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  • Prepare your budget before hiring wedding vendors and stick to it.   Some couples don’t know how much the wedding costs until all the bills are received.
  • Plan and make your reservations as early as possible.   The goods ones book up fast—both locations and wedding professionals.
  • Remember to consider sales tax and gratuities when calculating estimates.
  • Make sure you get a receipt for every deposit you make.
  • Don't assume anything.  Get everything in writing.
  • Don't hire the first professional you contact—check out a minimum of three for proper comparison.
  • Don't hire professionals just because they're the cheapest.   Remember, you get what you pay for.
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  • Order extra invitations to allow for mistakes and extra guests to avoid costly re-orders.
  • If your wedding is going to be outside, remember there could be bugs.  Provide plenty of citronella torches.  Also, have an alternate location in case of bad weather.
  • For everyone in the bridal party who will be wearing new shoes:  Not only wear your shoes before the wedding day to break them in, but either wear them outside or scuff up the bottoms on some concrete to help eliminate the possibility of slipping on the wedding day.
  • And remember—wear comfortable shoes, not too high of a heel.  Remember, you'll be on your feet a long time.  During the reception, consider wearing ballet slippers or canvas sneakers so you can "dance the night away."  If you want, adorn them with sequins, bows, etc. (One place that we've found that carries already decorated ballet slippers and canvas reception shoes is Exclusively Weddings.   When you visit their website, enter online catalog and click on reception shoes.)  Remember, since your gown is floor length, no one will see your shoes anyway.  Why not be comfortable?   You don’t want to be nursing sore feet as your honeymoon is about to begin.
  • When friends and relatives offer to help you with the wedding plans, do not hesitate to delegate duties.  It helps you and to them, it’s an honor.  In fact, consider assigning people to help you.  Make small lists of things to be done, and let your mother, mother-in-law and attendants do the errands.  Remember, you can't do everything yourself!
  • Members of the your wedding party will feel more important and more a part of your wedding if you assign each a task in either your ceremony or your reception.
  • Write thank you notes as you receive your wedding gifts (mail them after the wedding).
  • Consider having a formal bridal portrait done prior to your wedding so your guest can enjoy it at the wedding.
  • Instead of the usual guestbook at your wedding, have each guest or couple write a message:
    • on a picture postcard and put all of them in a postcard album.
    • on a pale color matte of your framed engagement picture .   (After the wedding, put your favorite wedding picture in the frame/matte.)  If you had a bridal portrait done prior to your wedding, put that in the frame.
  • Consider having your formal wedding photographs taken before the ceremony, so the guests won't have to wait so long for the reception to start.   Also, your hair and make-up will look fresher.
  • Pack an "emergency/repair kit."  This should include pins of all types (bobby, safety, straight), buttons, a needle and thread, aspirin and tissues and even things like tape and hot-glue gun.  They can really save the day, if a bouquet's ribbon comes loose, or maybe a bead on a veil.
  • Tuck a lacy handkerchief under your bouquet for those sentimental moments.
  • Think about your undergarments!   Wear white or beige underwear - colors will show through.
  • Take extra pairs of nylons for yourself and your attendants.  Even though they generally won't show, you'll feel better knowing that there are no runs in your nylons.  And don't forget, one of your legs will be on display when your garter is removed for the garter toss.
  • Take a pair or two of black socks. When a groom or groomsman grabs that bag with the tuxedo in it, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that everything he needs is in the bag.  Most of the time it is, except for black socks. A little prevention goes a long way:  it avoids having someone run to the store for black socks.
  • Be sure to get plenty of rest the night before your wedding.
  • Don't allow yourself to be rushed on the morning of your wedding. Consider asking your hair stylist, make-up artist and manicurist to travel to your home or wherever you'll be getting dressed.
  • Remember to eat something light on your wedding day to avoid fainting and headaches.
  • Ask a close friend or relative to gather all personal belongings from the dressing room after the wedding and take them to the reception.
  • The last few days are usually hectic. If things don't go exactly as planned, try not to get upset.  The only one who will know that things weren't perfect will be you.  Just enjoy your day.
  • Kiss your father before he gives you away.
  • Relax. Smile.  Keep your sense of humor, now and forever.
  • Unique Idea:  The bride & groom are each armed with an instant Polaroid camera. Each 30 minutes from the time you wake up on your wedding day, you (or one of their attendants) take a photo of your current activity with the instant Polaroid and label the time it was shot.  Collect them as you go and share them with your spouse at a later time.
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