Leicester Wedding Planning – Where To Start

Are you newly engaged and getting excited to make your Leicester wedding plans? A wedding is such a big thing to organise (even a small wedding) – where on earth should you start?

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Honestly, if you’re one of the first of your friends to get married, it can be more than a little overwhelming. There is so much to think about, the practicalities and your budget… a quick google search will find you plenty of helpful checklists for both. That way you can make sure there’s nothing you’ve totally neglected to think about. Even if you choose not to think about it again!

But what about the inspiration for themes, colours, styles and all the little details (my favourites to photograph!). There is an absolute wealth of ideas out there and I strongly recommend starting with a magazine or two (or just grab every single option on the shelf!), Instagram and Pinterest. It will become clear very quickly what you DON’T like. And that in turn, will make it easier to get a sense for what you DO like and how you’d like your day to look. Before your heart is totally set on a theme, get the other half on board – although the common male response is “whatever you want”, so it should be easy enough!

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If you’re happier looking online than buying a magazine, then there are some ace wedding blogs around. Personally, I like to leave my magazine lying around as I think it makes me look cultured! Blogs are also full of helpful stuff but another perfect place to find inspiration. Try The English Wedding Blog, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, Rock My Wedding, Boho Weddings and Mr and Mrs Unique.

Leicester Wedding Fairs

Now you’ve got an idea, and maybe a venue or two in mind, it’s time to visit some wedding fairs. Yes ladies, you may find you’re on this part of the journey alone. It can be great girl bonding time with your mum or bridesmaids if the fella doesn’t want to come. You may also be worried about getting a hard sell from some of the businesses. But honestly, most of us know that these days the wedding fair visit is all about gathering inspiration. Not booking things on the spot. For me personally, anyone who tries to sell me anything that I haven’t shown an interest in gets a short, sharp response.

Leicestershire has a wealth of great wedding fairs around the county. Some big, some small, some general and some very specifically themed. I keep a close eye on what’s coming up and like to share some of the best events (in my humble opinion) with my email subscribers. To find out about upcoming wedding fairs you can subscribe for my monthly email here. There will be some other useful wedding planning tips on there too.

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What do YOU want to learn more about?

Here at Rose Tinted Photos, I do a live broadcast every Friday (on my facebook page) to help you planning your dream day. This year I am teaming up with some other fabulous Leicester wedding businesses, to bring you everything you need to learn to make your wedding unique to you.

I have a few things in the pipeline, but I really need to know what YOU want to learn about. Do you have questions about how photography can be incorporated into your day without taking over? Do you want to learn how to make your own bunting? Does your fella need help tying his tie? No question is too silly and I will do my very best to find a helpful response to every question I receive. Drop your questions below, contact me via email/text or get in touch via my facebook page, then you can ‘like’ it, ready to watch the video with your solutions!!

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So now you know where to look for inspiration. But if you still like the idea of a little checklist to get you started on your wedding planning journey – consider this a little gift from me!

  • Approximate Guest List
  • Set a budget
  • Leicester wedding venue
  • Date
  • Civil/religious ceremony – book your church/registrar/celebrant
  • Legalities – announcing your intention to wed
  • Theme
  • Bridal party – best man and bridesmaids, etc.
  • Entertainment – musicians, magicians
  • Photography/videography
  • Dining – outside catering required?, buffet, BBQ, sweet cart and extras
  • Cake
  • Bouquets and buttonholes or alternative
  • Outfits – dress, suits, bridesmaids, jewellery, shoes
  • Hair and make-up
  • Rings
  • Vows
  • Readings/poems
  • Venue decoration – table centrepieces, chair covers, dancefloor
  • Invitations, save the dates, thank yous
  • Favours
  • Table plan – plan it, make a physical table plan and place names
  • Playlist
  • Transport
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding night hotel/hotels for guests
  • Gift list or charitable alternative
  • Speeches
  • Small accessories – Guest book, card box, comfy shoes for guests.
  • Gifts for parents, bridesmaids, best men, other helpers – and maybe a wedding day gift for each otherbouquet on piano