Weddings.about.com reader Nita asks:
My boyfriend leaves in 5 weeks for the Navy, and we've decided to get married when he graduates from school in 20 months. Since he won't be here to help me, I want to start planning our wedding, but I'm not sure what to do so far in advance. Help!
Nita - Congratulations on your engagement! It's true that when you are planning your wedding more than a year in advance, it can be hard make decisions and move forward. Yet many of the first steps in wedding planning still apply.
Before your fiancé leaves, you should both fill out the wedding planning questionnaire and discuss your results. That way, even if he's not around, you'll be able to include his vision as you move forward.
It sounds like you've already set your wedding date, but if you haven't, then you should. Then you can start seeking inspiration - reading articles about wedding themes and styles, starting a Pinterest board or a wedding scrapbook of pages clipped from magazines. You can also talk to your family about the wedding budget - they'll appreciate the extra time to save up!
Even though I have a 5 Months to Bridal Beauty checklist, it's really never to early to start on those steps.
My last tip might be my favorite one. Since your fiance will be far away, you'll of course want to keep the love between you strong. Love letters are a great way to do that, and they might provide inspiration for you to write your own wedding vows, or include poetry that could be your wedding readings. Thanks so much for your question! I hope this helps.