Devine Bride: Newly engaged? Start here!

Blogger and wedding professional Laura Devine tells us her top tips for easing yourself into planning the wedding of your dreams!

 

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not the planning type! What works for someone else might not necessarily work for you; there are no set rules of how a wedding should be or should be planned. Spreadsheets are great, but if you don’t already use them in your day job they can often be more of a hindrance “ one wrong cell and you may as well not bother budgeting at all!

I’m a wedding planner, but I’ve been through the planning process myself as a bride, and as a bridesmaid three times, so I know the ups and downs and the stresses “ as well as a lot of the tricks.

Start with my first steps to easy wedding planning to help you on your way, no spreadsheets required!

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SET UP A SEPERATE WEDDING EMAIL ADDRESS

Do. This. First. Even before you set up any new Pinterest boards!

I thought I was pretty organised during my planning journey (naturally!), but some of my eager enquiry emails were sent from my own personal email in the beginning, when I was a little over excited about being engaged.

This led to a lot of wasted time further down the line trying to piece conversations and quotes together. To make matters worse, I also found a few quotes buried in my work emails after we got married!

Setting up a wedding email from the get-go just makes life a whole lot easier in the long run. Use (only) this email for anything wedding related, from your enquiries and contracts, to guest’s RSVPs.

Go that one step further and set up an email signature, and even an out of office message about your wedding/honeymoon dates “ this keeps everyone organised and will help suppliers sympathise should there be any late or missed payments nearer to the big day.

TOP TIP: Set it up on your partner’s phone for them! This helps your other half feel/be (delete as appropriate!) more involved.

Shared access and complete transparency is a must if you are planning a wedding to spend the rest of your lives together. If you are both working on separate areas (my husband sourced the music and the photographer, and I did everything else!) it also means you can both keep tabs on what’s going on, and makes keeping track of costs a lot easier.

Folders, flags and an organised ˜sent’ items are helpful too, but optional.

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HAVE WHATSAPP GROUPS FOR WEDDING CHAT

In a similar theory to a separate wedding email account, set up separate Whatsapp groups purely for wedding related matters.

The first chat should be with only your other half. It’s great as a reference tool, and it’s nice to have a little bit of separation between your wedding and your normal/love life! Nothing kills romance quicker than, ˜oh, did you remember to pay the caterer?!’.

Do the same with your chief bridesmaid. A bridesmaid and/or wedding party group is also super handy, but don’t get overwhelmed! This just helps even to send generic updates, so you don’t have to copy the whole thing again to your dad, then your ushers, then your niece who’s doing a reading, or if you’re running late or need a helping hand at some point.

 

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SUBSCRIBE TO FEEDLY

I always advise my brides to use blogs for their initial inspiration. It’s an easy and accessible way for instant inspo that’s constantly being updated and is constantly evolving (SWD is my fav, obviously!).

The major benefit over magazines is that there is such a variety of great content out there at your fingertips “ for free. However, with so many out there, this can also be, yet again, quite overwhelming.

Feedly is a free subscription service that lets you create your own news feed from all your favourite websites. It’s like your own personalised newspaper.

Described as, ˜A single place to easily read all the news you rely on to think, learn, and keep ahead.

Feedly lets you organize all your favourite publications, podcasts and YouTube channels into collections and receive updates when new stories and videos are published’.

You can use it for anything, but it works particularly well for wedding blogs. It means you can ditch the email alert blog subscriptions (doesn’t everyone long for a cleaner, less cluttered inbox?) and still never miss a post from all your favs “ just remember to add Devine Bride to your feed as well as SWD!

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BUY PRETTY PLANNING STATIONERY

You need to have the right tools in place to do a great job!

Make it exciting with some beauts stationery “ to make you want to make lists, make you want to fill up the pages, and help you get the job underway.

Hippenings and Kate Spade do great organisers and pretty stationery bits, apt for any level of wedding planning (these make great gifts too, so get some hints dropped in time for Valentine’s), but Wilko’s also do nice budget versions too that won’t break the bank to have a bit of fun with.

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MAKE IT FUN!

Make planning together fun; add some treats to the mix. This is a simple trick I learned as an Ops Manager in London when I was trying to get my management team in a room to talk about budgeting.

If you are in on a Friday night trying to nail the numbers with your other half, pick up some treats from M&S on the way home.

If you are negotiating writing your vows together, add a bottle of prosecco to celebrate. It helps, trust me!

Get your creative juices flowing with whatever works for you, but remember to make it fun.

 

That’s just for starters, but if you need any wedding planning help, or even just any pointers of where to start, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! You can find me over at www.devinebride.co.uk and on Instagram as @devinebride.  You can also say hello via laura@devinebride.co.uk “ I’d love to hear from you!

My consultations are free and I will be as involved as you want me to be through your planning process. I can plan your full wedding, style it, be your coordinator, or I can simply take on the odd jobs you don’t want to do or don’t have time to do.

Congrats on your engagement and here’s to an exciting 2018!

About the author, Laura Devine of Devine Bride

Laura is a wedding tasker and runs the multi award-winning wedding blog Devine Bride.

Laura offers pick and mix wedding planning, from stationery to styling, hire a bridesmaid to help on the day, and from wedding planning to wedding websites. Her honest and practical blog covers hen parties to honeymoons and everything in between.

Laura won Best Rising Star at the Wedding Blog Awards 2016, Wedding of the Year 2016 with Your London Wedding Magazine, and was highly commended in the Wedding and Events category at the UK Blog Awards 2017.

Laura is Glasgow born and bred but now splits her time between Scotland and London, where she lives, works and plays. She is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and the London College of Fashion.

In her words, “Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility, and ultimately, it’s all about making people happy “ and I love that.”

 

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