1. First of all, figure out what your ideal wedding ring gem size is. Zales / zales.com While 3 carats sounds awesome in theory, you run the risk of a heavy rock that might swallow up your dainty ring finger. 2. Once you're engaged, here are your first steps. wimmersdiamonds.com One day you'll be glad that someone told you to insure your ring. 3. Here's a helpful big-picture timeline: dearlc.com So go ahead and put it all in your planner or Google calendar. 4. Don't forget your very important BEAUTY checklist. popsugar.com 5. Figure out when you want to have the wedding. countrclubwheeling.com 6. This guide will help you figure out what kind of wedding you want to have on your budget. 7. Start figuring out your budget. Print out this checklist and start filling it out: visual.ly This expansive checklist has got you totally covered, so you (hopefully) will be able to plan for any unforeseen expenses. 8. Here are your exciting attire options you get to impose on your guests: 9. Figure out who's even coming to this thing. weddingbycolor.com Hopefully this cold, hard formula will make you feel less guilty about the people you decide not to invite. 10. Here's every tiny detail regarding your save-the-dates and invitations that you didn't even bother to consider: pixelbrushstudios.com 11. If you're a real stickler for etiquette, here are all the proper ways to address your guests. weddingprocourses.com 12. The fun part that easily veers into dread: shopping for your wedding dress. jlmcouture.com You totally don't have to follow this guide, but it might help you pare down the insane myriad of choices available to you. 13. Say yes to the dress. seriesandtv.com 14. And if you're buying your dress online (or purchasing a pre-owned dress), as a modern bride is prone to do... weddingdressboutique.com.au Now you know all the specific measurements you need to get. 15. Know your veil terms: Brides.com 16. When it comes time to start researching your vendors, you'll want to know what questions to ask your caterer: homegurrown.co.uk 17. And your wedding photographer: blogallysonvinzantevents.com / Via weddingpartyapp.com 18. Make sure to give the photographer some version of this checklist: digbyrose.com 19. Drop some well-meaning hints to let your bridesmaid know what her duties are. bluenile.com You know, like emailing her this link. 20. Before you call the florist, figure out what flowers and bouquets you want: blog.theknot.com Educating yourself will help you make more informed decisions, especially if you have no idea what your options even are. 21. anthologydesignstudio.blogspot.com 22. Make sure you use your registry to get everything you NEED: popsugar.com And not just stuff you THINK you want that will end up sitting in your attic for months. 23. While planning your registry, be sure to choose enough items in each price category to ensure all of your guests will be able to afford gifts. 24. This chart will help you figure out your cake specifications: auntaudreyscakes.com 25. And for slightly more complicated, layered cakes: weddingbuddy.net 26. If you're self-catering or preparing a buffet, here's a handy guide to portions: chickabug.com 27. And if you're providing your own alcoholic beverages: homeaway.com 28. Handling your own table settings? Follow proper etiquette: daniellemj-workspace.tumblr.com 29. Here is every minuscule thing you need to keep track of, basically. 30. Here's a last-minute to-do list during your final countdown days: theknot.com 31. Make sure anyone in your wedding wearing a bowtie actually knows how to tie one. dresslaunderette.com 32. Confused about wedding processional order? disney.com 33. For your "oh shit! kit": somethingturquoise.com This is a duty you could give to your maid of honor to take care of. 34. Know how and when to tip all the important people you've hired to put your wedding together. iloveswmag.com / Via southernweddings.com 35. And finally, write your thank-you notes the easy way. ohmygoodnessgracious.com 36. Just because it's from a template doesn't mean it's not sincere.