8 Wedding Planning Do's and Don'ts—Straight From the Pros

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Tons of things could feasibly go wrong on your wedding day that are beyond your realm of control. Whether it's an unexpected thunderstorm, late guests, onslaught of food poisoning or a crying flower girl, Murphy's Law dictates that something will happen to impact the ceremony, no matter how hard we try to prevent it. But there are several precautions we can take during the planning process that can soften the blow when inevitable problems arise. And for those nuggets of wisdom, we look to the pros.

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In the video above, a fashion designer, Stone Fox Bride co-founder and creative director Molly Guy, a graphic designer, Katie Fischer Design founder Katie Fischer Cohen, a wedding planner, The Nouveau Romantics founder and creative director Elizabeth McKellar, and a pastry chef, Chefanie founder Stephanie Nass, share do's and dont's for the four cornerstones of your big day: the dress, the invite, the event, and the cake. Brides, take notes. 


[MUSIC] The most important thing to keep in mind when you're dress shopping is that this is not the time to try out wacky new styles or silhouettes. Stick to what you know. The overabundance of massive flower crowns and ruffles and tiers and doilies and laces. It can really look very contrived unless it's done sort of authentically. We have caught things where we're. Literary the bride accidentally gave us the wrong date for her wedding. So I know somebody they did an invitation sweet on black paper with gold and that look fabulous, but unfortunately the stationer also printed the reply card on all black with gold foil. So the recipients received the suite, and they couldn't write on the reply cards. We actually had a client who used the same aisle runner as her parents did, which was a really beautiful moment. Some jars, baby's breath, burlap. All of those things could be used really beautifully, but I think together, it just really resonates towards a particular thing. I think customization is a really important dessert trend. I've seen people monogram and customize with their pets, with their favorite greek lyrics. I had a friend who used a poppy seed flavor. And I think now she wishes she had done something vanilla. Something that was more appealing to everyone, and it wouldn't get stuck in everyone's teeth. [MUSIC]
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