Christmas is the perfect time of year for grand gestures. So if you've just said 'Yes' to a proposal from your very own Prince Charming or discovered that one of those presents twinkling under the tree was actually a sparkling diamond ring, then huge congratulations from all of us at WED2B!
Now the fun starts...
In the whirlwind of emotions and festive cheer it can be hard to know where to begin after the proposal, so we're here to help. Here are five fun ‘wedmin’ tasks to enjoy right now and five that can wait until after the decorations come down…
5 TO DO… right now!
1. Throw a party!
Well, it is the party season! Plus it's a great way to spread the news that there was a proposal and you said, 'Yes'. Anything from a casual get-together at home to a big bash somewhere special – this is the perfect excuse to celebrate with all your favourite people!
2. Get Pinning and buy a planner
Remember scrapbooking when you were little? This is the grown-up version! Take advantage of any time off work over the holidays and fill a notebook full of all your wedding dreams, including dresses, colours and anything that inspires you. Pinterest is the perfect tool for saving your ideas too. Why not take a look at our WED2B Pinterest boards for more inspo?
3. Make a rough guest list and start venue hunting
Get comfy with a cuppa and make a list of everyone you’d like to invite, with a ‘must have’ column of close family and friends and a ‘maybe’ column of all the rest. Then you can kick off your venue hunt, knowing whether you need a marquee for 500 or a manor house for 50! Start browsing online and make appointments to visit your favourites in the New Year.
4. Choose your Bridal Squad
Pick your bridesmaids early, then your besties can join you for fun things like dress shopping. Check out our gorgeous bridesmaids' collection too. These super-affordable dresses mean you can have a few more of your favourite girls by your side!
5. Find your dream dress...
It’s never too soon after the proposal to start looking for your dress – and all the fun accessories to go with it! At WED2B you don’t need an appointment so you can drop in whenever you like. And when you find ‘The One’ you can take it home the same day! Click here for your nearest store and its Christmas opening times.
5 TO SAVE... for later
1. Book the venue
As soon as you've found your dream location - book it! Some popular venues will get booked up a year or more in advance so make sure this is the first thing on your wedmin list for the New Year.
2. Send save the dates
Once you've fixed a date spread the word in your own style as soon as you can, by post, by email or on social media. Then you only need to send official invites two to three months before the big day.
3. Research suppliers
If you’ve found your venue then it's time to enjoy tasting your menu, sampling cake and visiting florists. Make a list of everything you need and don't forget to ask talented family and friends for favours!
4. Honeymoon heaven
This is a once in a lifetime holiday and your chance to visit the destination of your dreams. Set up a honey-fund to make sure it's extra special. If you’re changing your name, did you know that you can apply for your new passport up to three months before the ceremony?
5. Sort your gift list
Five months before W-Day get on to the gift list. Go traditional and choose your favourite store for things you've always wanted or ask guests to give to a charity or towards your honeymoon fund.
Start looking for your dream dress today on our Facebook and Twitter pages or find your nearest WED2B here.