Wedding planning is a skill and nearly an art. While some people try their best to handle the details on their own, most successful weddings have several people in the mix. From mothers to professional wedding planners, there are so many details and decisions involved in the big day that it’s wise to share the load among many. There are a number of different areas that must be considered when creating the wedding of your dreams.

While location and the dress are indeed a large part of the wedding, as are the invitations, the flowers are a major part of the event. Meeting and deciding upon a florist early on in the process ensures that you’ll have beautiful flowers for the wedding. Be sure and note if you need boutonnières for the groom and his men, a garland for the flower girl’s hair or petals for the flower girl to scatter. It’s usually traditional for the mother of the bride and the groom to get corsages as well.

When in the midst of wedding planning the menu for the reception is another detail that couples tend to put off until later or sometimes too late. The day before the event is a bit late to let the chef know that you abhor chicken and want none of it served, or that the mother of the groom is allergic to mushrooms. Meeting with your cake designer early on in the process and making sure that you’re scheduled with them is quite important as cakes don’t keep and they’ll need to keep the day of and the day before your wedding clear for your event.

Another area that tends to fall through the cracks is transportation. While many couples handle their own transportation to and from the venue, the truth of the matter is that for larger weddings, having parking available and signs up to direct guests to parking will greatly improve the mood of your well-wishers. Few things are more uncomfortable than walking eight city blocks to a wedding in high heels because the parking was either unavailable or you simply could not find it.

Wedding planning can be a bit hectic, especially if you’re handling it on your own. Be sure and start early and get help and support along the way and your special day will be everything you want and nothing that you don’t.