Are you newly engaged and don't know where to begin? Whether your wedding is six months or two years away, two of our Wedding Co-ordinators, Louise Ellin at Oulton Hall in Leeds and Nina Rodriguez at The Midland in Manchester, have some insider 'top tips' to help when planning and creating the big day of your dreams.

Planning process

1) At the start of planning, write a list of everything that is important to you both about the big day. Once you have set your budget you can re-visit this list and prioritise what you actually need - this will help you narrow down on your ideas and stick to your budget

2) As soon as the venue and ceremony are booked, the first two things on your "Wedding To Do List" are:

a) Your dress search; some dresses have a minimum order time, but have a good shop around and try on as much as you need to

b) A photographer; good ones get booked up early so do your research and meet them first. You have to be able to get on with them; they are coming to your wedding after all

3) Listen to recommendations, they are free, but also do your own research into them too.  Most importantly, don't be swayed by other influences; stick to what you want

4) If you can do or make anything yourself, you will save money: stationary, place-cards, favours, making your own wedding cake even, but make sure you have the time in your life to do this. If not, don't attempt it; find a supplier.

5) Make a diary of your activities over the months prior to the Wedding, aiming to have everything finalised four weeks prior, so you can feel relaxed before the big day, this will be your "Wedding To Do list"....... & you need to try & stick to it!

6) Learn to let go a little, a lot of brides can get themselves worked up over table plans and favours when the most things people remember are the dress, the food and the music

For the big the day

1) Choose your venue and where you are having your ceremony together, so the dates and times all balance. If its a church check what time you can marry on that date, and make sure this fits in with your plans for the rest of the day

2) Create a running order - put together a minute-by-minute rundown of all the different acts and distribute it to every supplier two weeks in advance. Be sure to include contact information for everyone you'll be working with so you have it all in one place.

3) 5) Have a back-up plan in case the weather turns bad for your photos, transportation etc.

4) Get the Bridesmaids, Best Men & Ushers involved in helping: they are there to support you, not just look pretty on the day.

5) Never tell anyone in advance where they are sitting at the wedding breakfast; let them find out on the day, if they ask, tell them you haven't look at it yet. In fact don't tell too many people your wedding ideas either, let that also be a surprise on the day

6) Speeches need to be kept tidy. Each person doing a speech shouldn't be less than two minutes, but equally no more than around 10 minutes per person, otherwise your guests will lose interest.

7) If you are thinking of booking a live band, ask if they can do the music, before, in-between & after their sets, otherwise you will have to find a DJ and you will incur more cost

8) Break in your shoes before the big day!

9) Most important out of every bit of organising, choosing, discussing and putting it all together............... "Enjoy your day, its going to be amazing!"

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