What could be more fitting than getting engaged on the most romantic day of the year? Lots of couples will have taken their relationship to the next level this Valentines and now are plunged into the chaos of wedding planning. As a wedding photographer, Shane has worked with hundreds of happy couples as they plan their big days in Manchester and across the North West – and he has picked up some great tips along the way.

What next?

The romantic proposal is all over and you have been busy telling your loved ones the happy news – but what next? It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment when it comes to planning your big day and pick the first thing you see, whether that be venue, dress or your bridesmaids. Take the opportunity to have a breather and think about what it is that you and your partner want. There’s no need to rush – unless you want to of course!

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Take inspiration from social media

One of the best things about wedding planning is scouring social media for ideas. We absolutely love Pinterest and would recommend setting up multiple boards to collate ideas on different elements of your wedding. This is a great way to focus your mind and help you decide what it is you want on the day. Take a look at our boards for some ideas.

Instagram is also amazing and packed with stunning images of everything from wedding cakes to beautiful venues – we love luxury wedding planner Helen Erikisen’s beautifully curated images.

Also make sure to follow your wedding suppliers on their social channels. We share lots of beautiful images from weddings we have shot on Instagram.


It’s really important when planning your big day to do your research, particularly if you have your heart set on something in particular. The best suppliers book up 1 to 2 years in advance. Getting an idea of who you want to use early on will save  you being disappointed later on.

By making the time to contact suppliers, visit wedding fairs and understand how much of your budget you should be allocating where, you will be able to ensure that your big day is perfect.

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Preparation is key

We all know how stressful wedding planning can be, so being organised is essential. We recommend getting organised. A wedding journal is a great way to note of everything from your suppliers to your guest list will really help keep stress to a minimum and make sure you can focus on the most important part – getting married. If organisation isn’t your strong suit or you are very time short a planner is a great investment.

Don’t forget to have fun

This is one of the easiest things to forget – you get swept up in mountains of wedding admin and lose sight of the excitement in the run up to the big day. It will be a day you will remember forever, so enjoy the build up too.

Like what you see?

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading the blog and picked up some helpful tips on what to do after getting engaged. If you’d like to find out a bit more about our style of wedding photography, we’d love to hear from you.

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