Congratulations on your engagement! While you celebrate this special milestone of your life, you should also start planning your wedding day. With all that goes into the planning, you surely want your big day to be one of the most important events in your life. From glorious flowers to a divine dress, here are 10 wedding day elements every couple should think about.

Dress

You may need at least 6 months to get your favorite dress ready for your big day. And with lots of lovely options available on the market, finding your perfect dress might take even longer. Book an appointment with a bridal boutique and go with a few of your closest friends for a second opinion. And don’t forget those essential accessories, such as shoes, a veil, a tiara, jewelry and ‘something blue’.

Venue

Whether it’s gorgeous rustic barn, a fairytale castle, or an elegant city townhouse, choosing the right venue will make your special day memorable. Hot venues tend to go fast, so make sure to book yours quickly; don’t even set the date until you’ve confirmed the availability of your venue. If your favorite venue is unavailable, or out of your reach, consider having an off-peak or weekday event.

Flowers

Apart from the bride’s bouquet, be sure to organize mini bouquets for your flower girls, corsages for special visitors, buttonholes for your groomsmen and maybe arrangements for your nuptials and reception. A good florist can design anything from dramatic table decorations to romantic floral canopies—so make the most of your imagination. Start making inquiries about flowers about 6 to 8 months before your big day.

Photography

Consider the coverage you will need before you hire a photographer. Are you looking to capture just the ceremony or everything from the preparations to the final dance? Some photographers create a modern reportage style while others create a romantic fairytale feeling. Make appointments and meet 2-3 of your best photographers. And remember that chemistry is very important; a photographer that makes you feel comfortable and confident is the right one for you. To find good wedding photographers, be sure to visit http://www.bluebendphotography.com/2015/08/cliffs-glassy-chapel-clubhouse-wedding/ for additional information.

Transport

Transport for your wedding day may be anything from a London-style taxi, a classic limo, a boat, an old-school red bus or even a jet. When planning your wedding day, start with the bride’s transport and then transport for the groom as well as the rest of the guests. Also consider whether the guests need assistance moving from venue to venue.

Entertainment

Fancy a musician on your big day? Or do you want a magician to entertain your guests while your photos are taken? Do you also want a DJ or band for your wedding reception? Consider the ambiance you want to have and begin your search as soon as possible. Top entertainers are booked months in advance.

Hair and beauty

Perfect makeup and hair will make you look and feel great on your special day, so find time to rehearse once or twice in the weeks before your wedding. Gather web and magazine images of your favorite styles and take them to your hair and makeup specialist. This is much easier than describing what you want.

Stationery

Traditional, old-school, or modern, stationery helps set the tone once the “save the date” card falls on your doormat. After your guests know the big date, send invitations 2-3 months before your special day. Remember to include the theme of the ceremony across all of your stationery, such as evening invitations, order of service, RSVP cards, menu cards, table plans and place settings.

Wedding cake

The cake is an integral part of a wedding ceremony, so hiring a baker 6 months before your nuptials gives you lots of planning time. After you’ve decided on flavors, decorations, and tiers, ask the venue about how you’re going to deliver, store, present and serve your delectable wedding cake.

Honeymoon

After all your efforts preparing for your special day, you deserve a fantastic honeymoon. But this doesn’t mean you the leave the booking far down your priority list. Plan your honeymoon for soon after your nuptials to keep the party going. And if want to set up a list of honeymoon gifts, make sure the service provider you choose provides the sort of break you’re hoping for.