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Sisters are tough to work with

Sisters are tough to work with
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Often the Maid of Honour takes her role very seriously and doesn’t trust my capabilities. I take it in stride but have sometimes been forced to take sisters aside. By the end of the night, we’re friends!

Here are 13 famous sisters who were also fierce rivals.

The secret sign I’m doing my job right?

The secret sign I’m doing my job right?
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You don’t end up with Bridezillas.

Make sure the things you spend money on can be reused

Make sure the things you spend money on can be reused
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Don’t have bride and groom etched on your flutes and toasting glasses. The same rule applies to serving pieces. If you must get something engraved, make it your initials, and then you have an heirloom.

Some things will not go perfectly

Some things will not go perfectly
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We’ll do our best to fix mistakes without you knowing and charge you later at our discretion.

I do a lot of out-of-town work

I do a lot of out-of-town work
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Sometimes I am away for days at a time. People interested in being a wedding planner often don’t take that into consideration.

This career is occasionally glamorous

This career is occasionally glamorous
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But the reality of is that you need to be a business person, a therapist, an artist, a mediator and a psychic!

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I’ll make sure everything you’re offered is in the contract

I’ll make sure everything you’re offered is in the contract
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If the first manager you work with offers you a complimentary toast, get it in writing. If that manager leaves for whatever reason, you won’t be forced to argue about these details with his or her replacement.

Stay focused on the big picture

Stay focused on the big picture
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It’s easy to micromanage all of the details at the expense of the big picture. As long as people marry for the right reasons, the details of wedding planning are really secondary. Don’t make decisions to please or impress others.

Before and after you tie the knot, steal these surprising marriage tips from grandmas you’d be a fool not to follow.

You get what you pay for

You get what you pay for
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The biggest mistake you can make is choosing the cheapest vendors in the hopes of saving money. Really research your vendors, because you truly get what you pay for.

So the resort says you can’t use an outside vendor?

So the resort says you can’t use an outside vendor?
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If you have your heart set on a particular photographer, consult the resort specialist about having a “friend” take your photos. Offer to pay for your photographer/friend’s flight and accommodations. Many will be eager to build their portfolios with destination shots and won’t charge you as much as they do traditional clients.

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