The Must-Have Guide for ANY Bride!

Wedding planning – guaranteed to be one of the most exciting, stressful and unforgettable experiences of your life. If you have absolutely no idea where to start, don’t fret! The team at Save the Date Magazine are going to be here with you every step of the way to guide you through the planning process, offering inspiration, expert advice and plenty of wedding prettiness. We’ve put together a mini wedding planning guide to help get you started on your journey, so welcome to the lovely world of weddings…

Save the Date & Set the Budget

The most important thing you can do is set a rough date – whether you want to tie the knot in a few months or a couple of years. Once you’ve got a date in mind, you can book your venue and sort out your photographer. These are the two suppliers that will get booked up well in advance, so be quick before your wedding date gets snapped up. You’ll find oodles of talented, creative suppliers and awe-inspiring venues on our Cream of the Crop Wedding Directory.

You need to set your budget straightaway – this is probably the most stressful part of wedding planning so get on that Excel Spreadsheet and get organised! You’ll avoid spending-disasters later on down the line and it’s a great way to keep things in order. We’ve written a blog post all about how you can set your budget, so grab a coffee and a notepad, and get reading!

Get To The #WEWAD!

When it comes to keeping within your budget, we always recommend that you both choose three aspects of your wedding day that are the most important. This could be the venue, catering and music – this way, you know where to allocate your budget and spending.

Make sure you come along to The Wedding Event With A Difference on Sunday 22nd September at the Roundhouse, Derby. Here, you’ll be spoilt with over 80 inspirational and stylish suppliers that will help you to create a swoon-worthy celebration. We’re talking prosecco parlours, catwalks, live music, food trucks and #weddinginspo galore. Visit to grab the details.

The Planning Essentials

Don’t forget to download our FREE Wedding Planning Printables. These handy checklists will help to make sure you stay organised throughout the planning process – no matter how far away your big day is!

We’re sure you’ve already got a wedding board on Pinterest that is bursting at the seams with hairstyle ideas, make-up looks and more. You’ll also find tonnes of ridiculously gorgeous inspiration on our real weddings blog with our Save the Date Brides and Grooms. Whether you want a festival wedding or classic black-tie affair, we promise you’ll find a wedding to inspire you!


Wedding planning is time-consuming, tiring and can often be overwhelming. Make sure you have one wedding-planning free day once a month where you put everything to one side and remember why you said ‘YES!’.

If your mother-in-law wants a three-course breakfast but your dad likes the idea of the BBQ, thank them for their suggestions but stay to yourself and what you both want for your wedding day. You’re marrying the love of your life and that’s the most important thing, not the colour of the chair covers!


When it comes to bridal trends for 2019, it is impossible to ignore the Meghan Markle effect! We are expecting to see tiaras, capes, chic gowns with simple silhouettes and plunging necklines.


We can’t wait to be a part of your wedding planning journey!


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