Hire a professional wedding consultant

Remember to eat the day of the ceremony

Maintain a sense of humor

Maintain open lines of communication with your fiancé and with both sets of parents, especially if they are financing the wedding

Be receptive to your parents’ ideas, but remember this is YOUR wedding

Be flexible and keep your overall budget in mind

Maintain a regular routine of exercise and eat a well-balanced diet

Register for gifts, and consider a price range that your guests can afford

Break-in your shoes well before the wedding day

Practice with make-up and various hairstyles before your wedding day

Check recent references for all your service providers

Get everything in writing with your service providers

Assign your guests to tables and group them together by age, interests, acquaintances, etc.

Send thank-you notes as soon as you receive gifts

Schedule de-stressors for yourself along the way, whether it’s a massage, facial, manicure, etc.

Try to spend some time with each of your guests and personally thank them for coming to your wedding

Encourage bride’s parents to introduce their family and friends to the family and friends of the groom’s family and vice-versa

Toast both sets of parents (and any other special person) at the rehearsal dinner and/or the reception. Thank them for everything that they have done for you and for giving you a beautiful wedding

Eat well at the reception, especially if you’ll be drinking alcohol

Keep a smile on your face; there will be many pictures taken of the both of you

Expect things to go wrong on your wedding day. Most likely something will go wrong, but no one will notice it but you. Relax and don’t let it bother you.

Preserve the top tier of your wedding cake for your first anniversary

Send a personal gift to both sets of parents, such as a small engraved album containing the best photos of the wedding


Don’t stress

Don’t get involved in other activities. You will be very busy in planning your wedding

Don’t make any major decisions without discussing it openly with your fiancé

Don’t be controlling. Be open to other people’s ideas

Don’t overspend your budget. This can be extremely stressful.

Don’t wait until the last minute to hire your service providers. The good ones get booked months in advance

Don’t try to make everyone happy. It is IMPOSSIBLE and will only make your wedding planning more difficult

Don’t try to impress your friends

Don’t invite old boyfriends or girlfriends to your wedding. You don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable

Don’t try to do “everything” yourself. Delegate responsibilities to your fiancé, your parents and to members of your wedding party

Don’t rely on friends or family members to photograph or videotape your wedding. Hire professionals!

Don’t assume the members of your wedding party know what to do. Give them a copy of your timeline and a copy of our “Wedding Party Responsibilities” list.

Don’t assume your service providers know what to do. Give them each a detailed copy of your Service Provider Timeline.

Don’t schedule your bachelor/bachelorette party the night before the wedding. You don’t want hangover on your wedding day.

Don’t arrive late at the ceremony.

Don’t get drunk at the reception. You don’t want to do or say anything that you may regret.

Don’t flirt with members of the opposite sex

Don’t allow your guests to drive drunk after the reception.

Don’t leave your reception without saying good-bye to your family and friends

Don’t drive if you’ve had too much to drink!

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