First, choose your reception venue. Are you planning a large wedding, or a more intimate gathering of friends and family? Talk with your spouse to be and get an idea of what they want, as their concept of big or small may be quite different than yours. Once you have a general idea of how many guests you will have, you can then visit reception possibilities in the area that cater for that amount of people and talk with them about what they offer.
If you are open to the idea, ask about mid week deals.
Check dates available around your approximate date.
Talk to your priest, minister, registrar and see if they have availability on any of these dates. Then book both your ceremony and your reception.
Now have your date set.
Next choose the menu. Have a tasting of the menu choices at your chosen reception venue. The amount of courses and choices offered on the menu will affect the price per guest.
Photography is next as these get booked up early. View album choices and compare the prices of a few. It is good to talk on the phone or meet face to face rather than just booking by e-mail. The photographer will be sharing a lot of your wedding day so it is important that you get along with them. Consider creating your own album by sourcing your album through the internet and arranging your own photos.