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Congratulations! You’re engaged! Whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding or a big vibrant one, you might be wondering what comes next. Well, I’m here with 8 quick tips to help you make the most of your engagement and start planning your wedding!

A husband-to-be wearing stone coloured trousers and a a white short sleeved shirt smiles as he wraps his arms around his wife-to-be who is wearing a white button up dress with blue flowers on for their engagement photoshoot in Bedfordshire

Tell your loved ones

One of the first things you'll want to do after your engagement is share the news with those closest to you. 

Gather the squad and reveal the exciting news so that they can celebrate with you every step along the way. 

Savour the moment

Take some time for yourselves. Trust me – this moment will fly by in a blink of an eye.

Whether it's a weekend getaway or a cosy night in, enjoy this moment as much as possible. It’s an exciting time for you as a couple - don't miss out on any opportunity to savour it!

Throw an engagement party

Let your personalities shine through as you choose decorations and themes that truly reflect who you are as a couple. But remember, you don't have to go all out unless you want to! 

The most important thing is to have fun and create lasting memories with your favourite people. Keep it relaxed and enjoyable, mingle, share stories, and toast to your future together. 

Capture it

You can have anyone take some engagement photos of the two of you, but nothing beats having professional photos taken by someone who knows what they're doing. 

These photos will be treasured keepsakes to look back on in the future and professionally shot images make perfect additions to your wedding stationery and decor.

A groom-to-be standing behind his wife-to-be as he kisses her on the cheek at Notley Tythe Barn Wedding Venue in Buckinghamshire during their engagement photoshoot

Be inspired

Now that you have a ring on your finger, it's time to dive into the exciting world of wedding planning and find inspiration for your big day.

Have fun browsing magazines, visiting wedding fairs and scrolling social media. Don't be afraid to save ideas that inspire you and gradually refine your vision overtime.

Set your wedding budget

When you embark on the adventure of planning your wedding, there's one crucial step to tackle right from the start: setting a budget. 

I know it may not be the most glamorous aspect of the process, but trust me, it'll make all the difference. Your budget will guide your decisions, from selecting the perfect venue to nailing down the finer details of your big day.

Start the search for a wedding venue

It's never too early to start the hunt for a wedding venue. The best ones tend to get snatched up in a blink of an eye! 

Look for places that align with your vision, style, and of course, your budget. Acting fast will ensure you don't miss out on that dreamy location you've been envisioning.

Decide what’s important.

Which elements of a wedding are most important to you? Is it the timeless photographs, mouth-watering food, or the top-notch entertainment? 

Figuring out your priorities early on will help you channel your budget towards the things that matter most. Plus, it'll give you a head start on securing your first-choice suppliers before they get booked up.

A newly engaged couple laughing as they sit on a riverbank in Bedford with their feet in the water during their engagement photoshoot

No matter how you choose to celebrate, remember that this is a time for you to enjoy the excitement of your engagement!

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