Buy a scrapbook and start looking at wedding magazines, keeping the scraps of images that you like.

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Because you have time on your hands you can start building a vision of how your day will be and once you have decided on a date you then have a scrapbook of ideas to refer to.

Another good tip is to sign up to the social media website Pinterest as this is basically an online scrapbook where all your ideas are amalgamated on a virtual ‘board’. It is a fantastic way to get some ideas from other like-minded individuals.

One of the most important things for your wedding will be your venue. Once you have agreed a date with your partner –visit some venues that you have in mind. Once you visit them and get an idea of their prices and of the function room, you will be able to make a more informed decision. Try to have an idea of the number of people that you are inviting at this stage.

Again once you have chosen a wedding date; it is advisable to book your photographer and videographer– both great ways of capturing one of your most memorable life events. The better photographers and videographers can be booked well in advance so make sure to book early to get the person you want. Check their websites and testimonials.  If they are proud of their work they will be anxious to show it off and you will get a great idea of what standards to expect from them.

Photographers and videographers are also a great source of information as they attend weddings regularly on a professional basis so may be able to give you some tips or recommendations for other things you need to book. It’s a good idea to strike up a rapport with your videographer and photographer at the outset so that you are comfortable around the camera; therefore making for better photographic results.

At this stage also, you could start looking at your outfits, the female could start making appointments with wedding dress shops and the men with the tailor/suit hire outlet. For the ladies, it is a good idea to phone the wedding dress shop well in advance as these can be booked out months in advance, especially on weekends. The owner/manager will be able to tell you what season they are stocking at that time so you can make your decision to visit based on that.

Planning a wedding is fun but it can be stressful. The key to a stress free event is preparation so get your lists in order and complete the tasks in a timely manner and your wedding should pass off without a hitch. Unfortunately though, there are no guarantees on the weather!