So we adore all the pretty things about weddings, the florals, the dresses, the decorations; the list goes on, (and on!).

And while our aim is always to inspire you, our lovely readers, it’s also really important to us to deliver practical, helpful, and reliable advice too.

Getting married is awesome (really awesome!) so the last thing we want is your day, and the months before it, to be marred with budget stress, planning anxieties, and endless doubts on whether or not you’re making the right decisions on certain aspects of your day.

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Photo by Chaz Cruz via Bridal Musings

So, with that in mind, we’ve spent lots of time this year putting together planning posts to help you every step of way.

From choosing your engagement ring to making your guest list, and what to do first when you get engaged, to what to do after your wedding with your photographs, we’ve got you covered.

With a mix of our own musings on the not-so-fun aspects of wedding planning, and experts’ wisdom on their tried and tested experience of throwing massive events, we’ve put together a few of our favourite, and most helpful planning posts from the last 12 months…

Enjoy!

1. What To Do With Your Wedding Pictures

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Photo by Trouvé via Bridal Musings

You spent months planning a wedding, weeks choosing a photographer, and hours on your wedding day posing for pictures. But then you go and leave those gorgeous photographs sitting on a flash drive in a drawer.

What a crying shame.

Make the most of your snaps and give them the attention they deserve, with our (rather popular) rundown of ideas for what to do with your wedding pictures.

2. Ultimate Guide to Proposing

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Photo by Peter & Veronika via Bridal Musings

Before you start planning your wedding, there’s a teeny, tiny, massively important question you’re going to have to pop first.

But planning a proposal can often be more daunting than organising your big day.

To take away any worries or questions you have on how to do it, and what ring to do it with, we’ve put all our question-popping posts in one handy place, with our Ultimate Guide to Proposing.

3. 10 Questions to Ask Your Rental Vendors

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Photo by Amy & Jordan Photography via Bridal Musings

It’s not something you’d often think of, but knowing the right questions to ask your vendors, can save you lots of money, and hassle, in the lead up to your wedding. Especially for items like chairs, tables, and decor that can quickly rack up.

Before you sign on the dotted line with your rental company, read these pro tips for the questions to ask to make the most of your wedding vendors.

4. What Not To Do When You Get Engaged

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Photo by Sarah Kathleen Photography via Bridal Musings

Getting engaged is such an exciting time, and it’s so important to take a moment to just, stop!

So many couples dive head first into wedding planning without taking time to just enjoy being engaged and thinking out what they really want from their wedding.

So, before you start setting dates and trying on dresses or suits, read our guide to 10 things NOT to do when you get engaged.

5. Ultimate Guide to Lighting

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Lighting, Vision One Bali, Photo by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions via Style Me Pretty

If there’s one thing that will instantly add ambiance, and transform your wedding venue, it’s the lights.

But if you don’t know your spots from your strings, don’t worry, we recruited some experts earlier this year, to share their wisdom with their ultimate guide to wedding lighting.

6. DIY Wedding Flowers

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Flowers, White Magnolia Designs, Photo by Michael & Carina Photography via Bridal Musings

Think you’re a dab hand at flower arranging or reckon doing your own wedding flowers will be a piece of cake? Think again!

DIY wedding flowers should only be embarked on by the creative, the unflappable, and the early risers. Still think you’ve got what it takes to be a florist for a day? Then our Dos and Don’t for DIY Wedding Flowers is a must-read!

7. How Much Does a Wedding Dress Cost?

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Dress by Rime Arodaky via Bridal Musings

Not one post, but three, this has to be one of our most-read features of the 2015. Our guide to how much a wedding dress costs.

From wedding dresses for $100, to gowns that cost the same as a downpayment on a sizeable home, we broke the rules, and shared the prices that never get published, behind some of the world’s most popular designers.

So whether you’re going to budget, or blow-out on your wedding dress, these posts make for essential (and interesting!) reading. 

8. Ultimate Guide to Wedding Music

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Photo by From SF With Love via Bridal Musings

One of our very favourite things to do here at Bridal Musings, is to make a corker of a wedding playlist. And this year, because we’re good like that, we put them all together in one handy post.

From getting ready with your mates to hitting the dancefloor with your beau, never underestimate the importance for your wedding music – read our ultimate guide for inspiration.

9. The One Tip to Save $1000s on your Wedding

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Photo by Sea Light Studios via Style Me Pretty

So this post was a controversial one, and it certainly won’t be for everyone, but there’s no denying, that cutting back on your guest list is the simplest way to knock zeros off your wedding bill, in one fell swoop.

We know it’s tough to do, but we’ve come up with some great tips for cutting your numbers, without tearing your hair out, or causing any arguments.

10. Your Wedding Planning Timeline

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Photo by KT Merry Photography via Style Me Pretty

So you know you need a dress, a suit, flowers, a DJ and a photographer, but what order should you book them in, and when’s the best time to do it?

We roped in the experts to share their best advice – and kindly create a terribly handy wedding planning timeline.

Definitely one to read if you’re a little overwhelmed with the all the tasks of wedding planning.

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Photo by Sarah Kathleen Photography via Bridal Musings

So many nifty tips in each and every one of those posts. And if we’ve helped you save one less vendor fee, or shed one less stress-induced tear, we’ve done our job as wedding bloggers!

For more awesome, practical tips and advice, visit our step-by-step planning guide. Oh and keep up with my planning diary as I get to grips with organising my own best day ever!

Check out the rest of our Best of Bridal Musings 2015 round-ups.