So you’re engaged. Congratulations! And now you’re wondering where you’re going to get married and when. What you’re going to wear, what your maids are going to wear, what you’re going to eat, how you’re going to afford it all – basically your mind is a whirl.

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Obviously there’s a lot to be thinking about. And it’s at times like these that you need a bit of advice – and the chance to talk things through.

The trouble is, if you keep asking your friends for advice and tips they could end up with wedding fatigue – and if they haven’t been married themselves then there’s a limit to how helpful they can be.

So we’d like to introduce you to a whole load of new online friends who have been in a similar situation to you and who have masses of experience for you to draw upon. Meet our brides-to-be on the Wedding Ideas Forum!

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What sort of things are our brides chatting about?

Oh everything really. Right now there’s an interesting discussion going on entitled, “Would you wear a coloured wedding dress?”  What’s the majority verdict? Have a look and maybe add your own thoughts on the subject. Coloured dresses are big news for 2014, so we’d love to hear your thoughts.

How do I join in?

You can find the Wedding Ideas Forum right here You don’t need to register if you just want to read the comments and threads going on but if you want to get properly involved and add your own comments and start new discussions then you’re going to need to register an account (which will take you just a couple of minutes). As members you will also get to see when we post features that we’d like you to get involved with, and you may even get to be the star of our Real Bride of the Week newsletter!

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Anything particularly puzzling you?

Have you got a query that you don’t seem to be able to find an answer to? For example how much should you have to pay for professional wedding make-up and how much is too much? There’s a discussion going on right here by the way! Whatever it is, post your query on the site and see what other brides have to say on the matter.

The local lowdown

Say you’re looking for a really good wedding photographer in your area and you’re not sure where to start. A good place to begin is on our Forum in ‘The Essentials’ section  where you’ll find all sorts of tips on capturing your big day in style. They’re chatting about how much to pay for a good photographer and essential shots to get on the day. Join in now!

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A question of etiquette

Getting married can sometimes seem like an etiquette minefield. You might feel that there are so many dos and don’ts you’re not sure where to turn. You’re getting advice (and pressure) from your family, your husband’s family and your friends.

Sometimes you just need to offload to somebody new and get some advice from other girls who haven’t got an agenda – but have been there and done that themselves. You can also ask a question in confidence and send personal messages to the Wedding Ideas team.

So are there some girls you absolutely have to ask to be your bridesmaid – how do you do that? You’ll find the answer right here…

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Wedding budget tips

Let’s face it, most brides are on a bit of a wedding budget (except perhaps for the Tamara Ecclestones of this world. Although maybe even she was, it’s just that it was a bit larger than most!). So how are you going to make the very best of your hard-earned cash?

What do you absolutely have to have? What can you do without? And how much of the budget should you actually spend on The Dress? Should you ask your bridesmaids to contribute towards their frocks or should you foot the bill yourself? What did other brides do?

Sometimes we think this is one of the best sections of the Forum. We’re amazed at the ingenious ways our brides discover to stretch that budget and they’re very generous about sharing their knowledge.

The other side of the coin is what not to spend money on. Some brides don’t feel they got good value in some areas or maybe they feel they wasted money on something that wasn’t really important and had to scrimp in other areas. Benefit from their hard-won experience so you don’t make the same mistakes.

Get involved today!

It’s like anything – the more you put in, the more you get out. Dive into the Forum (or dip a toe in the water and take a look for now) and you’ll find yourself wanting to make your voice heard pretty quickly. Join in and add an essential tool to your wedding planning kit. Best of all, the Forum is completely free to use!

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