Do's and Don'ts for the Bride-To-Be

Do consult with a wedding planner to help you along the way. You will learn that working with a planner will save you time and money; and will alleviate you of the stressful times ahead. Most planners offer free consultations.

Do begin to plan your wedding at least 6-12 months before the big day. You will be surprised to learn that the ceremony and reception site of your dreams may already booked by another client on the same day you had in mind.

Do give your attendees sufficient notice when planning a destination wedding so that they have plenty of time to make travel arrangements. 12-18 months is a good time frame. Save on time and postage by sending "save-the-date" notes via e-vites (electronic invitations).

Do make pre-wedding day appointments with your hairstylist, manicurist, and make-up artist. This way, they can test styles and colors on you and you will know exactly what to expect. No wedding day stress or surprises. Some salons will include a trial-run in your wedding day package.

Do make your groom-to-be feel extra special by presenting him with a groom's cake during the rehearsal dinner. Traditionally, the groom's cake is a dark cake of fruit or chocolate, but pick whatever his favorite cake flavor is. Have the caked baked into a shape that represents the groom's personality or a hobby of his.

Don't get a body massage on the day of your wedding. Even though it may seem like a great way to relax, brides are usually nervous and have so much going on that day. If you insist on a massage, schedule it a day or two before the nuptials are to take place.

Don't feel guilty about not being able to invite every single person that you and your groom-to-be know. People do understand the high-price tags associated with weddings. Sticking to a guest list of family and close friends will keep the costs down. You can host a post-wedding dinner at a later date for those who were not able to attend.

Don't forget to purchase gifts for your bridal party. Because bridesmaids cover the costs of their own dresses and travel, a token-gift of appreciation from you will mean a lot to them. While you are out shopping for gifts, remember to pick up something special for the groom. Present the gift to your husband on the day of the wedding.

Don't skip meals on the wedding day, especially breakfast or lunch. Between getting hair and make-up done and getting your dress bustled, eating will help prevent irritability and nausea. If you get caught-up with greeting guests at the reception, at least you have something in your stomach.

Elaina M. Jorge is a Professional Wedding and Event Planner based in Atlanta, GA. She has taken Event Management courses at George Washington University and The Wedding Planning Institute. As the owner of Enjoy Yourself Events, Elaina has been in the industry for ten years and has a passion for planning any type of special event, big or small. To learn more visit:
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