The first question a lot of brides have is - what do I need to do now? And when?
Top tip here - it's going to cost more than you think. There are a lot of little expenses that you won't know about until they arise. And all of those little things add up. So add in a buffer for unknown expenses.
There are some gorgeous wedding planning folders at stores like Kikki K which can help you draw up a budget and get the planning started.
Knowing what I do now, I think I would actually choose a date in August, if I had my time again. The weather is just starting to warm up, but it's not the kind of weather that will leave a groom sweating like crazy in his jacket and tie. Plus you get a lot more flexibility with suppliers.
You can check out my reviews of some of the most gorgeous SEQ wedding venues.
If you are among those who want a non-religious ceremony which nevertheless has a slightly reverant tone (eg. to keep your parents happy) you might like to consider non-denominational Broadway Chapel or the gorgeous High Church in Fortitude Valley.
If you're after someone who is warm, professional, reliable and personalises your ceremony, check out Sally Corfield. For young and outrageous check out Alana Salm. For edgy and dry humour check out Paul Voge. For young, fun and male check out David Webber. And if you are marrying on the Sunshine Coast check out Dee Hamson.
I've been privileged to work with so many amazing photographers. Among these are Kaitlin Maree Photography (Gold Coast and Brisbane), Andrew Kwintowski (Brisbane), and Mallory Sparkles Photography (Sunshine Coast).
If you know that videography is important to you, you should also book this in early as the best Brisbane videographers are also booked out well in advance. Watch these tips for choosing a videographer.
If you want a dress fitted to you, and not just off the rack, you should also book in an appointment to go dress shopping. Some of the most beautiful gowns I have seen come from White Lily Couture, Paddington Weddings, Karen Willis Holmes, Grace Loves Lace and Made with Love Bridal. If you want a truly upmarket experience, Brisbane designer George Wu has gowns that are to die for (and he is a total sweetheart).
If you want a designer gown but can't stomach the cost, check out second hand sales of top designer dresses at www.stillwhite.com.au
You might also like to book transport and bonbonniere, but both of these can be DIY. However, if you want to arrive at your wedding in a vintage Rolls Royce, check out Somerton Limosines.
You can read my guide to bridesmaid dress shopping here.
Also remember to book a block of accommodation for out of town guests if you are in a location where accommodation is scarce.
Good luck and may the force be with you!