Celebrity Planners Give Advice

1. START YOUR WEDDING DAY WITH A FEW MINDFUL BREATHS

To keep stress levels at a minimum on the big day, Weiss recommends taking a few minutes in the morning to center yourself. “When you wake up on your wedding day, take a deep breath and commit to enjoying the moments,” she says. “Whatever is going to happen will work out. I promise the more relaxed you are, your family and friends will feel it, too.” – Mindy Weiss, www.mindyweiss.com (source: la-confidential-magazine.com)

2. VALUE YOUR VENDORS

Your vendors are your family within the industry. They are the ones who will help bring your vision and ideas to fruition. The vendors I work with trust me and enjoy working with my team. Make sure you are kind to those who work alongside you to help make the event a success. – Sharon Sacks, www.sacksproductions.com (source: www.bizbash.com)

3. NOT EVERYONE IN YOUR BRIDAL PARTY NEEDS A PLUS-ONE.

If it's someone your brother plans on spending years with, fine. But you don't want to meet a new person at your wedding unless he or she is a really significant other. – Colin Cowie, www.colincowie.com (source: www.brides.com)

4. WHERE DO YOU TRIM COSTS TO MAKE ROOM FOR SPLURGES?

Cocktail hour should be gracious and lovely, but I don't believe in putting too much money into it. Three to five passed hors d'oeuvres are fine, and you don't have to play live music. Who's really going to hear it besides the 20 guests standing in front of the trio? – Bryan Rafanelli, www.rafanellieevents.com (source: www.glamour.com)

5. NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF THE REAL REASON FOR YOUR WEDDING CELEBRATION: TO CELEBRATE WITH TREASURED FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

Sure it will be fun to be in the spotlight but don’t forget to step away from the crowd for a moment and savor a private and special moment together. Celebrities often plan an elaborate spread for cocktail hour so that their guests are well taken care of while they slip away to capture their first precious moments as a happily wedded couple on camera. These are images you’ll treasure for a lifetime! – Andrea Freeman, www.andreafreemanevents.com (source: www.hollywoodlife.com)