Before we can begin planning the temporal details, let’s start with the spiritual. Preparing for your marriage and planning a wedding can be a very stressful time. There are a lot of details to attend to, a lot of questions to consider, but nothing is more important when planning for your wedding than preparing for the spiritual commitments and covenants you will be entering into before God. Throughout the planning process, remember to keep an eternal perspective. As the minutia of favors, flowers, and food becomes overwhelming, don’t let it overpower your preparations for entering the temple and embarking on your life together. The best recipe for a perfect wedding is preparation… both for the wedding and for the marriage. To truly put it all in perspective, President Spencer W. Kimball explained in “The Importance of Celestial Marriage” (Ensign, October, 1979 ),
“Marriage is perhaps the most vital of all decisions and has the most far-reaching effects, for it has to do not only with immediate happiness, but also with eternal joys. It affects not only the two people involved, but also their families, particularly their children and their children’s children, down to the latest generations.
The question ‘whom shall I marry?’ is an important one to ask, for the proper answer to this question brings a proper answer to many others. If you marry the proper ‘whom’ and if you marry in the proper ‘where,’ then you will have an infinitely better chance of happiness throughout all eternity.
Therefore, the decision is not made on the spur of the moment. It is something you plan all of your life. Certainly the most careful planning and thinking and praying and fasting should b done to be sure that of all decisions, this one is not wrong.
…Be sure that your marriage is right. Be sure that your life is right. Be sure that your part of the marriage is carried forward properly.”