I’m thrilled to welcome fabulous wedding co-ordinator and all round lovely lady, Jenna of Lucky Sixpence Events Co to share her wedding planning advice here on Bridal Musings.

First 5 Wedding Planning Steps For Newly Engaged Couples

Be it a gorgeous diamond, an antique emerald, a haribo or a hula hoop; an engagement ring signals the start of an exciting adventure, during which you will navigate inspiring venues, fabulous flowers, table plan conundrums and decadent desserts. All these will lead to a simply beautiful wedding day celebration that reflects you and your groom…piece of (wedding) cake….right?! Yes!

Photo via The Long Haul

In a haze of engaged bliss, following these first 5 key steps will ensure that you and your groom are firmly on the right planning path

1) Wedding Budget

Although you may already be knee-deep in wedding magazines, your first stop should be ‘the wedding budget discussion’ between you partner and, if appropriate, family members who would like to contribute to your wedding fund. Once you have had the chat, you will be able to confirm your wedding budget. Next step – hop online and open a savings account; keeping your wedding fund separate from your main bank account is a smart move!

2) It’s a Date

From stately homes to rustic barns via a stunning art deco theatre, you may already have your heart set on a particular venue; if so, availability at the venue may dictate the date of your wedding day. Or are you footloose and fancy free? Then choose the date and then view a selection of venues that have availability on that day.
Thinking of getting hitched in the height of summer, over a bank holiday weekend or jetting off somewhere exotic? If so, I would recommend sending your guests a ‘save the date’, it will ensure that your special day is firmly noted in their ever-hectic diaries!

Downloadable photo save the date by The Wedding Chicks

3) Wedmin ~ Start A Planning Folder

Wedding Admin is the fiddly pile of papers on which your beautiful wedding will be built! Treat it wisely; purchase a folder & dividers and get things in order. Key sections will be: RSVP list, dietary requirements, supplier quotes & contacts, signed agreements and expenditure to date. Not the glamorous side of things but you will be so thankful when you quickly need to get your hands on the order number for your killer heels!

4) Guest List ~ Take 1

Practice makes perfect, sit down early on with your partner (and possibly parents) and jot down your dream guest list ~ the crème de la crème, the must haves and the maybes. Your venue and budget may limit the number of guests you can invite; therefore you might need to revise your guest list – bartering and bribery may come in handy here!

5) Be Inspired

Your wedding is the perfect opportunity for you to conjure up a day that truly reflects you both – classic, contemporary or eclectic, the list is endless! Gain inspiration from wedding blogs (including the fabulous Bridal Musings!) and by signing up for their e-newsletters and following them on Facebook or Twitter, you will have a constant supply of creativity, unique ideas and general bridal loveliness. Like to get hands on? Start a folder to hold fabric samples, gorgeous images torn from magazines, notes and much more.

Happy planning!

Photo by Max Wagner

Thanks so much to Jenna for sharing her invaluable advice!

Lucky Sixpence Events Co is based in the Uk covering London, the Cotswolds, the Home Counties {and beyond}. Jenna can be on hand to coordinate every element of your wedding day, from amazing venues to creative design, and everything in between. She also offers a fantastic service to help you get started with your wedding planning. The Getting Started service includes a 2 hour consultation, budget advice, a wedding action plan and much more.