As soon as the excitement of the engagement fades the wedding planning begins. This planning process can be an extremely stressful time if you aren't prepared and don't know where to start. Luckily, this is the age of the internet and information at your fingertips. So there is no need to stress when you have all the answers to your questions just a few clicks away. Here are the first 4 things that you will need to think about as soon as possible.The first thing that you will need to determine is just how big or small you want your wedding to be. Do you want it to be a big celebration and ceremony where all of your friends and family are invited to join? Or do you want it to be a smaller, more exclusive wedding with only a few members of close family and best friends. This choice will determine every other part of the wedding planning process from here on out.The amount of money you can spend on your wedding is the next most important item on the wedding planning agenda. Of course this will piggy back off of the last discussed topic and how big you want your wedding to be. Generally speaking, the more guests that you plan on inviting, the more expensive your wedding day is going to be.The amount of people though is not the ultimate determining factor in expenditures. You will need to spend money on the wedding dress, reception, catering, decorations, favors and venue just to name a few. Set a budget and then weigh out your priorities and where you want to allocate that money, but don't go over it or you could find yourself in a world of financial troubles even before you get married.The location of the wedding ceremony and reception are the next most important item to plan. You will find many local choices just by doing a brief search online. But all of your choices will not be listed on the internet. You will have many other choices that you can use as a venue like local parks, beach fronts and even someone's backyard! There are plenty of spots to have a wedding without spending all of your money on just the location.Last, you may want to hire a wedding planner to help you plan and coordinate everything. This person can do as little or as much as you want them to do, but there are a lot of areas where their expertise will come in handy and maybe even save you some money. You will want to seriously consider hiring a person like this.