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Easy as one, two, three

We asked wedding planner Mel Revell-Leaman of Your Story Events what advice she'd give to a newly engaged couple wanting to know where to begin the planning process. Read on to find out what she had to say...

Newlyweds leave their venue in a shower of confetti Credit: Yeti Photography"Firstly, congratulations! Here are my top tips for getting started on your planning – do take your time and enjoy it.

"Step one – talk to your partner. Have an in-depth conversation about what you both would and wouldn’t like from ceremony type and venue style to the time of year and a rough guest list.

"Step two – research costs and put together an approximate budget. Speak to some venues you like and a couple of caterers and florists. There’s no need for full quotes yet, just ask for a guide to costs to give you a rough idea. It’s important that you bear these in mind so you don’t overspend on a venue and have nothing left for the rest.

"Step three – book your venue. See a few options or visit venue open days, so you can compare before committing to one. Be aware that many do get booked up well in advance. Once it’s booked you can send save-the-dates.

"Step four – book additional suppliers. Start with catering and beverages, as this is likely to represent a high proportion of your budget. Once the more costly items are booked, you can then look at confirming all other elements, such as the photographer, floristry and entertainment.

"This can all be a dauting process, so if you want help and advice why not enlist the services of a professional wedding planner?"

Check out www.yourstoryevents.co.uk

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