Find the perfect location
One of the first things you'll need to decide is where you're going to have your ceremony and reception. This can be very time consuming, but it's one of the most important things you'll do! Both extreme attention to detail and your budget are important factors here. Will your ceremony be at your church with the reception at a local hall? Or will both take place outdoors? At a family members' home? At a hotel? What about timing? Will you have a cocktail hour at another venue or someone's home between the ceremony and reception while you and the wedding party take photos?
Budget plays in a big roll in this. Many assume having your wedding at home or a family members home will save a ton of money, but this isn't always the case. You'll need to consider the cost of renting a tent, seating, etc. Be sure to compare these costs to that of a venue where things like seating are already available. Another super important factor is to be sure you visit a location before you book it. Even if you call a place and they quote you price perfect for your budget, you don't want to book it without seeing it - you don't want to pay for it and then arrive to set it up and find it's far too small for your amount of guests. If you're searching for an outdoor setting, consider how much area is grassy - no one in heels enjoys getting stuck in the grass! When you've found the perfect venue(s) for both the ceremony and reception, make your booking and get started on the rest of the planning!