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The perfect wedding: 5 tips guaranteed to make the big day go smoothly

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57, Wonderful Weddings, Brittany Sakowitz and Kevin Kushner, February 2013
Be in the moment on your wedding day as were Kevin Kushner and Brittany Sakowitz Kushner at their destination wedding. Photo courtesy of Chris Bailey Photography
JoAnn Woodward, from left, Darcy Miller and Laurete Veres at the Bridal Extravaganza January 2014
Wedding planner JoAnn Woodward, from left, Martha Stewart's Darcy Miller and Laurette Veres at the Bridal Extravaganza. Photo courtesy of Bridal Extravaganza
Wonderful Weddings, Courtney Zubowski, March 2013, The Corinthian, lavendar lighting, venue
KHOU Channel 11's Courtney Zubowski selected lavendar as her palette for her wedding at The Corinthian. Photo courtesy of Tomas Ramos Photographers
Wonderful Weddings, Lauren Randle and Jose Feliz, February 2013, Conline Creuzot, Lea Williams, Daira Feliz, Jazmone Donatto Rylander, Kristina Williams, Jenna Hearn, Candice Young, Leah Randle, Caryn Robey Wilson and Jose Feliz
Remember to have fun just as this groom, Jose Feliz, did when Lauren Randle's bridesmaids took him for a ride. Photo by © Michael Ramos
Wonderful Weddings, Wehrly-Kearney, March 2013
Ashley Wehrly and Jared Kearney personalized their wedding with a happy chalk board message. Photo by Patrick Bertolino/Starlight Images
57, Wonderful Weddings, Brittany Sakowitz and Kevin Kushner, February 2013
JoAnn Woodward, from left, Darcy Miller and Laurete Veres at the Bridal Extravaganza January 2014
Wonderful Weddings, Courtney Zubowski, March 2013, The Corinthian, lavendar lighting, venue
Wonderful Weddings, Lauren Randle and Jose Feliz, February 2013, Conline Creuzot, Lea Williams, Daira Feliz, Jazmone Donatto Rylander, Kristina Williams, Jenna Hearn, Candice Young, Leah Randle, Caryn Robey Wilson and Jose Feliz
Wonderful Weddings, Wehrly-Kearney, March 2013

One of the highlights of the recent Bridal Extravaganza at the George R. Brown Convention Center was the presentation given by Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. She shared wedding advice and trends with the room full of eager brides-to-be. The focal point of her wedding wisdom were five tips guaranteed to make the big day go smoothly.

* Get organized and stay organized

The details of wedding planning are countless from such major decisions as budget and that special gown to the wedding minutia of what to give the flower girls and ring bearers. The only way to control the mammoth undertaking is by staying organized.

* Pick a palette 

Miller advises that brides should choose a pair (or a narrow range) of wedding colors, a move that will facilitate tying the details together. For palette inspiration, she suggests starting with colors that are already present in the wedding venue, such as blue if it's an oceanfront wedding or the dominant wall color in the room where the marriage will be performed or even what flowers will be in season.

* Make it personal

Little details that are meaningful to both the bride and the groom can be incorporated into the festivities in order to reflect the couple, making their wedding more than a cookie-cutter event. For example, Miller recalled a bride who loved elephants so much that she commissioned a cake topper in the form of an elephant. A couple married in Ireland had a wedding cake made from Baileys Irish Cream, Irish biscuits (cookies) and chocolate fudge.

* Keep your guests in mind

The wedding is not just about the bride and groom. It is about all who attend. Guests should be cared for in style, well-fed and comfortable. No one has fun when too hot or too cold. (Like those outdoor weddings in Houston in summer when it's blazing or the Carmel destination wedding in August when it's freezing.)

* Be in the moment

On the wedding day, the bride should let go of the details (hopefully all the planning is done). Don't sweat the little things (i.e. your sunset wedding is clouded over). Keep in mind that at the end of the day, you will be wed to the one you love, surrounded by loving friends and family.

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