The Best Parts of Starting the Wedding Planning Journey

July 14, 2019
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I’ve been engaged for just over a year now, which sounds like a really long time but honestly, I still can’t quite believe it. We will be getting married next October so we’ve still got quite a while and a lot to do! Wedding planning can definitely be stressful, I’ve already cried more times than I can count and we’ve barely started haha. But it’s also so much fun! Here are some of the best parts of starting the wedding planning journey.

Bridal Magazines

As soon as I was back in the UK after we got engaged I went straight to our local supermarket and picked up a bunch of wedding magazines. With the ring officially on my finger, I no longer had to just surreptitiously glance at the wedding magazines. I could actually pick up an armful and take them all to the checkouts! They’re really fun to flick through and get some good ideas and inspiration.


Before I was engaged I would spend hours browsing Pinterest for makeup and nail ideas. Now it’s just full of wedding planning tips, dresses, colour schemes and autumn themes! I love adding things to my wedding board and it was actually very useful when it came to booking our wedding photographer discovering what style of photography I like.


Etsy is absolutely amazing for getting wedding bits and I am constantly browsing it. I got my Save the Date cards and bridesmaids cards from Etsy and I was so happy with them and the service. Not only are you supporting small businesses on Etsy but you’re also getting something totally unique for your wedding which makes it all the more special.

Save the Dates - wedding planning journey

Choosing the Date

In the next few days after Jaz proposed all we could talk about was the date of our wedding. It was a lot harder than we thought it would be. Out of all the 365 days of the year which one could be the perfect day for our wedding? We were both glued to the calendars on our phones, throwing out random dates at each other. We knew we wanted an autumn wedding and when we saw Halloween fell on a Saturday in 2020 that was it!

Browsing/viewing venues

Your wedding venue is probably one of the most important factors and browsing/viewing them was so much fun. Seeing these beautiful places in person really makes the whole thing seem real. We only viewed two venues as I completely fell in love with the first one we saw. Browsing, choosing, viewing and booking your venue is honestly such a magical experience!

Hedingham Castle Wedding Venue

Looking at wedding dresses

While I am absolutely dreading actually trying on wedding dresses I still love looking at them. Admiring pretty dresses in windows, scrolling through pages on Instagram and Pinterest and binge-watching Say Yes to the Dress, are now some of my favourite pastimes.

Buying a Wedding Planner

Before getting engaged I would go into any stationery shop and stare longingly at the beautiful wedding planners. A couple of times I almost bought one, just to be prepared. Instead, for Christmas, my aunt and uncle bought me a pretty, pale blue planner with a little notebook to go with it. I’ve been using this wedding planner as more of a scrapbook to look back on in years to come. Adding in notes, dates, pictures, our Save the Dates and other bits to remember the whole process by!

Wedding Planner - wedding planning journey

Checking out Honeymoon destinations

The fact that we don’t have our flowers, cake or music sorted yet isn’t stopping us from constantly looking at 5-star resorts and dreaming of a two-week honeymoon to a fabulous, tropical paradise. I think after all the wedding planning stress a relaxing beach/island holiday is well deserved!

Cleaning the Ring

Okay, this one doesn’t sound very exciting but I really enjoy cleaning my engagement ring every now and then. It’s one of those things you don’t even realise is getting dull until you clean it and it sparkles like it’s brand new again! All you need to do is take an old toothbrush, dip it in some water with a bit of washing up liquid in and gently scrub it. Make sure you scrub every part thoroughly, then gently rinse it off and admire your blindingly beautiful ring!

Engagement Ring - wedding planning journey

I hope you all enjoyed this post! If you’re newly engaged or in the middle of your wedding planning journey let me know what best parts have been for you so far. While you’re here don’t forget to subscribe to my blog. You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too. Thanks for reading!


  • Chanelle

    July 15, 2019 at 8:39 am

    A Halloween wedding sounds fun! Your ring is absolutely beautiful too x

    1. Hollie

      July 15, 2019 at 10:22 am

      Yes! We’re very excited and have a few surprises planned haha. Thank you, I love it! ?

  • Courtney

    July 17, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Wedding planning can definitely be so much fun!! I LOVE that you are getting married in October and your venue is absolutely magical!! Pinterest was EVERYTHING for planning my wedding. I used to organize all the things lol, I really don’t know what I would have done without it!

    1. Hollie

      July 19, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      The fun parts definitely outweigh the stressful parts! Ah thank you, I knew the venue was perfect for us the moment I saw it ? Pinterest is definitely amazing but I feel like I have very unrealistic expectations because of it now too ?

      1. Courtney

        July 19, 2019 at 2:53 pm

        Lol yes Pinterest tends to do that!! XD

  • everythingevening

    July 19, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Wedding planning is so exciting, your venue looks gorgeous!

    1. Hollie

      July 21, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      It really is and thank you so much! I can’t wait to get married there ?

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