Congratulations if you’re newly engaged and you’re now the proud owner of a gorgeous, sparkling ring on your finger, and welcome to the wonderful world of weddings – you’re in for an absolute treat.

You're Engaged! The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

The romantic blur of being engaged is guaranteed to be one of the most exciting and memorable times of your lives, and it can even seem a little overwhelming and daunting, right? So, before you dive heard first into planning your dream wedding day, we’ve created our ultimate pre-wedding planning checklist for couples who have bagged the bling. This handy guide will tell you everything you need to know before you start wedding planning, so let’s get stuck in…

You're Engaged! The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

There is no better feeling than telling your friends and family that you’re engaged and there are so many fun ways to announce it to everyone. However you may choose to deliver the news, take any excuse to dazzle everyone with your diamond and show off how in love you are.

You're Engaged! The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Soak up the moment and take the time to actually enjoy being engaged. While understandably, you may want to get planning straight away, don’t make any hasty decisions or start booking things just yet. Consider exactly what you want from your wedding day as a couple before you even start thinking about contacting any suppliers, there’s no rush!

You're Engaged! The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

It’s time to prioritise. Sit down with your wife or hubby-to-be, open a bottle of champagne and have a good old chat about what you envision for your special day. It’s important that you both know exactly what you both want for your wedding and whether you share the same vision. Discuss what’s important and what you could probably live without. Once you’ve got a clearer idea in your minds, it’ll be easier to kick-start the planning process.

You're Engaged! The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Setting your budget can be one of the most stressful aspects of wedding planning, but also one of the most important. Once you’ve got a figure in mind, you can allocate your budget according to your priorities. We suggest creating a useful and detailed spreadsheet so that you can keep track of everything.

You're Engaged! The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Let’s talk about the guest list – another huge task that often takes up a lot of time. But again, it’s important to have a rough idea of who will be celebrating with you before you can start booking your suppliers and in particular, your venue. The number of people attending your big day will have an effect on a number of big decisions, and many suppliers will often ask how many guests you’re going to be having before they can give you estimated quotes etc.

You're Engaged! The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

While we’re on the topic of wedding guests, you’ll also need to think about who’s going to be a part of your bridal party. Chances are, you will already know who you’re going to pick to be a part of your celebrations, but take the time to think about how you’re going to ask and the responsibilities you’ll be giving each member. Being part of the bridal party is a huge honour, so make sure you ask everyone in an incredibly special way. We can seat up to 90 in the Ballroom for dinner and then 130 in the house.

You're Engaged! The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Choosing your wedding venue is one of the first things you should be ticking off your checklist. It means you can set the date, begin to research local suppliers and start imagining the day of your dreams. Your wedding venue allows for so many other decisions to be made, so if you’re looking for a country house wedding venue in Devon, please do get in touch with Pynes House.

You're Engaged! The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

And finally, enjoy every second of being engaged and the wedding planning journey, it’s going to be a wonderful experience. Image Credits: Image 1 by WOOKIE Photography / Image 2 by WOOKIE Photography / Image 3 by Miss Gen Photography / Image 4 by Amy Sampson Photography / Image 5 by Helen Lisk Photography / Image 6 by Amy Sampson Photography / Image 7 by Taylor & Porter Photography / Image 8 by Jay Rowden Photography / Image 9 by Miss Gen Photography / Image 10 by WOOKIE Photography

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