6 Wedding Do's and Don't's

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Wedding planner Donnie Brown shares his top do’s and dont’s every bride should keep in the back of her mind.

Do hire a wedding planner. The wedding industry is not like it was 20 years ago. Anything you know about the industry from your first wedding, wipe out from your mind and reconsider.

Do make sure you have specific entertaining ideas. You don’t want your rehearsal dinner to be as splashy as the wedding reception.

Do wear the dress you want to wear. Don’t be afraid to wear a traditional gown. If you want your wedding to be a certain way and that’s the idea in your head- it’s ok to do it. Older brides are always more apprehensive, but wear whatever kind of gown you want.

Don’t let people take advantage of you. Read your contracts carefully. A lot of wedding planners will send you down a primrose path and say, "This will all work," and surprise you with the bills later.

Don’t worry about having an open bar at your reception. A lot of people worry that older generations don’t drink, but everyone drinks socially when it comes to wedding receptions.

Don’t get married in Vegas!
  A lot of midlife couples think, “This will be easy, we’ll go to Vegas.” Most Vegas hotels are set up under a one-stop-shop system; you can’t bring in your own florist or photographer. Everything is marked up.

Tune in December 9, 2009 to see Donnie in action on the Style Network’s Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? His book, Donnie Brown Weddings: From the Couture to the Cake, is out now.

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