So you're newly-engaged and basking in a blissful bride-to-be bubble...
...Argubaly one of the things a B2B is most excited about when it comes to wedding planning is the dress. It's arguably one of - if not the - most important items of clothing you will ever wear in your whole life. Your whole life, ladies!
Here, the team at Spanish bridal label Jesus Peiro share their tip-top pointers for kickstarting your planning process in serious style: from the perfect ring selfie to beginning the search for that all-important gown. Read on, brides-to-be...
#1 Nail the look
Kickstart proceedings by treating yourself to a manicure (whether DIY or from a professional) that perfectly shows off the shimmer and colour of your engagement ring. Not really your thing? Make sure your nails are trimmed, smooth and buffed - basically so they'll look presentable in any photos you want to post.
#2 Selfie time
Once your mani is sorted it's time for a picture or two! Grab your partner and nail your just-engaged portrait - and don't forget to hold your engagement ring in shot for one of the pics. Now's also a great time to test the water with a personalised couple's hashtag which, in theory, could see you all the way through your wedding planning. Exciting!
#3 Dress it up!
The quiet lull between Christmas and New Year is a great time to start your research: for venues, photographers, florists... And that dress! Browse your favourite websites (why, hello there), treat yourself to a magazine or two and use social media to start building an idea of what you might want.
#4 Once you've found a designer you love...
Head online and find out where they're stocked - fingers crossed there'll be a boutique not too far from where you live where you can try on their designs. Exciting!
Before you go falling in love with a dress (or three...), set your budget. Knowing how much you have to spend will spare you financial headaches later on - and don't forget to factor in leaving some money aside for alterations, as well as accessories such as your shoes and a veil.
#6 Shopping time!
Decide in advance who you want in your bridal shopping squad: it's all about picking the right people. Too many can be overwhelming and stressful, so limit the number of people you bring with you. Choose a few close friends or family members whose opinions you can really trust.
#7 PS: There's nothing wrong with being prompt
Okay - so your partner proposed last week and you've already narrowed down your wedding dress options to three beautiful designs. Keen, maybe - but organised? Hell yes! It takes on average anywhere from four to five months from the day you place your order to the day you actually receive your dress. Giving yourself plenty of time to browse and shop means you'll avoid rushing and racing and potentially making the wrong decision.