Ten tips from a celebrity bride
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On December 6, 2003 I had the best day of my life (so far) ” my wedding day.
My husband-to-be and I not only invited special guests to be there with us, but we also agreed to share our special day with millions of people who had watched our love story unfold on television from its very beginning. I don’t claim to be an expert in weddings, but I was lucky enough to work with some of the best in the wedding industry and with their help, the day I married Ryan Sutter was filled with both dramatic flair and thoughtful little touches that made the day incredibly special and something I could only have dreamed about. It is my hope that the following 10 tips will help you minimize your stress level and create your own very special day.
No. 10 Get help. If you don’t have the funds, involve your friends and family members as much as possible. If you can afford it, I cannot recommend wedding planners enough, although you shouldn’t just blindly point at the phonebook. (If you need one in Los Angeles, look up Mindy Weiss ” she is THE best, trust me.) Take them to coffee. Do whatever you need to do to be comfortable because once you find a planner who you get along with and who understands your vision or has a vision that you like, your life up to and including the big day and beyond, will be infinitely less stressful and lots more fun.
No. 9 Thank those who have been there for you ” past or present. You’ve got control of the room, so use it. Let them know that you are grateful for their presence in your life and you always will be there for them, regardless of your marital status.
No. 8 Location, location, location. Whether you prefer a venue that’s inside or outside, large or small, private or public, do your research to make sure it has all that you want and everything that you need. Visit the site, don’t just look at brochures. Ask lots of questions, and when the choice has been made, discuss possible alternatives in case of bad weather (or pesky helicopters).
No. 7 Make the day your own. It’s the one day that’s all about you and the man or woman you love, so give it your own personal style and make no apologies. There are no rules, except those that your wedding venue may enforce, so take advantage and make your dream day a reality.
No. 6 Take good care of your guests and make them feel appreciated for taking the time to be a part of your day. Nice touches include gift bags in their rooms, plenty of snacks during the day, shuttles to give them a safe option to get home, and, most of all, personal visits with everyone at some point during the day, night, or weekend.
No. 5 Know that something will go wrong ” it always does. Your makeup may smear, you may trip walking down the aisle, or you may fling a borrowed diamond bracelet across the dance floor (oops!). In those unfortunate moments, laugh and move on and don’t let your precious day be ruined by a silly mishap here and there.
No. 4 If a photographer will be there to capture it all, make sure to meet with him/her beforehand and have a list of specific requests ready. Although we had quite a few cameras to capture our nuptials, we were disappointed to find that many of our friends and family were not in a single picture. Don’t let that happen to you.
No. 3 Be involved when it comes to ANYTHING that means a lot to you. If you want certain people to say a few words at the reception, make sure they get to speak. If certain songs put a stop to your dancing shoes, make sure you give the band or DJ a list that shouldn’t be played. Don’t rely on someone else for details that are important to you, or you’ll have only yourself to blame if something isn’t included or accidentally gets overlooked.
No. 2 Have a ball. Take advantage of the fact that everyone wants to celebrate with you and enjoy it ” the day goes by way too fast.
No. 1 The most important thing to remember is what your wedding day is all about ” the vows, the feelings and the future. From the moment that you start to plan until the actual day, focus on the ways in which to make your future spouse feel special and envision how to create your own memorable moment in time.
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