When you plan your wedding, ask yourself "What will make our wedding different and personal to us?" Make an initial guest list and gather some basic ideas of what your priorities are. It's probably one of the biggest parties you'll ever have, so it's essential that it's an event that reflects your style yet doesn't break the bank. Remember that the more guests you invite, the more everything you'll need (dinners, linens, flowers, etc.)
The internet is a wonderful tool to do your basic search for wedding venues and professionals. But, don't judge a book by it's cover! Make an appointment and tour properties in person to get a real feel of the facility. Ask to take a sneak peak before a wedding, so you can see it in action and set up for an actual wedding.
As you walk into the perfect wedding venue, it's an almost overwhelming feeling that you get as you realize you've found the place that will hold the memories of your wedding reception. Start the hunt early for the perfect venue. If you have your heart set on a fall wedding in New England, remember there's lots of other couples that have the same thought... so book early! Same thing applies for a wedding in the south (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, etc.). That is just a gorgeous time of year in the south for a wedding, so dates and venues fill up.