While we always recommend hiring a wedding planner to help you organize the details of your big day – and many of the brides and grooms featured in real weddings on InsideWeddings.com agree it's some of the best money they spent on their wedding – we understand that many couples choose to plan the day themselves. Whether you hired a planner or not, we consistently strive to share must-have tips from the esteemed members of our Editors Circle, who are some of the nation's top wedding professionals, from planners to bridal fashion experts.
When it comes to searching for a wedding dress, planning your wedding events, and adding items to your wedding registry, you may not know where to start – especially if you haven't helped a friend or family member prepare for their own wedding day. To help, we routinely share advice and suggestions from the experts on Inside Weddings' website and in the magazine. Wedding trends are constantly changing – as are expectations from your wedding guests – and etiquette advice is always necessary to handle uncomfortable situations, so it's important to look to the professionals to know what to do and how to prepare for one of the biggest events of your lives.
As you're preparing for your "I dos," read the latest trends and expert tips from wedding planners, bridal designers, and top bridal salon specialists and designers on a range of topics to help you make informed decisions leading up to the big day. Take note of this advice and make it your own to fit your personalities and wedding style. Happy planning!
"I always encourage couples to be purposeful with their wedding – from distinctive save the dates and handwritten details to conceptualized escort-card experiences and custom songs written especially for the day. There is no limit on what can be personalized!" - Alexandra Rembac of Sterling Engagements
Photo by Jenny Quicksall Photography; Planning & Design by Sterling Engagements
"Whether it’s texture, a high slit, or elaborate details, brides are still looking for a dramatic style on their big day." - Christine DeMarco of Bridal Reflections
Photo by Deja Vu Studios; Designer available at Bridal Reflections
"Be sure to break in your shoes before the big day. You don’t want blisters when walking down the aisle. Also, bring along your favorite pair of sneakers to change into later to guarantee you’ll be on the dance floor all night long!" - Rikki Ladenheim of Rikki Ladenheim Events
Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; Planning & Design by Rikki Ladenheim Events
"Host an all-hands-on-deck meeting and ensure that your timeline is well managed, so that your rental companies are not tripping over florals, carpet, and drapery. A well-run load in sets the stage for the rest of the wedding!" - Andrea Eppolito of Andrea Eppolito Events
Photo by Dennis Kwan; Planning & Design by Andrea Eppolito Events; From Real Wedding: Luxury Rooftop Wedding with Vibrant Purple + Blue Color Palette in Las Vegas
Photo courtesy of Tony Ward; Designer available at Panache Bridal
For more wedding ideas, discover more expert tips for your wedding theme, get ideas on how to plan a wedding for your personal style, and learn how to plan like a pro with this virtual wedding-planning series from celebrity event planners! We also encourage you to follow @InsideWeddings on Instagram and Pinterest for daily wedding ideas and inspiration!
Opening photo by Callaway Gable; Planning & Design by Sterling Engagements; From Real Wedding: A Romantic Destination Wedding at a Vineyard Estate in Malibu