Maintain a sense of humor
Maintain open communication with your fiancé and with both sets of parents
Be receptive to your parents’ ideas, especially if they are financing the wedding
Be flexible and keep within your overall budget.
Maintain a regular routine of exercise and eat a well-balanced diet
When you create your gift registry consider a price range your guests can afford.
Break in your shoes well before your wedding day.
Practice with make-up and various hairstyles for your wedding day
Use highly reviewed, preferred, and/or recommended service providers; Or ask for references.
Get all vendor agreements in writing
Assign your guests to tables according to age, interests, acquaintances, etc.
Discuss prenuptial agreements and/or a will
Try to spend a little time with each of your guests and personally thank them for coming to your wedding
Encourage intermingling between your families
Toast to both of your parents at the rehearsal or reception, and thank them
Eat well at the reception especially if you will be drinking alcohol
Keep smiling. Photographers will be snapping photos consistently throughout the day/night
Expect that something may go wrong. But most likely if something does go wrong, your guests will never notice. Relax and don’t let anything bother you on your big day
Send a special gift to your parents such as a small album with the best photos of the wedding. Engrave your names and wedding date on it.
Don’t make any major decisions without discussing it openly with your fiancé
Don’t be controlling. Be open to the ideas of others. Wedding stress has a way of creating Bride and Groomzillas. But weddings are joyous occasions and you want everyone to share in your joy.
Don’t overestimate or overspend your budget, this can cause a lot of unnecessary stress.
Don’t wait until the last minute to hire your service providers. The good ones get booked sometimes a year in advance.
Don’t try to make everyone happy. It is impossible and will only make things more difficult
Don’t try to impress your friends
Don’t invite anyone whose presence may make you or your spouse uncomfortable
Don’t rely on friends or family members to photograph or video your wedding. Hire professionals!
Don’t assume your service providers know what to do. Give each of them a copy of your detailed timeline
Don’t schedule your bachelor or bachelorette party the night before the wedding. Hangovers and weddings don’t mix.
Don’t arrive late to the ceremony!
Don’t drink too much at the reception, you don’t want to make a fool of yourself on your most special day
Don’t rub cake in your spouse’s face during the cake cutting if you know or believe that your spouse may not appreciate it.
Don’t allow your guests to drive from the reception if you know they have had too much to drink
Don’t overeat at the reception; this may upset your stomach or make your sleepy
Don’t leave your reception without saying goodbye to your family and friends
Don’t drive if you have had too much to drink at the reception