As you know Nick proposed in Rome back in February but back at home I was definitely in a state of "what do I do now?" and had no clue what I was meant to do first.. After reading and watching blogs and vlogs from Fleur De Force's bridal channel; BrideDeForce, as well as Corrie from Dizzy Brunette, I got an idea of the main things we needed to do before we could even start thinking about planning...
Set up Pintrest:
I'm OBSESSED! I have pinned so much I have so many ideas that I just won't be able to use all of them. It's brilliant for ideas when you're on a budget and want to make your own items and do a bit of DIY. It's a great place to have all your ideas together - my Maid of Honour has also made a board for my wedding too.. that's why she's the best!
Decide on Bridesmaids/Best Men
This was hard and easy for me - easy in the way I had a rough idea of a couple who I definitely knew I'd have by my side but I didn't feel it was enough. After losing my Sister who is the one person I should be having, I wanted someone who had been with my at every main stage of my life, who'd changed my life. So I have 3 of my best school friends, 1 work friend turned best friend and Zumba partner, and a "Shrewsbury Bridesmaid" so I have someone to go to events here with who I've grown close to since being here.
Decide on a rough budget
This was actually one of the last things we did out of everything and it was only because I saw a venue which I fell in love with but was a little more expensive than we wanted so we eventually sat down and used a website (www.weddingsite.co.uk) which we signed up to as it has a full payment section where you can put an approximate budget on everything from venues and dresses, to flowers, cake and honeymoon!
Sign up to loads of Wedding Fayre's on Facebook Events
Since I started liking Wedding pages on Facebook, events kept popping up so I tried to sign up to as many as possible even if I didn't know if I could attend purely so I had them in my diary and then nearer the time see where I was and see if I could go along for ideas. I've been to quite a few around Shropshire as it's easier to go here to get some ideas and inspiration.
Book an Engagement party
We debated an engagement party as a few people said "oh that's not what you do anymore" but we didn't want our families to meet each other on the day as my Mum is the only person to have met Nick's parents and we wanted our families to meet each other as soon as possible. It is nothing fancy and we're not spending absolutely loads of money but it'll be nice for everyone to get together to celebrate :)
After spending the first couple of weeks of feeling like a rabbit in headlights when everyone kept asking what I wanted/what I planned/what kind of venue-dress-wedding I wanted, the above definitely helped give me a few ideas and helped me settle in to Engaged life and wedding planning.
I'll keep updates on here about wedding plans and also a post on a lot of DIY-ing I've been doing for the Engagement Party after the event (as I want to keep it a surprise for anyone who's coming). If you blog about wedding plans, pelisse get in contact so I can read your blog and get some tips and ideas :)