Bridal Basics: The First Jobs You Need To Tick Off

When you get engaged, you may suddenly feel like everyone in the world is offering their opinions and telling you what to do. It can be overwhelming, even when your nearest and dearest are only trying to help. There is a lot to do when you’re planning a wedding, but you don’t have to do it all at once. There are certain jobs you need to tick off as a priority, but don’t panic about organizing every detail of the day in the first week of planning. Here are the first jobs you need to think about when you’re ready to start turning ideas into reality.


Setting a date and choosing a location

Setting a date will give you an idea of how long you’ve got to plan the wedding, and how much work you need to do now. Have a think about whether you want a short or long engagement, and what time of year you’d prefer to get married. You may have a specific date in mind, perhaps a date that already means something to you, or you may be more flexible. If you want a particular date, you’ll need to check availability before you fall head over heels in love with a place that isn’t available. Do some research on venues and locations in the area where you want to get married, and arrange some viewings.


It’s good to look at a range of options, so you know exactly what’s out there. Try some unconventional places as well as the more traditional venues. Once you’ve set a date and booked a venue, send out save the date cards to your guests. Take a look at if you’re looking for some cute or quirky design ideas.


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Ordering a dress

It is possible to buy dresses at short notice, but the range of options may be limited. It’s best to give yourself as much time as possible to try on gowns, visit bridal salons, and make sure you find the dress of your dreams. You don’t want to feel forced to say yes to a dress that doesn’t make you look and feel incredible.


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Booking a caterer

When you have your venue sorted, it’s a good idea to get in touch with some catering firms and start considering your options. Do you want a sit-down meal? Are you after something more informal? Are you serving canapes? Do you want a meal that’s suitable for an outdoor celebration? Look online, and ask around for recommendations. If you visit pages like, you can often get a good idea of sample menus, different styles of food, and prices. If you find firms you like the look of, give them a call, and arrange to meet to try some of the dishes and discuss menus.


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Choosing a photographer

For many couples, getting brilliant shots of their wedding day comes high up on the list of priorities. The best photographers can get booked up months in advance, so it’s wise to start your search early. Have a look at some online portfolios and arrange some informal meetings. Go for a photographer that offers the style of photography you’re looking for. Some people love formal shots while others are more keen on relaxed, spontaneous snaps.


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If you’re starting to plan your wedding, don’t panic. You don’t have to have everything sorted immediately. Tackle these jobs first, and then work through your list.


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