PLANNING: We finalized all our wedding function dates 14 months after our Roka Ceremony (a promise for marriage). We decided to have our wedding in Amsterdam, where Ricky and I were born and brought up. We had already shortlisted venues beforehand, so after the dates were finalized, my parents and I visited the venues and quickly finalized the ones we liked. We spent the next few months shopping for various occasions.
I would highly recommend thinking about exactly what you want. Being as precise as possible with all the wedding professionals makes it very easy for them and makes the process more efficient.
SHOPPING: I did all my Indian clothes shopping in New Delhi, India. For my western clothes, I shopped in the Netherlands and the USA.