Last Updated on 19th March 2018

Congratulations! You’ve found the perfect man and now you’re getting married! You’re probably thinking ‘what now’? The next steps may lead to some of the most stressful months of your life. Planning a wedding can be incredibly hard on a couple especially if you don’t agree on certain aspects of the big day. However, if you follow this 16-month guide to planning the perfect wedding then you have nothing to worry about.

First things first, before you set a date or start looking at venues make sure you have decided on a budget. The budget is possibly one of the most important parts of planning a wedding! Make sure you have a clearly defined budget, as this will help you plan out each step. You can manage your finances using a simple excel sheet as this will help you keep track of your budget.

Aside from the fewer fun tasks like defining your budget, there are other fun tasks to do before your wedding, which you can look forward to. Picking out a venue should be your next step. The venue is important, as it’s where the wedding reception will be held. You can even have your ceremony in some venues too! Having your ceremony and reception in one venue is ultra helpful as there isn’t much need to keep moving around and leaves your day stress free! If you want to host your reception in a marquee then you need to find out if the venue you have selected allows marquees to be pitched on site. There are many great companies, which offer marquee hire in Essex if you choose to get married in the beautiful Essex countryside. Alternatively have your big day at a golf ranch, there are great golf course wedding venues near me including the Avery Ranch Golf Club which offers incredible views. Following the success of securing your venue you will have many other fun tasks like going cake tasting! Who doesn’t love a bit of free cake?

There are many checks to tick off your to do list before you get to this stage of wedding planning but it goes without saying that choosing the right dress is one of the most important, if not the most important part of the wedding. Make sure you choose your dress nice and early. Hit all the local bridal boutiques as well as some larger more expensive bridal shops to find the perfect dress. If you find the ‘one’ but it doesn’t fit you do not fret as you can have the dress altered to fit you! This is why it is recommended that you choose your dress early on. If you need anything changing it gives you enough time to get all that done before your big day!

Getting married is one of the most exciting times in couple’s lives. Make your day as stress-free as possible by following these simple steps leading up to your big day. This month-by-month guide will help you to keep organised and ensure you have the best day possible.

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