If you are like most couples in love and planning to get engaged, it’s likely that you will get married about a year after promises are exchanged. With a year to go, the responsibility of throwing the biggest bash you will ever handle may seem completely manageable. It’s surprises most people how quickly time tends to fly by. Let your own wedding not take you by surprise when it swings by. In this wedding planning help guide, let’s go over a few things you need to start preparing for right away when your wedding is still a good 10 to 12 months away.

It might seem like a no-brainer, but picking the wedding rings is something that does need a little time thinking about. You need to do this ahead of time because these are reminders of your devotion to each other that you’ll be wearing on your fingers for the rest of your lives. You don’t want to make a choice of getting that you will regret. You’ll need it take a friend of yours and a friend of the bride’s too to find a ring that will best suit you both. When in doubt, it’s best to always pick a wedding ring that’s a classic design – a solitaire for instance. Picking something special and expressive may seem fun when you’re young and adventurous. It simply won’t seem that way 20 years down the line.

Sit together for your wedding planning; help each other decide what budget should be something you really can work on. Where does the money exactly come from? If it comes from the bride’s parents, you’ll need to make sure that they are prepared. You’ll need to bring them into your plans early on so that they can help you decide on everything. If they aren’t prepared, you need to think of where else to head – perhaps raid your own savings. Usually, the bride’s parents pay for the wedding, and the groom’s parents pay for a rehearsal dinner. It makes them feel included in everything, and that’s something you can’t really take away from them.

Depending on the kind of budget you have to work with, you’ll become aware at this point what kinds of options are open to you. A formal wedding where everyone’s dressed up in black ties is always more expensive to host than a casual one. The food becomes more expensive for instance in a formal arrangement. You could actually decide on a formal event if you don’t have that many people to invite. It could cost less this way.

It’s that it takes time to decide on the kind of venue that might suit your wedding plans best. Depending on the casual or formal character of your wedding, you’ll have an option in various churches, museums or anything else. If you have special locations in mind, you probably want to make reservations well ahead of time. These places are known to get booked up in season. You’ll probably need to seek wedding planning help from a close older family member who knows all your relatives and friends. You don’t want to make the mistake of leaving someone out. It takes time to really think of all the right people. If you can really get all the difficult decisions out of the way several months ahead of the wedding, you’ll have all the time you need to think about the intricate stuff as the day draws closer.