give yourself plenty of time to plan.
outline a realistic budget and timetable. These are mandatory to keep you
organize all of the pieces of the wedding. A binder which includes separate
tabs for wedding professionals, appointments, contracts, gown/dress swatches
etc. is a great investment.
prepare and follow a timetable of events, including appointments, deposits
& payments, review contract terms, fittings, etc..
coordinate every aspect of the wedding day. To ensure your wedding day is
truly "your special day" every item must be coordinated. Do not leave important
decisions to someone else. This is your day and you are in control.
Do: hire professionals that you are comfortable with. If you are not comfortable
speaking with someone, or if it seems like your questions or inquiries are
just brushed off, then it would probably be a good idea to seek out someone
Do: take breaks during planning. If you begin to get stressed or irritated,
take a break, step back and work on something else for a while. Often times
decisions made under extreme stress are later regretted.