Planning your wedding – where to start

From glossy magazines to newsy blogs, we help you find the inspiration to start organising your special day

Congratulations - you’re getting married! While you might have an abundance of exciting ideas in your head, turning them in to reality isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Help is at hand both online and on paper so, let’s get started.

1. To the ‘glossys’

There’s something lovely about a magazine and this is your opportunity to buy all those beautiful wedding titles you’ve spotted on the shelves at the supermarket. They are a great introduction to the world of weddings, often featuring a handy wedding planner with useful timeline. When it comes to fashion, you’ll be able to see different dress styles and get an idea of the designers you like. Magazines also feature real weddings so you can take a peek at other people’s special day and perhaps pinch a few ideas for yourself. While you might not find a venue in your chosen location by flicking through a magazine, you will get an idea of different styles, from historic stately homes to contemporary hotels. And, of course, you’ll be able to see plenty of pretty details from cakes and flowers to favours and table design. Finally, a wedding magazine will often end with some beautiful honeymoon suggestions – perfect to leave lying around to give your fiancé a few hints!
 

Planning your wedding - where to start | CHWV

2. Keeping it local

While national magazines will fill you with wonderful ideas, look out for regional magazines too. They can be extremely useful when it comes to discovering local suppliers and finding out about local events, from fashion shows to bridal exhibitions.

3. The magazine online

With magazines giving you a perfect start to your planning, websites can be a little more specific and up to date. If you’ve found a magazine you love, visit them online. All the larger bridal mags have an online presence which will enable you to delve further in to the world of weddings, whether you’re looking for more dress inspiration or the latest cake trends. Websites also give you up to date news so you can find out about wedding exhibitions and be inspired by current fashion collections and celebrity wedding. Finally, many magazine websites offer planning tools which can be super helpful – anything from budget calculators to table planners and to-do-lists.

4. Other useful sites

If you’ve found a supplier you like the look of, checking out their website is the next step before making an appointment to see them. Photographers should feature online galleries, as will cake designers and many florists. Dress designers will often show their entire collections and venues will give you more information on their wedding offering, sometimes giving you the opportunity to download a brochure.
 

Planning your wedding - where to start | CHWV

Planning your wedding - where to start | CHWV
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Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are other invaluable websites for brides-to-be. On Twitter you can follow your chosen suppliers and also join in wedding-related chat at #weddinghour. Pinterest and Instagram give you the opportunity to follow suppliers you admire who will inundate you with beautiful, inspirational images. You can also create your own mood boards and share them with your bridesmaids.

5. Bridal bloggers

There are plenty of bridal blogs offering you even more insider info, inspiration and current news online. The key is to find a blogger (or bloggers!) whose style of writing and opinions you admire. These super-keen bridal gurus will then scour the world of weddings for you, bringing you an abundance of up to date news and stylish ideas, often on a daily basis.

6. All about the App

Finally, of course, we mustn’t forget those handy apps that will be with you wherever you go! Any websites you have discovered may have apps, and there are plenty of other useful planning apps – allowing you to create mood boards, save your favourite images, set up mini websites and even search for wedding hairstyles. Happy Planning!
 

Planning your wedding - where to start | CHWV

 

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