You’ve gotten engaged – and now comes the planning. One of the first orders of business is to pick a venue. That’s ideal to do before you put together your list of people to invite. The main thing you and your spouse-to-be have determined is that you’re going to get married in Long Island. But where? Before you look up “wedding venue Long Island,” here are some things to consider:

What Kind of Venue Do You Want?

There are a lot of places where you can have a wedding. For example, you could have the wedding ceremony and the reception at the same place, like at a country club. Or you could have the ceremony at a place of worship, whether at a church, temple, or some other place and then the reception is held at another place. The two of you might have some places that you hold special in your heart and want to share it with the other people in your lives.

What Time of Year is the Wedding Being Held?

Long Island, for those not in the know, is in the Northeast. That means that it can have sweltering summer days that can have sudden torrential thunderstorms or bone-chilling winter days that can feature snow or ice. That usually leaves the spring and early summer or fall for weddings. Bear in mind that a lot of venues are booked well in advance, so if you want to make a reservation, you should get them in as soon as possible.

What Kind of Scenery Do You Want?

Long Island is, well, long. It spans 118 miles in length and 23 miles in width. There are a lot of venues to pick from, including ones that overlook Jones Beach.

The best thing about Long Island is that many of the places are far from urban environments, so chances are good that you and your wedding guests are going to be able to breathe in fresh air and enjoy the scenery. Outdoor weddings and receptions, especially those that are held at night, will have a much better night sky that’s not hampered by light pollution.

There are plenty of guides out there that can help you find the ideal location for the big day for you and your spouse. You might have also attended a wedding there before and become instantly smitten with it — you might have even met your own future spouse there. Friends and family members on both sides might have some suggestions. It’s up to the two of you, though.

The best thing to do is to look at several places, even if you’ve been there before. That way, you won’t feel like you rushed into picking one venue, and you’ll be looking at these spots with a more critical eye. This is due to your being the ones throwing the party, not attending as a guest.

You’ll be able to narrow things down and go with your gut. There won’t be any regrets that you didn’t investigate further before putting a deposit down.

After all of these deliberations, you and your soon-to-be spouse can then continue with the rest of the planning, like who to invite, what kind of entertainment you’re going to have, and the wedding date. But you can relax, knowing that you’ve crossed the biggest item off the list.