may have a picture of your perfect wedding day in your head, but you have absolutely no idea where to begin. Planning the big day can be overwhelming; before you push the panic button and pray for a fairy godmother, sit yourself down and start ticking off these basic wedding tasks.

1. Canvass for churches. 
If you have too many choices in your head, set a weekend with your fiancé to check out potential venues. Weddings should be scheduled in churches at least six months in advance, especially if you’re getting married in the peak months like June, December, and January. 
For more details on securing a wedding date in the top wedding churches, check out BridalBook’s article on Top Wedding Churches

2. Have your wedding dress made.
Every bride has a sketch of a dream wedding gown tucked somewhere in the deepest corner of her heart. If you are going to have your wedding gown made, be sure to meet with your designer or seamstress at least six months before the wedding. This is to provide ample time for adjustments and fitting schedules. 

To see which wedding gown styles will look good on you, check out the Three Most Forgiving Wedding Gowns

3. Plan your reception. 
About half of your budget will go to your wedding reception, so you have to be extra critical of tracking your reception expenses. The easiest way to save on your party, which is trimming your wedding guest list, can also be an emotional challenge. Try ingenious means to save; book your venue on an off-peak date. 

For other budget busting tips, check out Four Ways to Save on Your Wedding Menu

4. Scout for decorations.
Your décor is critical in keeping your theme consistent throughout the wedding. Flowers are the most conventional, but not necessarily the most affordable, choice. Find out which local flowers will be in season on your wedding so you can cut back on the expenses. Also try heading to Dangwa, which is the ultimate stop for inexpensive flowers. 
For tips to navigating Dangwa, check out A Guide to Buying Blooms in Dangwa

5. Book reservations for the honeymoon.
Don’t put off hotel reservations until the last minute lest you end up in some dingy motel for your honeymoon. Reserving early not only ups your chance of getting better rooms, it also allows you to score cheaper deals. 

If you’re flying to your dream destination, check out How to Save on Honeymoon Flights.
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