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Top 10 Things To Do When You Get Engaged By Hayley - 21.06.2017

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Wow congratulations! Now the fun begins, you can start planning your dream wedding day but please don't panic let us help you plan the perfect wedding. We have put together a list of the top 10 things you should be thinking about now and the ones that can wait.

So sit back with a nice cup of tea and lets start the list.....

Make A Date:

This is a really important one, you need to decide whether you would like to get married in the next 6 months or if you are happy to wait for the right venue or the right time. Are you dreaming of a warm, open air wedding or luxurious soiree at a country estate. All of these choices will dictate the date, so sit down with your partner asap to decide what your dream wedding will look like.

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Look After Your Ring:

Before you start flashing your sparkly new engagement ring at friends, family and work colleagues, make sure you have it insured. Call your home insurers to add your beautiful new ring to your policy.

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Be Inspired...Create A Wedding Moodboard:

You might have had your dream wedding designed in your head from a young age but if you don't then now is the time to decide. Once you've chosen the look it will be much easier to make other decisions along the line. Take some time to flick through magazines and start a Pinterest board with all your favourite looks.

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Think About The Guest List:

Before you start looking at venues and costs you'll need an idea of numbers. Start with a 'must have' list of close family and friends, then create a secondary 'maybe' list of distant relatives, school friends, work colleagues etc.

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Start Saving:

Once you have an idea in your head of the sort of wedding you would like, it is important to start saving for your special day. Work out what you can afford to spend and how much extra you might need to save for the day you want. Opening a wedding savings account can be a good idea and making a few small cut-backs if you can , will really help to save the pennies.

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Visit Venues:

Once you have a rough idea of your budget, guest numbers, style and time of year, you can start to look at venues. Take your time to research venues and arrange visits, a lot of bridal magazines have venue directories in the back that might help to inspire your shortlist.

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Save The Date:

This doesn't have to be a mind boggling art and craft project, with expensive calligraphy and brushed gold but if you are like me and you want to create a sparkling masterpiece to wow your friends and family then go right ahead. Alternatively if you are sticking to a strict budget a simple design will work perfectly. It is actually becoming more popular to send an email or to create a Facebook group message, this definitely is an efficient way of telling everyone. Whatever you decide on, the main aim is to let everyone know when you are getting married, sooner rather than later so no one misses out on your special day.

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Fitness Goals:

If you would like to tone up or lose a few pounds before your big day then it's best to start early, crash diets or last minute over exercising is never a good idea. Visit your local gym and discuss your goals with a professional.

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Wedding Supplier Research:

Some suppliers, particularly photographers will get booked up well in advance, so it is definitely worth doing your research early and booking your dream photographer in plenty of time. You may be able to get a head start on this when you visit venues, a lot of venues will have a list of their preferred suppliers so make sure you ask.

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Start A Skincare Regime:

If you'd like your skin to be in tip top condition it's worth getting into a good routine early as it will take a while for any changes to show results. It's a good idea to get some expert advice, many of the big skincare brands offer free consultations when you go into store. Also think about investing in a few targeted products to help with an specific problems. Brand experts will be able to advice you of what will work best for you and you maybe able to have a makeup consultation at the same time.... so win win!

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The most important thing to do when you get engaged is to enjoy it. Don't rush, don't panic, just take your time to think about what you want. Make of the most of this special time and enjoy every second of planning your special day.

The Next Step:

Once you have all these important things in place, the fun really does begin because you can start to think about your wedding dress! Start by looking through magazines, online and on Pinterest to get ideas of what style of dress you would like. A lot of brides already have an idea of what their dream wedding dress looks like but it's really fun to look at what styles are available. Creating a Pinterest board with all your favourite styles will be really helpful and then you can start booking appointments at bridal boutiques. Go to www.romanticaofdevon.co.uk/stockists to find a Romantica Collections stockist near you.

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