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5 Point Checklist for when your wedding is over a year away.

It's becoming more common for couples to choose a wedding date a couple of years in advance - Ours was 19 months in advance when we booked it. There are so many reasons for this - our schedules are busy, our bank accounts not full enough and it just gives you some extra to work out logistics. But if you're like me (or maybe I should say us...), you might be struggling to get to grips with what you need to get done now, or what can wait. I've put together a checklist to help you along in this weird limbo.

1. ENJOY IT The first thing you need to do when you first get engaged is ENJOY being engaged. Enjoy the fact that you can now look at those wedding dresses without getting sighs off the other half, or you can promote each other to Fiancee instead of boyfriend/girlfriend (though honestly, we are still struggling with that one.. it sounds so posh!). Just simply take some time to take it in before you start getting stressed about anything.

Just engaged - Wet through but happy!

2. Set Your Date

Setting a date was the first thing that we wanted to do when we got engaged. We wanted to do it so that I could set aside time in my wedding cake diary where I didn't want to take on any work so that I could concentrate on visiting family, honeymoon (plus making my own wedding cake), and also so I could give family who were travelling, plenty of notice to sort out their diaries too.

3. Choose Your Venue From what I have heard from my previous couples, choosing a venue can go one of two ways. You love the first venue you see and either don't look at anything else/ you go around other venues comparing them to the first one OR you spend a few months looking at every venue within a 2 hour radius.

4. Choose your Bridal Party

You don't have to do this, but I wanted ask so that I could chat about all things wedding without feeling awkward that I hadn't said anything about who would be bridesmaids/groomsmen etc. It's such a happy thing to do and makes it all feel a little bit more real. I made Bridesmaid Proposal packs which were lots of fun.

DIY Bridesmaid Proposal
Bridesmaid Proposal DIY - Earrings (Claires), 'Wedding Day' Candle (Home Bargains), 'Bridesmaid' Pouch (Home Bargains), Mini Champagne.

5. Book Photographer/Videographer

The biggest supplier I think you need to consider booking soon is your photographer (and videographer if you're having one). They book up sooo quickly and if you miss out on someone you love, you will be gutted. Photographers all have their own unique style and it's important you choose someone who fits you as a couple.

At the end of the day, whatever you don't get done can be done later, so don't worry about it too much. But if you want to do something towards the wedding, these 5 things are a great place to start. Good luck with your planning and I'm always available to talk all things wedding - bloody love weddings!

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