Do keep spreadsheets of your DJ playlist, Guest list, Shower list, Seating chart. Trust me, it will make your life easier in the long run.
Do keep an email trail of all things "Wedding" . Make sure to save each correspondence between you and your DJ, photographer, wedding coordinator, florist, etc.
Do (or Don't) send out your Save the Dates to EVERYONE. Make it all or nothing. I made the mistake of sending out half of mine because I wasn't sure what the final guest list would be.
Do send your invitations out EARLY. Especially if: 1. It’s the summer. 2. On a holiday weekend
Do make your husband help with things.
Do trust the vendors you have hired. Sometimes you just have to let go and trust they will do a good job.
Do work on bridal bod. You’ll appreciate it when the pictures come back and you look good on your honeymoon.
Do pick a bridesmaid dress that is flattering on everyone.
Do let your bridesmaids have a say in their shoes/accessories and hair.
Do get transportation for your guests.
Do spend money on the extras....specifically late night snacks! Huge hit at the wedding.
Do give your MOH/bridesmaids an idea of what you would like for your shower and bachelorette party.
Do go over a time line with your florist, DJ, photographer, and wedding coordinator.
Do have a plan B in case it rains on your outdoor venue.
Do practice dancing to your wedding song to make sure it works.
Do a practice wedding hair-do
Do drink a ton of water 1-2 weeks prior to the big day....may face was super clear!
Do smile at your husband while walking down the aisle.
Do introduce yourself to guests you may not know at your wedding.
Do a bouquet toss, they’re always fun.
Do delegate someone (other than your parents) to count your wedding cards and gifts during the reception. My Dad was delegated this job at our wedding and his missed us cutting our cake and tossing the bouquet.
Do tell your husband to relax and sit down while having dinner at your wedding…especially if he is a antsy pantsy, chatty cathy.
Do print out booking confirmation of your honeymoon flights/reservations and bring them with you.
Do tell the people in your bridal party, friends and family how much you appreciate their help with everything…multiple times
Don’t worry/spend a lot of money on your programs. More then half won't even be read and then will be thrown out.
Don’t underestimate the amount of detail you need to give your DJ....wayyyy more then what I expected.
Don’t settle for a wedding dress. You will know when you have found the “one”
Don’t stress TOO much about RSVP’s. It’s inevitable that some people won’t respond.
Don’t hold a grudge against people who don’t come. It’s their loss!
Don’t feel bad about updating your engagement ring to by a set that looks nice together ;o)
Don’t spend a ton of money to get your make-up done if you are already good at doing it.
Don’t get ready with a bunch of women in one tiny hotel room.
Don’t worry about creating your vows from scratch, that’s what google is for ;o).
Don’t feel bad if you have one or two bridezilla moments…weddings are stressful!
Well that's the brial advice advice from Me to you. Take it from someone who's been through the up's and downs ladies and gents! I'll leave you now with my two favorite pictures from our honey moon in Cancun:
Haha Yes, this is us smoking celebratory cigars :oP