You’re now engaged, congratulations! Your journey up the aisle is an exciting one that, generally, comes along just once in a lifetime. However, once that ring is on their finger, some brides find it one of the most stressful periods in their lives – but it doesn’t have to be.

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Planning your wedding day is a wonderful thing to do. Yes, there’s a lot to do, however it’s up to you just how simple or complex your big day is. At the end of the day, you really only need three things to get married in Australia: two people, a celebrant and the appropriate paperwork (completed both before and after the wedding).

So now that you’re engaged, where to start? At the beginning of course!

The first two steps are interchangeable because once you announce your news to the world, the first question they’re going to ask is, “When’s the big day?” So do what is best for the two of you. Your friends and family may want a say in the date (especially if babies are due or people are coming from overseas, etc.) so perform steps 1 or 2 in the order with which you’re most comfortable.

Also, keep in mind that there are plenty more steps. Things like setting a date for an engagement party, choosing your bridal party and perhaps even insuring your engagement bling. Below are the key steps that must first be done.

1. Announce your big news to the world

Facebook and Twitter may seem like the best communication mediums through which to announce your engagement to the world, but they’re also highly impersonal – and once you’ve done it, the entire world will know. It’s only polite to let your friends and family know first, especially if your significant other has gone down the traditional route of asking for your hand in marriage.

Take the time to trawl your contacts list for close friends and family members before logging into your social media profiles, sending a mass email or making the traditional engagement announcement in the newspaper. After all, it is your close friends and family who will be most happy for you and your partner-to-be.

2. Set a tentative date

As mentioned, after the hugs, kisses and sometimes even tears of joy, you’ll be asked about a potential wedding date. It’s inevitable and, even if it changes down the track, you’ll need a rough date in mind even to start your basic wedding planning and invite guests who may need to travel or make arrangements to be at your wedding. Don’t forget to allow for adequate time for those you’ve selected to be members of your bridal party, which is a huge commitment itself.

So by setting an tentative date prior to making your big announcement, you will not only satisfy the curiosity of friends and family, it will also help you and your partner begin preparing emotionally and financially for the next milestone of your relationship journey.

3. Contact Love 2 Love – Wedding & Event Planner

Wedding planners are no longer just for couples with unlimited budgets; they have become indispensable today to many brides and grooms, who find the services invaluable. You might consider hiring us if you have a demanding job that leaves little time for much else, if you’re getting married in a city other than the one you live in, or if you simply feel overwhelmed by the details involved.

We guide you through the planning process and the wedding day itself, assisting in whatever capacity you need. We can also help you refine your ideas, connect you to the appropriate vendors, advise you on proper etiquette, and suggest ways to use your budget wisely. Besides keeping your schedule on track, we are also able to create a wedding day timeline and make sure that it gets carried out – down to the smallest detail. We analyse what you are looking to do, help you find the resources to get it done and take you every step of the way.

Contact us today for a free consultation – info@love2love.net.au

4. Start a wedding fund

Now that you’ve made the announcement and celebrated with friends and family, you’re bound to want to jump straight into planning for the big day.

Unfortunately, regardless of how big or small your wedding is, you’re going to need some savings set aside, especially if you’ve dreamed of a big old grand wedding.

This takes us back to setting a tentative date, as this will dictate so many things, from the dress you wear (a fluffy gown simply won’t do in summer) to when you wed, since marrying during the peak wedding season in your area will be more expensive than marrying off-peak.

There will likely be some way to go financially before you can afford the wedding of your dreams. So, once you’ve set a date (of sorts), open a joint bank account into which you’ll both pay an agreed amount per month towards your wedding fund. You’ll soon see it grow into something substantial, which in turn will give you a better idea about the kind of wedding within your grasp.

Of course, this only applies to couples paying for their own weddings. If family or friends are pitching in, you’ll need to include them in on your plans and discuss who’ll be paying for what and by when.

Love 2 Love can assist in making your dream wedding come true. Please do not hesitate to contact us for support and ideas.