Ten Tips for a Successful Wedding

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As the most popular months for weddings – June through August -- fast approach, one of the nation’s preeminent wedding and event planners, Maria Cook of Los Angeles-based Premiere Productions, Inc., shared these 10 tips for holding a successful wedding.

“Whether or not you use a professional wedding planner, following these tips will help ensure that your wedding memories are happy ones,” said Cook.

As the most popular months for weddings – June through August -- fast approach, one of the nation’s preeminent wedding and event planners, Maria Cook of Los Angeles-based Premiere Productions, Inc., shared these 10 tips for holding a successful wedding.

1. Your Wedding Invitation and Save-the-Date Cards
Once you have selected your date and chosen a venue for your reception and ceremony it’s time to start sending out your notification cards. The style and look of your invitations will determine the look and feel of your entire wedding. The invitation gives your guests an idea as to the type and formality of your wedding. Your invitations’ colors should also reflect the colors that you will use for the wedding.

2. Your maid of honor and bridesmaids
When bestowing the honor of “Bride’s Maid” or “Maid of Honor” on a friend or family member, keep in mind that this is not just an honorary title, there is lots of work that goes into it. Selecting someone who is flaky or travels a lot for business may not be the best selection, as they are not always available when you need them.. These individuals will play a critical part in your wedding as well as being a support for you the months prior to the wedding.

3. Your wedding program
Your wedding program is considered to be the guide or map of your day’s celebration. The information you print on a program gives a record of what the event entails. Be thorough in the items you include in the program. Also, if you are have a very religious ceremony, include some background on what is going to transpire as all of your guest might not have the same religious beliefs as you.

4. Personal care
In the few days before and especially the day of you must constantly remember to take care of yourself. This means eating properly and staying hydrated. As with any major event, you will most likely find yourself being pulled in twenty different directions and stressing about EVERYTHING. Making sure that you keep a nutritious snack in your purse or in the car. The last thing you want on your wedding day is to feel fatigued or ill.

5. Your wedding shoes
As with any new shoe, you have to break them in a little before your wedding day. The last thing you want to be thinking of while you’re standing at the altar is how uncomfortable you are in your shoes. You may also want to consider having a more comfortable pair of shoes for later in the reception, especially if you are going to be dancing late into the evening.

6. Your Make-up
Whether you are working with a make-up artist or doing it yourself, waterproof make-up is definitely the way to go. Remember that this day is a very emotional day for you, your family and your friends. Tears are bound to be shed. Have somebody in your wedding party or your planner keep tissues or a handkerchief close by.

7. Your Hair Stylist
When consulting with your hair stylist regarding the look you want to go with for your wedding, make sure that you have a test run. Make an appointment prior to your wedding day to have your hair styled to make sure that that is exactly the look that you want. You don’t want to be in your wedding gown with your hair done and realize that you are not happy with the way you look!

8. Wedding Insurance
This insurance is like an umbrella that can cover you when things go wrong. It might not cover every possible incident, but it will give you peace of mind and less to worry about before your big day. In most incidents where wedding insurance is used, it is because of postponement. Perhaps there was a death in the family or somebody became very ill. This will allow you to recover most of the monies spent on deposits and payments.

9. Groomsmen and Bridesmaids gifts
As gifts for the groomsmen and the bridesmaids, if you cannot afford to spend a little more money and give a physical gift or unique wedding present, another option is simply to spend time together. Whether it be in the bar with the boys or pampering yourselves in a spa with the girls. These can far outweigh the traditional gifts, for memories are much more precious than any physical gift.

10. Reception locations
Think outside the box. Times have changed since the old day where your parents would get married at their local church or synagogue and then have a reception in the back yard or at a local hotel. There are endless options for your venue. From private estates or vineyards to countryside castles and beach houses to a destination wedding. Being creative in planning your reception will create memories that will last a lifetime for everyone involved.

“Whether or not you use a professional wedding planner, following these tips will help ensure that your wedding memories are happy ones,” said Cook.

Premiere Productions Inc., http://premiere-productionsinc.com, is a global event planner providing unique venues for corporate activities, private events and weddings. Premiere also offers training programs for those interested in becoming professional wedding planners.

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