You’re floating around on cloud nine, flashing your engagement ring at anyone who'll look, but with every ‘congratulations’ comes a series of questions about the big day. Have you set a date? Where will it be? Am I invited? Soon the celebration may seem more like an interrogation. 

What's next?

What's next?

You might have had a vision of your big day in your head since you were a child, but it’s so difficult to know where to start achieving this. When it comes to planning a wedding, you can feel out of your depth because unless you’re a professional event organiser, it’s not something you do regularly. There is so much to plan and so much pressure to make things perfect, the whole task can easily become overwhelming.

The event organisers at Rivenhall Oaks Pavilion, know how a bride’s elation can quickly turn to panic if they don’t know where to start the planning process. Here are their tips on the best way to start organising your perfect day.


Although it’s fun to let your imagination run away with you, dreaming of a grand wedding with a big dress and a long guest list can be unrealistic. Before you even start thinking about specific elements of the day, you need to consider how much you and your partner are willing to spend or how much you’re able to spend. This figure will influence a lot of the decisions you make and you don’t want the added stress of financial concerns dampening this happy time.

It’s a date

Consider whether or not you and your partner want a long engagement and also how much time it will realistically take you to obtain your budget. Of course, you’re not going to be able to pin point an exact date, but perhaps think about a season or month; is your vision a summer beach wedding or a winter fairy-tale? Once this is in place you can start to make a planning timetable of more specific time frames you need things to be organised by.

Be our guest

Some brides want a huge celebration, with everyone they’ve ever known invited, whilst others want a smaller, intimate wedding with close family and friends. When you get engaged it’s very easy to get carried away and promise an invite to everyone you speak to. This number will soon add up, so you need to draft a provisional guest list and stick to it.

Reserve your venue

Venues often get booked up years in advance for certain dates, especially in the summer seasons, so this needs to be done as soon as you set a provisional date. It is an essential part of your day and nothing else can be booked until you have your venue in place. However, it can also be one of the more stressful tasks as it needs to be available, in budget and have enough space to facilitate your guest list. Most wedding venues are extremely helpful with this process. For example, at Rivenhall Oaks Pavilion in Essex, we try and accommodate every bride’s needs, no request is too big or too small.

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