Plan your budget. The first and most critical step to planning a wedding is knowing what you want to spend. Know who is paying for what and have a specific plan. As your big day gets closer, you do not want to have to worry about how you are going to pay for all of your expenses.

Stick to your budget. This guarantees that you will stay out of debt and be stress-free when you return from your honeymoon.

Get it in writing. Written, as opposed to verbal, agreements are a critical part of working with wedding vendors and service providers. Insist that everyone put their agreement in writing and keep a copy in a safe place.

Delegate as much as possible so that you are not burnt-out on your big day.

Eat a healthy breakfast. The day is a busy one, full of activity, and a good dose of nourishment early on will not only get you moving, but keep your energy levels where they need to be.

Keep your perspective. Going from single to married undoubtedly causes a wee bit of panic, jitters, and thoughts of ‘what have I done?’ in all of us. Don’t panic. This is completely normal.

Take your time and don’t forget to breathe deeply.

Go with the flow. Staying flexible is your best defense against unwanted stress and disappointment.

Stay open minded. Others will have ideas they want to contribute, and these could be special idiosyncrasies that will make your day more unique and memorable.

Show your appreciation to all who help organize and expedite your wedding day. Each and every one of them feel they have made a significant contribution and want to be assured that you are pleased.

Pamper yourself. Take the day before your wedding off and treat yourself to a manicure, lunch with friends, a tanning session, and some quiet time.

Get to bed early so you are well rested and refreshed in the morning.

Expect a few bloopers and you will be pleased when all goes swimmingly.